Hurry, it's new year! Time to celebrate now...
Confused? Well! The new year has already arrived on Jan 01 but not for all the countries. Yes, you heard it right, today i.e., Feb 05 is the day of the Chinese New Year which is also known as 'Spring Festival'. Generally, the first day of the Chinese New Year is celebrated on the new moon day which may appear between 21 January to 20 February as per their calendar. According to Chinese culture, 2019 is the year of the 'Pig' and the colour red signifies good luck and joy, symbolizing fire and fortune.
And, if you wanna repeat the new year celebrations, then do indulge in the Chinese ones.
Well! Whatever the celebrations might be, without having delicious food, you can't end them. So, here we are presenting you the popular Chinese dishes. Have a look and give them a try on this special day...
Chinese New Year is incomplete without having a bite of 'Nian Gao' a special cake made out of rice flour and brown sugar.
½ Kg rice flour
¼ Kg brown sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Oil as required
Warm water as required
Method To Prepare
Add warm water to brown sugar and mix it well in a bowl until it dissolves, then set aside.
Sieve the rice flour into another big bowl, then add brown sugar liquid, milk, vanilla essence and water (if needed) and mix it well to get a soft dough.
Spread the dough with a greased rolled pin as per your desired size and shape and place it on parchment paper.
Transfer it into the bamboo steamer (if available) and steam it for 40-45 minutes.
Otherwise, place the rolled dough in a stainless steel bowl. Fill the pressure cooker with sufficient water and set wire stand over water and place the stainless steel bowl over the stand and cook it on low flame until it cooks well.
Take it off the flame and keep it aside until pressure goes off.
Dish it out and enjoy the rich Chinese glutinous rice cake 'Nian Gao'...
Fried Momos Stuffed With Meat
Momos are one of the bookmark recipes in Chinese cuisine. Here is the recipe of fried momos stuffed with meat.
Ingredients For Dough
2 cups refined flour
1 tbsp oil
Salt and water as required
Ingredients For Momos Stuff
1 cup minced meat (keema)
¼ cup chopped onions
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 chopped green chillies
½ tsp pepper powder
¼ tsp soy sauce
½ tsp vinegar
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ cup chopped spring onions
¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
Salt and oil as required
Method To Prepare
Sieve the flour into a bowl, then add salt, oil, water and mix it well to get a soft dough. Set aside for 30 minutes.
Saute the onions till translucent in heated oil, then add ginger-garlic paste and fry it well until raw smell goes off.
Now, add the remaining ingredients including minced meat and let it cook for 5 minutes with a closed lid. Take it off the flame and let it cool.
Organise the dough into equal portions and shape them like balls. Spread each dough ball with a rolled pin into medium sized chapati. Fill each one with a spoonful of minced meat mixture and close the edges tightly like momo or desired shape.
Heat the oil in a wok and deep fry the momos until golden brown. Transfer them into a paper-lined plate to drain the excess oil.
That's it! Serve the crispy and yummy 'Meat stuffed dumplings' with delicious Chutneys.
Tang Yuan Recipe
'Tang Yuan' is an interesting yet palatable dish that one cannot miss on this new year...
Ingredients You Require
Rice flour - 1 cup
Red bean paste - ½ cup
Sugar - ½ cup
Pandan leaves - 2
Ginger - 1 inch (chopped)
A few drops of food colours (red, green and yellow)
Water as required
Method To Prepare
Boil 2 cups of water along with pandan leaves, sugar, ginger until sugar melts and take it off the flame. Set it aside.
Meanwhile, mix the flour by adding water in batches to get a soft dough; make sure that dough is not sticky. Knead the dough well for 2-3 minutes and divide it into four equal portions.
Add the food colours to 3 parts of dough and mix them well. Organise the four parts of dough and red bean paste as well into equal portions and shape them like balls.
Now roll the dough paste into small sized chapati and fill the centre with red bean paste balls. Close the edges of the dough and shape it again like a ball.
Do the same process for the remaining dough and red bean balls are done. Heat water in a bowl and drop the dough balls in batches and cook for 5 minutes.
Take it off the flame and strain the water. Place the cooked dough balls in a bowl and pour prepared sugar syrup over them. Let it sit for sometime.
The colourful red bean stuffed rice balls are ready to serve now...
So guys, have these Chinese special cook-ups on this auspicious day.
...Happy Chinese New Year...
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