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Prawn Bhajis 

Prawn bhajis are delicious little snacks that you will probably have to make a double batch of. The prawn and fresh fresh herbs compliment each other so perfectly that you will need every ounce of willpower not to hide them from everybody you made them for. Prawn bhajis or sometimes known as pakoras can also be made using fish or vegetables but whatever type you make, you must have a good chutney to dip them in or a sweet chili sauce. This makes about 2 dozen bite size bhajis.

What you need

  • 600g peeled and deveined prawns chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 or 4 green chilis finely sliced
  • Palm of finely chopped fresh coriander (2 to 3 tablespoons)
  • Pinch of bicarb of soda
  • water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying

The process

  1. In a bowl add the flour and then about 2 tablespoons of water. Mix it to a thick batter. If you need slightly more water add another 1 tablespoon. It must be thick and mixed smooth. Use a fork to work out any lumps.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients and season with a grind of salt and pepper and mix to distribute everything evenly.
  3. Heat about 5cm of oil in a pot or frying pan to medium hot, not smoking. To test, drop a cube of bread in the oil and give it 15 seconds and if it is browned and not burned it is the correct heat.
  4. Now take tablespoons of the mixture and drop them into the oil. Fry until golden and irresistable.
  5. Serve with Chutney as an anytime snack. Try the Kerala country chicken recipe for a perfectly rounded off Indian food meal.

Easy tortillas

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Tortillas are really great for anytime meals and you can really go to town with them. Fill them with chicken, meat or vegetables, add cheese, avo or anything you have in the fridge that grabs your fancy. A really great alternative is to fill them and then smother them in a tomato pasta  sauce and cheese and place under the grill to melt the cheese. They freeze well, so make 2 batches and always have a quick meal at hand.

What you need

  • 2 cups regular flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup warm milk

The process

  1. Sift the flower into a large bowl with the baking powder and salt.
  2. Add the milk and oil and mix with your hands to for a stiff dough.
  3. Lightly flour a surface, tip the dough onto the surface and knead the dough well for 3 or 4 minutes.
  4. Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a clean cloth and leave it to rest for about 20 minutes or so.
  5. Now, lightly flour a surface and separate the dough into 8 or 9 equal portions. Use a rolling pin to roll it out very thin in a circular shape.
  6. On a medium heat, heat just enough oil to coat the base of a large pan, place the tortilla into the pan and cook until bubbles start to form, turn it over and cook for another 2 mintes or so.

Thats it, Fresh, soft delicious tortillas

Stew Fried Large Prawns


  • 12 large prawns
  • 4 tablespoons of diced Chinese celery
  • 1 tablespoon sliced shallots
  • some red chili
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • pepper and salt
  • 3 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • dash of sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • cooking oil


Trim prawns, rinse well and pat dry. Marinate prawns with rice wine and pinch of pepper then coated thinly with cornstarch. Deep fry briefly in plenty of oil until prawns change color. Saute shallot and curry powder in a pan then add prawns, sprinkle rice wine and stir in all other seasoning. Cover lid and stew for 2 minutes until sauce almost dried up and thicken. Stir in red chili and diced celery, mix well and dish up. 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


1 pound ground beef 1 egg 1/4 cup plain bread crumbssalt and pepper 1 (16oz.) can whole cranberry sauce 1 btl. heinz chili saucewhite rice or broad egg noodles

Directions:  Mix ground beef season with salt and pepper, add bread crumbs and egg. Roll into meatballs and brown on all sides. Mix cranberry and chili sauce together in large pot. Add meatballs and cook over low heat about 1 hour or until meatballs are firm. Serve over white rice or noodles.

Chicken Croquettes

2 cups finely chopped chicken 1/4 cup butter1/4 cup flour1 cup milksalt and pepperlittle parsleylittle onionflour, bread crumbs, 1 egg, little water

Directions:  Mix the butter, 1/4 cup flour, milk and salt and pepper in a pan and cook until thick, add your onion, parsley and chicken, stir well put on a plate to cool, when cool make into patties, then dip in flour, then your egg that has been mixed with a little water, then bread crumbs. Fry in hot oil until brown on each side.

Breaded Steak


 Bread Crumbs Egg to coat Cubed steak Oil for frying salt/pepper to taste

Directions:  In small bowl beat the egg(s; in another bowl pour in the Italian Bread Crumbs (store bought kind). Dip the raw meat in the egg and then the bread crumbs; please the coated meat in the hot oil and fry until brown or no longer pink in the center.

deep fried calamari 

Here is another fantastic and simple calamari recipe, if you have any calamaro rings left over from marinating for you salad make some deep fried calamari rings to dip into tartare sauce as another calamari antipasti or as a meal with a side salad and a some crisp potato wedges.

What you need

1kg calamari rings
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups breadcrumbs (for this recipe, bought breadcrumbs are best)

The process

Heat oil in a pot for frying, you want about 5cm of oil at least.

Beat together the egg and the milk in a bowl and drop in the calamari rings, shake them about a bit to cover all of the calamari in egg.

Place the ½ of the breadcrumbs on a large plate, take the calamari out of the egg and shake of excess egg. Then place them on the plate and cover with the remaining breadcrumbs.

Press the breadcrumbs onto the calamari rings with your fingertips to ensure that the stick well.

Drop the coated calamari rings into the oil in batches and deep fry until they are golden brown and crisp. You will have to turn them to get them evenly browned and crisp on both sides.

Remove from the oil and drain on absorbent paper.

Here is the marinated calamari recipe.

Rosemary seared tuna 

 This seared tuna recipe is for those who prefer a more savory fish dish to the salmon with mango salsa. It’s real simple and the roasted plum tomatoes are fantastic and make the plate look really good. Another Valentines winner.

What you need

2 Tuna steaks (150 – 200 grams each)
Juice and grated rind of 1 small lime
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
2 medium plum tomatoes halved
1 small red onion sliced
salt and pepper

The process

Make a marinade with 1/2 the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, lime rind and lime juice. Add the tuna steaks and toss around to coat them. Cover and place in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour.

Heat your oven to 200 Celsius, ploace the tomatoes in an oven dish, cover with the oinions, sprinkle over a little rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil. Roast them for 15 minutes.

Heat your grill pan to medium hot and cook the tuna steaks until browned and rare inside.

Serve with the roasted tomatoes and a squeeze of lime.

Check out more sumptuous tuna fish recipes at’s choices of delicious and healthy dishes.

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