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.
 

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.

Methi Muthia

Methi Muthia
Methi Muthia
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 c cup hopped fenugreek ( (methi))
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour ( (gehun ka atta))
  • 1/3 cup besan ((Bengal gram flour))
  • 1/2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder ( (haldi))
  • 1/4 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp oil
  • oil (for greasing)

Start cooking by mixing the finely chopped fenugreek leaves (methi) with 1/3 cup of Bengal gram flour (besan) and 1/3 cup of whole-wheat flour. Add a pinch of salt, some garam masala, some chilly paste, some ginger paste, a little turmeric powder, a little bit of sugar and mix it up and add a ¼ cup of water and make a nice dough. While mixing the dough add a little lemon juice and rest the dough for 15-20 minutes."

Once the dough is ready, make small balls. Take a pan and heat ½ cup of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, start sliding the balls to the oil and fry it. Turn the pieces once they’re cooked. It will have a little brownish colour after they’re fried."

After frying, take the balls out and place it on a tissue paper so that it absorbs all the oil. You could serve it along with some nice green chutney."

  • Washing leafy vegetable in warm water would help reduce the level of contamination of soil, water, bacteria etc.
  • Heat the oil proper before you start sliding the balls for frying.
  • Always fry the food in low simmer.
  • Do not slide anything to fry in cold oil as the food may end up absorbing more oil.
 

Royal Hara Bhara Kebab

Hara Bhara Kebab is another vegetable cutlet like snack, prepared with spinach and green peas. This one is the best way to add some nutrition in your diet. This one is every vegetarians go to kebab. Made with a mix of mashed potatoes, spinach, green peas, chillies, some cornflour for binding and select spices for flavour this kebab is quick, simple and delicious.

Royal Hara Bharat Kebab
Royal Hara Bharat Kebab
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4-5
  • 2 cup Spinach, blanched & chopped
  • 2 large sized potatoes, boiled & mashed
  • 1/2 cup Green peas, blanched & crushed
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 1 inch chopped
  • 4-6 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp Green chilli paste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup Gram flour (besan), roasted
  • 2 tbsp Cashewnut powder
  • 1/2 cup Hung yogurt
  • 2 Green chillies, chopped
  • 5-6 Almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp White pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

In a kadai heat butter, add shahi jeera, sauté till it begins to change colour."

Add chopped ginger, chopped garlic, green chilli paste and sauté for another fifteen seconds making sure that the paste does not stick to the bottom of the kadai."

Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, besan and cook till it gives a good aroma. This may take about one minute on medium low heat."

Add cashewnut powder and cook for further thirty seconds on medium low heat."

Add the chopped spinach, mashed potatoes, crushed green peas and cook on medium heat for about five minutes or till it leaves the kadai."

Remove from heat and spread it out on a flat surface to cool."

Add chopped green chillies, chopped ginger, chopped almonds, salt, white pepper powder, chaat masala and garam masala powder to the hung yogurt. Mix well."

Divide both the spinach and the filling mixture into sixteen equal portions. Spread the spinach mixture on your palm, place the filling in the center and bring in the edges and roll into a round ball. Press slightly to form kebabs."

Heat sufficient oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the kebabs, a few at a time, till crisp on both the sides. This may take about one minute on each side on medium heat."

Serve hot sprinkled with lemon juice and chaat masala."

  • Wash Spinach and other leafy vegetables in warm water before you grind it.  This helps removing chemical and dirt from the vegetables.

Mutton Do Pyaza

Mutton cooked with plenty of onions, as the name suggests, is simply delicious

Mutton Do Pyaza
Mutton Do Pyaza
  • PREP TIME 1 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 12 chops mutton
  • 4 pieces Whole dry red chilies
  • 6 pieces green chilies
  • ¾ cup ghee
  • 2 teaspoons Fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Pomegranate seeds (anardana)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 onions
  • 2 piece Ginger chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste salt
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1. Soak red chillies in half a cup of hot water. Chop two green chilies and slit the remaining. Sauté slit green chillies in one tablespoon of ghee, drain and set aside. Roughly chop four onions and slice the remaining."

2. Coarsely grind fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and pomegranate seeds separately. "

3. Grind together cumin seeds and red chillies with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply this paste to the chops and marinate for one hour preferably in a refrigerator."

4. Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add chopped green chillies, chopped onions and ginger. Sauté till light brown. If required, sprinkle water. Drain, cool and blend to a paste. Strain the ghee and heat it again. Add fenugreek seeds, sliced onions and mint leaves. Sauté well and add the marinated chops. Sauté till dry."

5. Add coriander seeds and one-fourth cup of water. Mix well and simmer till dry. Add pomegranate seeds, turmeric powder, salt and half a cup of water. Once it boils, lower the heat and simmer till almost dry. "

6. Add garam masala powder, fried green chillies and coriander leaves. Cover and cook on low heat for five to seven minutes. "

7. Add fried onion paste, mix well and cover and cook on low heat for fifteen to twenty minutes."

8. Sprinkle the remaining lemon juice, mix and serve hot."

Cooking Tips
  • The most difficult and important task for a perfect mutton dish is to make the mutton tender and soft. There are many ways to do so.  Slice the mutton in small and thin pieces and mix it with curd and keep aside for 1-2 hours.
  • Cooking mutton with raw papaya in it would help the mutton cook well and become soft and tender
  • Cooking slowly would also help mutton to become tastier, soft and tender.

Tandoori Chicken

Learn how to make Tandoori chicken by chef Afraz shaikh only on cookmydish.in

Tandoori Chicken
Tandoori Chicken
  • PREP TIME 1 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 25 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 750 grams whole chicken, cut into 4 pieces on the bone
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Hung yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Kashmiri red chilli paste
  • 1 teaspoon Chaat masala for sprinkling
  • Black salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp gram flour (besan)
  • 1.5 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tbsp Mustard oil
  • Butter for basting
  • Onion roundels for serving

Method 1. Make incisions in chicken pieces and put in a large bowl. Add garlic paste, ginger paste, lemon juice and salt and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 30-40 minutes. "

2. Combine hung yogurt, garam masala powder, chilli flakes, chilli powder, Kashmiri red chilli paste, 1 teaspoonchaat masala, black salt and salt in a bowl and whisk well. "

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan, add gram flour and carom seeds and sauté on low heat till gram flour is fragrant."

4. Add the gram flour mixture to yogurt mixture and whisk well. "

5. Add yogurt mixture and mustard oil to the marinated chicken pieces and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 1 hour. "

6. Preheat oven to 200° C."

7. Heat remaining oil in a deep non-stick pan. Place the marinated chicken pieces and cook from both sides till golden brown."

8. Place the cooked chicken pieces on a baking tray. Put the tray into the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, basting with some butter."

9. Sprinkle some chaat masala and serve hot with onion roundelsand pudinyachi chutney."

Cooking Tips
  • Remove skin from chicken pieces, and cut slits into them lengthwise. Mix it with curd or yoghurt and keep aside for 45 mins to 1 hour before cooking.  This would help the chicken to become soft and tender.
  • Preheat the oven before cooking.
  • Brush the chicken pieces with a bit of ghee to make the chicken bit moister and soft.