Sunday, September 4, 2016

CABBAGE TAMALES



This is a German and Mexican fusion dish. I have replaced beef with chicken mince and made tamales in my own way using cooked mince instead of raw meat with Mexican flavours.

Ingredients:
To Cook the Mince:
Chicken mince ... 200 gms
Onions ............ 2 (sliced)
Tomato ......... 1
Ginger paste .. 1 tsp
Garlic paste ... 1 tsp
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder .. 1 tsp
Red chilli powder ... 1/2 tsp
Salt ............. to taste
Oil ............. 3 tbsps


Method:
 Heat oil in a pressure cooker and fry the onion until golden brown. Tip in the ginger garlic paste, tomato and saute for a minute. Now add the mince, salt and mentioned spice powders and stir fry. Add half a cup of water and pressure cook it for 2 whistles.

Other Ingredients for Tamales:
Cabbage leaves ... as needed
Kidney beans .... 1/4 cup (boiled)
Rice ................... 1 cup (cooked)
Eggs ................. 2
Mexican seasoning ... 1 tbsp
Tomatoes .............. 4 (diced)
Salt ................. as needed
Oil ............... 2-3 tbsps


How to make Tamales:
1. In a large pan take hot water add a little salt and blanch the cabbage leaves until tender.
2. Beat eggs in a bowl and add the mince, kidney beans, cooked rice, salt and Mexican seasoning. Mix together.
3. Spoon this mixture on the soaked cabbage leaves and roll them. You can secure them with tooth picks or satay sticks so that they don't open up.
4. In a large pressure cooker, heat oil and add the diced tomatoes with a pinch of salt.
5. Place the prepared Tamales on top and close the lid.
6. After one whistle (or when the pressure is full ) reduce the flame to low and allow the tamales to cook for 4-5 minutes until the egg is cooked in the filling.
7. Remove them on a serving plate and garnish with the tomato paste from the cooker.



8 comments:

  1. These are a great idea and I am sure I could create avegetarian version of these. Any suggestions to what to replace the meat with???

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    1. You could use soya granules, crushed paneer, chana dal with some mashed potatoes. They will taste good too..Thanks Nayna.

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  2. They look absolutely delicious. Love it.

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  3. love the idea using cabbage as outer layer. Its very hard to find husk after season.

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    1. Yes.. and the cabbage is edible whereas you have to discard the corn husk.

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