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Tandoori King Prawns

We always buy frozen uncooked prawns still in their shells for this mouth-watering starter. Ready cooked prawns are not suitable.
Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes.
Serves four.Tandoori King Prawns

Remove shells and beards from the prawns, wash and drain.
In a bowl, mix together the prawns and the marinade making sure that the prawns are well coated.
There is no need to marinate these for long and in fact they should not be left for longer than a few minutes.
Preheat your oven to the maximum temperate.
Remove prawns from the marinade shaking off excess, and place on a rack in a shallow baking tray.Tandoori King Prawns1
Bake near the top of the oven for 7-8 minutes.
Serve, sizzling on a sizzler dish if liked, with green salad, lemon slices, and yoghurt mint sauce
Note. Instead of baking, the prawns may be grilled under a very hot grill for about five minutes, turning once.
Allow appropriately increased quantities if you wish to serve tandoori prawns as a main course dish.


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Yeast Recipe Nans

Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes, plus an hour to prove the dough.Yeast Recipe Nans

  • ¼ pt (150ml) milk (hand hot)
  • 2 tablespoon castor sugar
  • 2 tablespoon dried active yeast
  • 1 lb (450g) plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ pt plain yoghurt, beaten
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • A little melted vegetable ghee

Pour the milk into a bowl and stir in the sugar and the yeast. Set aside for 15 minutes until the mixture is frothy.
Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into another bowl. Add to it the yeast mixture and all the remaining ingredients (except the ghee), and mix into a dough.
Place the dough onto a clean surface and kneed it for ten minutes or so, until it is smooth.
Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover with greased cling film, and set aside in a warm place for about an hour. The dough will double in size.
Kneed the dough again lightly before proceeding to make the nans as described in the previous recipe.

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NanFor six nans.
Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes approx.

  • 1 lb (450g) SR flour plus extra for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoon plain yoghurt beaten
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • ¼ pt (150ml) water approx.

A little melted vegetable ghee
Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl. Add the oil, yoghurt, and eggs and mix in with a fork.
Now add the water little by little, and using your hands, bring the flour together to make a soft dough.
Need the dough with damp hands for a minute or two until it is smooth; cover it and leave to rest for at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to the highest temperature. Put a heavy baking tray to heat in the oven, and pre-heat your grill.
Divide the dough into six equal portions. Dust your hands and taking one portion, roll it into a ball in the palms of your hands.
Roll the ball out into a tear shape, or a round if you prefer.
Carefully take the hot baking tray out of the oven, slap the nan onto it and immediately return to the oven for about three minutes.

Remove the baking tray and the nans from the oven and place then under a hot grill for 30 seconds to brown lightly and crisp the top.
Brush the top with the melted ghee and wrap in a clean napkin or tea towel and keep warm.
Repeat the process with all of the remaining dough. Make nans two at a time if the size of your baking tray and grill will permit.
Serve immediately.

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Tandoori Chicken

The secret is to buy a chicken of weight no more than 3lb (1kg 250g). If you buy portions, ensure that these are from small chickens.
For a main course, double the quantities of everything (including the marinade).

Tandoori Chicken
Preparation time: 25 minutes. Serves four (starters).

1 whole chicken or portions
2 cups tandoori marinade
Quarter chicken if using a whole one, and remove the skin. Make deep slits into the skin right down to the bone, four into each leg portion and two into each breast portion. Wash, and drain well or wipe off excess moisture with kitchen paper.
Now put the chicken into the bowl containing the marinade and mix thoroughly making sure that the marinade goes into the slits.
Cover and refrigerate for at least six hours but preferably overnight. The chicken may be kept in the marinade for up to three days without spoiling.

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Preheat oven to maximum temperature.
Shake off excess marinade from the chicken and place on a rack in a shallow baking tray. Bake near the top of the oven for about 20 minutes. Test with a fork to make sure the chicken is cooked, when the flesh comes away from the bone easily.
Serve immediately, sizzling if preferred, with a green salad, lemon wedges, and yoghurt mint sauce (recipe page 16).

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