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Lamb Chops and Sausages Barbecue (BBQ)

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Kg Lamb Chops (BBQ Pieces)
  2. 2 tbsp Ginger (paste)
  3. 2 tbsp Garlic (Paste)
  4. 100 ml Dark Soy sauce
  5. 500 grams Sausages
  6. Cooking Oil (for the BBQ Pan)
  7. 1 tbsp green Chilly paste (Optional)

Method:

  1. Defrost the BBQ Chops and Sausages.
  2. Wash/Rinse the Chops and Sausages.
  3. Diagonally slice the Sausages into halves (so that flavor gets soaked in while marinating).
  4. Marinate the chops and Sausages in sauce, ginger and garlic  for about 30 minutes.
  5. Heat the BBQ Pan and Smear it with oil.
  6. Cook the Marinated Chops and Sausages over the Hot BBQ pan.
  7. Use tongs to turn the meat while cooking (Cook both sides well).
  8.  Serve with dalo/cassava/kumala and tomato sauce and Salad.
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Lakri Methai

Lakdi mithai, Lakadi mithai

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Flour (All Purpose or maida) 400 grams
  2. Elachi/ Cardamon 10 pods pounded
  3. White Sesame Seeds 1 tablespoon
  4. 2 to 3 tbsp Ghee
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. Cool Water
  7. 1 litre Oil for frying

For Syrup

  1. 500 grams sugar
  2. 250 millilitres of water

Method:

  1. Shift the flour well.
  2. Add Cardamon , salt and Ghee to the Flour.
  3. Mix the flour well and rub the flour with the palm of your hand for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add the Sesame seeds and mix well.
  5. Pour water and make a stiff dough.
  6. Break the large dough into smaller egg size dough.
  7. Roll the dough with a rolling pin and cut it into lakri methai shape.
  8. Heat oil and fry the lakri methai.
  9. When all the lakri methai is fried, make syrup by adding the water and sugar together and boiling. Note that we need to keep stirring while making the syrup. It should be thick 3 stringed syrup.
  10. Pour the hot syrup over the fried lakri methai and mix well.
  11. Let it cool and store it in an airtight container.
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Jalebi

Ingredients:

  1.  Maida Flour/ All-Purpose Flour (500 g)
  2. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1 cup plain Yoghurt
  4. 1 drop Vanilla essence
  5. 2 drops of food colouring
  6. 2 cups ghee for frying (can also use cooking oil)
  7. 4 cardamon pods
  8. Water

Ingredients for Syrup:

  1. 2 cups Water
  2. 2 cups Sugar

Method:

  1. Sieve the flour and mix the baking powder.
  2. Add yoghurt and cardamon to the flour.
  3. Make a batter by adding water.
  4. Cover the batter and set aside for fermenting for a few hours.
  5. Add Vanilla and food colouring to the batter.
  6. Mix the batter well.
  7. Add Sugar and Water in a pot and boil it to make syrup.
  8. Heat oil or ghee in a frypan.
  9. Fill the batter in a kitchen funnel or piping bag and pour it in hot ghee.
  10. Fry both sides of Jalebi on medium heat till crisp.
  11. Pour the hot fried jalebies in syrup to make it sweet. Let it soak the syrup for few minutes.
  12. Remove from syrup and serve. Fresh Jalebies will be nice and crisp.

Note:

  1. If you do not have a kitchen funnel or piping bag than you can use a plastic bag. Make a small hole in a plastic bag, pour the batter in that bag and squeeze it out.
  2. Keep your hand or finger on the exit hole of the bag to prevent it dropping all over the cooking surface.
  3. Pour the batter through the bag hole in  circular motion, starting from a smaller circle and going to larger.
  4. Colour is optional.
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Semia Payasam

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup Vermicelli/ Sevai/ Semia
  2. 4 cups milk
  3. Ghee 2-3 tablespoons
  4. Sugar or Jaggery (to taste)
  5. Dry fruits 1/2 cup approx (optional)
  6. Dry Nuts 1/2 cupapprox
  7. Cardamon seeds (Elachi) (approximately 5 pieces)

Method:

  1. Ground the elachi seeds
  2. Cut the dried fruits and nuts into small pieces.
  3. Heat ghee in a frypan or a pot.
  4. Pour Semia in the hot ghee and fry it till brown.
  5. Add liquid milk , dried fruits and nuts and boil.
  6. Add sugar or jaggery and stirr.
  7. Serve hot.

