Chicken and Zuchinni #Curry

Last night I chopped up 2 zuchinnis and put them into the chicken curry towards the end of the cooking process.

The resulting flavours were delicious as the zuchinni absorbed the delicious chicken stock flavours from the curry.

Just add the zuchinni for the last 5 minutes of cooking in this classic and chicken curry recipe ….

https://freespiritfood.net/2017/09/17/south-african-indian-boneless-chicken-curry/

South African Indian Chicken and Zuchinni Curry

Thai style Sweet potato noodles and #beef #stir fry, #sweetpotatonoodles

We are trying to cut down on carbs and have been experimenting with the great range of vegetable products now available in supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths in Australia) to replace noodles and rice such as zucchini spaghetti, cauliflower rice and sweet potato noodles. Now you don’t have to even make them yourself.

This stir fry combining the sweetness of the noodles with thinly sliced beef and Thai flavours of fish sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, white pepper and chilli with capsicum, carrots and spinach was delicious. The sweet potato noodles were an excellent replacement for rice noodles.

Ready in under half an hour, it’s a great option for a quick, healthy weekday meal.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 onion, finely sliced
1 small carrot diced
1/2 red capsicum diced
1 packet fresh sweet potato noodles (250g)
2 cups baby spinach leaves
Handful of coriander chopped
400g beef sliced for stir fry
1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 teaspoons Thai red chilli paste OR
2-3 cloves garlic and 3 red chillies crushed to a paste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
Coriander leaves and slices of capsicum to garnish

Method:

1. Heat oil in wok over medium heat, add chilli paste and stir fry for 1 minute, add carrots, capsicum and onion and stir fry for 2 minutes until starting to soften.

2. Add beef, oyster sauce, fish sauce, white pepper and sugar and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until beef has all beef seared.

3. Add sweet potato noodles and spinach and gently mix through taking care not to break “noodles” and cook for 2-3 minutes until noodles are just al dente. Add chopped coriander and stir through beef mixture.

4. Squeeze over juice of 1/2 lime, if seasoning is to your taste and adjust if necessary.

4. Garnish with coriander leaves and capsicum slices and serve in bowls.

Tasty, Thai Thali, #Penastanan, #ubud

We are staying in a Villa in Penastanan Village just outside of Ubud for a few weeks.

Of course, Ubud is filled to the brim with great restaurants, but sometimes when we are feeling particularly lazy on our holidays we love being able to just wander up the path to a local Warung in our neighbourhood. Penastanan is blessed with many of these.

And now we have Thai Thali to add to the list! Just 3 days ago the newly refreshed and branded Thai Thali Warung had sprung open. (Felt like it appeared overnight!) it is just down the lane (gang) behind the D’Omah/Wayan Juice shop off Jalan Penastanan Kelod. Look/ask for the directions to Gajah Biru Villas and Spa and you will find it opposite there. Here’s a map with my rudimentary markings!

We had also snuck in for a quick lunch the other day and tried items from their Indian vegetarian light meals menu. Their Puri (puffy fried Indian bread) and Alu Prantha (Indian bread stuffed with lightly spiced potato mixture) both served with Raita and pickle were tasty and filling.

Last night we tried their Thai offerings and were even more impressed by the authenticity of the cooking. The use of fresh herbs such as lemongrass, basil, galangal and kaffir lime leaves made the Gang Knew Wan Gai (green chicken curry) and Gai Pad bai Khapoa( minced chicken with chilli and basil) taste like they had just come off the streets of Bangkok!

The green chicken curry even had baby pea eggplants that are such a trademark of green curries in Thailand. Of course it makes sense because all these ingredients are easy to find in Bali.

They also gave me extra chopped green chilli in fish sauce and lime juice (nam prik) which added the just extra chilli hit I was looking for! Around Mak Mak (very, very delicious)

The total meal including 2 large beers came to a total of IR170,000 (AUD17)! See below for photos of the menu.

With a menu that focuses on simple but tasty Thai and Indian favourites, we can see this new Warung joining the list of new favourites for a quick and cheap as chips meals.

They don’t have a website yet so I have included some photos of the menu below.

And, if they are so confident that you will like the food if there is something “legit”you don’t like then your meal will be in them!

Go for Goreng at Bubu’s, Penestanan

Fried and roasted chicken has had a resurgence the world over. It is on menus from New York to Sydney to Bali in one form or another …southern fried chicken, chicken karaage, chicken popcorn etc…

Ayam Goreng or Fried Chicken is of course an absolute Indonesian staple and classic. Unlike Southern Fried Chicken, it is not cooked in batter but marinated and most often twice cooked in a rich mix of spices. The crispy fried floss mixture known as “kremes” served with it is traditionally made by adding extra grated galangal or coconut while frying.

