Thursday, July 7, 2011

Baby Corn and Capsicum Satay with Peanut Sauce

12 baby corns, small sized - put in boiling water for 3 minutes and wipe dry
1 green capsicum - cut into 1" cubes
6 cherry tomatoes or 1 large, firm tomato, cut into 8 pieces and pulp removed

1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp oil
2 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp soya sauce
8-10 garlic flakes - crushed to a paste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder

Peanut Sauce:
1/4 tsp roasted salted peanuts
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
4-6 garlic flakes crushed
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2-1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp soya sauce
1 cup coconut milk

To make coconut milk, grate a coconut and add 1 1/2 cups hot water to it. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Blend in a strainer and squeeze through a muslin cloth to get fresh coconut milk. If fresh coconut is not available you may use 1 cup coconut mixed with 1 cup hot water and get milk the same way.
Mix all the ingredients of the marinade together. Add baby corns, capsicum and tomatoes. Keep covered for 1/2 hour or till serving time.
Thread marinated vegetables onto oiled wooden skewers. Leave behind the marinade. Cook in a preheated grill at 350F for 10 minutes. If using stove top, heat a kadai with little oil and fry the vegetables until tender.
To make peanut sauce, grind peanuts with the salt to a rough powder.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed small pan or kadai. Add crushed garlic. Saute till it starts to change color. Reduce heat. Add 1/2 tsp red chili powder. Add only 1/2 cup coconut milk. Boil, stirring. Cook on low heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the crushed peanuts, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp soya sauce and the remaining 1/2 cup coconut milk. Boil. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it sticking to the pan. Transfer to a bowl and serve with the prepared satay.


Tip of the day: To keep asafoetida(hing) soft without getting harder, keep a green or red chili with it and the hing will always be soft.

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