Thursday, December 22, 2011

Crunchy Jelaibi

Ingredients:

1 cup Maida
1 tsp level baking powder
(sieve both maida and baking powder  so that they mix in well together)
2 pinch yellow food colour
3 cups sugar
1 ½ glass water
cold water to mix



Method:

1. Make the sugar syrup, let it cool completely, it should be thick, only then the jalaibi will get it’s taste.
 
Mix the flour, with the food colour and mix it with COLD water, it will start turning very sticky like a glue, keep mixing strongly with a whisker till the batter is very creamy but not runny.

2. You can use the icing set which is used for cakes and fix the tinniest nozzle on it as when you drop the batter in the oil it will raise in size so better use the smallest one, now heat the oil, fill in the icing device, and go round round with it dropping it in the oil and make the form of jelabi  or use  a plastic sheet and make it like a cone and fill it with batter and make a thin hole in the nob and use it .

3. Don’t fry too long you will feel as the colour changes to a light brownish orange, take it out and put it directly in the syrup BUT take it immediately out after 4-5 seconds!! If it stays long it will become very soggy, to have it crunchy you have to hurry, place them on a grill so that the extra syrup runs out, don’t cover them they will stay crunchy 100% !!!

Now enjoy crispy Jelaibis  :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ice Coffee

This is very yummy chilling coffee for all coffee lovers . I love to have this in hot summer whenever I have a feel to have coffee :) . usually Ice coffee is done with ice cream, but this recipe is without ice cream , its light and yummy. 




Ingredients:


Boiled Milk - One cup
Sugar- 1 teaspoon
Instant coffee powder - 1 teaspoon
Milk chocolate - 3 inch piece ( I prefer using galaxy choclate or diary milk)
Ice cubes - handful




Method:


Mix all the ingredients together and beat in the mixi for 3 minutes and serve cold .


Yummy chilled coffee :) for a hot day.

Ladys Finger Kara Kolambu


This is a yummy curry apt for plain white rice. I made this with ladys finger but also it tastes good adding brinjal or drumstick or potato .


Ingredients:

Ladys Finger - 250 gms  wash and cut into one inch pieces
Fresh coconut scrapped : 1/2 cup
Onion  - Slice onion roughly
Tomato - 2 ripe medium size tomatoes chopped roughly
Sambar powder- any good brand one tablespoon
Tumeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Hing -1/4 teaspoon
One lime size tamarind - make into a juice for 1/2 cup
Garlic- 6 cloves sliced
Jaggary or white sugar - 1/4 spoon
Mustard seeds - 1/4 spoon
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 spoon
Whole red chillies- 3
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
Oil as required, I prefer gingelly oil for this curry as it enhances the taste
   


Method:

1. In a kadai heat 2 tablespoons oil and add the onions , garlic and fry well with a stream of curry leaves and once the onions are fried add the tomatoes and fry well till the raw smell goes off and then finally add the sambar powder , 1/4 teaspoon tumeric powder and fresh coconut and toss for 2 minutes and then grind to a fine paste.

2. In a kadai add little oil and fry the ladys finger in slow fire for 7 minutes and once done remove and keep aside.

3. In the same kadai, add oil  and once hot add mustard seeds, then fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and pinch  of hing powder, and then add the tamarind juice and cook it along with little water and once the raw smell of tamarind goes away, then add the fried ladys finger and then add the grinded gravy with little water, add salt and cook till the gravy becomes thick and then remove and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve it  with hot steaming rice.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Karela Salad


A quick and easy Yummy salad with karela , it is a must salad in Srilankan food. I learnt this from my Srilankan friends and it is worth trying.


Ingredients:

Karela  : 2 nos washed and thinly sliced in round shape
Tomato : 1 sliced thin
Onion : thinly sliced round
Lemon Juice : 4 tablespoons  
Black Pepper Powder : 1/2 teaspoon
Tumeric Powder  : 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


Method:

Mix tumeric powder and salt with the sliced karela and marinate it for 10 minutes and then deep fry it in little oil until very crispy like chips, but to avoid oil , I microwaved the karela to a crispy texture with one teaspoon of oil.

