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I dont make breyani often as it is especially tedious and takes loads of preparation time. For Eid- Ul - Fitr i decided that the Breyani wil be made as i have a Wonderbag to bring the taste to a new level. This recipe is from the Indian Delights Cookbook by Zuleikha Mayat.
Firstly when cooking with the Wonderbag please remember the following.
1. You must use a heavy metal based Cookware..With a tight fitting metal lid. Glass Lids will result in uncooked food.
2. You need to fill your pot for optimal results.
1 kg lamb pieces cleaned
2 cups brown lentils (boiled) and set aside
2 cups Basmati or Alabama rice (NB: boiled for 5 minutes on stove, strained and put aside. NNB Do not put raw rice into your breyani)
2 pieces Stick Cinnamon
4 cardomon crushed
1 tsp Cumin (Jeera)
1 tsp Corianer powder
1 tsp Cayenne pepper (or chilli powder)
half tsp tumeric
1 tsp barishap powder (fennel)
6 potatoes peeled and cut in half.. (Fried in hot oil for few minutes. Just for colour and NOT till cooked)
4 medium onions (sliced and fried in oil till brown and crisp) Watch the onions so that it doesnt burn. Burnt onions give the food a bitter taste.
1 tablespoon Freshly crushed garlic ginger paste (store bought is NOT the same)
4 green chillies slit
1.5 cup yoghurt
1 fresh tomato grates
t tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 tsp saffron
1 tsp salt
1/2 bunch fresh coriander
1. Allow Saffron strands to become crisp over very low heat. crush fine with back of spoon. Steep in a tablespoon of hot water.
Keep some saffron aside for tinting later. + 4 tablespoons of rice this will be spread in tints on top of rice for garnishing
2. Marinate your meat in the garlic ginger paste, spices, fried onions, chillies, lemon. tomatoes. The longer you marinate the better your flavours will fuse into meat. I did it for an day.. you can marinate for sevelal hours as well.
3. When you are ready to cook your breyani. do the following:
At this point the meat has been on the stove for 20 minutes. I have layered the half fried potatoes on top of meat and cooked lentil ontop of potatoes. I then proceeded to layer the parboiled rice on top of the lentils. I garnished with the 4 tablespoons of saffron riceand streak it through the whit rice. Sprinke some fried onions on top and lentils. For extra yumminess i added blobs of pure buter and garnished with Coriander. You may also garnish with Boiled eggs (which i forgot to do. ) At this point you may do 1 of 2 things. 1. Cook on medium heat with lid sealed for about 10 minutes till you see lots of steam rising through the rice. Once you see lotsa steam you place into WOnderbag to finish off thecooking. 2. Leave the pot to cool down .. and place in fridge and cook another day. When you are ready to finish off the cooking process you place the pot on stove and cook for 15 -20 min stove on medium heat and then into WOnderbag My Food stayed PIping hot the entire day. I cooked it the morning at 6-30 am and at 7pm it was still Hot. Breyani is a dense dish and retains heat very long. I dont have a pic of the finished product.. LOL it was devoured to soon..
I made such an exciting discovery today i couldnt wait to share it with you. Today I made caramel in my Wonderbag!! Now if you dont know this already ..Condensed Milk boiled for 3 hours turns into caramel which is delicious on deserts and cakes. Many living abroad dont have this yummy caramel available. It is also more expensive than condensed milk. Once Again Wonderbag saving you money. Heres how i cut 3 hours of stove time and continuous boiling and refilling water into 45 minutes on stove.
Fill your pot with water and bring to boil. Place closed can of condensed milk inside water. Allow to boil on medium heat for 45 minutes. Place sealed pot in Wonderbag for 5-6 hours.. (or overnight)
Delicious creamy caramel ready for use! Try it it works!
Since working with Wonderbag and being a daily user of the product myself I have had huge amount of feedback on the product. The Feedback is largely positive however there is the odd complaint or negative feedback.
As a user of Wonderbag my family has been the victims of my endless experimenting, from raw crunchy onions to hard potatoes to meat and beans that were slightly on the hard side. Needless to say I hate reading instruction manuals and prefer making the mistakes and learning from them. This blog has been the outcome of my experiments with step by step pictures. The purpose of this post is to try and figure out why some clients are still not using their Wonderbags. Did you have a hard potato incident and thought this Wonderbag is just a fad? Or you just cannot figure out what you did wrong even though you followed the instructions. Lets figure it out together. I invite anyone with their problems unanswered to comment here and we can solve your issues.
These are some of the Questions I get.
1. You say rice dishes stays hot for 10 hours but my rice has cooled down way before that.
Answer: I found that rice dishes like Akni, Breyani etc stays piping hot for 10 hrs (No reheat required). But plain white rice does cool down quicker. The reason for this is that firstly The former has other foods like potatoes and meat and butter/oil. All these food types have heat in them as well also the pot has been on the stove for at least 30 min retaining 30 minutes of heat. For plain white rice the pot is only on the stove for 5 minutes.
