Showing posts with label Main course - Non Veg Chicken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Main course - Non Veg Chicken. Show all posts

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Chicken Tikka Pulao with Cranberries and Dry fruits


 An easy peasy Chicken Tikka Pulao with Cranberries and Dry fruits for dinner. This recipe is inspired from the Persian Pilaf. 

For Chicken Tikka 

Ingredients 

500 grams Boneless Chicken cubes

1/2 cup Curd

1 tsp Garlic paste 

1 tsp Ginger paste 

1/2 tsp Chilli paste 

1 tsp Lemon juice 

Salt to taste 

1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder 

1 tsp Cumin powder 

1/2 tsp Pepper powder 

1 tbsp Olive Oil 

1 cube Butter 

Method 

Marinate the chicken cubes with all the above ingredients except butter for 5 to 6 hours. Take a grill pan, apply butter in the pan. Place the chicken cubes into the pan. Cook the chicken from both the sides until the chicken cubes are brown in colour and has cooked well. 

The chicken cubes can be grilled in the pre heated oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes after applying butter, then turn the chicken cubes, apply butter and grill for another 15 minutes until the chicken cubes are cooked. Remove and keep it aside. 


For the Pulao 

Ingredients 

Chicken Tikka cubes

250 grams Basmati Rice

1 big Onion thinly sliced 

1 Red Dry Chilli 

2 tbsp Dried Cranberries

1 tbsp Almond Flakes

1 tbsp Raisins 

1 tsp Dried Rose Petals 

1/4 cup Hot Milk with a pinch of Saffron 

Salt to taste 

1/2 tsp Cumin powder 

1 tbsp Sugar

1 tbsp Butter

1 tbsp Olive Oil 

Method 

Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes. Take a pot, boil 2 cups water. Add little salt and 1/2 tsp oil, once the water boils, add the rice and cook the rice until it’s 75 percent cooked. Drain the water out and keep it aside. Take another pot, add remaining oil and butter, let the butter melt, add sugar, stir until the sugar melts, add the onion and dry red chilli, stir fry the onions until brown in colour. Add the salt to taste and cumin powder, stir for few seconds. Add 1/4 cup water. Stir and let it cook for a few seconds. Add the chicken and the rice. Gently stir, add the saffron milk, cranberries, raisins, rose petals and almond flakes on top, cover the pot. Cook the rice until it’s completely done. Remove the cover of the pot and let it stand for 10 minutes before serving. 



Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Godrej Yummiez Steamed Chicken Lucknowi Sheek Kabab One-pot Meal




We love Godrej Yummiez as it’s very convenient and healthy to use. It comes in frozen precooked or in pre marinate form. We can create delicious dishes out of it or just cook it as it is. The pre marinated ones have to be thawed and the precooked ones need to be fried directly after it’s taken out of the freezer. 

At times when we just want to cook a jhatpat type of meal which should be tasty and healthy at the same time, then one pot meals are ideal to cook with Godrej Yummiez pre marinated products.  I had some leaf over cooked  rice, I added eggs and some chopped vegetables into the rice, mixed it, added some fried Godrej Lucknowi Sheek Kababs and steamed it. We are not going to add much spices as we don’t want the actual flavour of the Kabab to dilute. 

Ingredients 
4 pieces of Godrej Yummiez Chicken Lucknowi Sheek Kabab 
1 small Onion chopped 
3 to 4 Garlic chopped 
1/4 cup Red, Yellow or Green Capsicum chopped into small cubes 
1 1/2 Cup of Leftover Rice
2 Eggs
2 Slices of Cheese
Salt to taste 
1 tsp  Pepper Powder 
2 tsp Butter 

Method 
Take a pan, add a tsp of butter, heat the pan, add the  Godrej Yummiez Chicken Lucknowi Sheek Kabab into the pan, fry the Kababs, meanwhile take a bowl, add the rice, onion, capsicum, garlic, salt and pepper into the bowl, mash and bind all the ingredients together. Once the Kababs are fried cut them into halves. Take a container with a lid, grease the container with 1 tsp butter, pour the batter, place the cheese slice on the batter and place the Kabab on the cheese slices. Close the lid, take a pressure cooker, add water at the base of the cooker, place a cooker stand and then place the container on the stand. Close the lid of the cooker and cook until 2 whistles. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release. Remove the container, open the lid and enjoy the Godrej Yummiez Steamed Lucknowi Sheek Kabab One-pot Meal 

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Bengali Chicken Stew

 


The most easy recipe and comfort food, that we most of us in Bengali household must have had as kids on a regular basis and even after growing up we enjoy having it with hot steamed rice..... specially in winters when we get varieties of fresh vegetables in the market and its also made on the days when someone in the family is unwell. It’s made with loads of vegetables like cauliflower, green peas, beans, carrot, potatoes, raw papaya, tomato, onion, ginger, garlic and chicken. We can replace oil with ghee.. then butter is not required. 


