Easy recipes: My favourite dishes to make
Juliet Kane is a lawyer with a great love for food. And that is why she started the Kane’s Kitchen Affair, a social media platform where she shares recipes and cooking tips.
1. Easy butter chicken
What you need:
- 1/2kg of boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 2 onions diced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger finely minced or grated
- 3-4 cloves garlic finely minced or crushed
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 large tomatoes, blended or crushed
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tbsp of curry powder
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream/cooking cream. A good substitute is plain yoghurt
- 3 tbsps of butter
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Black pepper
- Chillies, adjust to your preferred taste
- Fresh dhania/coriander/parsley
- Hot coconut/cumin rice and naan to serve with
- Cook the onions in the vegetable oil for about five minutes until they are soft and translucent.
- Add in the ginger and garlic.
- Cook for two minutes until fragrant, then add in the spices. Cook for one more minute.
- Then add the chicken, reduce the heat, cover and let it cook through.
- Add the tomatoes and tomato paste to the cooked chicken, stir and cover until it boils.
- Add in the sugar and stir. Once everything is well cooked, add in the cream and the butter.
- Mix and cover for two to three minutes.
- To finish off, add the fresh dhania and turn off the heat.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
- I serve mine with some hot cumin rice and garlic naan!
2. Orange-berry yogurt cake
What you need:
- 2 cups of self-raising flour. Alternatively, use 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoons of baking powder.
- 1 tbsp of orange rind
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil - you can substitute with your favourite oil
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup plain yoghurt
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- ½ cup of blueberries/ favourite berries/raisins
- Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius as you begin to mix your ingredients.
- In a bowl, mix the vegetable oil and sugar thoroughly.
- Add in the eggs, one by one, mixing in each as you go.
- Next, add the plain yogurt and orange juice. Combine well.
- If you’re using orange oil or orange extract add it at this point . You can also add 2-3 drops of orange food colour just for the extra colour.
- Add to the mixture the flour and orange rind.
- Be careful not to over mix. The batter might be a little lumpy but that is okay.
- To finish off, add the blueberries and fold them in. Prepare the baking tin by applying a thin layer of oil, butter, margarine or softening. You may also opt to line the tin with parchment paper.
- That done, pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Put it in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
- After the time is up, use a toothpick or skewer to check the doneness of the cake. If it comes out clean, then the cake is done.
- Allow the cake pan to cool before removing the cake.
- Serve warm with a tall glass of cold milk.
3. Orange-sugar glaze for the orange cake
What you need:
- 1 to 2 cups of icing/powder sugar
- 1 tbsp. of plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp. of fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp. of orange rind for garnish
- Add the yogurt to the icing sugar.
- Slowly add the orange juice and mix until you get a nice thick consistency.
- Allow the cake to cool completely before pouring the glaze on it.
- Garnish the cake with the orange rind and any fruit you like. Enjoy.
Fave cooking tip: Taste constantly. Adjust the flavours as you go along
Must have kitchen tool: A sharp knife
Must have recipe: Garlic. Lots and lots of garlic
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