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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Friday, June 25, 2010

Mint- Coriander Chicken

Recipe No: 43
Not being a mint fan, I was very skeptical when I ate Mint Chicken for the first time. But I couldn’t believe my taste buds. The cooking really mellowed out the sharp taste of the mint, making it likable for even a person like me. Taking into consideration on the amount of Coriander leaves/ Cilantro used in this dish, I will never be able to justify if I call this ‘Mint Chicken.’ So here it is… Mint- Coriander Chicken. I hope this will conquer your taste buds just like it conquered mine…
Ingredients                                                             Serves 8 adults
To marinate
  • Skinless, Bone-in Chicken…2lb (cut into small pieces)
  • Yogurt…………………………....3 Tablespoons
  • Chilly Powder………………….1/2 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder…………….1/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt as per taste
To grind
  • Mint leaves……………………...1 ¼ cup (Roughly chopped)
  • Coriander leaves/ Cilantro...1 ¼ cup (Roughly chopped)
  • Green Chilly…………………….4-5 (I used 2 Jalapeno)
To saute
  • Oil…………………………………..2 Tablespoons
  • Crushed Whole Spices………6 Cardamom, 10 Cloves, 3 One inch Cinnamon pieces)
  • Chopped Onion………………..2 cups (Chop really small)
  • Ginger-Garlic paste………….2 Teaspoons
  • Lemon Juice……………………1/2 Teaspoon
Method of Preparation
  1. Marinate the Chicken with all the ingredients in the marinade section and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Grind together Mint, Coriander and Green Chilly into a smooth paste and keep aside for later use.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and saute the crushed whole spices until fragrant. (Don’t forget to crush them really well.)
  4. Add Chopped Onion and saute till translucent. Add Ginger- Garlic paste and continue to saute until the raw smell is gone.
  5. Add the marinated Chicken and saute for a while. Add 1½ cups of water and let it boil.
  6. Once boiled reduce the flame and cook it on a medium flame.
  7. When it is half cooked add the ground paste and let it finish cooking.
  8. When all the water is absorbed and the Chicken is cooked properly, add the lemon juice, mix and serve hot.
 





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love….

6 comments:

jais said...

looks so nice

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Priya said...

lovely recipe ...looks awesome :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe,delicious & flavourful..

Annette said...

Hi Asha,I tried this and really came out well.

Asha said...

Thank you...

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