This is the last of the recipes that got held over until this week - and details the use I put the other half of the chicken to.
I had seen the recipe on BBC Good Food website a while back and had thought it was interesting, but couldn't think of what I'd serve them with. Being committed carnivores, I didn't think that a bit of feta cheese (which son & heir hates with a passion) was going to cut it, really.
So there I was, looking for something interesting to serve alongside the other half of the pot roast chicken - and fancying keeping the chicken cold. Cold cooked chicken is one of life's delights, so far as I am concerned - and having to keep on putting that lovely chicken into things like curries, was just sacrilege in my book.
I remembered the fritters included cumin, which instantly made me think of Coronation Chicken - which is one of son & heir's favourite dinners ever. A quick review of the recipe and we were sorted.
I served the chicken on a bed of mixed lettuce and we just had some cucumber alongside. Of course, I did deviate from the recipe a teensy bit by adding a half a teaspoon full of ground coriander. I felt it would just up the curry flavouring. The fritters cooked up perfectly - I'm a bit of a novice on frying such things as these fritters, so watched them the whole way. However, they were well behaved and didn't cook too quickly, or too slowly - and the feta cheese didn't run away all over the pan - which was one of my worries!
I considered the apparent inconsistency of having Greek feta cheese in what was ostensibly an Indian sounding recipe - and wondered about using paneer instead. However, not having ever tasted paneer, I couldn't judge whether it had a sufficiently salty, sour flavour that would stand in for the feta. I'll just have to get some paneer (or make some!) and try it!
Having cooked these fritters, it has made me ponder the prospect of creating some onion bhajees - which are our all-time favourite indian-style snack. Hubby did have a crack at them when we first got our deep fat fryer (which has now been consigned to a deep dark cupboard) without much success. I'll have to have another go and see how I get on!
SPICY CARROT FRITTERS (makes around 12)
4 heaped tbsp self-raising flour
1 rounded tsp ground cumin
half a tsp ground coriander
2 small eggs
125g carrots, coarsely grated
1 small onion, coarsely grated
50g feta cheese, crumbled
1. Mix the flour, cumin, coriander, eggs and 2 tbsp water (more if the consistency is too thick) in a bowl, until you have a smooth, thick batter.
2. Stir in the carrots, onion, feta and a good sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
3. Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Spoon dollops of the batter into the frying pan and flatten them out a little with the back of the spoon. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side, until cooked through and golden brown.
4. Keep in a warm place until ready to serve.
CORONATION CHICKEN (uses half a cooked chicken)
Cooked, shredded chicken
1-2 tbsp mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
1 heaped teaspoon of curry powder
a pinch of cinnamon
1 flat teaspoon of ground cumin
half a teaspoon of ground turmeric
half a teaspoon of garlic granules
half a teaspoon of garam masala
a pinch of red chilli flakes
quarter of a lemon, juiced
1 heaped teaspoon of mango chutney
a pinch of sea salt
half a teaspoon of ground black pepper.
1. Place all the ingredients except the chicken, into a large bowl and stir to combine.
2. Taste and adjust to suit your own taste requirements, but remember that it will taste slightly different once the chicken is added and once the flavours have married.
3. Add the chicken and turn it gently in the sauce, making sure every piece of chicken is coated whilst trying not to break up the pieces.
4. Cover and put in the fridge to chill for at least a half an hour, to allow time for the flavours to marry.
Serve - it also does very nicely as a sandwich filling, or in wraps with crisp fresh beansprouts.