Mint Chicken-Coconut flavored Super easy party dish.

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Being an Air force officer’s wife,I am pretty much used to presenting a decent layout of dishes on the dinner table in short notice. 16 years of my experience in my social life has given me this confidence . My husband’s course mates from NDA , Colleagues, UNIT types, Station types and my own girl’s circle has given me ample opportunities to celebrate, enjoy good food and a great company. Love them all!
Like most of my Sundays, even today my hubby in a relaxed style, told me about the guest who will be reaching my home for lunch in just an hour and a half . I had already made some vegetarian lunch for my family. But that won’t be enough to welcome my guest warmly. So here I am scanning through my refrigerator to get a clue of what to cook !
Voila!!! I have some chicken in my freezer , grated coconut in a dubba and a bunch of mint leaves . So I decided to cook up all these together with a little more spices. … I have seen some recipes of mint chicken in the net, but decided to cook up something unique . The dish turned out to be finger licking!Happy me!!!
Cuisine Indian
Serves 4
Preparation time 25 minutes
Marination time 15 minutes

Here’s the list of ingredients I used 
Chicken ( Cut into medium sized pieces) – 1 kg
Mint leave – One small bunch
Green chillies – 4
Lemon juice – 3 table spoons
Chilly powder – 1 tea spoon
Pepper powder – 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder – One pinch
Coriander powder -One table spoon
Green cardamom powder – One tea spoon
Ginger garlic paste – 2 table spoon
Grated coconut – One fistful
Sliced onion – 1 big
Oil – 4 table spoon
salt -to taste
Curd – 2 table spoon

Are you a chicken lover? Then check my other posts for Dragon chicken,  Chicken Xacuti, Restaurant style Butter chicken at home,Murgh Hirwa masala,Kerala chicken stew.

You may even like Grilled chicken recipes in different spices. Hyderabadi Dum chicken is from the Nizam’s cuisine.

How I cooked
Marination
Marinate the clean chicken in one pinch turmeric, 2 table spoon curd and salt.
1. Grind washed mint leaves, green chillies, lemon juice, coconut together to a fine paste using mixie.
2. Heat Oil in a thick bottomed pan . Add sliced onions and saute till pink. Now add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes.Add turmeric, red chilly, coriander and pepper powders to the pan and saute for 3 minutes on medium heat.
3. Now add the marinated chicken and mix very well. Add some salt.Cover and cook for 4 minutes on slow flame.
4. Open the lid and add the ground coconut paste to the chicken. Mix thoroughly.. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan Bring the whole masala to boil for a minute and then cook on slow flame for 10 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked well, roast the chicken in the pan on high flame till the entire gravy thickens to a dark green colour.
5. Add elaichi powder and switch off the flame.Serve hot with Roti, naan or rice.
Note Please check the salt many times during cooking process to attain perfect balance.

Are you a chicken lover? Then check my other posts for Dragon chicken,  Chicken Xacuti, Restaurant style Butter chicken at home,Murgh Hirwa masala,Kerala chicken stew.

You may even like Grilled chicken recipes in different spices. Hyderabadi Dum chicken is from the Nizam’s cuisine.

Easy chettinadu fish fry -Mackerel (South Indian)

 

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Ingredients
Mackerel ( Or any fleshy fish) – 8 pieces                        click here for Chettinadu sheer fish fry
Oil – for shallow frying
1. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli pdr – 1 t tbsp
Coriander pdr – 1 tbsp
Lemon juice – of a big lemon
salt to taste
Marinate the fish for 30 minutes in the above mentioned ingredients.

2. Dry roast the ingredients listed below on a hot tawa until the color of urad dal and chana dal turns brown. Roast on a medium flame and do not burn the masalas. If you burn the masala, that’s the end of the show! 🙂

Chana dal – 1 tbsp
Urad dal – 1 tbsp
Black pepper corns – 3/4 tbsp
mustard seeds – 1 tspn
Curry leaves – 2 strands
Salt – very little ( as u have marinated the fish with some amount of salt earlier)
After roasting, Powder the masala using a mixie .

  1.  Now roll the marinated fish pieces in the ground masala and leave aside for 5 minutes before shallow frying on a hot tawa.

