Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ramadhan Diaries: Day 1 & Chicken Puff Pastry recipe

Hello Jemples and welcome to a brand new concept on this blog my daily Ramadhan diaries!! Well as the name suggests these are small diaries which I will update each day in the month of Ramadhan. The content of the diaries will vary each day like some days I might just have a more chatty blog where I will talk about my experience of the day so far, other days I might share some tips with you that I've found have helped during Ramadhan and other days like today I may share a recipe with you that will be quick and simple (it has to be especially if I'm making it!) that you can whip up for Iftaar. So before I go onto the recipe I'm just going to very quickly share with you all about how my day has gone so far. Well as you all probably know today marked the start of Ramadhan so just like a lot of people I was really excited to keep the fast (I mean the excitement of the first fast is just something out of this world!) At Sehri I ate a bowl of Weetabix (which was quite filled) and one banana and Alhamdulillah the day has passed quite well, I'm not going to lie I have started to feel hungry (the stomach is now rumbling) but that's only natural especially because it's only the first day so it will take time for the body to get used to it. I had read somewhere that bananas help because they don't make you feel thirsty, and I don't whether the placebo effect is working or whether bananas actually work because I don't feel thirsty at all! So definitely try it yourself! So I'm not going to babble on instead I'm going to share with you a recipe for a quick and healthy starter:

Below are the ingredients needed to make this yummy starter, like all recipes you can alter stuff to your own liking.
1 1/2 cup of cubed boneless chicken
1 onion
1 chopped green chilli
1 tea spoon of garlic (this can be powder too)
1 tea spoon of ginger (this can also be powder)
Chopped handful of coriander
1/2 tea spoon of whole cumin
1/4 tea spoon of crushed chilli
1 tea spoon of salt
1/2 tea spoon of curry powder
1/2 tea spoon of cumin powder
1/4 tea spoon of coriander powder
1/2 tea spoon of chilli powder
1/2 tea spoon of turmeric powder
1/4 of a lemon's juice
1 1/2 tea spoon of oil
1 ready to roll puff pastry/ get ready rolled pastry
Gosh that is a lot of ingredients but trust me on this the recipe is really simple something all those who do not cook on a daily basis can easily make (I got to admit I am one of them!).
1. The first step is to add the chicken, the onion, green chilli, garlic, ginger, coriander, whole cumin, crushed chilli, salt, curry powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and lemon juice in to a bowl and mix.
2. Add the mixed ingredients into a blender and mix into a paste.
3. Add the oil into this paste.
4. Roll out the pastry or get the ready rolled pastry like me from Tesco to save time and effort of rolling and having flour everywhere!
5. Cut the puff pastry in half.
6. Add the paste made from before in the middle of the two halves.
7. Fold one side of the puff pastry to secure the paste inside the puff pastry and use a fork to seal the edges.
8. Cut the puff pastry into approximately 8 slices or into your desired size.
9. Put these cut pastries onto a greased baking tray.
10. Cook in the oven for 40 mins at 160'c
11. Then put the heat up to 200'c and cook for a further 10 mins to make the pastry golden brown.
**A further tip if you want the pastry to get a glossy look, whisk one egg and brush over the puff pastry before putting into the oven.
And there you have it your final product is made, here is one I made earlier (Feels like I'm on a cooking show)
Hope you have fun making this simple cooking and impress your family with this easy recipe. Comment below and tell me how your chicken puff pastry turned out and if you liked this simple and quick recipe for your iftaar.
Well that's it for today, so until next time bye bye Jemples :).

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