Chicken Do Pyaaza

I always intend to try out different recipes of chicken available on the internet. Initially, I follow the base recipe with a little changes as per the ingredients readily available in-house or as per the need of my taste buds ;).

Here where we stay, incase we want to buy halal chicken be need to buy it in tray form which weighs a minimum of 1.5 kg that is 3 lbs and so ideally is alot for us two people. We do get lesser quantity in the American stores but the type of pieces is fixed like on drumsticks or breast or skinless thighs, etc. As such we don’t mind buying large quantity at halal store as we get a mix of pieces. I always prefer to store it in portions of four.

I had a portion remaining in the freezer and wanted to consume it trying out something new. I came across this recipe on YouTube. Personally I had not tasted chicken do pyaaza anytime before. So I didn’t have anything to compare the outcome of what I tried with. Though the outcome was very delicious and spicy and liked by all at home. So lets begin.

 

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

for marination :

  • 500-750 gms of chicken, cleaned, washed and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt as per taste

For the masala blend :

  • 1 tbsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp black cardamom  (roughly 3-4)

For the base :

  • 2 medium onions, one – finely chopped and other – cut into cubes
  • 3 small/ medium tomatoes – blanched and puree them after removing skin
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup yoghurt/dahi
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder/paprika
  • 3 green chillies, slit (optional) – I had added these but these chillies I used were too spicy and the curry turned too hot. So incase the chillies that you are to use are also spicy avoid using them if you can bear too hot curry.
  • 1 tbsp of masala blend
  • 1 tbsp kasoori methi or dry fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped

Method :

  1. Marinate the chicken with the other ingredients mentioned under marination. Allow to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix the yoghurt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder till well incorporatedIMG_20170712_143913
  3. In a wok or saucepan, heat the ghee.
  4. Saute the ginger garlic paste till its rawness disappears.
  5. Then add the chopped onions and saute till slight brown.IMG_20170712_143547
  6. Add the tomato puree and allow to cook.IMG_20170712_144039
  7. Next add the yoghurt mix and cook for another 5-7 minutes till oil separates.IMG_20170712_144721
  8. Add all the remaining spices, salt, marinated chicken and cubed onion. If you using the green chillies add them here.
  9. Allow this to boil till the chicken is well cooked. The twisted I added here is I had pressure cooked the marinated chicken prior for 2 whistles. And then added the pressure cooked chicken at this stage. 2 whistles didn’t completely cook the chicken but was 75-80% done. The rest was cooked while we boiled it in the gravy.
  10. Garnish with kasoori methi and chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy the spicy Chicken do pyaaza with rotis or phulkas.

 

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Mooli ka Paratha / Raddish stuffed Tortilla

I am not a great vegetable fan. So obviously radish is not something I would like to have in its normal sabji preparation. Recently we had gone for crop picking and radish season was on. We had picked up couple of red radish. I obviously would not enjoy the subji made out of them. So thought of trying out the raddish or mooli paratha.

Here we go with the recipe. For this we need the radish in scrapped, grated and all its water drained and water retained separately.

 

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup grated radish ( with the water oozed from grated radish completely drained and retained. The radish left over should be as dry as possible)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp carrom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp green chilli
  • 1/2-1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • salt as per taste
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt as per taste for the dough
  • radish water plus drinking water as required
  • flour for dusting and rolling
  • ghee for frying

Method :

  1. Mix all the ingredients roughly – radish, ginger-garlic paste, carrom seeds. green chilli, red chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, cumin powder, coriander pwd, coriander leaves and salt.
  2. To the above add the flour, oil, more salt if required and radish water as required. Incase you need more water to knead th dough apart from the radish water, then you may use.
  3. Keep the dough covered with a damp cloth for at least 30 mins.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 -15 balls.
  5. Roll each into a 1/8 inch thick disc of around 6 inch dia using enough flour as required.
  6. Fry over a hot griddle using generous amount of ghee.

