Thursday, August 16, 2007

Chicken Servai/Salna

This is an excellent side dish for parotta.We call it servai or salna.


Chicken - 1 (whole)
Onion - 2 (chopped)
Green chillies -2
Tomatoes-2 (chopped)
Ginger garlic paste- 2tbsp
Patta/cinnamon - 2
Cardamom - 2
Grambu/cloves - 4
Bay leaves -2
Peanuts - 1/4cup
Coconut- 2tbsp
Redchillies - 3
Perunjeeragam/sounf - 1tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
Dania powder/coriander powder - 3 tsp
Chilli powder - 1tsp
Mint leaves - 1/4 kattu


Grind coconut,red chillies,sounf,peanuts into a nice paste.In a cooker,heat oil and season cinnamon,cloves,bay leaves,cardamom,1/2tsp sounf and green chillies.Then add chpped onion and fry until golden brown.Add chopped tomatoes to this and fry well.Now add chopped chicken pieces and dania,chilli,turmeric powders.Fry for few minutes and add enough water and salt.Pressure cook it for about 2-3 whistles.Switch off the heat and let the pressure go down.Now open the cooker and swtich on the heat to medium.Finally add the grounded paste and let it boil until raw smell goes.Add chopped mint leaves and cook for another 5 minutes or so.Excellent side dish for parotto ready.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Shrimp/Chemmeen thoran

hi all, this dish i made few weeks back but didn't have energy or time to post it.Now a days started feeling little better, so thought of posting all which was on hold..:)).So here is the first one..


Shrimp - 15- 20 (jumbo)(chopped)
Coconut oil - 2tsp
Mustard seeds -1tsp
Urad dal -1/2tsp
Curry leaves - as needed

Grind to coarse paste

Coconut - 1/2 cup ( shredded)
Small onion - 1
Green chillies - 5
Ginger - 1 inch (chopped fine)
Garlic - 2 pods (Chopped fine)
Turmeric powder -1/4tsp


In a pan heat coconut oil, and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.Add the grounded paste and fry till raw smell goes.Add shrimp and salt and cook in medium heat until it is cooked well and is very dry.If you are using small shrimps, then no need to chop them.