Now mix the fried karela, onion rings, tomato, pepper powder, lemon juice and   salt and serve with hot white rice accompanied by vegetarian curries.  

Saucy Baked Chicken

Was wondering what to cook for dinner and once decided to make chicken, I grabbed the Fauzia's recipe which I had been longing to do and eyed for long time :) . I couldnt resist to eat it once I made it it looked fabulous and smelled superb and tasted the best and this is the best ever baked chicken  by me :), a big hug and thank you to Fauzia. A must try easy recipe.



Ingredients:

1 chicken, without skin, cut into 8 or 10 pieces
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp tomato paste (if your tomato paste is of a good bright coloured type, then first use 2 tbsp and check how the colour looks when blended with the rest of the ingredients...if you find you need more you can then add as necessary)
1 medium red onion chopped
1 heaped tsp ginger garlic paste
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp whole cumin
2 tsp salt
2 TBsp tandoori masala
1 big mug plain yoghurt, full
2 green chillis (add more if you want it spicier)
1 bunch coriander, with sticks (not just the leaves)
Juice of 2 lemon (if ur lemons are very juicy then use just the juice of 1)



Method:

Clean and wash, then drain the chicken and set aside in a bowl.

Put ALL the other ingredients into a blender. Blend everything together until smooth. If you find the colour is not as vibrant as you would like, add a tsp of tandoori masala and a little more tomato paste, and blend again. Then pour over the chicken. Cover and refrigerate, let it marinate preferably for about 2-4 hours, but up to overnight is fine.

Pour everything into a glass pyrex baking dish, cover with foil. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Place your baking dish on the center rack and bake for 30-35mins. 

(At this point your whole house will have the most appetising aroma. So be warned, tummies will growl!) :D

Remove dish, open the foil and turn the pieces over. Baste them with some of the liquid, just scoop with a spoon n drizzle over the pieces to keep them moist. Replace foil and put the dish back in the oven. Bake for another 30-35mins.

Finally remove the dish from the oven and discard the foil. Turn the pieces over once more and baste again with the sauce just to retain moisture, then put the tray back into the oven (without the foil this time) for about 10 mins or so just to give the pieces a nice colour. (If you have a grill in the oven, turn it on at this point to give the chicken a fantastic finish).

Once ready, remove and cover loosely with the foil until time of serving so the heat is retained.

Serving options: This dish can be served  with many different things in the past, but the best accompaniment in my opinion is fries, some sort of bread like naan or pita or parathas, chappatis and a fresh salad and an icy cold drink.



Enjoy cooking and eating this fabulous Chicken:) 

Rava Laddo

This is the recipe of my sweetest grandma who is an excellent cook and this is the most frequently wanted and made sweet in my house which I learnt to master it from her. This is very easy to make in less than 20 minutes .



Ingredients:

White Rava (Sooji ) : One cup
Cashew nuts : broken a handful
Raisins: Handful
Almonds and pistachios Crused handful (Optional)
Hot Milk : 1/4 cup
Sugar : 3/4 cup
Cardamon Powder : 1/4 teaspoon
Fresh coconut Grated : 1/4 cup
Ghee : 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons


Method:

1. In a kadai add ghee when hot add cashew nuts, raisins and other nuts you prefer and once light brown add the fresh coconut and fry in very slow heat for 5 minutes and then add the rava and roast it in very slow fire for 7 minutes  and be careful not to brown the rava and once the rava is roasted, add sugar and mix well for 5 minutes in slow fire , add cardamon powder and then add the milk and mix well and immediately switch off from fire .

2. Start making ladoos when warm itself, if you feel too dry to make ladoos add little milk, grease hands with ghee and make the ladoos in the sizes you wish.

Note: if you wish you can add a pinch of food colour of your choice to make it more colourful and add it in little water or milk and add to the mixture while mixing on heat. 

Quick & Easy Coconut Rice

This is a quick and easy recipe which I always prefer for a lunch box and very yummy when accompanied by potato fry or cauliflower fry. 