 

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Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji has always been an attractive, tempting street food. I always cherished this dish since my childhood. I always liked it with extra butter, cheese. But I have realized not all eateries can make a delicious Mumbai special pav bhaji.

 

 

Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 350 gms potatoes, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 350 gms tomatoes, de-skinned, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup – green peas, cauliflower florets, carrot pieces
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 200 gms onion, finely chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1-2 tbsp pav bhaji powder
  • salt as per taste
  • red food color (optional)
  • grated cheese (optional)
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • finely chopped onion, lemon wedges – for garnish
  • 4-6 bread buns or pav or even slice bread

Method :

  1. In a pressure cooker, boil potatoes, tomatoes, green peas, cauliflower florets and carrot for 3-4 whistles.
  2. Once the pressure is released, remove the boiled vegetables and mash using a potato masher.
  3. In a flat bottom pan, melt 4 tbsp butter.
  4. Before it browns, add the onion, cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste. Saute till the rawness of the paste is lost and onions turn transparent.
  5. Then add the green pepper and sauté.
  6. Add the red chilli and pav bhaji powder. Mix well.
  7. Add the vegetable mash, mix and add salt as per taste. You can also add red food color to impart the street food pav bhaji color.
  8. Add a little water to adjust consistency and mash further if required.
  9. Bring to a boil and garnish with coriander leaves. You can also add a tbsp of butter and grated cheese (optional).
  10. Cut the pav into half, apply butter to all the sides and warm them on a hot griddle  till the butter melts.
  11. Serve the hot pav bhaji, prepared pav with chopped onion and lemon wedges.

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma has been one of our favorites since long. When I was in college, there was a new outlet opened that sold shawarma which was made served with bread as wrap. When we were in Pune, there the shawarma was served with pita bread or roti as wrap. We always got it parceled for our meals during our Pune – Goa trip. Nowadays, we do not find it here in US, so I thought of trying it at home with readily available ingredients

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • around 4 rotis or pita bread

For marination :

  • 250 – 300 gms boneless chicken
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt as per taste
  • pepper powder as per taste
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic cloves, chopped

For yoghurt sauce :

  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • salt as per taste
  • pepper powder as per taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini sauce (can use store-bought or homemade)
  • 8-10 mint leaves, chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs of coriander leaves, chopped

For salad :

  • Lettuce or Cabbage leaves ( I used cabbage leaves)
  • onions, sliced
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • beetroot julienne
  • green pepper julienne

Method :

  1. Mix all the ingredients mentioned under marination.
  2. Marinate the chicken and keep it for around 30-40 mins.img_20170228_185941
  3. Bake them in an oven preheated at 200 C till done.
  4. Once slightly cooled, shred the cooked chicken.
  5. Whisk together all the ingredients of yoghurt sauce. Keep this refrigerated till use.
  6. Take a roti and to it apply generous amount of yoghurt sauce on it.
  7. Place the lettuce or cabbage leaf.
  8. Right at the center put generous amount of shredded chicken. Then add the cut vegetables.
  9. Drizzle some more yoghurt sauce.img_20170228_200133
  10. Roll the roti, wrap it in foil and serve the yummilicious shawarma.

 

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Green Peas Masala

Whenever we visit any pure veg restaurants, we always prefer to order pav bhaji or if roti, then we go for green peas masala. However, this was a case then when we were in India. Nowadays finding an Indian restaurant itself is like finding a pool of water in a desert.

When we stayed in Pune, there was this pure veg restaurant just outside our society. He served really delicious green peas masala. Recently some friend had posted a picture of green peas masala on some food group. The picture of the dish was really tempting and it made me nostalgic. I tried out the recipe, making few changes to it depending on the ingredients readily available in my pantry and my liking 😉


Recipe :

Ingredients:

  • 5 cloves
  • Two 1/2 inch pieces of cinnamon 
  • 1 cardamom 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 tsp green chili, finely chopped 
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped 
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped 
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1 tsp cumin powder 
  • 1 tsp red chili powder 
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder 
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder 
  • 1/4 tsp kitchen king masala (optional)
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt 
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped 
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter or ghee

