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A GREAT meal is incomplete without an appetizer. Besides setting the mood for the rest of the meal, appetizers tantalize the taste buds and leave them craving for more. Here's a simple and innovative non-vegetarian starter you can try.

Papdi Murgh

Ingredients

Boneless Chicken Breast - 250 gms
Green chillies - 4
Onion - 70 gms
Ginger - 5 gms
Garlic - 10 cloves
Corriander leaves - a few sprigs
Salt - to taste
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Papad (Lijjat) - 5
Gram flour - as required for binding

Method

1. Wash and mince the chicken meat.

2. Chop onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies and corriander leaves individually and mix with the chicken mixture.


3. Add spice powder and salt to the mixture and check seasoning. Roll it into 1.5" balls, lend it a cone shape and deep fry in oil till done.

4. Soak papads in water for a second and cut into quarters. Cover the fried chicken cones with pappad and seal the edges with flour.

5. Place them in a salamander or oven and roast to crispness. You can also roast them in a tandoor.

Note

1. If there is excess moisture in the mixture, Bengal Gram flour can be added for binding.

VEGETABLES ARE nutritious by themselves but many don't like eating them raw. Others don't like them well cooked.

This recipe is ideal for those in between.

Crunchy toppy vegetables (Serves 2)

Ingredients
Onion - 4
Ginger - 5 gms
(finely chopped)
Garlic - 1tsp
Green chillies - 5.
Capsicum - 2.
Cabbage - 1/2 kg
Beans sprout - 50 gms
Carrot - 100 gms
Stock - 100 ml
Oil - 1tsp
Salt - to taste
Ajinomoto - to taste
Soya sauce - 1/4tsp
Vinegar - 1/4tsp
White sesame seeds - 1/4 tsp
White pepper powder - 1tsp

Method

1. Cut onions, capsicum, carrot, and cabbage into paysanne (triangular shapes).

2. Heat oil, sauté chopped vegetables, add the remaining ingredients and toss.

3. Add stock or water and seasoning. Toss and reduce the mixture and garnish it with chopped spring onions.

AJEET KUMAR LAL MOHAN

(The writer is Head of the Department of Catering Science and Hotel Management, V.L.B. Janakiammal College of Arts and Science, Kovaipudur, Coimbatore.)

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