Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chicken Kootu

This yummy dish uses chicken and sambhar powder.Yeap..i know totally different.We loved the taste and aroma of this dish.This was the first dish i cooked in our new kitchen..:).


Chicken - 2 lbs(cut into small pieces)
Onion - 2 (medium sized,finely chopped)
Small onion - 10 (sliced,optional)
Tomato - 1 (large, finely chopped)
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Sambhar powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - as needed
Vendhyam/fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few springs
Oil - as needed
Salt - as needed
Chopped redonion - for garnish


In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil and fry mustard seeds,urad dal,fenugreek,curry leaves.Now add chopped small onion and big onion and fry until they are golden brown.Now add chopped tomato and then add gg paste and fry until raw smell goes away.Now add all the spice powders and fry until every comes together in to a thick gravy.Now add cut chicken pieces and mix well.Add salt and let it cook.Add very little water if necessary.This dish should be thick and garnish it wiith chopped red onion just before serving.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Potato Curry

This dish goes well with chappathi,poori and idiyappam.I like this one particularly when paired with road side shop's "kutti" dosai.


Potato-3 medium sized , peeled and chopped in quaters.
Onion-1 finely sliced
Green chillies-3 (slit)
Chilly powder-1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp ( or you can use whole garam masalas)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal- 12/tsp,
curry leaves - a few
Salt - as needed


Heat oil in the pressure cooker and fry mustard seeds,urad dal, curry leaves,green chillies.Add sliced onions.Fry till onions are golden brown.Now add potatoes and add turmeric powder,chilly powder and salt.Pour little water and Pressure cook for about 1 whistle.After 1 whistle, open the cooker and add garam masala powder and let it boil for few minutes.Serve hot chappathi,poori or idiyappam.