Ingredients 

500 grams Chicken pieces 

Few medium size Cauliflower florets 

1 medium size  Potato cut into cubes

1 medium size Onion sliced 

1 medium size Tomato chopped 

1 medium size Carrot cut into pieces 

Few cubes of Raw Papaya 

6 to 8 French Beans cut into pieces (Didn’t have)

Few Green Peas (Didn’t have)

2 Green Chillies (Optional)

4 Garlic crushed 

1/2  tsp Ginger paste 

Salt to taste 

1/2 tsp Pepper powder 

1 tsp Sugar 

2 Bay leaves 

2 Cloves crushed 

2 Green Cardamom crushed 

4 Pepper corn crushed 

1 small Cinnamon crushed 

2 Cups Water 

2 tbsp Oil or Ghee 

1 tsp Butter (Optional)


Method 

Take a pressure cooker,  add oil, once the oil is hot, add the whole spices (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and pepper corn), bay leaves, ginger and garlic. Sauté for a few seconds, add the chicken pieces and sauté until it changes its colour. Add the vegetables, stir for few seconds. Add the sugar, salt and pepper powder. Stir and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of water, stir and pressure cook until 3 whistles. Let the pressure release. Open the cooker and add the butter. Serve the stew with steamed rice. 


Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Grilled Lebanese Chicken with Lebanese Potato Salad, Green Peas Hummus and Pita Bread




Lebanese cuisine is wholesome and healthy, it consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, pickled vegetables, fresh fish, meat and olive oil. Most of the fish and meat are grilled and fresh vegetables are eaten in the form of salads. Various types of dish, dips, salad, picked vegetables, fruits and desserts are served in small quantity at a time, it’s known as mezze. On a regular basis a family can make 3 to 4 dish for mezze, but for functions and occasions mezze can consist of more than 25 dishes... 
Information - Net source
We enjoyed some Lebanese dishes at home...

Grilled Lebanese Chicken 
 

Ingredients 
1 kg Whole Chicken 
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tbsp Olive oil for marination + 1 tbsp Olive oil for grilling 
4 Garlic minced 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper powder 
1/2 tsp Cumin powder 
1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder 
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder 
1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes 
* 1/2 tsp Coriander powder 
2 Cloves ground
Method 
Take the whole chicken, apply all the above ingredients to the chicken and keep it aside for 4 to 5 hours to marinate. Take a pan, place the chicken and pour the remaining olive oil over the chicken. Grill the chicken in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees celsius on one side, remove the tray and turn the chicken, grill the chicken on the other side for another 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the grilled chicken and serve it with salad. 

Lebanese Potato Salad
  

Ingredients 
2 medium size Potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes 
Juice of  1/2 Lemon 
1 small Onion sliced 
2 tbsp chopped Mint leaves 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper powder 
1 tbsp Olive oil 

Method 
Boil the potato cubes. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water out and keep it aside for 10 to 15 minutes to cool it down. Take a mixing bowl, all the above ingredients and mix the ingredients well. Serve the salad immediately. 

Green Peas and Mint Hummus 
   

Ingredients 
* 1 cup Frozen Green Peas
1 tbsp Tahini 
1 Garlic Clove
1 tbsp chopped Mint leaves 
1 tbsp Lemon Juice 
Salt to taste 
1/4 tsp Pepper powder 
2 tbsp Olive Oil 

Method 
Thaw the green peas, keep a tsp of green peas aside. Take a food processor, add the green peas, garlic, salt, pepper powder, some chopped mint leaves, tahini, lime juice and 1 1/2 tbsp Olive oil. Blend the ingredients together into a smooth paste. Remove the paste into a bowl, drizzle the remaining olive oil, sprinkle some mint leaves and add some green peas over the hummus. 

Pita Bread 

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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Murgir Kofta Curry / Chicken Kofta Curry


 Murgir kofta Curry 

This is a simple Chicken Kofta Curry to be enjoyed with steamed rice or paratha. Here I have taken boneless chicken pieces and ground the chicken pieces into a paste to make the kofta. I have added the Chicken Koftas into the curry without frying. 


For the Kofta 

Ingredients 

350 grams Boneless Chicken pieces 

1 small size Onion sliced 

1 Green Chilli 

1 Garlic 

1 small piece of Ginger 

Few Mint Leaves 

Few Coriander Leaves 

1/2  tsp Cumin seed powder 

1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder 

Salt to taste 


Method 

Take a food chopper or a grinder jar, add all the ingredients and use the pulse button on the mixer few times. Take a lime size portion of the Keema and make a ball. Repeat the process with the remaining keema. Keep the keema balls in the fridge. 


