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How to store coriander leaves

Coriander Leaves, Chinese Parsley, Cilantro, Kothamalli, Kotmir or Dhania Patta

Coriander Leaves, Chinese Parsley, Cilantro, Kothamalli, Kotmir or Dhania Patta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coriander leaves also known as Fresh Coriander, Chinese Parsley or Cilantro  is a common spice used to flavor food. In Indian languages it is also known as Kothamalli, Kotmir, or Dhania Patta.

All parts of the Coriander is used in cooking. The leaves are usually used for garnishing, seeds are used to makes masala and the roots are also used as flavoring food. Roots have a more deeper taste than leaves. But the most used part of a Coriander plant are the leaves, it is often added immediately before serving food.

Coriander contains antioxidants which can delay the spoilage of food which is contains this spice. Both the leaves and roots have properties to keep food fresh but the leaves have a stronger effect.

Coriander leaves needs to be stored in a proper manner to help it keep longer. When the leaves are dried or frozen it looses its aroma. Thus, it should be kept fresh. I have seen some people keeping the Coriander in a glass of water but it soon wilts and gets bad. Some people put it directly in the refrigerator.

The following steps are needed to keep the Coriander leaves fresh for longer:

  1. Clean the fresh leaves by washing the soil off the roots and rinsing the leaves in water.
  2. Put the wet leaves in a newspaper and wrap it well with that newspaper (do not keep any openings otherwise it will get dry faster).
  3. Store the wrapped wet Coriander in the Fruits and  Vegetable section of the refrigerator.
  4. Every time (daily) when you are taking out some of the leaves to use, make the remaining leaves wet before wrapping and storing it again in the refrigerator.

 

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Aloo Anda (Egg and Potato Curry)

Aloo Anda (Egg and Potato Curry)

Aloo Anda (Egg and Potato Curry)

The Aloo Anda/Anda Alu curry in Fiji Indian style is made by boiling the eggs, taking off its shell and frying the boiled egg till light brown. The Potatoes are cut into bite size pieces and cooked, when the curry is half way cooked, the boiled eggs are added to the curry and cooked. This curry is tasty when there is a thick gravy and some tomatoes are also added to give flavor. You can also garnish the Anda Aloo curry with coriander leaves.

Some people boil the eggs and potatoes while other people make the same curry by boiling only the eggs and not the potatoes. Its entirely your choice to boil the potatoes or not for making Anda Aloo curry.

I have also seen that some people do not fry the boiled eggs in oil. I prefer to fry it because it it gives a special taste.

Ingredients for cooking Aloo Anda (Egg and Potato Curry):

  1. 4 Eggs
  2. 3 medium sized potatoes
  3. 1 Carrot (optional)
  4. 2 tbsp Oil
  5. 1/4 tsp Sarso
  6. 1/4 tsp Jeera
  7. 5 seeds Methi
  8. 1/4 tsp Chilly Powder
  9. 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  10. 1 Onion
  11. 1/2 tsp Ginger paste
  12. 2 tbsp Masala
  13. 1 tsp Haldi
  14. Curry leaves
  15. Coriander leaves for Garnishing
  16. Salt to taste
  17. 4 cups water for boiling eggs and potatoes
  18. 4 cups water for cooking curry (approximately)

Method for cooking Aloo Anda (Egg and Potato Curry):

  1. Put the eggs and potatoes in a pot and cover it with water.Put a lid and boil this till potatoes are tender.
  2. Let the eggs and potatoes cool and take off the potato skin and take off the egg shell. Cut the boiled potatoes in bite size pieces.
  3. Use a food peeler to take off a thin layer of skin off the carrot, rinse the peeled carrots and cut it in small pieces.
  4. Take off the onion skin and cut it into lengthwise slices.
  5. Rinse the coriander leaves and cut it into pieces.
  6. Heat oil and pour the boiled eggs in the hot oil, fry this in low flame till golden brown and take it out of the oil when brown.
  7. In the same hot leftover oil, pour the sarso, jeera, methi, some onion, curry leaves and ginger. Stir this and add garlic.
  8. When garlic starts to get light brown, add the haldi and masala stir and add potatoes.
  9. Add the 4 cups of water, carrots, salt, chilly powder and the boiled and fried eggs.
  10. Cook till the soup is bit thick and the carrots are tender.
  11. Serve Aoo and Anda Curry with rice or roti and chutney.

