Grilled Sardines with Spicy Potatoes

Grilled Sardines with Spicy Potatoes

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a while since my last post and have been ignoring my blog!!! 😦

A few days before the New Year and like every other person on the face of the earth I decided on some New Year resolutions. Losing weight, getting more exercise blah blah but one resolution was to post more on to my blog.

My first recipe for 2014 is the Grilled Sardines with Spicy Potatoes. The recipe is very simple and does not require much ingredients and effort and perfect for the mid-week.

I have been looking to incorporate some fish into my daily meals mainly oily meals due to the benefit of the fish on type 2 diabetes and reducing heart disease. Sardines are very cheap and you can get them at almost at any supermarket, although just before the New Year and after Christmas I found it hard to find in my normal supermarket but is abundant right now.

Method:

Fish Marinade

  • In a bowl mix the turmeric powder, chilli powder and garam masala and salt with a dash of water to a smooth paste.
  • Pour the marinade over the sardines and let it marinade between 30mins to 3 hours depending how much time you have. I marinated for about 45 minutes.
  • Pre heat the grill to high and place them on a baking tray and grill them for 20 minutes. 10minutes on each side.

Spicy Potatoes

  • Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds when the oil is hot. The cumin seeds will sizzle once added, add the potatoes to the pan and keep stirring.
  • Once the potatoes are part cooked, check by sticking a fork then add the onion. After a few minutes add the spices and let it cook for a few minutes.
  • Add about 200ml of water and let it cook for 5-8 minutes on a low heat.
  • Then add a dash of soy sauce and sugar, mix all together and turn the heat off in 2 minutes.

Serve.

I would love to hear of ways you cook the fish and if anyone has ideas how to strip the bones especially the minute ones within the flesh?

N.B. The fish has a lot of bones so be careful when eating. That’s the only thing I did not like about the fish but it was very tasty 🙂Image

Hot and Spicy Chicken

The most easiest way to cook some chicken thighs. I am a massive fan of spicy food and chillies. Its was almost like not cooking this meal as it has a very few steps.

Ingredients:
4 dried chillies
3 Tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
5 whole cloves
300g of yogurt
Salt
2-4 TSP of vegetable oil.

Method:
1. In a non stick pan roast the cumin seeds, coriander seeds and cloves. This will help to temper the spices and release their flavours. Be careful not to burn the spices. Let the sees cool before you its added to the blender. If you have access to a pestle and mortar you can crush the seeds and chillies before mixing them with the yogurt.

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2. In a blender mix all the spices with the yogurt.

3. Slit the chicken 1inch

4. Pour the mixture over the chicken and marinate for 4 to 6 hours.

5. Heat the oven to 180 to 200 C, cook the chicken for 45mins to an hour.

Serve with naan bread or would make great BBQ food.

Would you try this for the Indian Summer Weekend?

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Tandoori Chicken

This Sunday I made some Tandoori Chicken after reading a receipe which was a bit different than the way I used to. I normally would have made this by using ready made tandoori chicken powder. But I used ingredients totally from scratch. 

Ingredients
3-4 cloves
5-6 peppercons
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch of ginger
1 tsp of paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp of chilli powder or chilli flakes
4 tsp of unsweetened yogurt
splash of olive oil or sunflower oil
3-4 chicken legs

Method:

1. Mix the yogurt with the spices preferably in a blender. If you do not have a blender mix the ingredients in a smooth paste.

2. Slit the chicken with 1/2 inch slits.

3. Marinate the chicken for 8 hours or overnight.

4. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C and cook the chicken pieces in there for about an hour till they are cooked.
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