Method :

  1. Heat oil and ghee in a pan.
  2. Once hot, add the whole spices – cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf and fry for a minute.
  3. Then add the onion and sauté till golden brown.
  4. Add the green chilies, red chilies and ginger garlic paste. Sauté till the rawness of the paste disappears.
  5. Add the tomatoes and allow to cook till mushy. Now add the peas and allow to cook.
  6. Next add all the spice powders – turmeric, red chili, cumin, coriander, garam masala, kitchen king masala, black pepper, yoghurt and salt as per taste.
  7. Cook till the oil oozes out.
  8. Next add 1/2 cup water and cook covered for 5 minutes.
  9. Then remove the lid and cook on medium flame till thick consistency is achieved.
  10. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and server with roti or chapatis.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Rice has always been my favorite. I prefer having rice in my main meals over having bread. I always liked Chinese fried rice specially the one an aunt of mine prepared.

I usually prepare it for my hubby’s lunch box on Monday as it’s like one pot meal and filling.


Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 6 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 12-15 french beans, chopped
  • Medium carrot, finely chopped
  • Medium capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks spring onion greens, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
  • Salt as per taste

Method :

  1. In a wok, heat oil. All cooking needs to be done on high flame.
  2. Sauté the garlic till brown.
  3. Then sauté the onion till transparent. Add little salt as it aids in faster cooking.
  4. Then add the other veggies – French beans, carrot, capsicum and cabbage. Sauté well for few minutes.
  5. Now add the five spice powder, soya sauce, vinegar and salt as per taste.
  6. Also add the cooked rice, spring onion greens and toss well till all is mixed well.
  7. Veg fried rice is ready to be served hot.

Coorg special Chicken masala / Spicy Chicken delicacy from Coorg

Nowadays I have stopped eating much of fish and moved my appetite inclination towards chicken. Every week coincidentally almost every Thursday, I tend to prepare some chicken delicacy. However I try that every week it should be something new so that by repeating similar dishes we should not end up getting bored with eating the same.

Many years back when I was just out of college and waiting for my MNC joining, I had a long vacation in between. During this time I got an opportunity to visit a small town named Coorg, equidistant from the cities Mangalore and Bangalore in the state of Karnataka, India. We had booked a cottage stay there and one of the meals during the stay was offered by the cottage owner. Their cook had prepared all Coorg delicacies. One of them which I could recollect I guess was the Pandi curry or Pork curry served with rice balls. I actually could just recollect the color of the delicacy which had created the temptation, but I also remember it was some non veg item that I didn’t eat then and so didn’t relish the dish.

After so many years, I remembered it and started my research during which I came to know about Pandi curry. Nowadays though I have started eating lamb/goat meat, I still not eat other red meat. So I decided to try out similar dish but with chicken. So let’s hop on to the recipe.


Recipe :

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms chicken, cleaned, washed and cut into small pieces. I marinate the pieces with salt and turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp ghee ( you can also use oil)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 5-6 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2-3 small pieces of cinnamon
  • 3-4 cardamom
  • 1-2 star anise
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/ cup water
  • 2-3 tsp tamarind juice

Method:

  1. In a pan, heat a tbsp of ghee.
  2. Add the whole spices – cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, peppercorns, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Sauté for a min or two on high flame.
  3. Then add the green chillies and onion. Sauté for another few minutes.
  4. Add coriander powder, coriander leaves (1/2 cup) and mix well.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool.
  6. Grind the mixture to a fine paste by adding 1/2 cup water.
  7. In a pressure cooker, heat the remaining ghee.
  8. To this add the curry leaves and ginger garlic paste and sauté till the rawness of the paste is lost.
  9. Then add the chicken pieces, mix and fry for few minutes.
  10. Add the ground masala, salt as per taste and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles.
  11. Once the pressure is completely released, check the taste and consistency of gravy.
  12. Add salt and water if required.
  13. Add tamarind juice and bring to a boil. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  14. Serve hot with roti/chapati or rice.