Ingredients:

Rice: two cups boiled and dont make it soggy and should be in the tempo for friedrice
Fresh Coconut scraped : one cup
Mustard seeds: 1/4 teaspoon
Split channa dhal: 1 teaspoon
Split Urad dhal:  1 teaspoon
Garlic: 6 cloves chopped or sliced
Cashew nuts : 6 nos broken into two (Optional)
Whole red chilies: 5 nos broken into two
Asafoetida powder: 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves
Salt to taste 
Cooking Oil: 2 tablespoons
Coriander leaves to garnish



Method:

1. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and then urad dhal, channa dhal, chashew and when it changes colour, add the garlic and fry for a minute and add the red chilies and curry leaves and asafoetida powder  and coconut and fry well for 2 minutes and dont burn the coconut to brown colour and add enough salt and rice and mix well.

2. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Enjoy yummy yummy coconut rice with potato fry:)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Puli Vada


This a really simple and simply superb recipe taught to me by my friends mom Jalajaka , it really tastes awesome and has a big advantage where we can keep the vada dough for at least one week in fridge  and still it turns out  awesome. A must try snack.



Ingredients:

One cup rice ( Ponni or basmathi or raw rice) : wash and soak it for 2 hours
Tamarind : one big lemon size
Whole Red chillies : 6 nos
Curry leaves a few
Fresh Coconut scrapped : Two handful or half coconut
Salt to taste and oil for frying


Method:

1. Remove all the water from thee soaked rice and dry grind the rice without adding water to a course powder and dont make it very fine and keep aside.
2. Grind in the mixi with little water , coconut, redchillies, curry leaves and tamarind like chutney and salt keep aside.
3. Now add the chutney to the rice powder and mix well with hand so that you get a thick dough like muruku dough even thicker than that and now make small balls and take a plastic bag and rub oil on it and make the ball flat with hands and the vada should be thick and deep fry it in hot oil in medium heat . It will swel up like pooris.

Serve hot with plain coconut chutney and even it tastes great when eaten with no side dips.

Bhindi Pepper Fry


While doing Bhindi fry in the same style, I tried using pepper powder instead of chilli powder and turned awesome . Sure for a change from the normal poriyals :). It tastes good and tangy with the fresh pepper and mango powder or lemon juice added.


Ingredients:

Ladys finger : 1/2 Kg cleaned and cut diagonally in small peices
Mustard seeds: 1/4 teaspoon
Slit Urad Dhal: 1 teaspoon
Fresh crushed Pepper powder : 1 teaspoon
Garlic: 5 pieces thinly sliced
Onion : One thinly sliced
Yogurt : 1 tablespoon
Dry Mango Powder  : 1/4 teaspoon (Optional or use a few drops of lime juice instead of mango powder)
Salt to taste
A few curry leaves
Oil as required.


Method:

1. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a non stick kadai and when hot add mustard seeds and then add urad dhall and once light brown add the onions, sliced garlic  and fry for one minute adding curry leaves and then add the ladys finger and yogurt and fry well for 10 minutes in very slow fire, dont close the lid .
2. when the ladies finger is fried well add enough salt , dont make it too dark add the  freshly crushed pepper powder and 1/4 spoon mango powder or a few drops of lemon juice and give a toss and remove from fire.

Serve hot as a accompaniment with any curry and white rice or hot chappatis and pulkas.



Fruit Trifle

A yummy fruit trifle which is my all time favorite, it is very quick and easy to make as we can even do even  with only one fruit .







Ingredients:

Milk : 1/2 liter
Vennila custard  Powder : 3 tablespoons
Sugar : 1/4 cup
Fruits : cut into small peices( Apple, Orange, whole seedless grapes,  banana, mangoes , pineapple and anything of your choice)
Jelly : Make jelly with strawberry flavour and lime flavour ( I used this for red and green colour)


Method:

1. Boil milk with sugar and then dilute the custard powder with milk and add add to the boiling mik and mix well till it becomes thick and then remove from fire and cool .
2. keep blending the custard mixture with a hand whip as it will form thick crumps otherwise but see that it is very thick like yogurt.
3. Now mix in the fruits and garnish with jellys of your choice to make it more colourful chill and serve cold :)

Note:

If you are adding Pineapple, add it only before you serve as it might become bitter if kept for long in the custard mixture.
Make sure the mixture is very cold before garnishing with jelly or it start blotting as happened to mine  as shown in the pictures.

