|Chicken Ghee Roast|
I always plan my Christmas Menu in advance and have lots of food and everybody's favourites are included in the list. This year I chose to make Chicken Ghee Roast, a traditional Mangalorean delicacy which is indeed a magical recipe- simple and absolutely delicious. Chicken Ghee Roast is a favourite in my home town and can be made with any recipe as long as it is cooked in ghee. I can almost smell it now and I am drooling as I contemplate this special dish.
1 large chicken ( about 2 kgs), remove skin, joint, wash & drain;
Masala : 1 tbsp masala powder of your choice; 2 tbsp curds; 1 tbsp ginger -garlic paste; salt to taste and 3 tbsp ghee for frying.
Marinade the chicken overnight in the above masala (except the ghee) the refrigerator. Next day, bring to room temperature and cook for 5 minutes in a covered non stick pan without water. There is enough water in the chicken to allow it to cook. Remove the cover and let the water evaporate on a medium flame. Add the ghee, gently stirring so all the pieces are coated and the gravy begins to thicken. When the chicken is thick and brown throw in some chopped spring onions. Remove from fire and cover and keep. Serve with all the accompaniments as below.
Salads are a blessing to busy housewifes and a quick way to get a lot of vegetables and they always feature heavily at all my parties and feasts. This year I have made Christmas Candle Salad, called so because the finished dish resembles a candle of sorts. I have also made Pineapple Pachdi to go with the Yellow Raisin Rice and two varieties of Seven Layered Salad and of course the inevitable cucumber with strawberries and pineapple. Enjoy your meal with any of the delicious Christmas Goodies like Christmas Cake, Kalkals or Masala Nuts. A Magical Christmas Menu Indeed.
|Seven Layered Salad|
| Yellow Raisin Rice|
This is another aromatic preparation reserved for festive occasions. It is very popular and goes well with any kind of meat especially chicken. As kids we loved to pick out the raisins and leave the rice. It is one of my favourites and I was pleasantly surprised to see it featured on so many menus when we came to Malaysia many years ago.
1 cup rice, washed and drained; 1 tbsp ghee; 2 tbsp raisins, washed and dried; 1/2 tsp turmeric powder; 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste; 1 medium onion sliced fine;1 stick cinnamon and a few cloves; salt to taste and 2 cups hot water.
Heat the ghee in the non stick pan and fry the spices, onions and ginger-garlic paste to a golden brown on a medium flame. Add the rice and gently stir fry until all the grains are coated. Transfer to rice cooker, add salt to taste and hot water and cook until done. Serve with all the above dishes.
Enjoy A Magical Christmas Menu and may each and everyone be blessed!
Dessert: Macaroons, Cake or kalkals. Take your pick
Wind up your meal with Cashew nuts & Hazelnut Liqueur