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Fusioned Bliss-Chettinad Chattipathri & Choondu chutney!

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It’s the 31st of Jan and in Munnar the nights have been pretty much cold..well although we haven’t had snow the temperature had dropped down to -3/-2 a few days back. Tomorrow it’s my little ones bday and he’s super excited..of course how would he not be excited… I too was very much the same. He’s been advising me for the past few weeks of how his cake should be …he was more into getting me to make Ben 10 figurines for him. Hmm..but I wasn’t able to strain much and did him a cake .When I just got over with the frosting part the icing bag slips and falls on the edge of the cake causing a havoc on the frosting. Hearing me squeak ..he came near me and voiced smiling at me,”Amma ..Don’t worry its still a very beautiful cake ..I am so happy you made it for me.” I felt my heart sink at that moment…I hugged him and told him I would do the best I could. And I could do justice to an extend to his cake…really happy that I could.Tomorrow it’s the first time he has some of his friends for his birthday and so it’s a Big day for my boy as he’s turning 7!

“Mother’s Recipe”, the market leader in After accepting their invite in a Indian Pickles has a Product range that now consists of Pickles, Condiments, Blended Spices, Papads, Appalams, Curry Pastes, Curry Powders, Ready to Cook Spice Mixes, Ready to Eat meals (Canned and Retort Packing), Mango Chutneys, Ethnic Chutneys, Canned Vegetables, & Mango Pulp. It was indeed pretty much exciting to have an invite from them to participate in their Mother’s Recipe: Innovative Recipe Challenge’!

After accepting their invite in a week or so I have my hamper of their variety goodies at my doorstep.So heres my entry for the challenge.I took up the pack of the ready mix of “Chicken Chettinad “ and the pack of “Gujarati Choondo pickle”.I wanted to bring in a traditional fusion to the recipe. The pickle was very sweet compared to the normal pickle with a had a wonderful tangy taste. I infused the chettinad chicken with the Chattipathiri a traditional keralan Lasagne and popped up a dip with the pickle.Heres the recipe..

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Chettinad Chatti Pathiri & Choondu Chutney
2506 calories
195 g
947 g
84 g
228 g
38 g
1111 g
873 g
1 g
0 g
36 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1111g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2506
Calories from Fat 740
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 84g
129%
Saturated Fat 38g
190%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 947mg
316%
Sodium 873mg
36%
Total Carbohydrates 195g
65%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 228g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
22%
Iron
91%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Chettinad Chatti Pathiri
  2. 2 cups of Wheat flour
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ cup of thick coconut milk
  5. ½ tsp of black pepper powder
  6. Salt to taste
  7. For the filling
  8. 1 pack of Mothers recipe Chicken Chettinad mix
  9. ½ kg chicken (boneless) pieces
Instructions
  1.  Make a batter of flowing consistency with wheat flour adding water and salt.
  2.  With the batter make 6-8 dosas on a hot flat pan and keep them aside.
  3.  Fry the chicken pieces in 2 tbsp of oil till the chicken goes golden in colour.
  4.  Take it off the pan and shred the chicken pieces in a chopper/mixer.
  5.  Now as per the directions on the pack, mix the contents of the pack to 1 ½ cup of the
  6. water without any lumps.
  7.  Add this into a pan, let it simmer, add in the shredded chicken and cover and cook till
  8. the chicken is cooked.
  9.  Evaporate the stock once cooked so that it coats the chicken well and dry fry it in the
  10. pan and keep aside.
  11.  Beat the eggs well with black pepper powder and salt.
  12.  Dip all the dosas in the egg mixture.
  13.  Place a dipped dosa on a plate and on the top lightly coat the coconut milk on thee
  14. dosa with your fingers.
  15.  Spoon in and spread the filling on the dosa and place another dipped dosa on top
  16. smear coconut milk , the spoon the chicken filling and place another dipped dosa
  17. making a sandwich Stack at the least 6 to the max 8 dosas in the stack.
  18.  Heat a wok /a heavy pan with 2 tbsp of oil, place the stacked dosas and cover it with
  19. a lid and cook on medium flame.
  20.  Remove from flame once cooked.
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calories
2506
fat
84g
protein
228g
carbs
195g
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My kids were very much fascinated by this version of the lasagna .In an hour there was nothing left. ..