For the Wet Paste 

Ingredients 

2 small Onions sliced 

2 small Tomatoes chopped 

5 Garlic Cloves 

1 small size Ginger piece

1 Green Chilli 


Method 

Take a grinder jar, add all the above ingredients and grind all the ingredients into a paste 


For the Murgir Kofta Curry 

Ingredients 

Keema Balls

1 small Onion sliced 

3 Medium size Potatoes cut into medium size chunks 

1 Green Chilli 

Few Coriander leaves for garnish 

1 tsp Turmeric powder 

1 tsp Coriander powder 

1 tsp Cumin powder 

1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder 

1 tsp Garam Masala powder 

1 tsp Sugar 

Salt to taste 

2 Bay leaves 

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

Wet paste

2 tbsp of Curd 

1 tsp Ghee

3 tbsp Mustard Oil 


Method 

Take a wok or a pot, add oil, let the oil heat up, reduce the flame, add the cumin seeds, green chilli and bay leaves. Sauté for some few minutes, until the cumin seeds crack. Add the onion and fry until light brown in colour. Add the potatoes, stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wet paste, stir and cook the masala until the oil realises from the masala. Add the curd and all the dry powder masala, salt and sugar. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water, stir and cover the pot. Let the curry simmer until the potatoes are half cooked. Now add the keema balls. Let it cook until the potatoes and keema balls are cooked. Drizzle ghee and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve it hot with hot steamed rice. 

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Aslam’s Butter Cream Chicken


Few days back one of the foodie friend Rakesh Sharma ji had posted this fabulous recipe in a group. I was very tempted to make this recipe... and believe me this recipe is worth making.. 
Sharma ji had mentioned in his post that Aslam’s Butter Chicken is a very famous dish sold at Aslam Chicken near Jama Masjid, Old Delhi. 
This dish is very different in look and taste from the Punjabi butter chicken recipe. 
In the actual dish Aslam Chicken grills the marinated chicken pieces on a charcoal grill and then the main key ingredients other than the chicken is loads of Butter, fresh cream and curd. The spices that are used in the dish are a top secret. If you scroll the net, there are loads of videos that teaches us to make the Aslam Butter Cream Chicken, Since this recipe was tried and tasted, I preferred to adapt this recipe. 
It’s a very easy recipe... we can grill the chicken in an oven at home, or on a skillet. 
To get the smoky charcoal flavour, heat up the charcoal and place the hot charcoal on a small plate in between the marinated chicken, pour a tsp of ghee and cover the bowl for a minute - I have used this technique and this was not mentioned in the original recipe and it’s optional. 
 Then the chicken can be grilled and further method can be followed as per the recipe. I personally have not visited the restaurant and tasted the original dish, but this recipe indeed very delicious and my family loved the dish... I have added the Garam Masala powder which was not mentioned in Sharma ji’s recipe. Also I have reduced the quantity of the chicken, hence changed the quantity of the other ingredients and have added the butter as per my requirement. The original recipe calls for around 100 grams plus butter. The method follows the same.. 

For Marinating the Chicken 
Ingredients 
500 grams Chicken cut pieces 
1/2 cup of Hung Curd
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 1/2 tsp Garlic paste
1/2 to 1 tsp Chilli paste
Juice of 1 small size lime 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper Powder 
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1/2 tsp Kasuri Methi
1 tsp Cumin seed powder 
1 tbsp Amul Butter

Method 
Marinate the chicken pieces with all the above ingredients and keep the marinated chicken for 5 to 6 hours. We can use a hot burn charcoal to give a smoky flavour to the dish as mentioned in the description. 

To make the Butter Cream Chicken 
Ingredients 
Marinated Chicken
1/2 cup of Hung Curd 
1/4 cup of Fresh Cream
1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
1 tbsp Butter for Grilling 
4 tbsp and more Melted Butter

Method 
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius. Take a baking tray. Take the marinated chicken and place the chicken pieces on the baking tray. Rub 1/2 tbsp of butter on the chicken pieces and turn the chicken pieces. Grill the chicken pieces at 180 celsius for 15 minutes. Remove the baking tray, apply the remaining 1/2 tbsp butter on the chicken pieces and turn the chicken pieces and continue to grill the chicken pieces at 200 degrees celsius for 15 minutes. Once done, the chicken pieces are golden brown, remove the chicken pieces from the baking tray. For the gravy, take a pan, add the remaining marinated juices into the pan. Let the water of the marinated juices reduce a bit, add the chicken pieces and coat the chicken pieces with the marinated juices. Switch off the flame. Transfer the chicken pieces into a serving bowl, now take a bowl, add the hung curd and the cream into the bowl and mix the ingredients together. Sprinkle the Chaat masala. Pour the curd and the cream over the chicken. Mix the ingredients together. Now pour the melted butter over the chicken. The chicken is supposed to be drenched in butter... but I used less butter for health reasons... Serve this unique butter chicken with rumali roti, sliced onion and lime.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Saoji Chicken Curry


