"This is a journey of my life since I was all of 12 yrs when I started my hand in cooking to now with displays of my learning and creations of recipes from around the world. My inspiration and role model has always been my Mum who has always created dishes from around the world and excellently well. I do not believe I would ever match to her culinary skills. I remember the times she could cook and bake almost 4-5 dishes in one go without ever letting one go under cooked or burnt! I was born and raised in Dubai, UAE and recently moved to India for family reasons. Kitchenette just means that over the decades, my kitchen has changed from that of my mum's to my uncle and aunt's, to my home in UAE and now in India. Pala't'te, describes both global cuisines ('Palatte'-diverse flavours) and pleasing diverse 'Palates'."

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Coleslaw (the KFC way)

Eating out is something which every family may want to do sometime or the other, most times during the weekend and with kids at home, it would probably be from the fast food chain. I quickly noticed on my move from UAE to India, that the one thing missing from most and literally all fast food chains was 'Coleslaw'. Even when I finally found one that did include coleslaw along with the main protein, it lacked the flavour that a good coleslaw contained.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is one such outlet in the UAE, whose coleslaw I came to like. I say came to like as when I was young anything related to mayonnaise would give me a headache like you would not believe. I disliked coleslaw as a result back then.

Well I have been meaning to try out mum's version of KFC for a long time now and I am getting close. In fact hers is the non-fry version, so I am keen to share it very soon. Since I bought a second head of cabbage quite recently and mainly for the purpose of making coleslaw, I went all out yesterday and made it along with some Crispy Fried Chicken and Calamari as well.

Oh my I did not expect the turn out of the coleslaw to be so good! It tasted so close to the KFC make itself, I am quite surprised I nailed it. In fact the only thing I would have done differently is to have used a smaller size onion and preferable a white onion with white pepper powder (not black pepper). I have made notes of this in the Ingredients section below.

I can guarantee that once you make this your kids would probably think you bought it from a KFC outlet. Actually I would recommend you serve it in one of your KFC takeaway bowls. Foolproof and a sure winner!

You need:

  • 4 cups of finely chopped cabbage (approximately 1/2 of a cabbage head) 
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot (1 medium carrot) 
  • 1 tbsp minced white onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar 
  • 125 ml milk 
  • 125 ml buttermilk 
  • 11/2 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 3/4 tbsp white vinegar 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • Pinch of white pepper powder

The Make:
Preparation Time:10-15 mins | Serves 5-6 adults

1. Ensure that the cabbage and carrots are diced finely to the size of rice grains. You can use your food processor. I used my very handy Philips hand blender.
2. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and whisk well until smooth and creamy.
3. Next add in the chopped vegetables and onion and mix well.
4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serve on the side of your favourite protein. 

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