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Watermelon Rind Salna

Salna is one of the famous n flavorful curry which is served along with parotta in Tamilnadu. Generally salna is prepared using mixed veggies, mutton, egg or chicken but my today's post is with a twist of using my favorite veggie "Watermelon rind". Watermelon rind is nothing but the white part of watermelon which is generally threw away by most of them. As it is a water content fruit, the rind part is also very healthy. So, I love to use it in my kitchen with interesting recipes, instead of trashing it. The ingredients and preparation looks lengthy as it also includes grinding but the freshly ground masala enhances taste of this curry and gives a lovely aroma. As I have mentioned above, this is an excellent side dish for parotta and apart from that, this curry tastes very delicious with dosa, idly and chapati.

Check out my previous recipes using Watermelon Rind...

Watermelon Rind Mor Kuzhambu

Watermelon Rind Puli Kuzhambu

Watermelon Rind Kheer

Watermelon Rind Dosa


Foxtail Millet Chicken Pulao / Thinai Chicken Pulao

The worst part of dieting is sacrificing our favorite Pulao or Biryani because of the key ingredient "RICE". I agree that Brown rice is an excellent replacement for regular rice but the recent awareness of millets made me to include all type of millets in our regular menu. Apart from regular style of cooking using millet, I wanted to try it with chicken to satisfy our chicken Biryani/Pulao craving. So, started cooking with an easy method which I follow at times for basmati rice. Thank god ! It worked out perfect and finally my experiment ended up with an mouthwatering aroma all over my home.
Foxtail millet chicken pulao is an easy one pot meal with a minimal ingredients and the best part is no chopping required ;) I can assure that, there is no compromise in taste and flavor, it tasted exactly like chicken pulao or chicken biryani. This goes excellent with an Onion raita and Chicken gravy.

The above picture is a Foxtail millet which was widely used in olden days. Foxtail mi…

Chicken in Soya Sauce Gravy

Chicken in Soya sauce is an Indo-Chinese gravy in which chicken is marinated and cooked in soya sauce. This is a perfect side dish for fried rice and also can be served along with plain Basmati rice. To get a juicy chicken, shallow fry the marinated chicken till 3/4th and cook the remaining in gravy.
As soya sauce contains salt in it, be careful while adding extra salt in a gravy.

Ingredients :

To Marinate :

500 gms Chicken, Boneless, cut into cubes
1 Tsp Ginger-garlic paste
2 Tbsp Corn flour
1 1/2 Tbsp Soya sauce
1 Egg
1 Tsp Pepper powder 
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp Oil 

For Gravy :

2 Onions,chopped into cubes
1 Big Capsicum/ Bell pepper, chopped into cubes
5-6 Garlic pods,finely chopped
1/2 inch Ginger piece, finely chopped
10 Red chillies, dry 
1 Tbsp Soya sauce
1 Tsp Vinegar 
1 Tsp pepper powder
1 Cup Chicken stock 
1 Tsp Sugar
Salt to taste

For Garnish :

Finely chopped Spring onions

Method :

Marinate chicken with the above ingredients for half an hour.

Heat 5-6 Tbsp oil in a pan and shallow fry the marina…