Halba Kosti Tribes from Madhaya Pradesh, who are weavers by professions came to Vidharba region of Maharastra Nagpur and  settled there. They settled in large numbers and took up job at Empress Mill. They introduced Saoji Cuisine, their cuisine is fiery hot and spicy that needs an acquired taste.  It’s the unique spice blend that makes the difference, it’s is slow cooked and linseed oil is used in the authentic recipe. Each house adds their twist to the spices.  The recipes are closed guarded secret to each family. In 70s the first Saoji joint was opened in Nagpur, there after now many restaurants have opened selling Saoji Cuisine. They are mainly non vegetarian having mutton, chicken, fish. The cuisine is now known to the world by word of mouth. 



For Saoji Masala 
Ingredients 
2 tbsp Coriander seeds 
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Shahi Jeera 
8 Dry Red Patna Chillies  
8 to 10 Black pepper corns
1 inch Cinnamon stick 
1 Black Cardamom 
4 Green Cardamom 
4 Cloves 
1/2 Nutmeg 
1 Star Anise 
1 tsp Dagad Phool / Stone Flower 
1/4 piece Nutmeg 2 Bay leaves 
1 tsp Poppy Seeds or White Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Rice
2 tbsp Dry Grated Coconut / Dessicated coconut 
1/2 tbsp Chana Dal   / Split Chickpeas 
3 Bay leaves 
Method 
Take a pan,  on a low heat stir and roast Coriander seeds, Split Chickpeas, Rice, Cumin seeds,  poppyseeds or sesame seeds, cinnamon, cloves, black and green cardamom, nutmeg, star anise, pepper, bay leaves, stone flower, whole red chillies and dry grated coconut . Roast until you get an aroma out of the spices. Cool the spices down and then grind the spices into a powder. 

To make the Saoji Chicken 
Ingredients 
1 kg County Chicken / Gavti Murgi / Komdi cut into pieces 
2 Onions sliced 
1 tsp Garlic paste
1 tsp Ginger paste
Few Coriander leaves chopped 
2 Bay leaves 
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tsp Spicy Chilli powder 
3 tbsp of the Saoji Masala 
Salt to taste 
1/2 cup Oil 
Method 
Take a pan, add a tbsp oil, fry the onion until brown, cool it down and make a paste with little water. Take the saoji masala, add little water and make a paste.. 
Take a pot, add oil, add bay leaves, add ginger and garlic paste, sauté for few seconds. Add the fried onion paste, sauté for a minute, add few chopped coriander leaves, turmeric powder, chilli powder, Saoji masala paste,  chicken and salt. Stir and cook the ingredients on a low flame. Cover the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Open the lid, now add a cup of water. Stir, cover  and let it cook for another 15 minutes. Open the lid, add 2 cups  of  water, close the lid and cook until the chicken has cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander.  Serve the chicken with Roti, bhakri or rice. 





Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Home style Chicken Biryani made in Pressure Cooker


This is one of the way I make Chicken Biryani at home. A quick easy way to enjoy, when you crave for home cooked Chicken Biryani. This is a Bengali style Chicken Biryani.






Chicken Marination 
Ingredients 
750 grams Chicken pieces cleaned and washed 
1 small Onion paste 
3 to 4 Green Chilli paste
8 medium size Garlic Cloves paste
1 small piece of Ginger paste 
1 tsp Coriander powder 
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Bengali Garam Masala powder
( 3 Green Cardamom, 3 Cloves and 1 medium size Cinnamon stick ground into powder)
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tsp Red Chilli powder 
Salt to taste 
1/2 cup Curd
2 tbsp Mustard Oil 



Method 
Mix onion, garlic, ginger and chilli paste together. Take a bowl, added a curd, ground paste, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt and mustard oil. Mix all the ingredients together. Add the chicken pieces and marinate the chicken for minimum one hour. 

To cook the Rice 
Ingredients 
1 1/4 cup of Basmati Rice washed and soaked in water for 30 minutes 
4 cups of Water
Salt to taste 
6 Pepper Corn
3 Cloves 
3 Green Cardamom 
1 small stick Cinnamon 
2 Bay leaves 


Method 
Take a pot, add water, salt, whole Garam masala and bay leaves. Let the water boil. Add the soaked rice. Let the the rice cook till it’s 50 percent done. Strain the water and leave the rice in the strainer. 