The Ayam Goreng at Bubu’s Warung in Penestanan has a definite Balinese twist marinated in Balinese spices and with grated coconut to add crunch to the kremes…or “fried floss” that accompanies the chicken making it super tasty. Next time we go I am going to see if they will share the recipe with me!

We always also ask for Balinese Sambal Matah which they freshly make – a hot and tangy combo of eschallots, lemongrass, chilli and coconut oil that goes perfectly with the fried chicken. See my previous post https://freespiritfood.net/2018/01/02/balinese-sambal-matah-fresh-raw-chilli-sambal/

Simple but delicious fare!

Bubu Warung, Jalan Penestanan Raya, Penestanan, Ubud

Baked Eggs with Merguez Sausages and Chilli

Looking for a spicy start to the new year? Here’s my take on middle-eastern eggs with Lamb Merguez sausages made at our local butcher. (Nick’s Meats at Edgecliff Shopping. Centre for those of you who live in Sydney.)

Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (2 servings)

3 large merguez sausages
1 red onion halved then sliced
1/2 teaspoon cummin powder
2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
1-red chillies finely chopped
1-2 tomatoes halved or if using only one, then cut into 4 thick slices
4 teaspoons butter
Olive oil
Salt
coriander to garnish
Pita bread or tortillas to serve

Method:

1. Cook merguez sausages in a frying pan on medium heat 10-15 minutes until cooked.Rest and then cut into thick diagonal slices.

2. meanwhile heat 2-3 tablespoons of oilive oil in a separate frying pan, then fry garlic until crispy, add onions and chillies and fry until onions are slightly caramelised and translucent.


3. Remove onions and add tomatoes to the same pan, adding a bit more oilive oil if needed. sprinkle each side of the tomatoes with a pinch of cummin powder and salt as you are cooking them. You don’t want the tomatoes to break up, just brown on each side and keep their shape.

4. Place half the onions, tomatoes, sausages to reheat in a medium size frying pan or 2 seperate ovenproof dishes (leaving 2 “holes” for the eggs), add 2 teaspoons of butter to the pan, then break 2 eggs into the holes and swivel the pan or dish gently to allow egg white to reach edges of pan.

5. Place pan under hot grill and bake until eggs are cooked to your liking, preferably leaving yolks runny, garnish with coriander, eat with warm pita bread or tortillas.

Tomato Curry Sauce ..with hard boiled eggs

Simple but very satisfying! Having tomato curry sauce (or tomato chutney as it is sometimes referred to) in the freezer means you can quickly whip up all sorts of easy meals using the sauce as a base. Just add boiled eggs or meatballs or a tin of beans and hey presto! Dinner is served.

Here’s the recipe for the sauce.

Tomato Curry Sauce

Ingredients:
2 large onions finely diced
5 large fresh ripe tomatoes diced

400g can of diced tomatoes
1 handful of curry leaves
1.5 teaspoon cummin seeds
2 sticks of cinnamon (preferabley cinnamon bark available in Indian grocers but quills are fine if not)
5 cloves of garlic and equal amount of fresh ginger peeled
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1.5 teaspoons cummin powder
1 teaspoon salt (or to your taste)

1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups chicken stock (or water)
Coriander to garnish
Vegetable oil

Method:
Heat vegetable oil in medium size heavy based pan which has a lid
Add cummin seeds, curry leaves and cinnamon sticks and heat gently until fragrant
Add onions and cook gently until transparent
Add ginger and garlic and heat through
Add all powdered spices: chilli powder, turmeric, cummin powder, salt and sugar and mix through for 2 minutes.

Add fresh and canned tomatoes, cooking for 2-3 minutes, stirring to avoid tomato mixture burning.

Add 1 cup chicken stock/water and bring to a boil, then lower heat and then simmer for 20-25 minutes, adding more chicken stock/water as required to make sure the tomatoes break down but don’t stick to the bottom.

Halve quantity to serve 2 people or use whole quantity for 4 people. Freezes well.

Add hard boiled eggs, canned beans, tuna or meatballs and serve with rice or rotis to make a meal. Here’s the link to the meatball recipe With the same base in lesser quantity https://freespiritfood.net/2017/04/17/durban-indian-meatballs-in-tomato-curry-sauce/