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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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Green Chilly Chicken Masala

Recipe No: 199
Recently while going through my postings on Chicken, I felt something missing… an everyday Chicken recipe that can be made without much fuss. This is one such dish which can be made easily without much sauteing and frying… yet a bit different as we are using only Green Chilly for heat.
Ingredients                                      Serves 6
  • Chicken………………………..750 grams (cut into small pieces)
  • Oil……………………………….2 Tablespoons
  • Onion sliced thin…………..2 cups
  • Indian Green Chilly……….15-18 split (depending on your tolerance level)
  • Coriander Powder…………1 ½ Teaspoons
  • Turmeric Powder………….1/4 Teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder….3/4 Teaspoon
  • Ginger Garlic paste………..1 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Leaves………….2 Tablespoons (chopped)
  • Curry Leaves………………..1 Sprig
  • Salt as needed
To grind into a paste
  • Shallots sliced……………….1/2 cup
  • Tomato chopped……………1 Cup (I removed the seeds)
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat and saute the Onion, Green Chilly and Curry Leaves till translucent.
  2. Add Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder and Garam Masala Powder; saute for a minute.
  3. Add Chicken, Salt and Coriander leaves; mix well.
  4. Add ½ cup Water; close the pan and let the Chicken cook on medium low heat.
  5. While the Chicken is cooking, grind Shallots and Tomato into a paste and keep aside till ready to be used.
  6. Half way through the cooking process add the ground Tomato and Shallot mixture and let it finish cooking.
  7. Once finished cooking, add the Ginger Garlic paste and mix well.
  8. Let it boil for 2 more minutes; adjust the Salt level and off the heat.
  9. Serve hot with Rice, Flat breads, Appam, Puttu etc:
    • If you want your Chicken to be firm and not fall off in the Curry, do shallow fry it in a non stick pan with 3-4 Tablespoons of Oil after marinating it with Salt and 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder. You can do the rest of the process in the same pan in the leftover Oil.
    • You don’t have to saute the Onion for a long time; only till it reaches a translucent stage.
    • Please do keep the leftovers in the refrigerator. 
    • You can use either fresh or frozen Shallots for this. Frozen Shallots are available in the freezer section of most of the Indian grocery stores. 
    • Adding Ginger Garlic paste at the end  gives a very distinct taste to the dish.

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


    sojo said...

    pic looks lovely...I love green chicken..but my recipe is a, a lot different.... will try this some day!!!

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