 

A kickstart with the Cornish Soft Roast!

Baking, chicken, Non-veg | January 15, 2015 | By

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The start of the new year is the start new resolutions. The first resolution of mine..was to update my blog!!!After 14 whole days with the start off the new year …theres been things that I am back to ..and one is that I’m back to baking  😉 But not that I would have time for orders…but just for my family and friends!Have heard on different types of roast chickens but had never dared to try out recipes just a bit sceptical on how it would turn out to be  😛 So when  Ali dropped in for one of my classes and gave  me a wonderful recipe on his mom’s fav recipe…I really had a reason to try it out …and it was a hit!

The traditional British and Irish meals mainly consists of roasted meat , vegetables  and  puddings. The English roast is also a main part of the Christmas dinner. The roasts can be done with beef , chicken , lamb and turkey.  As it’s the Christmas time, today’s recipe is the Cornish Soft roast chicken which has a crispy skin and the meat is soft and tender on the inside.

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Cornish Soft Roast Chicken
3353 calories
212 g
944 g
175 g
233 g
64 g
2804 g
3397 g
42 g
2 g
94 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2804g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3353
Calories from Fat 1567
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 175g
269%
Saturated Fat 64g
320%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 66g
Cholesterol 944mg
315%
Sodium 3397mg
142%
Total Carbohydrates 212g
71%
Dietary Fiber 23g
93%
Sugars 42g
Protein 233g
Vitamin A
59%
Vitamin C
224%
Calcium
46%
Iron
110%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 whole chicken (cleaned with skin)
  2. 2 large onions sliced in circles
  3. ¼ cup of chopped celery
  4. 1 lemon
  5. 3 potatoes cubed
  6. 3 tsp of flour
  7. 2 cups of chicken stock water
  8. Salt to taste
  9. For the Filling
  10. 3 big onions chopped
  11. 30 g of butter
  12. 3-4 sausages sliced
  13. 1 egg whisked
  14. Fresh Bread crumbs from 3 slices of bread
  15. 2 tsp of parsley chopped
  16. 2 tsp of sage leaves chopped
  17. Salt and pepper to taste
  18. For the Glaze
  19. 2 tsp of soy sauce
  20. 1 tbsp of butter
  21. 4 tbsp of chicken stock
Instructions
  1.  Heat butter in a pan and sauté the chopped onions till pale in colour on low heat stir
  2. in sage and parsley along with the sausage pieces.
  3.  Add in the egg and bread crumbs and keep stirring.
  4.  Pour about ¼ cup of chicken stock water, cover and cook for around 10minutes.
  5.  Add a salt to taste and pepper as needed for the spice.
  6.  Fry the mix till the water evaporates and keep aside.
  7.  Rub and marinate the chicken with the juice of a lemon and a generous amount of
  8. salt.
  9.  Stuff the inside of the chicken with filling and place it in a roasting dish.
  10.  Pour in some of the chicken stock until the stock sits about a quarter of the way up
  11. the chicken.
  12.  Place the onion rings into the stock around the sides of the chicken.
  13.  Place the cubed potatoes on top and in between the onion rings.
  14.  Sprinkle the flour over the onion rings and potatoes to help to thicken the stock.
  15.  Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  16.  Place the roasting dish in the centre rack of the oven and keep checking every 20
  17. mints or so to ensure the stock doesn’t become too dry, the stock should reduce but
  18. not dry completely.
  19.  When the chicken is half way cooked start preparing the glaze.
  20.  Melt butter in a small pan, mix in the soy sauce and chicken stock.
  21.  Brush it on the chicken and continue with the roasting of the chicken.
  22.  Cook until the chicken is thoroughly cooked for about one and half hours.
  23.  Garnish with chopped celery.
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calories
3353
fat
175g
protein
233g
carbs
212g
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Soya Ginger Chicken ..a variant!

