Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cajun Spiced Tilapia




Cajun Spiced Tilapia/Fish fry

Quick and yummy fish fry with a flavorful blend of Cajun spices. The spice blend has a rich color and spicy . It goes well with salsa or roasted potatoes. You can use any fish of your choice. If you like breaded deep fried fish you can coat with flour or corn meal.

Ingredients
Fish-3 fillets
Cayenne Pepper- 1 tsp
Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
Sweet Hungarian pepper- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Fennel seeds  ground- 1/2 tsp
Dried thyme- 1/2 tsp
Lemon zest- 1 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Garlic paste- 1 tsp


Place fish on a dish and coat both sides with olive oil. Mix the garlic paste and lemon zest with the the spice rub and spread evenly on both sides and allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Shallow fry the fish 2 minutes on both sides till evenly brown and and crispy in the edges. Drizzle lemon juice before serving.

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Sharkara Upperi/Varatti



Sharkara Upperi/Varatti

Sharkara varatti  is fried plantains coated with jaggery syrup.It is popular as a snack and is an inevitable part of Kerala Sadhya along with the crispy banana chips. The pieces are thicker than the normal banana chips and is fried till really crisp.

Ingredients
Raw Plantains-5
Jaggery- 3/4 kg
Oil for frying- 2 cup
Cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/8 tsp
Rice flour- 2 tbs
Salt- a pinch
Sugar- 2 tbs

Heat oil in a heavy bottom wide pan.Peal the skin of the plantains. Split into two half through the center and then slice into 1/4 inch thick.
Deep fry in batches in low medium heat for about 30 minutes or till it floats on the top and is crisp and brown. Do not over crowd the pan and stir occasionally to ensure even frying. To test take one out and smash the fried plantain. If you feel softness in the center, continue frying till crisp. Drain into paper towels and set aside to cool to room temperature.
Powder the jaggery and add 1 1/3 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame and allow the jaggery to dissolve completely. Strain out the impurities.
Pour the jaggery syrup into a heavy bottom pan and simmer for 8-10 minutes till the jaggery thickens. To check consistency drop into cold water. If you can make it into a soft ball it is time to add the rest of the ingredients. Add all the spice powder, rice flour  and mix and finally the fried plantains. Switch off the flame, mix till well coated and transfer into a greased tray and spread and gently separate the chips with  a spatula to avoid sticking together. At this stage sprinkle sugar on top.Allow to cool and store in air tight containers.

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