To make the Chicken Dum Biryani 
Ingredients 
Marinated Chicken 
Half cooked Rice 
2 big size Potatoes cut into big chunks 
1 medium size Onion sliced 
2 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped 
2 tbsp Biriyani Masala 
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder 
Salt to taste 
1/2 cup Lukewarm Milk
2 Pinch of Saffron 
1 tsp Kewra water
2 to 3 Drops of Mitha Attar
1/2 cup Mustard Oil
3 tbsp Melted Ghee 





Method 
Add the saffron into the milk and keep it aside. Take a pressure cooker, add oil. Let the oil heat. Rub salt on the potato chunks. Add the potatoes into the oil, add turmeric powder. Fry the potatoes till light brown in colour. Remove and keep it aside. Add the onion and stir fry on low flame until golden brown in colour. Remove half the fried onion and keep it aside. In the same oil, add the marinated chicken. Stir occasionally and cook the chicken for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Add the Biriyani masala. Stir and cook for another minute. Add 1 cup of water. Let the chicken simmer for 5 minutes. Switch of the flame. Add the rice and spread the rice well. Drizzle the saffron milk on the rice. Drizzle the ghee. Sprinkle the fried onion and coriander leaves. Drizzle the kewra water and mitha attar. Put the cooker lid on. On a very low flame, let the Biriyani cook on Dum for 15 minutes , switch off the flame just before the first whistle. Let the pressure release. Open the lid and serve the Chicken Dum Biryani with mint Raita or any raita of your choice. 







Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Shinwari Chicken Karahi



Shinwari Chicken Karahi is a popular dish belonging to the Shinwari Pashtun tribe residing in some parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  It’s a very easy dish cooked with very less spices, yet it’s very delicious in taste.  This dish is served with naan and salad and also can be eaten with roti, chapati or paratha. 




Ingredients
500 grams Chicken cut in to pieces
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1/2 tbsp Garlic paste
2 big Tomatoes cut into small cubes 
3 Green Chillies cut into halves lengthwise 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper powder 
Few Coriander Leaves chopped
Few Ginger Juliennes
1 Green Chilli cut lengthwise into thin strips
1/4 cup Oil

Method
Heat oil in a kadai. Add the chicken and stir fry for  5 to 7 minutes. Now add tomatoes, 3 green chillies, ginger paste, garlic paste, salt and pepper. Stir and cover the karahi and cook on low flame stirring it occasionally. Cook the chicken for 10 minutes or until it’s done and the oil separates from the chicken.
Garnish with coriander leaves, green chilli and ginger. Serve with hot Naans / Roti / Paratha.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Chicken and Vegetable Pulao


 
When minimal assorted vegetables and a small quantity of boneless chicken are left in the fridge then this recipe is absolutely an ideal recipe for a quick lunch on a lazy hot day. 

Ingredients

100 grams of Boneless Chicken cut into cubes
1 medium size Onion cut into cubes
1 small carrot cut into oblique.
1 medium size Potato cut into oblique.
4 to 5 medium size Cauliflower florets
5 to 6 French Beans cut into 1/2 inches
1 small size Capsicum cut into cubes
2 Green Chillies silt
5 to 6 Mushrooms cut into halves
1 tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Kitchen king masala or Pulao masala or Curry powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Bengali Garam masala - 2 Green Cardamom, 2 Cloves and 1 small stick Cinnamon ground 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tbsp Curd beaten
1/2 cup Basmati Rice soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained
2 whole Cardamom
2 whole Cloves
1 small stick Cinnamon
6 to 8 Pepper Corns
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 Star anise
1 Bay Leaf
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 tbsp Ghee



Method
Take a pot. Add oil and ghee. Let the oil heat. Add the whole spices - cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, star anise, cumin and bay leaf. Sauté it and let the spices crackle. Add the chicken. Sauté it for a minute. Add the ginger - garlic paste. On a low flame continue to sauté for another minute. Add the onion. Sauté it for another minute.  Add the carrot, potato, cauliflower and french beans. Stir for a minute and let it cook on a low flame for 2 minutes. Add the capsicum and stir, add the green chillies and mushroom. Stir and let it cook for few seconds. Add the salt and sugar, stir it once. Now add the powdered spices - Kitchen Kitchen Masala,  coriander powder, cumin powder, Bengali garam masala,  turmeric powder and curd. Stir and let it continue to cook on low flame for 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir. Add a cup of water. Stir and cover the pot. Let it simmer and cook till the water has dried up. Open the lid. Stir and switch off the flame. Cover the pot and let it stand for 10 minutes. All the excess water or moisture with dry up. Open the lid, garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve the hot chicken and vegetable pulao with the salad. 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Murgir Jhol / Bengali Chicken Gravy


