Two New Cookbooks in one week and I didn't have to buy either one!
So I got a small sample recipe pamphlet of Ottolenghi's new cookbook from greedy girl AND a mini cookbook called Nonya Favourites from a friend who just got back from Malaysia. Bonanza!
Tonight I'm going to make Dry Chicken Curry With Shallots, which turns out to be not dry at all. It's chicken pieces cooked with a spice paste of chillies, cumin, fennel, turmeric, garlic and water.
The spice paste is sauteed along with some cardamom pods and a cinnamon stick. The chicken is added along with some sugar, coconut milk, water, 1 and 1/2 Tbsp of fried shallots and simmered gently until the chicken is cooked and the curry is almost dry. The dish is garnished with some more sauteed shallots.
I'm serving it with Roti which, in this cookbook, are made with a special "roti jala cup". Since I don't have one of these (but will be looking around the Indian groceries in West Berkeley), I'll use a funnel and see how that works. The roti batter is drizzled onto a hot skillet in a lacy pattern. They're turned over gently and removed to a plate. Looks quite simple, but many things like this do look simple until you actually make them and find you have a thick, doughy clump instead of a lacy pancake. We shall see.
I'll report on the Ottolenghi on Friday - am thinking of making the Very Full Tart, which consists of peppers, eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini, onions, cherry tomatoes, thyme and bay leaves and seasonings mixed with ricotta, feta and oil. and baked in a tart shell. I mean how could this go wrong?
Fun! Please report back on the Plenty recipes you try! I broke down (yeah, my willpower is impressive, eh?) and bought a copy, but I'd love to hear your first hand reports!
Oh, and I know it's not Ottolenghi, but since you're into free cookbooks this week, how about this 20th Anniversary free pdf cookbook Emeril released (recipes start around page 7 or so...) http://www.emerils.com/img/pdf/emeril...