Dhal Rice ( Pappu Biyam Rice)

It was a lazy friday and blinked myself in FB and read the posts of this dhal rice traditionally known as Pappu Biyam Koodu in our Naidus community and was craving to immediately cook the same for lunch , infact this is the National Food of Coimbatore Naidus :) . This is my version of Dhal rice which I learnt from my grandma, event hough I dont get the same taste as her magic fingers do still tried to perfect it to some extent.  



Ingredients:

Rice  one cup and (Toor Dhal + channa dhal 1/2 cup) : Washed and soak it together for 2 hours
Onion : 1 big no sliced thin ( or use one cup of chopped shallots (small onion )
Green Chillies: 5 nos slit lengthwise
Tomato : 1 big No sliced
Garlic : 5 cloves of garlic chopped roughly
Mustard Seeds : 1 teaspoon
Tumeric Powder : 1 /2 teaspoon
Channa Dhal : 1 teaspoon
Split Urad Dhal : 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves a few
Coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoon
Oil : 3 spoons
Salt to taste.



Method:

1.  Take a cooker and heat 3 spoons of oil in it and when hot add mustard seeds and then urad dhal and channa dhal and when it slighlty turns colour , add the onions, greenchillies, curry leaves  and garlic and fry well till onions become pink in colour and add tumeric powder & tomatoes and add enough salt and fry till tomatoes starts mushing and then add the soaked rice with dhal without water and fry it in the oil for 2 minutes and then add  2 cups of water in the same cup in which the rice was measured and pressure cook till 3 whistles or according to your normal rice cooking mode.

2. When the steam is off, add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well and serve hot with desi ghee and papadam , pickle, pudina leaves chutney, coriander leaves chutney :)

It is a quick and easy yummy recipe.






Slimming Tea


I recently found this fabulous slimming tea recipe and it really works, minimum 3 cups a day is a must to reduce weight gradually along with low calorie food. 

This tea not only reduces weight but also good for reducing cholesterol as we use cinnamon in it . 






Ingredients:

Green Tea Bag : 1 No
Cinnamon Stick : 2" inch
Fresh ginger : 1" inch
Lime : 1 slice 


Method:


To a cup of hot boiling water , add one green tea bag , one slice of lime, 1 peice of ginger and 1 piece of cinnamon stick and leave it for 5 minutes and immediately remove the added tea bag, cinnamon, lime , ginger as it might become bitter if you keep it for long. 

Happy Slimming :) .

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mutton Machboos

This recipe is one of the best rice recipes in Middle East and I learnt this from one of my friend :) . The same recipe can be used to make with Chicken, fish ( fish has to be fried coated with chilli powder and salt and added to the rice in the last ) or vegetables ( carrots, potatoes, peas, cauliflower and capsicum ) . 

The real version of Machboos is non spicy as majority of the arabs eat non spicy food  but we asians rock with hot spices :) and I hence I made very small variations to suit our Asian taste buds . If you want to take a break from the normal biriyanis and fried rice stuff , you can try this yummy rice , it looks like biriyani but it will taste different for sure :) .


