This lovely and mouth-watering meal was prepared by none other than my loving husband, oh am so blessed. A sunday meal that left me wanting more on my plate, even though I was pretty much full already. There is something genuinely divine about the meals my husband cooks, (wish he would do it more often, hey a gal can dream heh).
Maybe its the reason why there are more male chefs than women, don’t get me wrong, am a good cook, well according to my husband and our guests, so he is never being biased. I love trying new stuff and enjoying myself while at it. Probably that’s it, that it’s naturally expected for women to be cooks, and in that notion we become familiar and it becomes about getting it over and done with as opposed to being creative and artsy about the meal.
Being a home maker is no joke, and then add being a mum on top of that and the whole being-artsy-with-food-factor gets replaced by its-food-its-on-the-table eat it, at least it’s not burned today. Oh how I pray never to get to that place where what I put on the table, especially for my husband, seizes to be of much importance and keenness.
So to the recipe, boy that plate had so much, her goes nothing;
1 cup rice
2 tbsp of Oil
Salt to taste
2 cups Boiled water
Wash your rice and let it sit in water for around 30 minutes and drain
Put oil on cooking pot,(you can add cumin seeds at this point, he didn’t) once hot add in your rice. Make sure the oil does not splash on you
Add salt, mix well than add your water and let it simmer
When the water has evaporated a bit, cover the rice and lower the heat and let it cook with the steam
Once ready turn off heat and leave cover on
1 cup french beans cut into small pieces
1/2 cup of carrots cut into same sizes as the french beans
2 large tomatoes
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
Salt and Pepper
Place oil into pan and add in your cut up onions, let them saute then add your diced tomatoes
Add the coriander powder and salt and pepper
Cover the pan and ensure heat is on medium low so that the tomatoes cook with the steam as well
Leave them for 2-3 minutes then add the french beans and carrots
Add 1 cup of warm beef stock and cover. Keep checking and adding stock or hot water so that the meal doesn’t stick
This cooks for 30 minutes. Allow it to form a thick stew
2 cups of cubed potatoes
Par boil the potatoes (meaning don’t let them cook completely) in salty water
Heat oil on a pan, once hot you can pan fry them in two bunches
Lower the heat to medium once they have browned, to allow the inside to cook, remove and place in a container that has paper towel at the bottom.
Once all done sprinkle with paprika and mix well
Kachumbari (salsa dressing)
3 ripe tomatoes
1 large onion
Peel and dice the onions into small pieces
Place them in a container add water and 1/2 tsp of salt (this helps remove the oniony taste)
Dice the tomatoes into small pieces. Let the onions sit for 5 or so minutes
Mix onions and tomatoes in a bowl and add the ketchup. You may not need to add salt, but taste just to make sure
You can add coriander or chilli to this mix
Last Step, Chicken
500 gms of chicken cut into cubes
Boil the chicken in salt water
Heat oil on pan
Don’t let the chicken get cooked, so drain water and dry completely
Then place the pieces onto the hot oil, let them brown and then turn. Switch the heat to medium low so that you can allow the chicken to get cooked inside.
Drain onto a paper towel
Serve all the above side dishes and enjoy (oh am tired of typing, so you had better enjoy this meal)!