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Pineapple Chicken


Pineapple Chicken

Sweet and tangy, flavourful tropical chicken for a quick and easy meal. Prepare beforehand and pop in the oven for a lovely alternative to Sunday roast.

Tropical Pineapple Chicken

Tropical Pineapple Chicken

 

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

 

Ingredients:

1 chicken, skin off and cut into 8 pieces

1 tin canned pineapple rings (440g)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

¼ cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp tomato sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

½ – 1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 Tbsp cooking oil

Fresh chopped dhanya/coriander/cilantro

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Method:

In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, juice of canned pineapple, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli powder, paprika and salt . Reserve a quarter of the sauce and set aside.

 

Using a Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine the sauce mixture and chicken. Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator, turning the bag occasionally.

 

Combine the pineapple rings and brown sugar.

 

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

 

Transfer the chicken, with the marinade, into an oven proof dish. Cook the chicken, uncovered, for about 45 minutes turning half way through. Pour the remaining reserved sauce and arrange the pineapple rings on top of the chicken. Return to the oven and grill for about 5 – 10 minutes until the pineapple rings are light golden in colour.

 

Remove from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped dhanya. Serve with a fresh green salad.

 

Cook’s Tip

Use fresh pineapple and half a cup of pineapple juice instead of the canned pineapple rings.

BBQ (braai) the chicken pieces instead of cooking in the oven.

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Gulab Jamun


Gulab Jamun

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Gulab Jamuns are popular in South Asian cuisine. Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy inside. Gulab Jamuns can be eaten as a dessert with ice cream or fresh cream. It can also be made during Ramadan to share with family, friends and neighbours. It is a great alternative to koesisters or doughnuts.

 

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

 Ingredients:

1 tin condensed milk (497g)

3 Tbsp butter, melted

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp semolina

1 tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp rose essence

2 – 2¼ cups cake flour, sifted

Oil for deep frying

 

For The Syrup

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1 tsp rose essence

 

Desiccated coconut to finish

 

Method:

Using a medium size bowl whisk the condensed milk and melted butter together. Add the ground cardamom, baking powder, bicarb, essence and semolina whisk until the mixture turn creamy. Gradually add the flour to form a soft dough. (You may not need the full 2¼ cups of flour.) Leave to rest for about 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 30 pieces. Roll the pieces of dough into balls or into oblong shapes. Best to use a slightly floured surface (and hands) as the dough might be slightly sticky.

In the meantime add the syrup ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil. Boil until the sugar water turns sticky. Remove from the heat but keep warm to dip in the cooked gulab jamuns when done.

Heat the oil in a deep pot and deep fry the gulab jamuns on medium heat, take care not to over crowd the pot as the gulab jamuns will swell considerably. Fry until deep brown stirring all the time to get an even colour all over. Remove and drain excess oil on kitchen paper. Cool slightly before dipping in the warm sugar syrup and rolling it in desiccated coconut.

 

Cook’s note:

You may not need all the flour, add the flour gradually

You may leave the jamuns drenched in the syrup of you like it sweet and syrupy until it is ready to be served.

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

 

 

 

Orange Bundt Cake


 

Orange Bundt Cake

Orange Bundt Cake

Orange Bundt Cake

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

 

This cake has a citrusy flavour, the sweet & Sour orange juice and the orange butter icing gives this cake an incredible taste. Absolutely delicious. This cake can also be made in round cake or loaf tins.

 

Ingredients

2 cups cake flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 cup caster sugar

½ cup milk

½ cup orange juice

½ cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs, beaten

1½ teaspoons grated orange zest

½ tsp orange essence

 

Orange butter icing:

50g butter, softened

1 cup icing sugar

2 Tbsp orange juice

½ tsp orange essence

1 tsp grated orange zest

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and flour a Bundt tin.

In a measuring jug, combine milk, the orange juice, oil, beaten eggs, essence and

1½ teaspoons orange zest. Set aside.

Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Mix in sugar.

Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool.

 

To make Orange Butter Icing:

Cream butter until smooth. Gradually beat in icing sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 tablespoons orange juice to bring to spreading consistency. Stir in the orange essence and orange zest. Spread or drizzle over the cooled cake.

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