Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tomato and Garlic Chutney

One of my favorite accompaniment for breakfast. I first had this when my mother-in-law made this for idli at our first meeting during my wedding preparations. It is a typical Chennai accompaniment they have mostly for tiff ins.

Good part of this chutney it is preservable up-to a month or so.


Ingredients

10 Garlic Cloves, peeled
1 kg Tomatoes
6 Curry leaves
1/4 cup Canola or Sesame seed oil
1/2 tsp Red Chili powder
1/4 tsp Asofetida (Hing)
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt

Method

  • Grind garlic to a coarse paste and pure tomatoes. Don't add water to both these ingredients
  • Now, heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. 
  • Add Garlic, curry leaves and hing. Saute for a minute
  • Next add turmeric. Stir for 20 sec. Let the turmeric color seep into the oil
  • Next, add tomato puree. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook for 20-30 min until oil separates from pan
  • Then add red chili powder and salt. Saute for another 15 min on low heat
  • Let it cool and don't cover the pan. 
  • Store it in a glass container and refrigerate

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Chicken Onion Curry

Serving- 5

Ingredients

1 Whole Chicken, cut into medium sized pieces
1 Onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Chili powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
4 tsp Oil
Salt
1 cup Water

For Masala 1
1 tsp Oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Red Chillies

For Masala 2
6 Garlic cloves
1 small piece Ginger
2 stick Cinnamon
4 Cloves
4 Cardamom
1 Star Anise
1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds
1/4 cup Coconut,

Method


  • Heal 1 tsp oil in a pan. Fry onions until it turns brown. Add chilies and saute for few seconds. Grind them to a fine paste
  • Next, grind all the ingredients listed under "Masala 2" to a fine paste. Add water as needed. Set aside
  • Next, heat oil in a pan. Add onions and saute until it softens. Then add chicken, turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala powder and coriander powder. Cook for 10 minutes. 
  • As meat cooks, add previously ground "Masala 1" and "Masala 2" paste. Add salt
  • Cook for 30-40 minutes


Brinjal Pulav




Serving - 4

Ingredients

200 gms Brinjal, diced
2 cups Basmati rice, soaked in water
4 tsp Oil
2 Bay Leaf
2 sticks Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Black Jeera
4 Cloves
4 Cardamom
4 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Onion, thinly sliced
5 Green Chilies
1/2 tsp Red Chili powder
3 cups Water
Salt

Method

  • Wash and soak rice in water

  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, black jeera and cardamom. Leave for a minute

  • Add onions, garlic and green chilies. Saute until onions softens

  • Then add red chili powder
  • Add brinjal and mix well. Leave for 2 min
  • Add rice, water and salt. Mix well
  • Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles

  • Serve hot


Plain Onion Rava Upma





Servings- 3-4

Ingredients

2 cups Rava
4 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Urad Dal
1/2 tsp Channa Dal
1 Onion, thinly sliced
4 Green Chilies, slit
5 Curry leaves
1/2 tsp grated Ginger
4 Cups Water
Salt

Method

  • Roast rave in a heavy bottomed pan in medium-low heat until rava starts to turn brown color. Then set aside



  • Heat oil in same pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal and channa dal. Let it turn light brown


  • Add onions, curry leaves, green chilies and ginger. Saute until onions are fully cooked
  • Add water and salt. Bring it to boil
  • Now slowly add rava and stir in one direction. Mix well

  • Cover the top and cook for 3-5 min.

  • Serve hot