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, November 23, 2011

Theengapalil Patticha Kozhi (Chicken cooked in Coconut Milk)

Recipe No: 274
How many Chicken recipes can you come up with? In fact... a lot… isn’t it? Of all those different types of Chicken dishes, I consider this as ‘the Chicken Curry’ for the laziest days… It sure is fast, easy and yes, the most important thing... tasty… With a prevailing taste of Coconut Milk, it  tastes somewhat like a stew but much easier than a stew. Go through the recipe; make it and you will see how easy it is…
Ingredients                                                                  Serves 4
  • Chicken…………..............750 Grams (cut into small pieces)
  • Shallots…………..............12 quartered
  • Ginger Garlic Paste…....1 ½ Tablespoons
  • Green Chilly chopped….3-5 (I used Indian; adjust according to your taste)
  • Crushed Black Pepper…1/2 – 1 Teaspoon (Adjust according to your taste)
  • Curry Leaves……………..2 Sprigs
  • Thick Coconut Milk…….1 Cup (If you are using Coconut cream do dilute it with some Water)
  • Crushed Whole Spices…1 inch Cinnamon piece, 6 cloves, 3 Cardamom pods and ½ of a Star Anise
  • Salt to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Mix all the ingredients given in the ingredient list in a pan; mix well; close it and allow to boil on high heat.
  2. Once boiled, reduce the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes or until all the liquid is evaporated and Oil starts to separate. (We don’t add any Oil but, it will separate from the Coconut Milk as it cooks down.)  Do stir now and then to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once Oil starts to separate, off the heat and serve it hot with Rice, Appam or Flatbreads.
  • If you don't have Shallots or if you are too lazy to peel them, do use 1/2 cup cubed Onion. Well... did I ever mention that it is very easy to peel Shallots if you soak them in warm Water for a few minutes?
  • If you doesn’t want to use (or don’t have) whole spices, please do use ½ Teaspoon homemade Garam Masala powder or ¾ Teaspoon of a good variety store bought Garam Masala Powder instead.
  • If you are using thick Coconut Milk, do use 3/4 Cup diluted with 1/4 cup of Water.
  • It is very important that you have to cook the Chicken until the Oil separates as it decides the taste of the dish. I like it to be a bit moist but ha… you can even fry the Chicken a bit in the oozed out Oil if you want. But in that case make sure you use a good non stick pan.

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

I am linking this post to the event Christmas delicacies hosted by Julie of Erivum Puliyum


Faseela said...

yummy...luks delicious....ofcourse it would taste great

Julie said...

You can link this to my event Ongoing Event -Christmas Delicacy (15 Nov-31 Dec 2011)
Erivum Puliyum

Unknown said...

wow...chicken curry looks so delicious...i'm drooling over these pics !

Priya Suresh said...

Super delicious chicken curry,makes me drool..

Mélange said...

Absolutely fascinating chicken there..Can imagine the flavor while you cook it in coconut milk...Yum!

Faseela said...

Dear u have an award waiting at my space Here goes the link

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi Asha Lovely chicken curry ...looks delicious...I think one blogger has taken one photo of urs and featured as his's the link

Asha said...

Thanks Sushma... Thanks a lot for informing me...

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

Hi Asha, first time here and truly saying am just blown over. thats a brilliant challenge and i know how difficult it is to do something like this with kids.wish you all the luck to finish this dear.
the chicken dish looks tempting, well presented.

Sarah Naveen said...

oh wow!!! my mom makes something similar to it especially on rainy days!!! yumm! totally yumm!

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