Chops done differently

On my recent trip to Durban, my mother in law made the following chops for us for breakfast. Everytime I go down, I am positive I put on weight. Its just that everything is so divine, its so difficult to say no to seconds.

I dont know what its called, but its basically, dipped into flour and egg and fried, in the end.

Firstly, wash chops and remove all fat. Marinate them in the following:

  • chilli powder
  • dhania / jeera
  • tumeric powder
  • salt
  • lemon juice

Marinate over night or for a few hours.

Place chops into a pot with ¼ cup of water on low to cook for about 25-30 minutes. Do not turn, unless you feel you have to. Once done, remove and let the chops cool.

Sprinkle flour onto both sides of the chop and dip into beaten egg. Fry on medium heat on frying pan until coat is slightly browned.

I made a batch with ½kg chops this weekend (and regretted not making it with 1kg!). I served it with potaotes and coleslaw.

A nice alternate the usual way of eating chops – which gets boring.

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Curried Chops

I learnt about this dish via a friend of mine. In all the time I grew up, I hadn’t heard about anyone making a curry out of chops. She explained it was like making a mutton curry. Since I dont like or eat mutton in a hurry, I thought I’d try making curry out of the chops.

What you need:

  • a tray of chops
  • chopped onion
  • 1t chilli powder
  • 1t dhania & jeera powder
  • ½ t gharam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • Green chilli
  • Ginger / garlic

Method:
Saute onions in oil.
Add spices and salt.
Throw in the chops, coating it nicely with the spices.
Add ginger / garlic and green chilli.
Let the chops cook on low – medium for about 25 minutes.
Add the tomatoes after it has been liquidized.
Cook until a nice thick gravy is formed.

Serve with Roti.

Leftovers

It’s actually quite fun coming up with something when you have leftovers. I made extra penne arrabiata and didnt wanna eat the same thing. My husband suggested I make a “chops casserole”.
“What?”
His mum used to make it and he said it was very tasty. So I decided why not.

I added some salsa flavouring into the pasta for a slightly differnt taste. I then fried some chops in white pepper.

Using a pyrex dish, I layered some penne at the bottom, then the fried chops, then another layer of the pasta. Topped with cheese and tomato. Baked it in the oven until the cheese melted.