Note :

  1. For dried fruits you can use: raisins, dates etc.
  2. For dried nuts you can use almonds (badam), cashew nuts, even coconuts etc.
  3. You need to cut these fruits and nuts into small pieces before adding.
  4. Jaggery is sugar candy also spelt as jaggeree and sometimes called gur.
  5. Vermicelli is also called Siwain, Semiya, Semai.
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Spong Cake

Ingredients:

  1. Maida Flour (All Purpose Four)  2 cups
  2. Baking Powder 3 teaspoon
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 1 cup Water
  5. 1 Cup Sugar
  6. Pinch of Salt
  7. 1 inch cubed Butter
  8. 1 drop Vanilla Essence

Method

  1. Take out the butter from the fridge and make it to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 170 degrees celcious.
  3. In a basin pour the flour, salt and baking powder and mix it. Sieve this 3 times.
  4. In another basin, add the 2 eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, water and mix well to make a batter.
  5. Sprinkle the sieved flour to the batter little by little and keep mixing the batter with a spoon.
  6. When cake like consistency is achieved, stop sprinkling the flour to the batter.
  7. Mix the batter well with a spoon.
  8. Pour the mixture in 8 inches squared baking tray.
  9. Bake this for 30 minutes at 160 degrees celcious.

Note:

  1. Some flour will be left.
  2. You can use self raising flour instead of maida or all purpose flour. If you are using self raising flour than don’t add salt and baking powder to the flour.
  3. The tray should be 2 inches deep.
  4. 8 inches baking tray is same as 20 cm baking tray.
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Custard pie (Fiji Indian method)

The Custard Pie is one of the most popular baked dishes in Fiji. The Custard Pie is prepared by baking the Crust/Pastry dough first followed by cooking a thick custard. This hot thick custard is poured over the Baked custard pie crust (Pastry dough) and let to cool. This can be glazed with condensed milk to give extra flavor.

Ingredients for Baking Custard Pie/Tart (Fiji Style):

  1. 4 tbsp Butter or flora
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 3 tsp baking powder
  4. 2 cups Flour
  5. 4 tbsp sugar (for crust)
  6. 2 tbsp sugar (for custard)
  7. Powdered milk 4 tbsp
  8. 4 tbsp custard powder
  9. 1 and 1/2 cup water

Method for Baking Custard Pie/Tart (Fiji Style):

Step 1 (Making the Pie Crust/ Pastry Dough)

  1. In a bowl, pour the butter and make it soft.
  2. Break the 2 eggs in a small bowl, beat it and pour it in the bowl of butter.
  3. Add sugar to egg and butter mixture and mix well.
  4. Add baking powder. Beat all ingredients well together.
  5. Sieve the flour and slowly add flour to the mixture and knead dough. Make a roti dough.
  6. Brush the baking tray with butter or flora and spread the dough on the tray.
  7. Bake it in an electric frypan on low to medium heat for approximately 25 minutes or till skewer/toothpick comes out clean. The Crust it ready to be filled with the custard.

Step 2 (Making the Custard)

  1. Pour the powdered milk, custard powder and water in a pot and boil it, keep stirring while boiling.
  2. Pour the custard mixture over the Pie Crust when the mixture is thick enough.
  3. Let the Custard on the pie cool, slice it into pieces and serve as dessert or serve with tea.

Note:

  1. You can make this delicious Custard Pie Recipe more tasty by glazing it with condensed milk as illustrated below.

Pour 1/2 tin condensed milk in a bowl, add 1/2 small lemon juice and mix well.
Spread this condensed milk mixture on the Custard pie to give more flavor.