Note:

  1. You can know that the potatoes are tender and boiled by inserting a fork or a knife in the potato. If it is inserted easily than the potatoes are boiled.
  2. When you are in steps 7 and 8, do not let the items burn, otherwise it will taste ugly. So keep the flame low on this step and be fast.
  3. You can either call this recipe aloo anda curry or anda aloo curry but its basically Egg and Potato Curry.
  4. You can either add more water or less water. The amount of water added to any type of potato curry depends on the quality of potatoes used. Better quality potatoes means lesser water will be used as well as lesser cooking time. A thick gravy in Anda Aloo curry will be tasty.
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Chicken Palau

Palau in Fiji is a very special dish, it is cooked during special events like Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas, New Year  or for a special guest. Chicken Palau recipe is an authentic Indo-Fijian dish.

Meat Palau is prepared by cooking the meat curry first and than cooking the rice in spices, when rice is half way cooked, the cooked meat is added to the rice portion.  This is than cooked together. Palau looks somewhat like Chicken Fried Rice (in western countries) or Biriyani (in India)  its more closer to Biriyani because of the similar type of spices used.

Palau can be cooked with Chicken, Goat, Lamb or even Beef. All the meat mentioned can be cooked using the recipe below, the only difference will be to substitute the Chicken with Goat, Lamb or Beef. The only thing that differs between Chicken Palau and other meat Palau is that chicken meat is more tender therefore, it will need lesser cooking time than Goat, Lamb or Beef.

 

Ingredients for Cooking Meat:

  1. 1 kg chicken
  2. Salt
  3. Jeera
  4. Methi
  5. Sarso
  6. Masala
  7. 1/2 Onion sliced
  8. Garlic paste 1 tbsp
  9. Ginger 1/4 tbsp paste
  10. Water 4 cups
  11. Oil
  12. Lewang
  13. Elachi
  14. Dhalchini
  15. Curry leaves 4 -5 pcs
  16. Masala 2tbsp

Ingredients for the rice:

  1. Rice 2 cups
  2. Salt
  3. Jeera
  4. Methi
  5. Sarso
  6. Palau masala/ Chicken masala
  7. Coriander Powder
  8. Roasted Jeera Powder
  9. 2 onion sliced
  10. Garlic paste 1 tbsp
  11. Ginger paste 1/4 tbsp paste
  12. Butter 100 grams
  13. Curry leaves 10 pieces
  14. Lewang 2 – 4 pieces
  15. Elachi 3 – 5 pieces
  16. Dhalchini 2 -4 pieces (1 cm each)

For Garnishing: Coriander leaves rinsed and cut into small pieces, add this when the Chicken Palau is cooked and you are about to take it off the stove.

Method for cooking Chicken Palau:

  1. Cut chicken in curry size pieces and rinse it.
  2. Heat oil and pour in methi, after a few seconds add a few pieces of onion, ginger, jeera, sarso and stirr.
  3. After a few seconds add garlic, lewang, elachi, dalchini, , coriander powder and curry leaves. Fry this till garlic is light brown.
  4. Add chopped meat,  salt and mix this well.
  5. Cook till meat is tender.
  6. Rinse the rice and keep it aside.
  7. In another pot heat half the butter and pour in methi, after a few seconds add onion, ginger, jeera, sarso, curry leaves, elachi, lewang and dhalchini and stirr.
  8. After a few seconds add garlic and curry leaves, chicken masala, coriander powder. Fry this till garlic is light brown. Add the rice and fry this for 2 minutes and add hot water and salt. Let this cook till rice is half cooked and most of the water has disappeared.
  9. Add the cooked chicken and mix well.
  10. Let this cook till rice is tender and add jeera powder and mix well.
  11. Cut the remaining butter in small pieces and pour it over the chicken palau and let it melt.
  12. Sprinkle the coriander leaves and serve chicken palau with tamrin chutney or tomato chutney or salad.

Notes:

  1. Some People spell Chicken palau as pulau, palaoo, pulao, pulav etc.

 

 

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