Ingredients: 

Tender Mutton : 1/2 Kg with bones
Basmathi rice : 2 cups ( washed and soaked in water for one hour and then fried for 5 minutes in 2 table spoon oil without water)
Potatoes : 2 medium sized cubed into 3 inch pieces 
Capsicum : 2 nos deseeded and cut into cubes 
Onion : One big size sliced thin
Green chillies :  7 nos whole 
Tomatoes  : 3 medium size but into big cubes 
Ginger garlic paste: 2 tablespoon
Black lemon : 2 nos (wash it and pierce holes on it using a knife) 
whole Black pepper : 1 teaspoon 
Bay leaf : 2 peices    
Cinnamon sticks : 2 peices
Green cardamon : 4 nos
Cloves: 4 nos
Chilli Powder  : 1 teaspoon
Pepper Powder : 1 teaspoon
Curry Powder : 1 teaspoon ( I use Madras curry powder)
Cumin powder : 1 teaspoon
Tomato Paste : 4 tablespoon ( I prefer using the packet ones as it gives good colour)
Oil : 1/4 cup
Salt to taste  



Method:

1. Take a big pot and add 1/4 cup oil and when hot add bayleaves, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves , one teaspoon whole blackpepper and mix well and add one big sliced  onion and fry till golden brown and then add 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste and fry till it starts sticking to the pan and now add the cubed tomatoes,  tomato paste and fry well till the raw smell of the tomatoes goes and when it starts becoming mushy, add the mutton and fry well for 5 minutes and then add 2 pierced black lemons  and then the spices ( one teaspoon chilli powder, one teaspoon curry powder, one teaspoon blackpepper powder and one teaspoon cumin powder ) and  mix well and add some water and enough salt and close the lid and cook the mutton in slow fire  and when meat is half done add the capsicum and 2 handful of finely chopped coriander leaves and  mix well and keep cooking till the meat is tender.

2. Now add the soaked rice ( you can fry the soaked rice without water in a tablespoon of oil in a kadai for 5 minutes and then use the same as this will avoid the rice getting mussy ).

3. See  the water level in the pan and it should be 1: 11/2 (one cup rice and one half cup water ). Now at this stage taste the water and adjust salt and   keep the fire on medium and cook for 5 minutes and then keep an old frying pan on fire and keep the vessel on top of it on very verylow fire and close with a tight lid and keep in dhum for 30 minutes . 

4. Yummy machboos is ready :) to be served with onion yogurt (curd ) raitha .




 



Eggless 8 Minutes Banana Bread


This is the yummiest and easiest recipe in just 8 minutes :) . This can be easily done in a normal cooking mode Microwave Oven in 8 minutes and it can also be baked in normal oven. I prefer the microwave version as it can be done in minutes. This is a quick and ideal breakfast bread and if you make this for kids they would have a real blast :). 



Ingredients:


Self Raising Flour / Maida  - One cup
Ripe Banana - 1 and half cup mashed well
Baking Powder - 1 teaspoon
Baking soda - 1/2 teaspoon
Castor sugar or Brown sugar - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1/3 cup
Cooking oil either corn or sunflower - 1/4 cup
Crushed Nuts & Raisans- 1/4 cup any nuts of your own choice


Method:


1. Seive the flours , baking powder and baking soda together so that it mixes well and keep aside.

2. Mix the castor sugar or brown sugar in 1/4 cup oil and milk and beat well with a hand beater and then add this to the flour mixture and mix well and also add the mashed bananas 1 and half cups and beat well in a hand blender till everything mixes well to a smooth texture, just mix it for 3 minutes and not for a long time and finally mix in the nuts.

3. grease an microwave dish and pour the mixture and bake for 8 minutes in high cooking mode . Once done insert a toothpick and if it is done it will come out clean and if not bake for another 2 minutes.

4. Allow it to cool well and then transfer and slice and enjoyyy :)

Note: If you use castor sugar the bread will be in a whiter shade and if you use brown sugar the bread gets a good colour and it tastes different. I prefer using brown sugar.




Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Aloo Tikki


This is my all time favourite whenever I feel like making some snack using potatoes in the evenings, I instantly prefer doing this , it is quick and easy and it is a big hit in my family J . A good Starter for parties, you can even do on the previous day and keep it in fridge and fry it on the next day.


