I don’t normally do this. But I invented sort of a recipe yesterday, and thought I’d share it with the world, and put it up here, mainly for my own records as well.
Mint – Fresh, handful
Coriander – Fresh, handful
Pomegranate seeds – 1 tea spoon
Tamarind Paste – 1 tea spoon
Lemon – 1
Ginger – 1 tea spoon mashed
Garlic – 2 cloves mashed or 1 tea spoon paste
Honey – 1 tea spoon
Salt – pinch of
Red chilli powder – pinch of
Chillies – 2
Olive oil/butter – 2 table spoons
Flour – half a cup
Egg – 1
Chicken – 1 (or any other meat about 1 kg, in fact it may work better with lamb/beef)
I used a chopper for this. Anything that serves the same purpose should be able to do this. Add the mint, coriander, pomegranate seeds, tamarind paste, ginger, garlic, honey to the chopper. Squeeze a lemon on top. Add salt, chillies, chilli powder, and olive oil. Let the chopper do its thing till you get a nice liquid paste.
Add flour to a bowl and mix it up with the egg. Add the paste to this. Add a bit of water if required. I added just enough to help rinse out the paste from the chopper.
Mix this well.
Take whatever meat you are using, and make cuts in it so that the formula can get absorbed in it properly. Then dip the meat in the formula, each piece separately. Once the whole amount of meat has been soaked and coated in the formula, put it back in the bowl which contains the mixture and let it be for an hour or two.
After that, preheat the oven at about a 100 degrees C. Lay out the meat on a glass tray. Add any leftover mixture on top. Put it in the oven, and leave it for about 2 hours.
I imagine this can be done quicker at higher temperatures, but I like my meat well done and slowly cooked, so that is how I do it.
After that, take it out, and serve either with roasted vegetables, or naan bread, or boiled rice, whatever you fancy.
This is simple, very flavoursome, not at all spicy, and fairly healthy. Enjoy, and do tell me if you tried/liked it.
Also, people in the UK, tamarind paste as well as pomegranate seeds can be found at Halal shops/Asian shops/Pakistani shops. Other stuff should all be available in your supermarket.