This dish is very commonly made in any Bengali home. The method may differ as per the house. This is how I make a quick chicken gravy at my place.  It can be enjoyed with hot steamed rice. 
Ingredients 
750 grams Chicken cut into pieces 
Ground paste made with 2 Onions, 6 Garlic Cloves, 1 small piece of Ginger and 2 Green Chillies 
1 medium Tomatoe chopped 
2 Big size Potatoes peeled and cut into big chunks 
2 Bay leaves 
2 Cloves 
2 Green Cardomom 
6 Pepper Corns
1 small piece of Cinnamon 
1 tsp Sugar 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tsp Cumin powder 
1/2 tsp Coriander powder 
1/4 tsp Bengali Garam masala - 1 Cloves, 1small piece of Cinnamon and 1 Green Cardomom ground 
4 tbsp Mustard Oil
1/2 tsp Ghee


Method 
Take a pressure pan. Add mustard oil, let it heat up. Reduce the flame. Add potatoes and fry them. Remove the potatoes and keep it aside. In the same oil add the bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper corns and green chillies. Let it crackle. Add the ground paste, sauté it for a minute. Add the sugar, salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. Continue to sauté for another minute. Add the chicken and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the tomato and stir. Add 2 cups of water and cover the pan with the lid, let the gravy simmer for 5 minutes. Open the lid, add the potatoes. Now close the pressure pan lid and allow 3 to 4 whistles. Switch off the flame. Let pressure release. Open the lid. Drizzle the ghee and sprinkle the garam masala powder. Serve it hot with steamed rice. 





Sunday, 12 August 2018

Chatpata Murgh


This a very easy dish to make. It can be made in many ways. Here is my style of making this dish. This dish is a dry dish and can be served with paratha or roti and salad. I have used coriander stem paste as it gives out a strong flavour of the coriander. You can use any spice masala instead of the curry powder. 
Ingredients 
8 Chicken Legs
1 Onion coarsely ground
3 tbsp Ginger - Garlic - Chilli paste ( 1 small piece of ginger, 6 garlic cloves and 4 green chillies)
2 tbsp Coriander stem paste 
Few Coriander leaves chopped for garnishing 
4 tbsp Curd 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tbsp Curry powder 
1/2 cup Mustard Oil 



Method 
Add salt, turmeric powder, curry powder, ginger - garlic - chilli paste, coriander stem paste, curd and 2 tbsp of oil to the chicken legs. Rub the ingredients well to the chicken legs. Let it marinate for 2 to 5 hours. Take a wok, add the remaining oil and let it heat. Add the marinated chicken legs. Stir, cover and let it slow cook until the chicken legs are tender. Garnish it with coriander leaves. Serve it with paratha or roti and salad. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Murg Moti Pulao


The name Moti which is in Hindi means Pearl, is basically tiny meat or paneer balls cooked with rice and is covered in silver varq - edible silver leaves. 
This recipe is very easy to make and flavorful. I have not fried the meat ball, instead boiled them and then cooked it with rice.I personally don't like silver varq, since it is not good for health. Hence I have just applied little varq for show. 



For Murg Moti
Ingredients
250 grams of ground Chicken mince
1 Onion paste
1 tsp Ginger - Garlic - Chilli paste
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste


Method
To make the moti balls, in a mixing bowl add the ground chicken,onion, ginger - garlic - chilli paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli power, turmeric powder and salt. Mix all the ingredients very well till the fat releases from the meat. Make small size balls, keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Boil 3 cups of water, add the chicken balls and let it cook for 10 minutes. Remove the balls and keep it aside. Retain the chicken stock for cooking.

For Pulao
Ingredients
250 grams Basmati Rice washed and soaked in water
Chicken meat balls
1 medium size Onion sliced
1 medium size Tomato sliced
1 tsp Ginger - Garlic - Chilli paste
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped
1 tbsp Mint Leaves chopped
1 cup Curd
2 Bay leaves
2 Cloves
2 Cardamom
1 small piece Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
2 1/2 cup Chicken stock
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Ghee
Silver Varq 


Method
Take a pot, add ghee. Let it melt. Add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaves. Let it crackle. Add the ginger - garlic and chilli paste, sauté it for a minute. Add the onion and sauté it till the onion is changes its colour. Add the curd and stir it for some time. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Stir occasionally and cook for 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup Water and cook till the oil releases. Add the tomato coriander leaves and mint leaves. Stir and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Drain the water from the rice. Add the rice, stir for a minute and then add chicken stock. Cover and cook till the rice is almost 80 percent done. Add the  moti balls and keep 6 to 8 moti balls aside for garnishing. Stir, cover and cook further till done. Garnish with the remaining moti balls and mint leaves. Apply little silver varq on the balls. Serve it hot.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Seyal Murgh...


It's a Sindhi dish. The chicken is slow cooked with lots of onion and spices. It's a semi dry curry dish. It's served for lunch or dinner. For a twist, I have added a handful of Spinach leaves. 

