On the 30th October the inaugural Indian GP took place. Unfortunately I was away with work and unable to watch it live. After two days of desperately trying to avoid news on the race (largely succeeding, but I did find out about Hamilton’s and Massa’s crash!) I managed to watch a recording of it on the Tuesday evening once I was back home.
In terms of what to cook I didn’t want to go for the obvious choice of a curry, plus there are so many varieties of curry that I wouldn’t have been sure where to start. Instead I thought it would be interesting to try and recreate some of the wonderful street food that is so prevalent and popular throughout the sub continent.
Trying to get a list of some good street food to cook proved to be more of a challenge than I expected. The majority of Indian food sites I found just had food to cook at home; no one had any lists of street food. Then I remembered, back in Cardiff there is a restaurant that specializes in Indian street food – Chai Street, and so in the end I looked at the food on their menu and found some recipes based on that.
The dishes I decided to cook were Poricha Kozhi (fried spiced chicken) and stuffed bread pakoras (a kind of deep fried potato sandwich).
The first thing I needed to do was to marinate my chicken legs for the Poricha Kozhi. The marinade for 2 persons (4 chicken legs) was:
- A small onion
- 2 inches of fresh ginger
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 125ml of yogurt
- ½ teaspoon of chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon of garam masala
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of ground fennel seeds.
The onion, ginger and garlic all went into my mini chopper and were blitzed till almost a paste. They then were added to the rest of the ingredients to make the marinade. I scored the chicken legs and smothered them in the marinade and left everything for a couple of hours.To cook the chicken they went into a nice heavy bottomed pan with 125ml of water. The water was brought to a simmer and the chicken cooked uncovered for about 20 minutes till the water had evaporated. With the water gone and the chicken nice and tender I added some oil to the pan to crisp the chicken up and that was it – done!The bread pakoras would be stuffed with mash potato and so the mash was the first thing I needed to make. To 4 medium potatoes worth of mash I added:
- A sliced green chilli
- Half a bunch of chopped coriander (stalks included)
- 1 teaspoon of garam masala
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- ½ teaspoon of coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon of black onion seedsThe batter for the pakoras were made from:
- A cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- A pinch of salt
To this I added enough water to create a very thick batter.To make the pakoras I took 6 slices of bread and removed the crust. I spread the mash potato on three of the slices giving a layer about 1cm think. I then put the other pieces of bread on top and cut the ‘sandwiches’ to get 6 triangles. Each triangle was coated in the batter and fried in some oil for around 5 minutes till all the batter was cooked.I served up two pieces of chicken and three stuffed break pakoras each.The chicken was delicious. There was a gentle heat but the overall flavour was more fragrant than spicy, it had also penetrated right into the meat which was great. The meat was soft and came easily away from the bone. The pakoras were a lot spicier, particularly if you got a bit of the sliced chilli! For me, I felt the texture of the pakoras was a bit soft. The batter had crisped as it cooked, but the bread and the mash were very soft and this made them a little hard to eat overall. There were still pretty tasty though!
So, the race. Well once again Vettel had pole position and comfortably led the race from start to finish, pinching Nigel Mansells record for most laps led in a season in the process (and with 2 races to go!). The result of this was that we saw very little of Vettel all race as he cruised round by himself. Behind him there was a bit racing to watch. The usual first corner carnage resulted in 4 cars needing to pit, but the big talking point of the race was Massa and Hamiltons coming together, something that has happened too many time this season. The feud between these two is really heating up. This time it was Massa who turned into Hamilton as he tried to pass. Both cars managed to carry on but Massa received a penalty and then had to retire later in the race after breaking his suspension on a monster curb. All in all this race was not as exciting as I would have hoped. The track looks great, but the dusty conditions meant that it was hard to go offline and so there wasn’t as much overtaking as I would have liked.