Soya Ginger Chicken ..a variant!

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Back after the rice porridge recipe with a new post. Its been quite some time since I posted a non veg recipe. Soya chunks have always had their fav place with my kids and I keep trying out more variations with it .The soya chunks have the best source of fiber and is quite high in protein content.

Its like the magic pill bundled up with all the good things. Last Sunday I was planning on what to cook for dinner and then popped up with this recipe of Soya Ginger Chicken.I have been using both sizes of soya chunks for my cooking..but have always found a soft spot for the mini soya chunks on count of their delicacy.

Soya Ginger Chicken
1542 calories
74 g
453 g
68 g
159 g
13 g
1247 g
764 g
29 g
0 g
49 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1247g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1542
Calories from Fat 611
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g
105%
Saturated Fat 13g
65%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 453mg
151%
Sodium 764mg
32%
Total Carbohydrates 74g
25%
Dietary Fiber 16g
62%
Sugars 29g
Protein 159g
Vitamin A
122%
Vitamin C
898%
Calcium
28%
Iron
76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ kg of Chicken cut into small pieces
  2. 1 cup of mini soya chunks
  3. 2 tsp of Soya sauce
  4. 2 tbsp of ginger sliced finely
  5. 2 tbsp of garlic sliced
  6. 2 large onions chopped
  7. 1 tbsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  8. 1 tsp of Garam masala powder
  9. 2 tsp of coriander powder
  10. 3 tsp of Chicken masala powder
  11. 1 tsp of black pepper powder
  12. 1 tomato pureed
  13. 3 tsp of oil
  14. Salt to taste
  15. For Tempering
  16. ¼ cup of sliced big onion
  17. 4-5 green chillies slit
  18. Oil
  19. Curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Soak the soya chunks in hot water for about 15minutes.
  2.  Heat oil in wok, sauté ginger and garlic, chopped onion till translucent.
  3.  Pour in the soya sauce and keep stirring, add in the chilli powder, coriander powder,
  4. pepper powder, garam masala powder and chicken masala powder.
  5.  Stir till the raw smell from the powders subside.
  6.  Add in the pureed tomato paste, ½ cup of water and let it simmer.
  7.  Wash the soya chunks in cold water and squeeze them out into the sauce along with
  8. the chicken pieces.
  9.  Add required amount of salt and cover and cook the chicken till tender.
  10.  Thicken the sauce so that the chicken & soya are coated and turn off the flame.
  11.  In a small pan fry out the sliced onions till in caramel color along with the slit green
  12. chillies and curry leaves.
  13.  Temper the dish with the fried items and add 2-3 tsp of chopped coriander leaves
  14. before serving.
  15.  Best served with rotis and fried rice.
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calories
1542
fat
68g
protein
159g
carbs
74g
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Heres the feature that came up in the magazine Mahila Chandrika a Chandrika daily publication..

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A .com munching on Empanadas ;)!

Baking, Breads, flour, Non-veg, Snacks | November 12, 2012 | By

I have been working on posting on my .com for the past days.This post for basically to be put up on my blog but it lagged from all the way from September to November.As its said that ‘better late than never’..heres my post on Emapanada Gallegas.

Empanada is a basically stuffed bread that’ s been baked or fried out .The roots of Empanadas lie in Spain & Portugal…though there are many variations in many countries.This post is dedicated to the DB challenge for September.Thanks to Patri for the awesome recipe.:)

Empanada Gallega

For the crust:

Ingredients

5-1/3 cups  bread flour
2 cups  of lukewarm water (about 85°F/30ºC), approximately
1 tablespoon fresh yeast
2 teaspoons  salt
4 tablespoons  oil
1 large egg, for egg wash

