Make a simple ham roast Anglo-Indian-style for Christmas dinner if you don’t feel like having roast turkey or pork roast this year. All you need to do is to let it simmer on its own for a short while and your ham roast is ready. Serve with roast potatoes, steamed vegetables and bread.
1 chunk of smoked ham or uncooked ham with the bone weighing around 2kg (with some fat)
3 potatoes, peeled and halved
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
3 whole red chillies
1 tsp pepper corns
1 bay leaf
Salt to taste
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp chopped garlic
* Make a few small cuts on the ham. Rub salt, chilli powder, turmeric and a pinch of pepper on the ham. Pierce the ham with the a few cloves if desired.
* Place the ham in a suitable pan together with all the above ingredients and a little water and cook first on medium heat then on low heat until the ham is cooked and all the water dries up.
* Simmer on low heat turning the ham around until nicely browned on all sides. (Add 1 tsp of sugar to brown it faster.) Alternately, the ham can be roasted with all the above ingredients in an oven at 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F until the ham is soft and brown.