Spicing up Masterchef with Zanzibar Cuisine
Carla van Straten
Masterchef South Africa takes a trip to the Spice Island – “Gone Fishing,” in Zanzibar. Flavoursome Zanzibar zesty foods were the challenge, but hardly the only challenge. Contestants, divided into two teams of four, each had to sell their cultural cuisine creations at the iconic Forodhani Gardens market in Stone Town. The team to make the most cash at the market would win the challenge – well done to the red team ladies! Out under the open Zanzibar sky, contestants are forced back to basics, having to create master dishes without prepared or processed ingredients, without electronic kitchen appliances, and even without a conventional kitchen!
Ingredients had to be bought at an outdoor food stall market. Squid had to be cleaned, tropical fruits chopped, breads baked from scratch. Popular flavours were a combination of coconut, mango and vibrant spices as a marinade for chicken. Other dishes included falafel, spicy beef shwarma and tuna skewers. All foods where grilled over flaming hot coals in the market, the old fashioned way. Not to mention the huge manual “industrial” fruit roller juicing machine (1950 model). Sweet sugarcane juice was produced through rolling sugarcane through these rollers. These machines proved themselves juicers with the added benefit of a proper workout, all in one.
With queues of customers swarming in to get their slice of the Masterchef flavours, Sue-Anne expresses this atmosphere best in a few words; “It’s all very exciting… and terrifying, all at the same time!”
Open fire grilling without temperature control, chickpea mashing by hand, manual “industrial” roller juicers… these all contribute to a very unique experience. However, such an experience is guaranteed to make you love and appreciate your fancy kitchen appliances back home just a little bit more.
Since we were given a taste of the spice island, let us make some hot and spicy curry and rice. The only difference being that we will be putting our Kenwood kitchen appliances to work. Thank goodness for technology and innovation!
For the following curry and rice recipe, you would need the Kenwood Multipro Libra Food Processor FP950, and, to make life just a tad easier, the Kenwood Rice Cooker RC417.
More than just a food processor, the Multipro Libra Food Processor has a 1000W motor, 1.5 litre glass blender, a twin geared whisk, a dough tool and a built-in weigh. It includes a continuous juicer, citrus press and a multi-mill. Mix, mill, whisk, blend, chop, juice – name it and the Multipro Libra can do it.
The Kenwood Rice Cooker guarantees the perfect rice, every time, with a minimal amount of effort. They say that, if you work smart, you’ll never have to work hard – how true. The Rice Cooker is an attractive brushed stainless steel machine with a 10 cups capacity rice bowl. The main perk is the auto shut-off function; when your rice is ready, the cooker automatically switches from cook mode to warm mode, keeping your rice warm without over cooking it.
Spicy Vegetable Curry Recipe
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
- 3 fresh green chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced
- 1 handful of curry leaves
- 2 thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely grated *
- 3 onions, peeled and chopped
- 3 potatoes, chopped
- 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 6 large carrots, chopped
- 6 babymarrows, chopped
- 300g chick-peas
- 2 large red peppers, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon tumeric
- 6 tomatoes, chopped
- 400ml tin coconut milk
With the Multipro Libra Food Processor:
Chop up the onions, carrots, red pepper and babymarrows.
Pulse the tomatoes.
- Heat the oil in a pan, and when hot add the mustard seeds and wait for them to pop,
- Add the fresh green chillies, curry leaves and ginger.
- Stir and fry for a few minutes.
- Add to the same pan, the onions along with all of the other vegetables, except the tomatoes.
- Continue to cook for 5 minutes then add the chilli powder and tumeric.
- Add the tomatoes and allow to cook for a couple of minutes
- Add 1 or 2 wine glasses of water and the coconut milk.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes until it has a creamy consistency
- Season with salt.
And now, here follows a perfect rice recipe for your Kenwood Rice Cooker. Flavoursome yellow rice is the perfect dish to compliment your spicy vegetable curry.
Yellow Rice Recipe for your Rice Cooker
- 4 Tablespoons butter (can substitute olive oil)
- 1 medium sized onion
- 1 1/2 cups rice
- 1 can (2 cups) chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Put 2 T butter in rice cooker, melt.
- Grind onion in the Multipro Libra food processor and add to butter
- Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add rice and cook until rice glistens.
- Add broth and turmeric, stir until turmeric is dissolved.
- Close rice cooker and let cook!
- When rice cooker is finished, stir in last two tablespoons of butter and add salt and/or pepper to taste.