Looking for more easy yet exotic fish ,prawns, crab recipes?click here 

Quick Prawn spicy dry fry on Tawa -Low calorie

Wondering what to cook with those lovely prawns you have in the kitchen? Not too much time to spent on the recipe? Here is a recipe which will help you to make the best of your time as well as your lovely prawns!Easy to marinate…Just a little oil to cook…Healthy …Superb taste… Quick cooking method… What else you need?!
Cuisine                                       Indian
Dish                                            Snack party
Cooking time                           5 to 6 minutes
Marination time                     15 to 20 minutes

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Here’s what you need.

Dewained clean prawns

Turmeric powder

Red chilli powder

Coriander powder

Lime juice

Salt

Rice flour

Oil

500 gms

1 teaspoon

1 table spoon

1 /2 table spoon

1 table spoon

To taste

1 table spoon

2 to 3 table spoon ( For frying on the tawa/pan)

How to fry – Follow the easy instructions.
1. Marinate the prawns in all the mentioned ingredients except rice flour for 20 minutes.
2. Heat Tawa/pan in high flame and pour 2 table spoon oil on it. Quickly add the rice flour to the marinated prawns and mix well.Now reduce the heat and place the prawns one by one on the Tawa.
3. Cook for one minute and bring the flame to high for the next one minute.Turn the prawns and repeat the same procedure.Add 1 table spoon oil incase you feel the need .
5. Make sure the prawns are crispy .
Enjoy!!!

Looking for more exotic prawns or sea food recipes?    Check out my sea on my table menu.

Malabar Crab Roast -Kerala seafood delicasy-Step by step method

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Malabar is a land of great sea food  recipes. It’s the northern part of Kerala which is rich in sea food cuisines and fish from backwaters as well as Arabian sea !I am currently living in Jammu where fresh seafood is available only in my dreams. My hubby , seeing my depressed state without sea food , got me around 10 kgs of sea food items from Delhi on his return flight. How he got it packed and delivered safely to my kitchen is another story which is kinda romantic too!   😉  Now I have lovely prawns, mackerels and anchovies in my freezer.Guess who is the happiest woman on earth today!!!    😀
I decided to cook some crabs at the first go. This is an easy roast which left us licking the fingers . here I’ve added pictures of step by step method to create this great yet simple dish in your kitchen.

Recipe
Serves 4
Cooking time 20 minutes
Cuisine South Indian/Kerala/Malabar
Ingredients
Medium sized crabs                                                             – 5           (around 1 kg)
Turmeric powder                                                                   – 1 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli powder                                                 – 1 table spoon
Coriander powder                                                                  – 1 table spoon
Black pepper powder                                                            – 1 table spoon
cumin seeds                                                                             -1 teaspoon
Fennel seeds                                                                             – 1 teaspoon
Grated coconut                                                                         – 1/2 a coconut
Ginger crushed                                                                          – 2 inch
curry leaves                                                                                – 4 strands
coconut oil                                                                                  – 4 table spoon
Elaichi powder                                                                          – 1/2 table spoon
Sugar                                                                                            -a pinch
salt                                                                                                -to taste

 

  1. Cut the crab into pieces. Marinate the pieces in turmeric, red chilli , coriander and black pepper powders for 30 minutes.

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2.Now heat some oil in a wok, and add roasted coconut, cumin and saunf to it. Roast until the coconut turns brown. Add some water  and crushed ginger to this and grind to a smooth paste using mixie.
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3. Add the marinated crab into a wok and cook on high flame for 5 minutes. Add additional water only if required. Crabs lose some water from it’s body while marination. Never waste that water as it is very essential for the flavor.

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4. Once the crab colour changes, be sure that the meat is cooked. Now add the ground masala to it and mix gently. Add salt as per your taste and cover and cook for the next 3 minutes. Now open the lid and and mix gently on high flame to give it a roasted finish.Add elaichi powder and a pinch of sugar at this stage.Add curry leaves and 3 table spoons of oil (preferably coconut oil) and keep roasting for 2 more minutes. Be gentle do not spoil the crab meat by vigorous ladle movements.
5. Switch off the flame when the gravy is completely dry. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy! 🙂

Kerala Karimeen Pollichathu (Pearl Spot )Seafood special.

