We have all been celebrating Christmas this month and we will be celebrating more next week too. I will be posting some appetizers and desserts for you to make and take it with you to your parties.
Tonight I have a coffee party and I will make Chicken Pies. These pies are so popular in my family. I have made thousands of them over the years and I have sold thousands too. You can make them and freeze them baked or unbaked and use them as needed. It is a good lunch to take to school, after school snack for kids, pies and salad for a light lunch or afternoon snack with a cup of tea.
I am making Chatako. This is an Indian Vegetarian dish. You will find different versions of it and it is also known by different names. I use Advi na Bhajia (Patra), some people make pakoras and use that instead. If you have leftover pakoras you can use that and get a completely different dish. Chatako can be used as an appetizer, mid afternoon snack or a light lunch. I got this from Noorbanu Nimji’s recipe book and modified it a little. You can buy Patra from Indian grocery stores; you can buy it frozen or canned. If you are using frozen follow the cooking instructions on the package to cook.
I will also make Masala Mogo (cassava). This is fried mogo (cassava) and then added to a rich tomato based masala served with Ambli (Tamarind Sauce).
Tamarind sauce is very popular for Indian snacks.
For dessert I will make Carrot Ginger Layer Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. This cake is very tasty. I got the recipe from Martha Stewart’s website. She had once demonstrated the cake on her TV show.
I also have a platter of Cookies and Fruit Cake.