Monday, December 15, 2008

Lemon Saffron Chicken (Curry)

This post will be strictly a recipe. Important Stuff: serves 2, ramp up the raw material if throwing a party !!

Chicken breast fillets (boneless) 500 gm
2 large Onions
5 Green chillies
1 Tomato or 2 table spoon Tomato puree
2 table spoons Curd/Yogurt
1 Lemon
Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
Garlic paste 2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds, Fennel Seeds, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, and Salt; all as per taste (Note, no Coriander powder has been used)
Chicken Masala (any brand) as per taste
6 Saffron threads
4 Cardamoms
Cooking oil 4 tablespoons

Marinate the chicken pieces in paste of lemon juice, curd, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, chicken masala, saffron, cardamoms (powder it if possible, and use the outer covering as well) and set aside for 30 minutes. Shred the onion, tomato and green chillies into small pieces. In a pot, heat the oil and add the cumin, mustard and fennel seeds. Stir till light brown. Then add the green chillies and stir fry for 3 more minutes. Add the onions, and deep fry till the onions turn golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste, and tomatoes, and fry for another 10 minutes. Keep frying the mixture, till the oil separates. Add marinated chicken, and fry for a good half hour or till the oil separates from the chicken as well. Add water to make a curry of suitable density. Check the taste for salt and chicken masala. Add more if necessary. Boil till the chicken becomes tender. A tip here, if you have fried the mixture well, the pieces of onion and tomato should not be individually identifiable in the gravy. Voila, your chicken is ready to be served with chapati or rice.

Lemon Saffron Chicken (Curry)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Making some changes

I had always heard that change is the way of life. But I never realized it could happen to me and that too this fast. As I had to come to UK for work, applying for VISA, and doing all the packing hardly gave me any time for blogging. I had so much to tell, so much to write, yet so less time.
Alas, but after coming to UK, I had to face even more situations, 12 months contract for internet connection, application for visa extension, opening a bank account, getting the debit card to work, struggling to rent a decent place. So I ended up, without being wired for almost a month.
But in this month, I sorted everything out. Applied for the visa extension (hope it is approved), rented a decent place, got my debit card working, and got a mobile broadband connection that was available without a contract. God! I hate contracts. The irony of life is, that I have come to UK on a years contract to be served back in India.
I also got the house setup. Lugged in all the groceries, necessities, scanned the Indian store and dumped loads of rice, wheat, pulses, and Indian spices at home, so that I don't have to worry about the coming 6 months.
Speaking of where we started from. CHANGE. The biggest change is, I am managing the house all by myself. This includes, cooking, washing, doing the dishes, and vacuuming. I wonder, why, with all that work, I am still not putting off any weight. H'm, I think, blame the fruit juices, and eggs I am having in bulk !!
Another big change I have had is a smart close crop to my hair. Reason, for one, it is smart, and for two, it saves money!
On saturday, I was feeling very hungry, and so decided to treat myself with something nice. So I browsed through some websites. Downloaded a few chicken recipes, changed them to suit whatever ingredients I had, and came up with this. Lemon Saffron Chicken. Believe me it was awsome. In next post I shall detail the process. So keep reading.