Ingredients
750 grams Chicken 
2 large size Onions finely chopped 
1 large size Tomato finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tbsp Garlic paste
4 Green chilies chopped 
A handful of Spinach Leaves finely chopped 
A handful of Coriander leaves finely chopped
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tsp Coriander powder 
1 tsp Red Chilli powder 
1 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1/4 cup Oil


Method 
Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pot. Add onions, sauté the onions till it is brown in colour. Add the ginger and garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Add the chicken and sauté it until the chicken changes it's colour. Add the powder spices and salt, stir once. Cover the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes,spinach leaves, coriander leaves and green chillies. Stir and cook further till the chicken has cooked. In between add 1/4 cup of water. Serve it hot with pav or rice. 



Monday, 5 June 2017

Filipino Adobo....

Adobo is a popular dish and it is unofficially considered as the national dish of Philippines.When the Spanish invaded and settled in the Philippines during the 16th century, they discovered this traditional Filipino cooking method and called it adobo, which is the Spanish word for marinade.
  There are many regional variations of adobo, but most recipes includes vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and black pepper.  Coconut vinegar, rice vinegar, or cane vinegar is used. At times even white vinegar can be used. Adobo can be made with meat, fish or vegetables. It is most commonly made with chicken and pork or both combined. It is served with white rice. It was traditionally cooked in small clay pots.
Information from the net.... 
This time while my stay in Singapore, I was invited by a Filipino friend for dinner. She has made few traditional dishes, one of them was Chicken Adobo. I fell in love with this dish and can have a plate full of rice with it. It's very simple to make. It is tangy and salty in taste. It's a must make dish. 
Chicken Adobo.... Here is my version of it.... 
For Marinating the Chicken
Ingredients
1 kg of Chicken with skin or without skin cut into pieces
4 tbsp Soya sauce
3 tbsp Cane Vinegar
6 Garlic cloves crushed
Salt to taste
1 tsp Pepper powder
Method
Add all the above ingredients into a bowl and mix it well. Cover and marinate it for at least 3 hours to overnight.
For Chicken Adobo 
Ingredients
Marinated Chicken
4 Garlic cloves sliced
8 Black Pepper Corns
2 Bay leaves
3 tbsp Oil
Method
Take a wok, add oil. Let the oil heat. Add the chicken pieces and fry it until brown on both the sides. Pour in the marinated juices, garlic, bay leaves and pepper corns. Add a cup of water. Cover and cook till the chicken has become tender. Serve it with hot steaming rice.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Garlicky Chilli Mango Chicken Roast...


Since mangoes are in season, here is a simple recipe of chicken roast with mango pulp. The chicken is marinated with salt, garlic, pickled red chilli paste, lime juice, mango pulp, salt and oil. It is then roasted in an oven. It is then served with tomato and cucumber slices. This can be eaten with pav, bun, naan or as a starter. Very simple recipe but taste great...

Ingredients 
1 small size cleaned whole Chicken 
Salt to taste 
2 Garlic pods cleaned and finely minced 
1 tbsp Preserved Red Chilli coarsely ground 
2 tbsp Lime juice 
1/2 cup Mango pulp 
3 tbsp Oil

Method 
Take the chicken and pat it dry. Sprinkle salt and rub it on the chicken. Leave it for 5 minutes. Drizzle the lime juice and rub it on the chicken. Now add garlic and chilli paste. Rub it well on the chicken. Add the mango pulp and 1 tbsp of oil. Rub it well, put some of the paste inside the chicken and let it marinate for an hour. Drizzle some oil on the chicken. Roast it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees celcius. Remove the tray. Turn the chicken, drizzle with some more oil. Continue roasting the chicken for another 15 minutes. Remove the tray, turn the chicken again, drizzle with remaining oil and roast it again for 15 minutes more. Serve it hot with cucumber and tomato.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Kasundi Chicken Kosha Tarkari Diya...

This dish taste scrumptious with hot steaming rice. I have used home made Kasundi ( Mustard Sauce ) to marinate the chicken along with the other ingredients. You can use ready made Kasundi available in the market. I have added mushrooms and carrot to the dish. You can add potatoes too. I love little sweetness of the carrot with Kasundi. This is an experiment in my kitchen. Do try it out... I am sure you will enjoy it. 

To Marinate the Chicken
Ingredients 
6 pieces of Chicken Legs
2 tbsp of Kasundi (Mustard Sauce) 
1 tsp Ginger - Garlic - Chilli paste 
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Panch phoran powder
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Curd 

Method
Mix all the above ingredients together and let it marinate for an hour. 
To make the Chicken 
Ingredients 
Marinated Chicken
1 big Carrot cut into medium size strips
2 Onions sliced
6 to 8 whole Garlic cloves 
8 to 10 small size whole Mushrooms 
1 Green Chilli slit 
1/2 tsp Panch Phoran 
2 to 3 tbsp Mustard oil

Method 
Take a fry pan, add oil. Let it come to a smoking point.  Lower the flame and reduce the heat. Add the Panch phoran. Let it crackle. Add the green chilli and sauté for few seconds. Add the garlic and sauté for few more seconds. Add the onions and carrots, sauté till the onions are light pink in colour. Add the marinated chicken, stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, let it cook for 10 minutes more. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook till the mushrooms have cooked and the water has reduced. Serve it hot.. 