  1. or you can decorate the top with sliced fruits.
  1. The Custard Pie can also be called Custard Tart or Custard Flan

The above Custard Pie Recipe was supplied to me by my elder sister Mrs Roshni Lata.

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Khaja

Ingredients:

  1. Flour
  2. Ghee (1 tbsp)
  3. Cornflour 1/2 cup
  4. Butter 3 tbsp
  5. Sugar
  6. Liquid milk
  7. Sugar
  8. water
  9. Oil to fry

Method:

  1. Make a smooth paste with cornflour and butter.
  2. Pour the flour in a bowl and slowly mix it with liquid milk.
  3. Make dough like roti dough.
  4. Spread the Cornflour and butter paste over the roti
  5. Put another roti over the roti which is spread with cornflour and spread cornflour and butter mixtur over this roti too.
  6. Fold both the roti and cut it into small pieces.
  7. Heat oil and fry the roti pieces till it is golden brown
  8. Pour sugar and water in a pot and boil it to make a syrup
  9. Pour the fried khaja into the syrup and take it out after 2 to 4 minutes.
  10. Spread the khaja on a white paper to dry the syrup.
  11. Serve the same day to have the crispy taste.

This Recipe was supplied to me by my elder sister Mrs Roshni Lata.

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Pysam / payasam recipe (Fiji Indian)

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup mung dhal
  2. 2 grated coconuts or 2 cups of tinned coconut milk
  3. 2 tinned condensed milk (nestle)
  4. 2 tinned anchor carnation milk
  5. 2 liter liquid milk
  6. Raisins / sultana
  7. Badam / almonds shredded
  8. 1/2 cup Sago/ sabudana
  9. powdered ginger 1tsp
  10. powdered elachi 1tsp
  11. 4 tbsp Ghee
  12. 3/4 cup powdered milk

Method:

  1. Check to see that there are no stones in the mungh dhal,  wash it clean and drain out all water.
  2. Heat ghee in a pot and fry the washed mungh dhal.
  3. Drain out any excess ghee and add 2 cups of water to the pot of dhal and boil it.
  4. Add 1 cup of water to the grated coconut flesh and Squeeze out the milk. Strain the milk and pour it in the boiling dhal.
  5. When coconut milk starts to soak, add the liquid milk and raisins.
  6. Pour the 3/4 cup of powdered milk to the boiling mixture.
  7. When dhal is tender and dissolved well, add carnation milk and keep stirring
  8. Wash sabudana/sago and add it to the boiling mixture.
  9. Add condensed milk while stirring.
  10. Add elachi powder, ginger powder, shredded Badam/almonds, mix this well for 2 minutes and take it off the heat (If the mixture is very thick, add more liquid milk and simmer for few seconds).

Note:

  1. Keep stirring in the last few steps (steps 7 onwards) otherwise it will start burning.
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Lovo

Ingredients:

  1. Chicken
  2. Salt
  3. Ginger
  4. Garlic
  5. Soy sauce
  6. Onion
  7. Foil to wrap
  8. Honey (optional)

Method:

  1. Defrost the chicken.
  2. Wash the whole chicken.
  3. Marinate the chicken in sauce, ginger, garlic, onion,honey for about 1 to 2 hours.
  4. While the chicken is marinating, dig a pit and put some hard large stones in the pit.
  5. Put some wood in the pit also and light a fire to heat the stones.
  6. Wrap the marinated chicken in foils.
  7. When the stones are hot enough, take out all the pieces of wood and put the foil wrapped chicken
    on the hot stones
  8. Cover this up nicely so that heat doesn’t escape.
  9. Cook this for about 1/1/2 hour to 2 hours depending on the hotness of the stones.
  10. When its cooked, take the chicken out of the pit and serve with dalo, cassava or kumala and tomato sauce.

Note:

This is a very special Fijian dish.

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