Ingredients:

Potatoes: 3 medium sized potatoes boiled and mashed
Onion : one finely chopped
Green chillies : 6 Finely chopped
Ginger : 2” inch piece grated fine
Coriander leaves: handful chopped finely
Curry leaves : a few finely chopped
Corn flour : 2 tablespoons ( Mix it with quarter cup water and keep aside )
Bread crumbs : one cup
Ordinary White Bread : 5 slices ( Dip for a second in water and squeeze out all the water )
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

Method:

1.   Take a Mixing bowl and add the mashed potatoes, onions, greenchillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves, grated ginger , soaked bread , salt and mix well till it becomes smooth and then make small balls and shape it like oval balls and keep aside  .

2.       Now dip the tikkis in cornflour mixture and then roll it in the bread crumbs and deep fry in  oil in medium heat till golden brown and the tikkis will  burn if you fry in high fire .

Note: Dipping in the cornflour  or egg  and breadcrumbs is optional and it can be deep fried even without this and I had done it without dipping in cornflour and bread crumbs still it is very crispy but it should be fried in hot oil and then on  medium heat . 

 Serve with tomato or chilli sauce .

Chicken Bread

I always had a craze to learn baked dishes and a few times I had tried a few recipes and always failed in one step or the other but always blamed my oven and kept cribbing that I dont have a right oven in place,   but in the same oven this is the first baking recipe which turned out absolutely perfect and fabulous. I learnt this also from a TV channel and is a unique recipe to impress your loved ones :) .  A must try recipe and vegetarians can  substitute veggies or anything they wish and amend the ingredients stuffing to their taste buds but never change the proportion of the dough as this is really a perfect dough for any kind of stuffing . 






Ingredients for Dough:

Maida or All purpose flour - 4 cups /16 OZ (1/2 Kg)
Milk Powder - 2 Tablespoon
Cooking Oil - 1/4 cup
Instant yeast - 1 tablespoon
Castor Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Salt- 1 teaspoon leveled
Egg -1
Lukewarm water

Dough Mixture Preparation:

Take a vessel add the flour and add all the ingredients as measured above, add yeast, milk powder, cooking oil, castor sugar, salt , egg and knead it well with lukewarm water to a chappati dough consistency and keep it in a greased vessel and brush some oil over the dough and keep it covered in a warm place for one hour till the dough becomes double.


Stuffing Chicken Mixture:

Ingredients for stuffing:

Chicken 1/2 KG boiled with salt and shredded ( or use boneless peices and boil with salt and shred)
Butter- 3 tablespoon
Onion- One big onion finely chopped
Maida or All purpose flour - 2 tablespoon
Salt- one tablespoon
Black pepper powder- 1 tablespoon
Green chillies- 4 nos chopped finely
Garam masala Powder -1/2 teaspoon
Milk- one cup
Tomato Sauce- 1 tablespoon
Coriander leaves- Finely chopped 2 tablespoons

Method to prepare stuffing:

  • Take a non stick pan or tawa , heat it and add 3 tablespoon butter and add the chopped onion and fry till it turns pink and then add 2 tablespoon maida and mix well for a minute and then add salt, pepper powder, green chillies , garam masala powder and mix well and add one cup milk, and mix well in low fire till it becomes thick and now add the boiled shredded chicken and mix well for 2 minutes and then add tomato sauce and coriander leaves and mix well and then remove from fire. The mixture should be thick and not watery.
Dough Stuffing:

Ingredients:

One egg
one tablespoon til/sesame seeds

Kead the doubled dough well using hands for a minute and then take a big handful size of dough and roll the entire flour into oval shape with 1/4 inch thickness like the thin crust pizza and then make small cuts on the sides of the rolled dough till the end on both sides and keep the prepared mixture in between and start overlapping the cuts from both the sides as shown in the picture and once done , brush the bread with egg and sprinkle some til /sesame seeds on top of the bread and keep it aside for another half an hour to rise and then bake it 200 degree centigrade for 20 minutes till it browns on the top .



You can also make make small croissants using the same filling and bake in the same procedure.

You can also do your own kind of stuffing with vegetables or eggs or mince meat as per your choice but see that the stuffing stays thick.

