birth masala chicken curry recipe

by Food Like Amma, 7/04/2020
Amma‘s chicken curry made with birth masala was known as Marin Salo (Marinde Saloo).  Sometimes braised dry or as a spicy soup like texture to help alleviate common cold symptoms. Chicken necks, feet or wings were often braised dry while odd pieces or a combination of different chicken pieces were made with more gravy using onion and tomatoes. Birth masala itself contains cumin, coriander seeds and carom seeds as key ingredients therefore it is not necessary to add garam masala when making this type of chicken curry. Amma's version simply included birth masala and chilli powder or chicken curry masala. The combination of spices makes for a fragrant yet fiery chicken curry, perfect to beat the winter blues.



birth masala recipe

by Food Like Amma, 7/04/2020
The name birth masala is unique to  Indian cooking in South Africa. Growing up in the eighties, Birth Masala was one of the most elusive spices, it was only available in some spice shops or from aunties who made their own secret blend. The spice itself was often shared but never the recipe. Amma often got her supply from her sister. This spice blend was mainly used for a dish called‚ maren salo - essentially a chicken curry, made from 'odd' chicken pieces, chicken wings, necks, feet and sometimes included a gizzard or two braised with onion, chilli powder and birth masala or to make russum. Both of these dishes were Amma's remedy to alleviate symptoms of the common cold. Birth masala has a characteristic aroma and brown colour. This is my attempt at recreating the recipe from scratch. It is also my first attempt at blending my own spices and I am not completely dissatisfied with the results. Having become a mum in my late thirties, I can safely say, that no amount of birth masala could prepare you for the feat of motherhood, but the nostalgia and memories associated with this spice certainly give you the motivation and comfort needed to kick start the journey into motherhood, especially if your mum is no longer here.


 

easy south african crumpets recipe

by Food Like Amma, 6/28/2020
No baked or pan cooked treat epitomized Sunday afternoon quite like crumpets. These small, fluffy pancakes are easy to make and require minimal ingredients, simply combine flour, baking powder ,eggs and milk. Cook on the pan and enjoy with jam and butter. In worse case end of the month scenario Amma simply made them with milk and self rising flour. Other forms of Amma‘s pancakes included sour dosa and fried ones which often served as a substitute for bread. I made these South African crumpets to go with strawberry jam, my son made at preschool this week (by make I mean helped cut strawberries), none the less it was one of my proudest moments yet.





seafood pilaf recipe

by Food Like Amma, 6/28/2020

Like Biryani and Paella, Pilaf (Pilau, pulau) is a one pot medley of rice and vegetable or meat, in this case Frutti di Mare (seafood including mussels, squid rings and shrimp). Recipes vary within individual families as much as they do across the globe. In South Asian versions of the dish, rice is spiced with cinnamon and cardamom and steamed in a bed of spicy broth containing meat and or vegetables. Spices are less extravagant than those used in making Biryani and cooking time is definitely shorter.


chocolate shortbread recipe

by Food Like Amma, 6/27/2020
This chocolate shortbread recipe is a spin off from my last recipe, shortbread tart pastry with chocolate filling. It is a recipe based on classic shortbread made using the 1:2:3 ratio of sugar, butter and flour, but with added cocoa for a chocolaty version. The dough is versatile enough to shape into several forms, either as chocolate shortbread fingers, squares or sandwiched together to make homemade oreos. Shortbread biscuits remind me of Eat Sum Mor biscuits growing up in South Africa. I especially love making shortbread fingers and have made them on many occasions in different flavours, this is my first attempt at a chocolate version so I cannot compare results. I am however pleased with the outcome, these biscuits are crumbly and melt in the mouth like regular shortbread, only with an added chocolate taste sensation.


chocolate shortbread finger recipe

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