Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chicken Stew/ Mooli curry

Recipe No: 35
This is the traditional Chicken Stew that I used to see my mother-in-law make. In many places this is also called Mooli Curry, a name that I heard for the first time from my sister-in-law. Even though this curry doesn’t have Chilly or Coriander powder the flavor is quite amazing and goes well with Palappam (Laced rice pancakes)
Ingredients                                                               Serves 6
  • Chicken…………………………...1/2 Kg (Cut into small pieces, wash and drain)
  • Crushed whole Garam Masala…5 Cardamom pods, 6 Cloves and 2 small Cinnamon pieces
  • Onion chopped…………………1/2 cup
  • Ginger chopped………………..2 Tablespoons
  • Garlic chopped………………….2 Tablespoons
  • Green Chilly sliced…………….3-4
  • Potato cubed…………………....2 small
  • Thin Coconut Milk…………….2 cups (mix ½ cup thick coconut milk with 1 1/2 cups water)
  • Thick coconut milk………….…3/4 cup
  • Shallots sliced……………………3
  • Oil…………………………………....2 ½ Tablespoons
  • Mustard Seeds………………….1/2 Teaspoon
  • Curry leaves…………………….2-3 sprigs
  • All purpose flour/ Maida…...1 Tablespoon
  • Garam Masala Powder……...1/2 Teaspoon
  • Tomato sliced…………………...1 small
  • Pepper powder………………….1/2 Teaspoon
  • Vinegar………………………….....1/4 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Leaves chopped…..3 Tablespoons
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat a tablespoon of Oil in a pan on medium high heat and fry the crushed Garam Masala till fragrant.
  2. Add sliced Onion, Ginger, Garlic and Green Chilly and saute till they are wilted.
  3. Add the Chicken pieces and saute on high heat for a minute and then add the thin Coconut milk and Salt. Cover the pan and let it cook.
  4. When the Chicken is half cooked add the cubed potatoes and sliced Tomato and let the Chicken finish cooking.
  5. In another pan, splutter Mustard Seeds in 1 ½ Tablespoon of Oil. Add sliced Shallots and Curry leaves and let it brown.
  6. Add all purpose Flour and saute till the raw smell is gone. Mix in half a cup of water until smooth.
  7. Once the Chicken is cooked add the flour mixture and let it boil once more. This will thicken the stew.
  8. Add thick Coconut milk, Garam Masala Powder, Vinegar, Pepper powder and chopped Coriander leaves and let it start to boil along the sides.
  9. Serve hot with Appam or Bread.
Notes: Adding Potatoes in the middle will help them from disintegrating into the stew, thus avoiding the stew from tasting like Potatoes.
 




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1 comments:

Lucky Sign said...


it is my first time visit i here. Mooli curry
looks good even though I never had it before. thankyou for shearing this information with us!chowringhee laxmi nagar

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