Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad
Chicken Chettinad
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 4 onions
  • 3 green chilies
  • 2 springs curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp ginger (garlic paste)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • ½ cup oil
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 10 dry red chilies
  • 2 tbsp Khus Khus
  • 2 tbsp Saunf
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cardomom
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 one inch pieces cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp Grated coconut
  • Store spices in a cool, dark place, not above your stove. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor.
  • Dry roast spices masala can also use for vegetable dishes. Its gives the special flavor to any dish.
  • When you fry the onions add some salt in to that before adding the oil. It dries the onion and fry faster.
  • When we make the masala for chicken, fry it till oil separates, before adding the water. Its gives a nice flavor and original colour to the dish.
 

Chingari Malaikari

Chingri Malaikari
Chingri Malaikari
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 500 gms Prawns ((big/medium size) )
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 2 tbps Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 slit up Green chilli
  • 3/4 cup Coconut milk
  • 2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbps oil
  • bay leaves
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 5-6 cloves

Wash the prawns very well before you marinate it. Add salt and a touch of turmeric powder and mix it."

Heat 1-2 tsp of mustard oil in a pan. Once the mustard oil comes to a smoking point, add a bit of salt. When the mustard oil is hot, put some mustard seeds into it and once the mustard seeds start to crackle you could add 2 pieces of cardamom, 2-3 of cloves, 1-2 pieces of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 bay leaves, 1 cup of onion paste, 2-3 tsp of ginger garlic paste, paste of 1-2 green chilies and mix it very well until it becomes a bit dry. Once the masala is ready, add 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of red chilly and mix it well. Add a little water to the mix so that the masala comes out well. Continue to stir and add 1 cup of coconut milk to the masala. Please keep the stove simmer and continue to mix it add more water if you want more gravy. Keep it covered for sometime. Let the mix get boiled, keep it for a 2-3 minutes. "

  • Coconut milk could be made at home or you could use the ready to cook instant coconut milk available in the market.
 

Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal
Chicken Cafreal
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 7-8 green chilies
  • 8 Stocks Coriander leaves
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 13-14 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Khus Khus
  • 7-10 Peppercorns
  • 1 big piece Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 small ball Tamarind
  • 4-6 cloves

For marinade, add coriander leaves, 1-3 green chilies, 3-4 cloves of garlic, 1-piece of ginger, a pinch of jeera (roasted recommended), a pinch of khus khus (poppy seeds), salt to taste, tamarind, 1-piece of cinnamon, 7-10 pepper corns, 1-teaspoon oil (olive oil recommended). Grind these spices together and you will get a nice, spicy, tangy, green thick paste. "

Once the paste is ready, take the cleaned chicken and mix it. You could either use chicken leg pieces or chicken normal pieces as convenient. You could also use the chicken with or without the skin removed. Add the ground paste to the chicken pieces. And add a pinch of salt (for taste if required) and a little turmeric powder and mix it well with the chicken pieces. Would recommend doing the marinating process at least 3-4 hour before the preparation. It helps the chicken pieces to absorb all the spices and herbs used in the marinade. "

Once the marinating is done, take a pan and put some oil and wait for the oil to become hot. When the oil is hot, place the chicken pieces in the pan and wait for it to cook. While you frying the chicken, make sure that the flame is not so high or not so low. Keep a medium flame so that the pieces are cooked equal to taste well. Once it starts coloring, turn the pieces so that both sides are cooked well. Once both sides are colored, cover it for a while (3-5 mins) and then rest it for 5 mins and plate it. Service it nice and hot with some nice salads."

  • Marinating the chicken 3-4 hours in advance will increase the taste.
  • Maintain a medium flame to avoid burning the pieces.
  • Heat the pan first and put the oil later so and let the oil heat well before you place the chicken pieces.
  • Add more of peppercorn than green chilies, as it’s healthier.
  • You could make a cut mark in the chicken pieces so that masala catches the pieces fast and become easy to marinate.
  • Use fresh and soft chicken.

Fish Xacuti

Fish Xacuti
Fish Xacuti
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 6
  • 1 kg fish
  • 8 -10 Peppercorns
  • 1 inch (cinnamon stick )
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 4 pods cardamom split and seeds removed
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
  • 4 onions
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 3 tbps white vinegar
  • 3 tbps Grated coconut
  • 3 tbps vegetable oil
  • salt (to taste)
  • Chopped coriander leaves

Marinate the fish with salt and a touch of turmeric. You could also pre-marinate the fish in advance and keep it for 2-3 hours to increase the taste. "

Take a frying pan and put 1-2 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, you could add chopped onion and fry it a bit and add ginger garlic paste after that. Stir the mix for a while and let it half frying and add spices like cinnamon powder, jeera powder, red chilly powder, turnmeric powder, khus khus, cloves powder, cardamom powder, nutmeng powder stir the mix and fry it. After 2-3 minutes add grated coconut to the mix and fry it till the masala gets a dry form. After that add 1 tsp of vinegar and stir it again and add half a cup of water let it boil. Add salt to taste and let it cook for 5 minutes and keep it covered. "

Once the gravy is ready, slide the fish into it and add some chopped coriander leaves. Keep it covered and let it cook for about 7-10 minutes. Once its cooked serve it along with rice or goan pao. Enjoy!"