It is a worth trying dish which suits for partys and dinners :)

Thanjavur Spicy Chicken Curry


Ingredients:

Chicken - 1 Kg with bones
Onions - preferably shallots one cup chopped roughly ( for grinding)
Onions - preferably shallots one cup chopped roughly ( for seasoning)
Tomato - 2 big ripe ones chopped finely
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tablespoons
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tablespoon
Coriander Powder - 3 tablespoons ( always use 1:3 ratio chilli powder and coriander powder)
Tumeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds- 2 tablespoons
Fennel Seeds - 1 tablespoon
KhusKhus / Poppy Seeds - 1 tablespoon
Bay leaves- 1 peice
Cinnamon- 1" stick
Cloves -3 nos
Green cardamon - 2 nos
Grated fresh coconut - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves a handful
Coriander leaves to garnish
Oil as required
Salt as required


Method:

For Grinding:

Take a tawa and heat 2 tablespoon oil and add 2 tablespoons cumin seeds and curry leaves and once it splutters add one cup onion and fry well till the onions turn slight brown and then add one tablespoon fennel seeds and one tablespoon khus khus and also add the grated fresh coconut 1/2 cup and mix well for just a minute and remove from fire , cool and grind it into a very fine paste and keep aside.

For Curry:

Take a pressure cooker or use a thick bottomed vessel and add 5 tablespoons oil, once hot add a peice of bay leaf, 3 cloves, 2 cardamons, a peice of cinnamon stick and fry well then add 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion or shallots and curry leaves, once the onions starts turning brown, add 2 tablespoons of ginger garlic paste and fry well till starts sticking to pan and then add the 2 finely chopped tomatoes and to it add tumeric powder 1/4 teaspoon, and add enough salt ( salt will allow the tomatoes to cook quickly) and once the oil starts leaving the tomatoes, add 1 tablespoon chilli powder and 3 tablespoons coriander powder and then add the chicken peices immediately and saute them well for 5 minutes without adding water.

When the chicken turns white then add the grinded masala and adjust water and salt and close the lid and let the chicken cook till done. Dont add too much of water and the gravy should be not very watery nor very thick.

For Tarka:

Transfer to bowl and if you wish you can take a small pan and add 2 tablespoon oil, add 1/2 spoon mustard seeds , 3 whole red chillies and a bunch of curry leaves and pour it over the curry to get a fabulous texture on the curry and the flavor is really amazing.

This curry can also be done with mutton and I personally feel the mutton curry is more yummier than the chicken curry using this recipe.

Palak Panner

The combination of Palak with veggies or meat is really amazing and with panner it is really mind blowing. I learnt this recipe from a Pakistani cooking channel and from the first attempt it never went wrong and it is really a rich and yummy recipe with simple ingredients and worth trying . It is an apt dish for parties to serve  with soft chappatis , butter naans or pulkas and sure to get a compliment . 



Ingredients:

Palak Leaves : 1/2 Kg
Soya Leaves : 2 table spoon
Panner cubes : 300 Grams ( shallow fry this in oil till it slightly changes the colour and dont burnt it )
Onion: One big onion chopped fine
Milk : One cup
Ginger Garlic Paste : 2 teaspoons
Black Pepper Powder : 1 and 1/2 teaspoon
Butter : 3 tablespoons
Fresh Cream - 3 tablespoons



Method:

1. Blanch the cleaned palak leaves in hot water for 2 minutes with a pinch of salt to retain colour and after two minutes wash it again with cold water and keep aside.

2.Now take a kadai and pour one cup milk and add the blanched palak leaves and washed soya leaves 2 teaspoon in the milk and cook for 5 minutes, cool and then grid it to a course paste along with the milk in the kadai( make sure you dont grind this to a very fine paste).

3. Take another kadai and add 3 tablespoons butter and once hot add the finely chopped onions and fry well it turns pink and then add the ginger garlic paste and fry well for 2 minutes and now add the palak & soya leaves paste and add one teaspoon black pepper powder and one teaspoon red chilli powder and fry well till the raw smell of chilli powder disappears and adjust water if required and then add the shallow fried panner cubes and mix well finally add the fresh cream and mix well and remove from fire and serve hot with chappatis, nans or pulkas.

This is a must try recipe and it is absolutely delicious.