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USHA RAJAK

USHA RAJAK

Usha Rajak has been a model, actor, and was also crowned Miss University Nepal in 2006. More importantly, she is mother of a six-year-old! Usha loves to expand her horizon of learning. This certificate holder of culinary arts enjoys cooking.

HOTPOT WITH BREAD OF ITS OWN

For the dough
300 gms flour
5 gm yeast
5 gm salt
5 gm sugar
130 ml water
•     Mix all the ingredients and knead the dough well.
•     Keep aside in a warm place until it doubles in size.
•     Heat the oven to 200 degree celsius.

Pot filling
Mix of vegetables like potatoes, carrot, onions, pepper, eggplant, spinach and cauliflower.
For non-vegetarians, add any meat, chicken or fish.
Seasoning and spices of choice. Egg for wash (half water, half egg yolk)

Method:

• Fill up half the pots being used with the fillings, spices and add a little water.
• Roll out the dough into circles and seal the pots with it.
• Mask half of the outer part of the pot with oil to make sure the dough does not stick to it.
• Spread the egg wash on the dough top and bake the pots for 30 minutes.

Note: If the top browns too quickly, lower the temperature to 150 after 15 minutes and bake further. Care is to be taken while opening the seal for steam. Serve with pickles.

CHARCOAL FLAVORED FISH SOUP

For the broth
1 medium sized fish with bones intact
1 medium onion
1 head of garlic
2 medium carrots
Red bell pepper
Black, white and red dry whole peppers
Salt to taste
Method:
• Wash, peel the ingredients as needed and put everything in a large pot and let simmer in a liter of water for 30 minutes.
• Strain and keep the broth. Save the fish for later.

For the soup
2 medium potatoes
1 medium onion
1 medium carrot
I/2 bell pepper
1 tablespoon oil
A burning piece of charcoal

Method:
•  Clean and/or peel and chos in large chunks all the ingredients above.
•  In a separate pot, fry all the above ingredients for a minute on high flame.
•  Add broth and let simmer until potatoes are soft.
•  Pour hot soup in a bowl and dip the burning piece of charcoal for two seconds and take out immediately.
•  Serve with bread.