Mains

Boti Kebab

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Ingredients:
Oil
4 Sheesh Kebabs (KQF)
2 medium – small onions
1 large chicken breast (small cubes)
1 green and red pepper (large cubes)
500g pasatta
1/3 bottle of Asian Sweet Chilli Sauce (Aldi brand)
2 tsp tandoori masala
1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp crushed ginger & garlic
2-3 chopped fresh green chillies
1 tsp any steak spice
(Amina’s Steak&Chops)
1/2 chilli powder (optional)
Salt to taste
Sprinkle of sugar
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Method:
1. Marinate the chicken in the tandoori masala, cumin powder, steak spice, ginger & garlic. Set aside.
2. Chop finely and fry the two onions in a wok or large frying pan in about an inch of oil till brown on the edges and slightly crispy.
3. Meanwhile take your Sheesh Kebabs and grill them till brown and slice. You can also slice them and fry em in a pan with some oil. This is to ensure they retain their shape when added to the curry.
4. Once onions are done add the chopped chillies and peppers to the hot oil and let it cook for less than a minute on absolute low heat.
5. Then add the pasatta to the wok. Sprinkle salt, sugar and red chilli powder; as well as the sweet chilli sauce. Add more oil if necessary. Cover and let it cook on medium heat till the pasatta darkens and oil appears at the top.
6. Add the the marinated chicken and cook for a little while on medium to low heat till the chicken is cooked.
7. Finally add the Sheesh kebab pieces and stir thoroughly. Taste and adjust the salt if necessary.

Serve with naan or rotis sprinkled with spring onions and chopped fresh coriander.

Enjoy x

Levant Lamb

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Ingredients:
1/2kg (about 2lb) lamb meat cubed
2 small/1 large onion sliced thinly
2 potatoes (optional
1 tin chickpeas (optional)
2-3tbsp ras-el-hanout
1 tbsp Amina’s steak and chops (or any steak seasoning)
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Lemon Pepper (or black pepper)
1 tbsp Cumin powder
1tsp Ginger powder
2 tbsp Ginger and garlic (fresh)
1/2 Lemon Juice
Green chillies to taste
1/3 cup oil
1 tin Chopped Tomotoes (blended)
Pinch of Saffron
Salt to taste
Chopped Coriander (as garnish)

Method:
1. Marinate the lamb overnight in all the spices, seasonings and a little of the garlic & ginger paste.
2. When ready to cook, fry the lamb in a non stick pan with no oil till brown (careful not to burn). Meanwhile slice the onions and cook in a some oil till brown on the edges.
3. Add the meat and onions with the oil used for frying and an additional 1/3 cup with all the remaining ingredients into your slow cooker or tagine.
4. Cook the tagine in the oven for 2 hours or in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on high heat.

Serve with fresh naan or roti.

Enjoy x

Balsamic Mushrooms

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Ingredients:
Large mushrooms
Jalapeno peppers
Cheese
Balsamic vinegar
Oil

Method:
1. Place a little oil in a frying, add a couple of teaspoon oil. Place the mushrooms in the pan stem side up.
2. Put some chopped jalapeños, cheese inside the mushrooms. Then sprinkle some balsamic vinegar on top and chilli flakes. Fry for a few minutes till bottom of the mushrooms are done
3. Then place the pan with the mushrooms in it under the grill on low heat till the cheese has melted and mushrooms are cooked. the mushrooms with chopped jalapenos and sliced cheese.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Aiysha Haji

Chicken Spaghetti

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Ingredients:
Chicken breast
Onions (for frying and blending)
Green chillies
Crushed ginger and garlic
Fresh tomatoes or tinned tomatoes
Peppers
Carrots
Sweetcorn
Coconut cream

Method:
1. Brown onions then add the spices including green chilies, ginger and garlic.
2. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes or tinned or both till oil bubbles appear ath the top.
3. Add the diced chicken breast and leave to cook.
4. Meanwhile blend the peppers, sweetcorn, onions and carrots together. Then add to the chicken. Leave to cook for a few minutes.
5. Finally add the coconut cream. Once melted, combine and switch off the gas.
6. Add the boiled and drained spaghetti to the sauce. Garnish with chopped coriander, red onions and fried samosa pastry ( or crushed pringles)

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Afifa Batan

Fried Chicken

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Ingredients:
Chicken (Legs/Drumsticks)
Red chilli powder
Crushed chilli flakes
Salt to taste
Crushed garlic
Crushed ginger
Corinader and cumin powder
Pinch of tumeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp tomato puree
3 tbspn of Nandos Peri Peri Sauce

Method:
1. Marinate the chicken pieces in the above ingredients.
2. When ready to serve fry the chicken in oil and then bake till crispy in oven.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Afifa Batan

Gazebo Chicken

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Ingredients for chicken:
2 chickens (8 pieces)
3 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of vinegar
1 teaspoon ground pepper
Crushed ginger and garlic
Salt to taste
Ground fresh green chillies to taste
Chilli powder to taste

Method for chicken:
1. Marinate the chicken in the above ingredients overnight.
2. Fry the chicken in hot oil till golden brown.

