a toast tonight for better times for Burma -- Khowsuey recipe
not to sound too indifferent but you just reminded of one of my favourite dishes of all time, khowsuey. google it some time. i think i'll make some tomorrow.
Tuesday, 04 September, 2007
Look, the unhappiest of places and the most dreadful of situations still have wonderful food, music, art, crafts. As Jim Carrey surprisingly directs our thoughts toward the Burmese people and Aung San Suu Kyi, why not rattle the pots and pans and sample a little Burmese Happiness -- and as we gobble the Khowsuey, toast for Happier Times.
Let me know what you think of this filched recipe, all advice and tips greatly appreciated. I am not exactly world-renowned for my achievements in Asian cuisine. If you got a better recipe, don't be shy.
from Sify.com (India)
(famous Burmese dish)
by Chandri Bhat
Preparation Time: 15 - 30 minutes
1 chicken (about 1 kg)
1 big coconut
2 medium tomatoes
1 big onion
1 bulb/pod garlic
3 cm ginger
(I guess this means to cut a 3 centimeter chunk from a fresh ginger root. This whole recipe is a big back-alley brawl between English kitchen measure and the Metric System. No winner in sight.)
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons besan (chickpea flour)
4 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
1. Clean and joint (debone?) the chicken.
2. Extract 2 cups 1st milk and 2 cups 2nd milk from the coconut.
(If anyone has experience cooking with fresh coconuts and can tell Vleeptron what the heck 1st and 2nd milk are, I'd be grateful. I usually get my coconut milk from a can.)
3. Peel the garlic and grind to a paste with ginger. Mix with coriander, cumin and chili powders. Chop tomato and onion.
4. Heat a kadai on low flame and roast the besan without adding oil, till light brown. Remove and keep aside.
5. Pour oil in the same kadai over medium flame. Add onion and fry till brown. Add the masala paste and fry well.
(I'm guessing that the masala paste which Chandri hasn't yet mentioned is Step 3, above.)
Add the tomato and fry till pulpy. Add chicken pieces, 2nd coconut milk and salt. Cover and simmer on low flame till chicken is cooked.
6. Add besan and 1st coconut milk. Give one boil and remove from fire. Serve hot on a bed of cooked noodles, topped with fried noodles, fried potato sticks, spring onions and lime juice.
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