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, November 12, 2010

Chicken in Roasted Coconut Gravy/ Theenga Varutharacha Curry

Recipe No: 119
Ingredients                                             Serves 6
  • Bone in Chicken pieces…………..750 grams
  • Oil………………………………………2 Tablespoons
  • Mustard Seeds………………….....1/2 Teaspoon
  • Onion Chopped………………...….1 Cup
  • Ginger- Garlic paste………….….1 Teaspoon
  • Tomato……………………………….1 Small chopped
  • Turmeric Powder…………...……1/2 Teaspoon
  • Water…………………………………1/2 Cup
  • Curry Leaf…………………………..1 Sprig
  • Salt as needed
To Roast and Grind
  • Grated Coconut…………………..1 Cup
  • Shallots sliced…………………..…1/2 Cup
  • Garlic sliced…………………..……3 Big cloves
  • Ginger sliced…………………...….1 inch piece
  • Whole Red Chilly……………...…10-12 no
  • Coriander Seeds………………….3 Tablespoons
  • Cumin Seeds…………………..…..1/2 Teaspoon
  • Curry Leaf………………………….1 Sprig
  • ¾ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder, A sprig of Curry Leaf and 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil to sprinkle on top.
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat and splutter the Mustard Seeds.
  2. Add Chopped Onion and saute till light brown. Half way through sauteing, add Ginger- Garlic paste.
  3. Add Turmeric Powder, Tomato, Chicken, Curry leaves and Salt and saute for 5 minutes. Mix in between.
  4. Add ½ Cup water and close the pan and let the Chicken cook on medium heat.
  5. While the Chicken is cooking roast all the ingredients mentioned in the ‘to roast’ section till golden brown.
  6. Grind everything into a smooth paste in a blender.
  7. Add this roasted Coconut paste into the Chicken when it is half way through cooking.
  8. Close the pan and let it finish cooking. Add more water if you need more gravy.
  9. When the Chicken is done, sprinkle ¾ teaspoon of Garam Masala powder, 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil and a sprig of Curry Leaves (Tear it before putting); off the heat; close the pan and let it sit 20 minutes before serving it with rice or any flat breads.
Notes:
  • If you are using desiccated Coconut then add a teaspoon of Oil and fry all the other ingredients to roast other than Coconut till almost brown and then add desiccated Coconut and fry till brown. Otherwise the Coconut will brown fast without frying the other ingredients.
  • I like this Curry without much gravy if using with Rice and with more gravy if using with flat breads.






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

1 comments:

Annette said...

Asha, This recipe is marvelous.My family liked it a lot..

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