I want to learn how to cook traditional dishes in every country we visit on this trip so when Wendy and Pim had told us about a class in Kochi, Flavour Cooking Class that came highly recommended on Trip Advisor we changed our plans so I could finally do a cooking class.
We cooked four dishes and learn how to prepare Chiapatti – Chicken Masala, Dried Vegetable Curry, Dal Fry and Eggplant Curry (we substituted and made it with cabbage)as well as learning how to make, roll and fry Chiapatti. All of the dishes were traditionally Keralan dishes or Indian dishes with a Keralan flair. All the preparation had been done for us and all that needed to be done was the cooking which gave the impression that the dishes were simple but we found out later there was almost an hours worth of preparation. The food was tasty and we had alot of fun during the class however eating our prepared food in the dining room of our hostess’ house while they were in the next room watching TV was a little strange.
My favourite dish from the class was the Chicken Masala so I thought I would share the recipe:
4 tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped Ginger
1 teaspoon minced Garlic
1 Green Chilli (can reduce if you want less spice)
6-8 Green Chilli leaves
1 teaspoon Coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
1 teaspoon of Meat Masala (if you can’t find Meat Masala mix equal quantities of pepper, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom and fennel and grind)
1/2 cup Water
3/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
Mix chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of meat masala, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt and marinate for 30 minutes.
Half cook the chicken by boiling in water over a low heat.
Fry the onion, ginger, garlic, chilly and curry leaves.
Add the remaining spices and stir for 3 minutes.
put tomato and half cooked chicken, mix well and cook for 10 minutes.
Finally add coconut milk, boil and serve.
We also learnt how to make Masala Chai from scratch:
Equal quantities of Cinnamon, Cloves, Dried Ginger and double quantities of Green Cardomom – mix and make a powder.
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon of Masala Chai powder
1 black tea bag
Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil before simmering for 2 minutes.
Strain and add sugar.