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DSCN6993 I’ve got friends from almost all the states of India and I had been asked this one question by most of them who were planning to visit Kerala, ” Sari, tell me one sea food delicacy which should never be missed out while tasting Kerala cuisine” . My answer was and will always be ” Karimeen Pollichathu”. This dish is prepared using Pearl spot fish ,marinated and then covered in banana leaf and baked on hot plate/tawa. Once you open the banana leaf after cooking process, the tasty juices run through your fingers leaving a heavenly aroma. Recently, one of my best friends had visited Kerala. He also had a great time in Kerala but this one thing he told me helped me in observing my own state’s food industry practices. According to him, there is no breakfast served after 10.30 am. In fact, eating out at Breakfast has not become a part of Kerala culture.His statement made me wonder why Kerala is not serving breakfast even after owning the maximum number of breakfast items in the country. Lunch and dinner is served lavishly. I told him that may be the place he visited did not have many breakfast joints and a generalized opinion about it may not be correct. My home town ,Payyanur has many breakfast serving restaurants. Bombay Hotel is the best of all of them.

Okay, let me come back to pearl spot. Karimeen is largely found in the back waters of Kerala and Karimeen pollichathu is a christian delicacy. With time, the recipe has been absorbed into every family and has become an integral part of Kerala cuisine.I thank god for letting me live next to  this beautiful back water area. My home town is blesses with a part of river, sea and back waters. So the choices i get to for picking a fish for lunch is lavish.  🙂
Ingredients
Pearl spot fish/Karimeen – 3 nos
turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
Green chillies chopped – 1 tbsp
garlic finely chopped – 2 tbsp
ginger finely chopped – 2 tbsp
Small onions – finely chopped – 2 cups
tomatoes finely chopped – 1 cup
Curry leaves – 3 strands
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
salt – to taste

Method
1. Clean the fish and make incisions on it using a sharp knife. Marinate the fish in some turmeric powder,red chilli powder, black pepper ,lemon juice and salt for at least an hour.
2. Shallow fry the marinated fish on hot plate /tawa for few seconds. Take care not to break the skin of the fish while frying.Keep aside.
3. Add some oil in a kadai . Fry the onions, finely chopped ginger,garlic, green chillies and tomatoes in it.Add some turmeric,red chilli and pepper powders and saute for 2 minutes.
4. Take a banana leaf ,big enough to cover a single fish with it as shown in the pic. Spread some sauted masala,step 3, in the middle of the leaf.Now place the half-cooked fish on top of this masala. Now again spread some more masala on top of the fish. Cover the fish with the banana leaf . Use thread to tie a knot around the cover. 🙂
5. Heat a tawa and add 2 tbsp oil . Now place the covered fish on top and cook on low flame for 10 to 12 minutes or until the leaf turns light brown.
6. Turn the side and cook on the other side of the fish using the same procedure.
7. Serve hot as a starter or with rice, roti and any kind of breads. Enjoyyy!

Hyderabadi Mirch ka salan

savour exotic with sari

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Aristocratic Nizams always contributed to the development of the culinary art. Their dishes are richly endowed with nuts and assorted spices and cooked in pure ghee. Hyderabadi food has to be enjoyed to be believed. The slow cooking and Dum method helps in producing rich aroma and flavours.The simplest Vegetable like tomato also can be turned out to be an exotic dish in Hyderabadi style of cooking. Let’s see here how it’s done.
prep time 1 hr
serves 6
Ingredients
Peanuts 1 1/2 tb
Sesame seeds 1 1/2 tb
Grated fresh Coconut 1 1/2 tb
Ghee 4 tb ( Or any oil you prefer)
Salt
Mustard seeds ¼ ts
Cumin seeds ¼ ts
Methi seeds 1/8 ts
Red chilly 3 n
Ginger garlic paste 1 ts
Curry leaves 2 sp
Cumin powder ½ ts
Coriander powder 1 ts
Chilly powder 1 tb
Onions 1 big
Turmeric pinch
Green chilly 2…

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Pradhaman ( Authentic kerala Yellow lentils dessert)

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Festivals bring in a lot of beautiful memories to my me. I feel that no matter how old you become, the festivals bring back your childhood memories and nostalgic feelings . If I introspect , I would not think twice before putting myself under the category of insecure and introvert kids. Things change with time.:) Even now, Onam and Vishu brings back the vague mind of that kid to me. Now I am able to embrace that kid with a grown up, confident inner self . I think this technique of comforting your aches and hurts of mind as a mature self of the same childhood soul/mind works well. It brings harmony and happiness to my mind . 🙂 Food plays a big role in the formation of your memories.

Pradhaman is that one dessert which connects me to my childhood .The aroma of this dessert instantly takes me back to the Onam/Vishu , I had celebrated with my little sis Sabi. Nothing to replace those memories and the bonding we share sweetheart. Love you. Oh, I was writing the recipe and I’m totally lost in emotions now. 😉
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Chalo, let’s get back to the track. Here is the recipe of Parippu pradhaman just for you !

Ingredients
Moong dal/yellow lentils/cheru parippu – 1 cup
coconut milk – 2 cups
ghee- 1/2 cup
water – 1 cup
jaggery – 150 gm
Elaichi powder -1 tsp
cashewnuts – 2 tbsp
Raisins- 10 nos
Method
1. Roast the cheru parippu/moong dal in a thick bottomed cooker until golden brown. Add boiled water into it. Cover and wait for 2 to 3 whistles.
2. Boil the jaggery blocks in 1 or 2 cups of water to form a liquid. Strain out the impurities.
3. Add the jaggery liquid into the cooked dal after adding thin coconut milk.Bring it to boil.
4. Add some ghee into it and keep stirring for 5 to 6 minutes.Add elaichi powder to it.
5. Now add the thick coconut milk gently into the cooker and switch off the flame. continue stirring to avoid separation..
6. Heat the remaining ghee in a small pan and fry cashews and raisins in it. Pour it in to the payasam along with ghee.
Serve hot or chilled.

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)

Kaalan

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Kaalan is a traditional Kerala vegetarian preparation using curd,coconut and vegetables like raw plantain and yam. It’s a grand mom’s recipe which is passed on from generations.Kaalan is different from Avial due to the choice of veggies used . It is more sour than Avial too. Kaalan is thick in consistency . The ‘Nenthra” Plantain is used for Kaalan which is available in Kerala and neighbouring states. My sis-in -law told me that these days she finds them even in UAE and Canada also. I think anything and everything is available everywhere these days. 🙂

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry, Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you! 🙂
Ingredients
Raw plantain – 1
yam/elephant foot veggie – 1 cup square pieces
sour curd – 1 cup
freshly grated coconut – i cup
cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
pepper powder – 1 tsp
turmeric powder – 1 pinch
salt – to taste
mustard seeds – 1 tspn
curry leaves – 2 strands
red chilly whole – 2 nos
Method
1. Add the chopped square pieces of yam and plantain in a cooker along with one cup water,turmeric powder , pepper powder and salt. Wait for two whistles.
2. Grind coconut,cumin and curd into a coarse paste using a mixie.Add this paste to the cooked veggies and bring it to boil on medium flame. Keep stirring . Otherwise curd may separate.
3. Check the salt and consistency. Add more curd if you want to adjust the consistency.Switch off the flame.
4. Heat one tablespoon coconut oil/any oil in a small pan and crackle mustard seeds, red chilly whole and curry leaves.Add this seasoning to the gravy which is ready in the cooker.
Enjoy with steamed rice and papad.
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Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry, Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you! 🙂

Puli-inji

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Okay, now I’m gonna thrill your taste buds with this heavenly combo of sweet,salt, spice and tangy side dish which is called Puly inji. Inji is the name for ginger in malayalam and puli means sourness. It’s a typical Kerala traditional dish which is served on traditional Sadya,feast. It’s my personal favourite as it kind of represents a bit of myself in nature. You may add some more flavours to it like….bitterness. 😉 (Only at times ,not always).
It’s the best way to pickle your ginger to a day when you need something unusual and heavenly to boost up your taste buds and senses. Goes very well with rice,but trust me, I love it as a dip to my parattas and rotis too.

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)
Ingredients
Ginger -finely chopped – 2 tbsp full
green chilly – finely chopped – 1
red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
curry leaves – 1 strand
oil- 1 tbsp
salt – to taste
tamarind pulp – 1 tbsp
Jaggery – one block/2 to 3 tbsp if melted in some water.

Method
1.Heat some oil in a small pan and add ginger and green chillies into it. Saute till the colour of ginger turns brown. Add red chilly powder and saute for few seconds. Now add the tamarind pulp and bring it to a boil. Slowly add the jaggery which is already melted in some water into the pan and mix very well.
2. Add salt to taste and mix well.
3. Balance the salt,sweetness and sourness according to your requirement by adding the appropriate quantities of salt,jaggery and tamarind.
4. Crackle mustard seeds in 1/2 a teaspoon of oil and add curry leaves too. This would be a good tadka for the dish. Pour it over the dish.
Enjoy!
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Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)

Vishu Sadya ( Scrumptious vegetarian spread of Kerala)

DSCN6829 I asked my children to look into the mirror and say what they saw there. My 7 yr old younger one Aaru, very carefully looked into the mirror and said, “Mom, I can see my nose”. Elder one did not answer as he was trying to figure out the complicated answer which his mom is expecting to hear. He knew very well that ‘face” is not the expected answer as it’s the simplest answer any one could guess. Mom needs some more and what’s that???? Aaru’s innocent answer amused me but I had to give them the correct answer myself. The situation where I asked them this question was at Vishukkani, the first sight arranged by the” lady of the house” for the rest of the family members. Mirror is one of the most essential part of Vishukkani as it symbolizes one’s role in making his own future. It tells us that ‘You are the one who make or break your own future”. The message is truly and highly valuable and that’s what I was trying to convey to my kids through the question “What do you see in the mirror?”

At Vishukkani, every basic and luxurious need of yours is displayed like food items,gold,silver money and good clothes. I wonder why we are not adding I-phones also to this list. 😉 Vishukkani has to be seen between 4 and 6 AM and is generally arranged by grand mother or mother.While seeing the vishukkani ,you pray for a prosperous new year ahead. Elders gift you with money or goodies and you touch their feet and seek for blessings.My husband just loves this tradition as that’s the only day I touch his feet as he is the eldest of our nuclear family. 😛 🙂 Next comes the scrumptious meal ,Vishu Sadya which I prepared for my family. Sadya is served on banana leaf and no cutleries are used to eat the meal. You are supposed to enjoy the meal with your beautiful hands. 🙂

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)

DSCN6860 I know that you are drooling while looking into the Sadya pic. Not your fault mate. It’s very natural and continue drooling. I am not gonna tell anyone. 😉 Sadya is an elaborate vegetarian spread with many dishes and desserts called payasam. Coconut ,coconut milk,and curry leaves play a big role in the cooking procedure.I belong to North Kerala,Malabar and we don’t mind having fish and chicken along with Sadya. Every dish has got a specific place in the banana leaf and it also has a scientific explanation. The banana leaf symbolizes a human body and every dish’s nutrients for each part of the body decides where on the leaf it has to be served.

The Sadya includes sarkkara uppery,uppery,mango pickle, pappadam, koottu curry,thoran, avial,sambar ,olan,pachadi,kitchadi,kaalan,puli inji,erissery,rasam, butter milk, banana and payasams. Payasams are of many kind but here I’ve served parippu pradhaman and pal ada payasam.I’ve tried to cover as many dishes as possible by me but there are many more which I wish to cover in the coming years.Kaara appam/Unniyappam and achappam/rose cookies are the sweet snacks prepared on Vishu. They are served in the brass uruli along with the Sadya for you to see. Please have a look dear!The Sadya dish’s recipes are included in my blog under kerala vegetarian dishes and on searching you can find them. DSCN6850 And that’s me in my traditional kerala saree which is a 2-piece saree called Mundu and Veshti. 😉 🙂

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)