Saturday, December 27, 2008
Skinless chicken - 2 lbs
cinnamon - 1 inch stick
cardamom - 2 nos
cloves - 2 nos
onions - 2 medium
green chilles - 4 nos (julien cut)
ginger & garlic paste - 1 tbsp
turmeric - 1/4 tsp
corainder powder(dhaniya pwd) - 2 tsp
garam masala - 1 tsp
pc powder - 2 tbsp (see recipe below)
salt - to taste
red chilli pwd - to taste
corainder leaves for garnishing
oil - 3 tbsp
In short i call it as pc powder it is nothing but poppy seeds and coconut powder.
poppy seeds(in telugu gasagasalu)
dry coconut powder
take equal quantities of both and grind them in a blender .
i make this powder is large quantities and keep it in refrigerator for future use,as if we make less quantity the poppy seeds doesnt grind well.
ginger & garlic paste-1 tsp
red chilli powder-1 tsp
yogurt -1/2 cup well beaten
mix all of them and marinate atleast 20 mins.
1 . Heat a skillet over medium heat to it add 3 or 4 tbsp of oil.(adding so much of oil gives good taste and texture to the dish) then add the cardamom,cloves and cinnamon after few sec add onions and green chillies.
2 . fry until the onions become translucent then add ginger and garlic paste fry until the raw smell vanishes.
3 . then add the marinated chicken and let it cook for sometime.
all the water in the chicken evaporates and the chicken will be cooked in few mins.
4 . then add water upto the level of the chicken inside the skillet.cover the skillet with a lid and leave it to cook for 10-15 mins in medium flame.
5 . then add red chilli powder,salt,corainder powder,garam masala,pc powder and stir well.you can add more water if needed.
6 . let it cook until oil oozes out.adjust spice levels according to your taste and remove from flame after garnishing the curry with corainder leaves.
thats it ..spicy chicken curry is ready
some add tomatoes to this dish.but i prefer this way,even without adding tomatoes you get very good gravy since we are adding the poppy seeds and dry coconut powder.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Murukulu/Chakli is a snack which is famous in southern part of india..whenever i prepare this at home ...they dissapear in 2 days i and my hubby enjoying munching on these in the evening.and here goes the recipe
Rice flour/biyam pindi - 2 cups
Besan/Gram flour/ - 1 cup
Ajwain/Carom seeds/vamu - 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds/nuvvulu - 1 tbsp
Red chili powder - 2 tsp
Melted butter - 1/4 cup
Lukewarm water - abt 2 cups approx
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
Makes approx 40-50 chakli's
1. Sieve rice flour, besan flour together in a mixing bowl. Add carom seeds, sesame
seeds, red chilli pwd, salt and mix together. Pour the melted butter and mix.
2. Add luke warm water little at a time and make dough. Dough should not be too stiff nor too loose.
3. Cover the mixing bowl with a wet tissue paper and leave it aside for atleast 15mins.
4. In a chakli maker, fill the dough and make shapes onto a plate, prepare a bunch of them ahead.
5. Heat oil in a kadai(do not use non stick kadai)and slide the chakli's slowly into the oil and fry them until golden brown in medium to high heat..turn them to the other side in between so that it fries equally.
6. Drain them onto a paper napkin,after it gets cooled store them in an airtight container.
Prawn/Shrimp - 1 lb (shelled and deveined)
Cloves - 2 nos
Cinammon - 1 inch stick
Green cardamoms - 2 nos
Onion - 2 medium size
Green chillies - 3 nos
ginger & garlic paste - 1 tbsp
turmeric powder - 1/4th tsp
red chilli powder
Corainder powder(daniya powder)- 2 tsp
garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Corainder leaves for garnishing
spring onion for garnishing
curry leaves - 2 stalks
1 . First to remove the raw smell from prawns we have to cook them separetly.so for that mix prawns with 1/2 tsp salt,pinch turmeric.add this to the pan keep it in medium flame and cook it,no need to add oil,also no need to cover the pan.
2 . After few minutes the water from prawns evaporates and it gets cooked.
remove from flame and keep the cooked prawns aside.
3 . Take a pan add 2 tbsp of oil (can use the same pan or separate one),to it add the cinnamon,cloves and cardamom after few sec's add chopped onions and julienned chillies.fry until the onions become translucent.
4 . then add ginger & garlic paste and curry leaves fry till the raw smell vanishes.
5 . then add the cooked shrimp,red chilli pwd,salt,corainder pwd,and garam masala pwd.mix well and let it cook for few more mins,Adjust spices according to your taste.then finally add chopped corainder leaves and switch of the flame.
6 . garnish with spring onion
thats it...prawn fry is very easy to make.
many add tomato ,poppy seeds,or even coconut pwd but i prefer to do in this way.