2. My Breyani was cold when i opened the pot i used the "Indian" pots (Pots with flat lids)
Answer: Wonderbag needs your pot to be a tight fitting lid else too much heat will escape resulting in uncooked food. When using indian pots place a heavy object on the lid to seal the heat in.
3. My Meat was tough but potatoes was cooked.
Answer: The cooking process was disrupted when the client added boiling water to the pot while it was in the Wonderbag. Or the pot wasnt full enough therefore heat escaped.
4. My potatoes wasnt cooked.
Answer : Potatoes need to be on the stove for at least 15 minutes before transfering into Wonderbag. Not All foods you just bring to boil and put into bag. Meat needs 30 min, root veg - 15 min, Beans - 30 min, and rice needs 5. This information is in your instruction manual that comes with the bag.
5. My Wonderbag got burnt. How did it happen? I took precaution. ?
Answer: When you place a heavy pot into the Wonderbag esp when you cooking soup or Rice dishes You have to take extra precaution. A good idea is placing an oven glove in the base and a thick cloth on the lid as well. This should protect your bag from burn.
6. My Food went sour in the Wonderbag?
Answer: Once food is lukewarm it is the breeding ground for bacteria. Ensure that your pot goes straight from the stove into the lined Wonderbag. Do not let it cool down or open it. as heat will escape. Different food types retain heat longer than others. Eg Breyani or stew will stay hot for 10-12 hours whereas a curry with no potatoes will cool down after a few hours as theres no starches in to retain the heat. Consider the food type when leaving it in the Wonderbag for too long.
7. Can I use any pot in the Wonderbag.
Answer: No. You must use a heavy based Metal pot with metal lid. Do not cook food with Glass lids it will not retain heat and food will remain uncooked. You may keep foods warm in a glass lidded pot for a few hours. Cooked foods in pyrex dishes is also fine to place in Wonderbag as a means to keep it warm only and not as a cooker.
Do not use a Cast Iron Pot that is used in the BBQ/Braai. That will burn the Wonderbag.
Cinnabon Recipe- easy and delish.
4 cups Cake Flour
1 pkt yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup lukewarm water (more hotter) can use more if nec
Mix flour,sugar, yeast and salt.
Melt butter in warm water. Add in egg. Then add the wet to the dry ingr. Mix to form a soft dough. Let rise - 1 hour in Wonderbag. (place a hot water bottle or heated bean bag under bowl of kneaded dough to aid the raising process)
Once rise roll out 2 Large rotis with dough.Brush the surface of roti with some melted butter. Mix the half cup sugar with abt 2 tsp ground cinnamon or more depends on how cinnamony u like it. Sprinkle the sugar cinnamon over the surface of roti.
Roll up roti like a swiss roll.. Cut 3cm and turn flat on greased tray. Brush with egg and bake at 180 for 20 min
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 cup icing
Beat tog on high for few min. Add on cinnabons as they coming from oven and drizzle the top with choc ganache. (Melted choc and cream mix). yield 36 small ones
Braise 1 small onion in butter
Add half punnet chopped mushrooms
Add 2 chopped up chicken fillets
season with salt and pepper
Add 1.5 litres milk (Or less)
Add 1 packet instant soup either mushroom flavour or chicken mixed with a cup of boiling water)
Add 1 can of creamstyle sweetcorn.
Add some chilli flakes.
Bring to boil and place in Wonderbag for half an hour to thicken. NO burn on base of pot,
These rolls are so delicious and easy to make i have stopped buying rolls at my local baker. The smell of freshly baked rolls is enough to get me busy in the kitchen. You can make it too.
Recipe for Pillow soft Rolls
Mix 1 packet yeast 10g into 1.5 cups lukewarm water and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Add 3 tablespoons oil
In a seperate bowl mix 4 cups flour, 3 tablepoon sugar and 1 tsp salt
Mix dry with wet ingredients and kneed till the dough isnt sticky anymore.
Place in Wonderbag for an hour to raise to double in size. In Cold weather place a beanbag or hot water bottle under the bowl to quicken process.
Remove from Wonderbag and knock down dough.
Make into balls or in this case to get them this shape i roll a piece with my hand and make a knot and place on grease tray
Brush with egg , sprinkle sesame seeds
Bake on 180 degrees for 25-30 min.
This roasted butternut soup is bursting with all sorts of flavours. Theres Butternut, green apples, orange and potato. The kids said its more of a fruit salad than a soup. But when all is folded together it is a masterpiece. Check it out
Braise half a medium onion in some pure butter
To get to this point you need to do the following:
Chop a large butternut, 2 sweet potatoes/potatoes, 3 Granny smith Apples, Place into a oven tray coat with a tablespoon of oil and roast in a hot preheated oven on highest heat till cooked and soft inside.
Puree with blender till smooth the Vegetables & fruit when they come out of oven with 2 cups or more of water.
Add the pureed Mixture to the braised onion in pot.
Season with crushed chilli flakes, Nutmeg about 1-2 tsp, salt. Also Squeeze the juice of 1 juicy orange into pot. Add about half a tub fresh cream or more. Add some milk to bring to your preferred consistency. Bring to boil and place in Wonderbag for flavour fusion for about half an hour.
Serve with freshly baked rolls..