Ingredients for sauce:
1 bottle hot and sweet tomato chilli sauce (East end)
Ground pepper
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste

Method for sauce:
1. In a pot heat a little oil and add the above ingredients.
2. Stir and leave to simmer on low heat for a little while.
3. Place the chicken in a roasting tray, pour the sauce over the chicken, cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven till cooked through.

Serve with chips or rice.

Note: Many Foodies who were unable to get hold of the East End sauce have tried many other tomatoe & chilli sauce combinations which work well also. Tomatoe ketchup is also an option as the main ingredient in the sauce.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu

Portuguese Chicken

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Ingredients:
1 chicken (8-10 pieces)
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup oil
3 – 4 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1 red onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 tbsp Panache Portuguese Spice
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp whole cumin seeds or cumin powder
2 tsp salt (to taste)
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tspn chicken tikka masala/Aminas Spices chicken dust/tandoori masala
1 green chillies to taste (bear in mind the other spices have red chilli in them already)
1 bunch fresh coriander and stems
Lemon juice
Fresh lime

Method:
1. Blend all the ingredients into a smooth marinade. Marinade the chicken in it overnight.

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2. Place the chicken and all the saucy marinade into an oven tray, cover with foil and cook on gas mark 4 for 40-45 mins. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and fresh lime juice. Serve with piri piri rice, naans/pitta bread or chapatis.

Note: For a less saucy recipe such as BBQ, chicken steaks or chicken strips etc. simply add less yogurt and instead of adding in the peppers and onions, slice them and serve alongside it.

Enjoy x

 

Lamb Spaghetti

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Ingredients:
1lb lamb
1 large Onion
Red chilli powder to
Crushed green chillies to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
Whole spices; cinnamon, cloves, cardamon pods.
2 fresh tomatoes
1/2 chopped tomatoes tin
Fresh coriander
Ginger and garlic paste
Salt to taste

Method:
1. Cook the usual meat curry using the above ingredients. Be aware not to add only a little water to the meat when cooking as the onions and tomatoe tin will produce the sauce (masala) which is soaked up by the spaghetti later. It shouldn’t be watery.
2. Whilst waiting for the meat to cook, break the spaghetti into four pieces and boil in a separate pot.
3. Once meat is cooked and masala created toss the spaghetti into the meat and mix till well combined.
4. Garnish with coriander and some fried onions and potatoes and…
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… Serve with the following condiments:
Cucumber – chopped into small cubes
Tomatoes chopped into small cubes
Red onion – diced
Fried onions
Fried potatoes – grated then deep fried
Eggs – boiled then grated/cubed

Note: you can also add a dash of tomato sauce before serving.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Amina Batan

Desi Style Meatloaf

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Ingredients:
2 lbs mince
3 eggs beaten
1/4 cup Olive oil
1/2 cup tomatoe sauce
2 slices bread crumbled
1/2 cup baked bread crumbs
Green chillies to taste
Ginger and garlic paste
3/4 cup chicken fry masala
1/4 cup cornstarch
Chopped coriander

Method:
1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except meat. Once well combined add the meat. Ensure that it is all mixed well.
2. Press the mixture firmly into a 9×5 loaf pan. Then bake at 375F for 1 hour uncovered.
3. Serve with beans or green beans, mash or baked potatoes, gravy or sour cream.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Shahena Bhayat

Chicken Tornado

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Ingredients;
For the chicken:
1kg chicken breast cubed
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
1 tsp tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
Chilli powder add to taste
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp tomatoe sauce (or any other hot sauce of your choice)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

For the sauce:
125ml single cream
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp turmeric
Chilli powder to taste

Method:
1. Marinate chicken in the above ingredients.
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2. Then cook in 1 tbsp of butter. Let all the water burn from chicken then set aside.
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3. Boil all the sauce ingredients and then combine with the chicken. Sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander. Serve with chips or pitta bread/naan/chapattis and salad.
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Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu