Make the most of your air fryer

Three fool-proof recipes from the runaway hit The South African Air Fryer Cookbook, that will make dinner time a lot tastier.
The air fryer – essentially a small countertop convection oven that cooks food quickly and efficiently – has gained tremendous popularity in South Africa over the last few years.
The South African Air Fryer Cookbook – a current Daily Maverick Top Ten Best Seller – is a collection of easy-to-follow, mouthwatering, family-friendly local recipes. It’s a must-have to add to your cooking repertoire.
The book includes helpful tips and tricks for any size or brand of air fryer, and suggests some essential accessories.
Steak Gatsby
Tuck into this home-made version of the popular take-away treat.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus marinating time
Air-fryer temperature: 200°C
Cooking time: approximately 25 minutes
800 g minute steaks
5 ml ground turmeric
30 ml leaf masala
5 ml paprika
10 ml barbeque spice
4 cloves garlic, crushed
15 ml grated ginger
15 ml brown vinegar, plus extra for drizzling
5 ml sugar
60 ml canola oil
2 onions, sliced
750 g oven-baked chips
1 large French loaf, cut in half lengthways
Sliced tomato, lettuce, coriander, chilli sauce (optional), to serve
Place the pieces of meat between two sheets of plastic wrap and hit gently with a rolling pin or meat mallet to flatten.
Mix the spices, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sugar and 30 ml oil together and spread over the meat. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
Put the onion slices into a bowl and add the remaining oil. Toss well to coat.
Preheat the air fryer to 200°C. Put the onions into the basket of the air fryer and cook for 8 minutes. Stir halfway through the cooking time. The onions should be slightly charred when they are done. Remove from the air fryer and set aside.
Reduce the heat to 190°C and cook the oven-baked chips for 10 minutes until done. Toss once during cooking. Set aside. Drizzle with brown vinegar and season to taste.
Increase the air fryer temperature to 200°C and add the steak to the basket. Cook for 3-5 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.
To serve, spread the bread with butter. Top with tomato, lettuce, coriander, chips, steak and onions. Add some chilli sauce, if you like. Wrap tightly in foil and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes so the flavours can mingle. Cut into pieces and enjoy.
Moroccan-spiced butternut and naartjie salad
Serve as a side salad or add cooked chicken or chickpeas and enjoy as a light main course.
Serves: 4
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