Sunday, March 24, 2013

Simple seasoning....

I loathe the ready-made, store bought stuff- seasoning,  pastes etc.  It just doesn't appeal to my senses.  It does not suit my taste buds either.Given the fact that I have studied food science for a couple of years I believe" fresh is best".  The fact that it is expensive only helps me to push myself and make efforts to make my own stuff. Most of the ingredients are available and for those that aren't there is always a substitution available which works almost as good.
The case in point this time is a Fajita seasoning mix and/ or Fajita marinade. A quick search on the internet assured me that it was really really simple, most of the items required were already in the pantry.So here it goes, the way I made it. Some ingredients are replaced.

For the Fajita seasoning mix:

1 tbsp cornstarch (optional: I did not use it)
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp  red chili flakes
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp salt
A pinch of sugar
1/2 tsp of onion powder: I ground some dehydrated onions in the mixie and used this.
1/2 tsp garlic powder: I  used powder of fried garlic

To make it,
I simply mixed all the powders well and it was ready to use!
If storing,store it in a airtight jar for future use.
How I use it,
I use this liberally to season my meats, especially chicken wings or drumstick to make a quick stiry fry snack. This could also work well in many other items beyond Fajitas too.
 For the Fajita marinade you will need
 3-6 cloves garlic minced- I like the garlicky flavour
1 tsp chili powder- more if you like it hot

Juice of two lemons,
2 tbsp olive oil
A heaped spoon of the above mentioned Fajita seasoning
 Salt, to taste
Pour on boiled chicken strips ( paneer should work well for those who want to avoid meat)  and marinate for as long as possible( a good 24 hours is ideal) before grilling in the oven.

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