Sift the flour into a big bowl and make a well in the middle. Rub the yeast in with your fingers.In a small bowl, mix the water and the salt.Now, using your fingers or a wooden spoon, start adding the water and mixing it with the flour-yeast mixture. Keep on working with your fingers or spoon until you have added enough water and all the flour has been incorporated and you have a messy ball of dough.On a clean counter top, knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes.Clean and oil the big bowl you used for mixing and place the kneaded dough in it. Cover it with a napkin or piece of linen and keep it in a warm, drought-free place for approximately 40 to 50 minutes.Once risen, turn the dough back into a floured counter and cut it in half. Cover one half with the napkin to prevent drying.Spread the other half of the dough using a rolling pin. You can use a piece of wax paper over the counter, it will make it easier to move the dough around. Depending on the shape of your oven pan or cookie sheet, you will make a rectangle or a round.Now, the thinness of the dough will depend on your choice of filling and how much bread you like in every bite. For your first time, make it about 3mm thin (about 1/10th of an inch) and then adjust from that in the next ones you make.

For the filling:

3 medium sized Onions chopped

1 tbsp of ginger & Garlic chopped

5 green chillies finely chopped

2 cup of cooked shredded chicken

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsps of black pepper powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

curry leaves chopped

coriander leaves chopped

In a pan pour about 2 tbsps of oil,saute the ginger & garlic with the chopped onions till translucent.Add in the green chillies,and stir for a few minutes.Now add in the powders& chicken .drizzle oil on the sides of the pan stir fry the chicken mix with salt.Add 1/2 tsp of garam masala, coriander & curry leaves  before turning of the flame.

Assembling

If you haven’t used wax paper, either lightly flour or line with wax paper your pan or tray.Cover the base and sides with the dough. Using the rolling pin or a knife, cut the extra dough.Place the filling, making sure it is cold and that all the base is covered. Using a hot filling will make the bottom layer of the empanada become soggy. Be careful to avoid adding too much oil from the filling, try to make it as “dry” as possible.Start preheating your oven to moderate 350°F/180ºC/gas mark 4.Take the other half of the dough and spread it out to the same or less thinness of the base. You can use a piece of wax paper for this too. Take into account that this “top” dough needs to be smaller around than the bottom, as it only needs to cover the filling.If not using wax paper, move carefully the top to cover the filling. If using wax paper, transfer the dough, turn upside down, cover the filling and gently peel off the wax paper.Using your fingers, join bottom and top dough, when you have gone all the way around, start pinching top and bottom together with your thumb and index finger and turning them half way in, that way you end up with a rope-like border.When you are finished, make a 1 inch hole in the middle of the top layer. This will help hot air exit the empanada while it’s baking without breaking the cover.Using a fork, prick the top layer or, using scissors, make snips that go all the way through the top layer.In a small bowl, beat an egg and add a tbsp of cold water. With the pastry brush, paint the top of the empanada with the egg wash. Place the empanada in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Check that the bottom part is done.

 

I made different shapes of empanadas..and loved simply baking them..Hope u too enjoy this Empanada Ride!

A Birthday note Buttered with Badami Chicken and Puffy Baturas!

This year’s birthday was a very very special one to me with my best buddies.Thank u guys for all your sweet wishes through FB.Luv u my TMS pals for giving me a special birthday wish and as part of the b’day I had no idea of making a cake and that too for my bday..the main thing was that  I was damn lazy.If it was not for my friend Dhans I wouldn’t have ever made one:P

It was a total dillemma on who’s going to cut the cake with the cake almost done.Both my kiddos were on to cutting the cake and at last the three muskeeters were cutting the cake singing in chorous “Happy Birthday to you  Amma!”….and I was clickin all this:D
What better way could I have my birthday celebrated!:D

Baturas the puffed yoghurt bread is one of my favs and when you have Badami chicken to accompany it the taste really gets richy rich.