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Chicken and Vegetable Stew...


This is a chicken stew with roasted tomatoes, chillies and garlic. It is cooked for an hour in a cast iron pot. I have seasoned the Stew with  curry powder and pepper powder. It is served hot with bread. Absolutely comfort food for the winters.. 

Ingredients 
750 grams Chicken pieces 
1 medium size Sweet Potato cut into big
pieces 
1 Onion cut into cubes 
10 to 12 pieces of Whole French Beans 
4 to 5 Cauliflower florets 
1 Carrot cut into circle 
10 Mushrooms cut into 2 pieces 
4 to 5 Broccoli florets 
2 Tomatoes cut into half 
1 whole Garlic pod
1 Spring Rose Mary 
2 Dry Red Chillies 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Pepper powder 
2 tsp Curry powder 
2 Chicken cubes
2 cups Chicken stock 
3 tbsp Butter 

Method 
Add salt and 1/2 tsp pepper powder to the chicken and mix it . Keep it aside . Roast the tomatoes , dry chillies and garlic. Add them into a grinder and add little water to make a paste. Keep it aside. 
Take a cast iron pot . Add the butter. Let it melt. Add the chicken pieces and cook it for 2 minutes. Remove it and keep it aside. In the same butter , add the roasted paste , chicken stock , 6 cups of water, chicken cubes , salt , pepper powder and curry powder.Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken pieces,  rose mary, sweet potato, carrot, cauliflower, onion and carrot. Stir and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Add the broccoli , peas and mushrooms. Cover the lid and cook for 30 minutes. Once done, open the lid and serve it hot with bread. 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Home Style Kacchi Chicken Biriyani....


This Biriyani is very simple to make with all the ingredients easily available at home. It is cooked in a cast iron pot with marinated chicken and half cooked rice. The chicken is infused with smoky flavour by burning a charcoal piece and placing it over the chicken and covering the lid. Once the biriyani is made, cover the pot and let it stand for an hour before serving. Serve it with raita. 

For Marinating the Chicken
Ingredients
500 grams Chicken pieces 
1 medium size Onion paste 
3 tbsp Ginger - Garlic - Chilli - Coriander leaves and Mint Leaves paste
3 tbsp Fried Onion crushed 
Salt to taste 
1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder 
1/ 4 tsp Cloves powder 
1/4 tsp Cardomom powder
1/8 tsp Nutmeg powder 
1/2 tsp Cumin powder 
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
3/4 tsp Chilli powder 
1/4 tsp Pepper powder 
3/4 cup Curd
1/4 cup Saffron Water mixed with pinch of Saffron colour 

Method 
Add all the above ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients together. Keep it aside atleast for 2 hours or more. 

To make the Rice
Ingredients
250 grams Basmati Rice washed and soaked for 30 minutes 
2 Bay Leaves 
1 small piece Cinnamon 
2 Cloves 
2 Cardomom 
Salt to taste 

Method 
Take a deep bottom pot. Add half liter of water let it simmer. Add salt, cloves, cinnamon , cardamom and bay leaves. Let it simmer for a minute. Add the rice and let it cook till it is 50 % done. Drain out the excess water. 

To make the Biriyani 
Ingredients 
Marinated Chicken pieces 
Rice
2 Big size Potatoes cut into big chunks and fried 
2 tbsp Onion fried 
1 tbsp Almond flakes 
1 tbsp Raisins 
6 Apricots
3/4 cup Ghee 
3/4 cup Milk 
1/2 cup Hot water 
1/4 cup Saffron water 
Few drops of Kewda essence (Optional) 
1 Charcoal piece


Method 
Take a cast iron pot. Add the marinated chicken. Lay the fried potatoes and apricot over the marinated chicken. Sprinkle almond flakes and raisins. Take a bowl. Add milk, hot water, half of the ghee, remaining saffron water and kewda essence. Keep it aside. Smoke the charcoal piece. Put it on a small plate. Place the plate over the chicken and add a tsp of ghee. Quickly cover the pot for 2 minutes. Remove the cover. Remove the charcoal plate. Drizzle the remaining ghee over the chicken. Spread the rice over the chicken. Pour the milk over the rice. Garnish with fried onions. Cover the pot. Place the pot on a low flame. Cook it for 45 minutes to an hour. Check if the chicken is cooked. Let it stand for an hour before serving. Serve it hot with raita. 

P. S. If you don't have cast iron pot then use normal pots. The cooking is done evenly and the bottom does not burn in the cast iron pot.