• For convenience, you could add garam masala instead of adding each spice and herbs at every interval. The garam masala could be made at home by shallow frying all the spices and grind it. You could preserve it in a bottle or a sealed pouch for later usage. • Don’t use sharp or metal spoon for stirring fish curries as it may break the cooked fish pieces. • Don’t overcook fish. 7-10 minutes would be appropriate depending on the fish that you use. Firm fish may require 4-5 minutes more. • Adding vinegar would help to get a better flavor to the whole dish.

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 16 pieces chicken (750 grams of chicken)
  • 1.5 cups Basmati Rice (Soaked and drained)
  • 2-3 black cardamom (Salt to taste)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 tbsp ghee (Plus for drizzling)
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp biryani masala
  • 3/4 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup browned onions + for garnishing (A generous pinch of saffron, soaked in warm water)
  • 5-6 Green Chillies (slit)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (cut into juliennes )
  • 2 teaspoons rose water (Whole wheat dough (atta) to seal)

Boil sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan. Add salt, black cardamoms, cinnamon, bay leaf, green cardamoms, cloves and Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice, cover and cook till the rice is fully done. Strain and set aside"

Heat ghee in a deep non stick pan, add caraway seeds and onions, mix and sauté till onions turn golden."

Add ginger-garlic paste and mix. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder, mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes."

Add chicken pieces, salt, biryani masala, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add yogurt and mix. Add half the chopped coriander, half the mint leaves, half the browned onions and cooked rice. Spread the rice evenly."

Drizzle saffron water on top and add green chillies, ginger juliennes, remaining browned onions, remaining chopped coriander and remaining mint leaves. Drizzle some more ghee and rose water and top."

Roll the dough into a long cylinder and press onto the edges of the pan. Place the lid on top, press to seal and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes."

Let it stand for 5 minutes. Open the lid and transfer the biryani onto a serving plate. Serve hot garnished with browned onions and mint sprig"

Cooking Tips • In order to keep the rice fluffy with each grain separate, pre-soak the rice for about an hour and drain. When ready to cook, heat a pot, add 75g ghee (clarified butter), followed by the rice. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add 1.5 litres of water, cover and cook till al dente. • Instead of cooking oil, use ghee as it will make the biryani tastier and flavorsome. • If cooking with meat, marinate with spices, salt and yoghurt to tenderize and to ensure the meat is well flavored. • To avoid the biryani from sticking to the bottom of the serving dish, place sliced tomatoes as the bottom layer, and then top with biryani. • When adding saffron, soak in a small quantity of hot water for about 10-15 minutes. When ready, use the strands as well as the water, which will add yellow color. • If you burn the biryani, turn off the heat immediately. Transfer the good portions into a different dish, and add dried lemon to balance out the charred flavor. • When cooking dum style, use pastry sheets to cover the clay or copper pot. It is faster than rolling out the dough yourself. • A mistake most people make when making biryani is overcook it. Turn off the heat at the right time. (This tine varies depending on whether you are cooking meat, vegetable or fish.) • Lamb will result in the most flavorsome biryani, but takes the longest to cook. For quick biryanis, use shrimp or vegetable.

Mutton Pepper Fry

A simple delicious fry recipe with mutton that goes beautifully with rotis, rice and dal or even dosas.

Mutton Pepper Fry
Mutton Pepper Fry
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 25 MINS
  • SERVES
  • 500 grams boneless mutton (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • to taste salt
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 Onion (sliced)
  • to taste Crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp scraped fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 8-10 black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • ½ inch Cinnamon
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1½ tbsp scraped fresh coconut
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder

1. Heat some water in a deep non-stick pan. Add mutton pieces, turmeric powder and ginger-garlic paste and mix. Add salt, mix, cover and cook till mutton is done. Drain in a bowl and reserve the stock."

2. To prepare paste, heat oil in a non-stick pan. Addcurry leaves, let it crackle and drain in a bowl. Switch off heat. "

3. To prepare the paste, slice garlic cloves and ginger."

4. Place the oil pan back on heat, add caraway seeds, peppercorns, star anise, green cardamoms, black cardamom, broken cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, remaining curry leaves, sliced ginger and garlic to hot oil and sauté for 1 minute."

5. Add onion and coconut and sauté for onion and coconut turns golden brown. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder and mix well. Transfer on a plate and cool. "

6. Heat oil in another non-stick pan. Add onion and sauté. Add dried red chillies and sauté till onion turns golden brown. "

7. Grind the sautéed spice mixture alongwithsomewater into fine paste. "

8. Add ground paste to the sautéed onion, mix and cook till the mixture slightly dries. Add cooked mutton pieces, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes."

9. Add salt and mix. Add crushed peppercorns, tamarind pulp, sugar and coriander leaves and mix. Add 1 cup reserved stock, mix and cook till the mixture boils. "

10. Add fried curry leaves and coconut, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. "

11. Serve hot. "

Cooking Tips
  • Rinse the muttons pieces with salt and turmeric before cooking so that it becomes soft and tender.
  • Leave the meat in curd or papaya paste to tenderize the meat for at least 2-3 hours, and if you have enough time, leave it for about 6-7 hours. For making the prefect Mutton Pepper Fry, meat is left to marinade overnight. You could also use acidic fruits like lemon or kiwi with salt and pepper, which help in breaking down the solid fibers of meat. Once these fibers break down, that's when the meat becomes tender and ready to devour. Marinating not only makes the meat tender, but also adds moisture to it, further making it juicy.