Batura/Puffed Indian yoghurt bread

2 cups of all purpose flour
4 tbsp yoghurt
1tsp salt
1tsp sugar
1tsp yeast
3tsp of ghee
1 egg whisked
Oil for frying

In a bowl measure in the flour and making a well in the center,add in all the ingridients and mix well to make a soft dough.You can add up to 1/4 cup of water if you feel the ingridients dont come together.Let the dough rest for about 2 hrs covered,so that it gets doubled.Punch and knead the dough into balls and roll them out in to discs of about 5inch with a rolling pin.Heat oil in a kadai and fry these flat breads till puffy and golden on both sides.

Badam Chicken/Almond Chicken
1/2 kg chicken pieces
1 cup large onion sliced
2 tsp of ginger garlic paste
1/2cup of yoghurt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 tsp chilli powder
3 cloves
2 cardamom
1 piece of cinnamon
1tsp sugar
10-15 almonds soaked and  ground into fine paste
3/4 cup of tomato paste
2 tsps of chopped cilantro
salt to taste

Marinate the chicken pieces with yoghurt ,turmeric powder and salt keeping it for about an hour.Heat about 4tsps of oil in a kadai and add sugar and when it browns saute in the sliced onions till slightly brown.Transfer 1/4th of the sauted onion from the kadai and keep it aside.Add in the whole spices,ginger garlic paste,chilli powder and saute well on medium flame.Add in the tomato paste and mix well till the oil seperates.Add in the chicken pieces to the masala and stir well on high flame.Pour 2 cups of hot water and cook covered on medium flame.When the chicken is well cooked,stir in the badam paste and when the gravy thickens,garnish with chopped cilantro!

Chicken Donuts for snack time!

When the holidays wind up and kiddos are off to school the four ‘O’ clock menu gets up on the hit list.Feeding them with snacks at times really gets on my nerves…with a variety every day…:S
This recipe was one that I had written down sometime back..

Chicken Donuts

1/2 kg chicken minced
5-6 green chillies chopped
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup of all purpose flour
1tbsp pea flour
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/4 cup pudhina (mint leaves) chopped
1/8 cup curry leaves chopped
2 tsp white pepper powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 medium sized potatoes mashed
3 eggs(whisked)
salt to taste

Mix all the above ingredients with the minced chicken to make a dough.Flatten the dough on a cutting board with fingers and cut out shapes with a donut cutter.Deep fry these chicken donuts in oil till golden brown.
Serve them hot with tomato ketchup..

CHICKEN ULARTHU

I was looking forth to try out this recipe since the day I saw it on a television show.Although the recipe was a bit of time consuming Iwas quite happy with the results.I made this for dinner with Paalappams .Well it goes well with rice too.
1 1/2 kg chicken pieces
1 coconut scraped
1 tsp Black pepper
1 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp yellow turmeric powder
1 tsp Fennel seeds
5 large onions sliced
2 pieces of ginger
10-15 cloves of garlic
Curry leaves
3 tbsp coconut oil
Salt to taste
For marinating
4 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp yellow turmeric powder
a pinch of fenugreek roasted and powdered
1 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
2 tbsp vinegar

  • Marinate the chicken pieces with chilli powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder,fenugreek powder,garam masala along with salt and vinegar.Keep it aside for 1/2 an hour.
  • Coarsely grind the scraped coconut,large onions,ginger,garlic,black turmeric, fennel seeds , red chilli powder,turmeric powder, garam masala all together.
  • After the time span mix the ground mixture well with the marinated chicken pieces.
  • In a heavy bottomed wok on flame,pour 3 tbsp oil and add in the chicken mix.Stir and cover the vessel with a vessel keeping it on low flame.
  • After 5 minutes you can see the water coming out from the chicken.Stir the chicken and close the lid again.Take care that the chicken doesnt stick to the wok.
  • Repeat the procedure till the chicken is well cooked.If you feel that the chicken is sticking to your pan too much ..drizzle oil lightly on the sides of the wok  and stir well.
  • Stir till the chicken mix becomes dark brown.It took me an hour and half.
  • Add the curry leaves and 1 tbsp of coconut oil over the chicken ularthu.
  • Mix well and remove from flame.