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Curry leaves & Pepper Chicken Biryani

Nothing can bring a loads of happiness other than biryani for a true biryani lover like me :) This tasty biryani is prepared using freshly ground curry leaves and pepper powder. The freshly ground curry leaves and pepper powder enhances the taste and flavour of the biryani. Red chilli powder is not included in this recipe.  The measurement of pepper powder given in this recipe gives a perfect taste but to make it more spicy, adjust the quantity of chillies or pepper powder according to taste bud. Onion raita or any varieties of raita goes perfect with this biryani.

Ingredients :

2 Tbsp Oil 
1 Tbsp Gingelly Oil ( can also substitute with regular cooking oil ) 
2 Bay leaves
2 Elachi 
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick 
Small piece of Biryani flower 
1 Star anise 
1 Dry Kapok buds / Marathi Moggu 
2 Cloves
1 Cup Basmati Rice 
2 Onions, Sliced 
3 Green chillies, slitted
1 Tomato, made into fine paste 
Few Mint leaves 
1 Tsp Ginger - garlic paste 
2 Capsicum / bell pepper, chopped 
1 1/2 Cups Water 

To Marinate Chicke…

Chow - Chow Soup / Chayote Soup / Soup Series

Chayote, which is popularly known as Chow - Chow in Tamilnadu is widely used in our regular cooking in the form of Kootu, Sambhar, poriyal etc. Apart from the regular cooking, this veggie can also be turned into a flavourful soup. The chayote is sautéed and cooked along with a tomatoes and freshly ground powders is further blend into smooth paste and strained to get a delicious soup. This veggie is very low in calorie, rich in dietary fibre, minerals and vitamins. Being low in calorie, this veggie is highly recommended to include in a regular diet during weight loss program.

Click the below links to enjoy a varieties of tasty soups from our Soup series event.

My Soup series : Click HERE

Sujitha Ruban's Soup Series : Click HERE

Ingredients :

2 Chayote / Chow - Chow, Cut into small pieces
1/4 Cup Finely chopped Spring onions ( Bulb part )
2 Tomatoes, chopped 
1 Tsp Olive oil / Cooking oil 
2 - 3 Garlic pods, peeled and chopped
1 Bay leaf
Small piece of Cinnamon Stick 
1/4 Tsp Chilli powder 

Sausage Coconut Milk Soup / Soup Series

Sipping a bowl of flavorful Thai inspired soup while drafting this post is a real energy booster after a long tiring day. This is an easy yet delicious soup prepared using 2 varieties of sausages, few thai ingredients and coconut milk. Chicken paprika lyoner is also a variety of thin sausage with a spicy taste of paprika. I have used galangal paste and lemongrass powder in this recipe which can be replaced with fresh ingredients. The flavour from lemongrass, galangal and basil leaves gives a refreshing taste to the soup. Instead of chicken powder, fresh chicken or fish stock can be used which also enhances the taste.

If you are a Thai cuisine lover like me, then this simple and flavorful soup will make your day for sure. Here is the recipe....

Click the below links to relish a flavourful and tasty soups from our Soup Series Event.

My Soup Series - Click HERE

Sujitha Ruban's Soup Series - Click HERE

Ingredients :

2 Cups Water 
2 Tsp Chicken powder 
3/4 Cup Coconut Milk 
3 Sausages, Cho…

Vetrillai Kozhi Soup / Betel Leaves Chicken Soup / Soup Series

Though the most enjoyable season is Winter, the worst part of it is, getting sick due to cold breeze and fog. So, the best home remedy is to enjoy a healthy and spicy soup to get rid of cold and flu. Betel leaves and pepper in the early morning and chicken soup for dinner are my personal best home remedies when I get cold. And for today's soup series, I tried an interesting healthy soup using betel and chicken which tasted really delicious. The spiciness from betel leaves was so strong and refreshing. Adjust the quantity of betel leaves and red chilli powder according to one's taste bud.

For the happening Soup Series Event, myself and my co- blogger Sujitha from have posted few interesting and healthy soup recipes. Click the below link to enjoy a delicious home made soups.

My Soup Series - Click HERE

Sujitha Ruban's blog Soup series - Click HERE

Ingredients :
100 gms Chicken ( preferbly Boned pieces )  3 Betel leaves,  medium size, finely chopped ( adj…

Chicken & Mushroom Soup / Soup series

After Mushroom soup, here comes an another flavorful soup prepared using chicken and mushroom. The ingredients are pressure cooked, mashed and strained to get a flavourful clear soup. The addition of cumin and coriander powder gives a delicious taste and also good for digestion. This is a perfect healthy breakfast to relish in this cool climate.

Check out my co-blogger Sujitha Ruban page to enjoy an interesting wholesome healthy soup using veggies, oats and green gram.

Ingredients :
100 gms Chicken with Bone  5 Mushrooms, Sliced  1 Onion, Finely chopped  1 Tbsp Finely chopped garlic  1/2 Tbsp Finely chopped Ginger  1/2 Tsp Cumin powder  1/2 Tsp Coriander powder  1/4 Tsp Pepper powder  1 Bay leaf Salt to taste  2 Cups Water  Few Coriander leaves for garnishing 
Method :
Wash the chicken pieces and keep aside.

Take a pressure cooker and add washed chicken pieces along with finely chopped onion, garlic, ginger, bay leaf, cumin powder, coria…

Mushroom Soup / Soup Series

Homemade soups are always tastier, healthier and easy to prepare. Most importantly soups are the best meal to consume during this winter season. So, myself and my lovely friend Sujitha Ruban who is an excellent blogger from joined hands together to post a theme based recipes on alternative days to motivate ourself and bring back the energy and lagging spirit. Truly excited and happy to be part of this series along with my friend. Soup is chosen as our November month theme considering weight loss and climate, so stay tuned for more interesting and healthy soups from our page.

Click HERE to view sujitha's healthy and yummy - Spinach clear soup.

Coming to my today's soup series, posting a healthy and nutritious filled soup prepared using mushroom, carrot and cabbage. Soya sauce and chilli sauce is added to enhance the taste of soup. In this recipe, I have used chicken bouillon powder which can also be substituted with veg stock powder or fresh v…

Fish Balls Kuzhambu

Want to try an interesting kuzhambu using fish instead of cooking it in a regular way ??

Then, try this yummy and delicious kuzhambu in which, the fish is made into paste and poached in a delicious tangy kuzhambu. This finger licking curry pairs excellent with a plain rice, idly or dosa. In this recipe, I have used Basa fish which can also be replaced with any varieties of boneless fish. The onions are sautéed along with curry leaves and spices is further made into paste to enhance the flavour and texture of the curry. The fish paste is mixed up with masala powders, egg white and corn flour is further gently dropped in a simmering curry and cooked till it floats on top of kuzhambu.

Ingredients :

For Fish Balls :

2 Basa Fillets ( Any variety of boneless fish can be used ) 
1 Tbsp Cornflour
1 Egg White
1/2 Tsp Chilli powder
Less than 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
2 Tbsp Finely chopped Curry leaves
Salt to taste

For Kuzhambu :

2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Gingelly oil
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
1/2 Tsp Saunf
2 Big Onions, …

Chicken Yogurt Curry

Though, there are many versions available in making of yogurt chicken. In today's post, I am sharing my style of yogurt chicken with a delicious minty flavour. The onion is made into fine paste along with mint, coriander, green chillies and ginger - garlic paste is sautéed well in an oil is further cooked up with chicken pieces. The addition of yogurt gives a mild sour taste which also balances the spiciness and mint flavour of the curry. This flavorful curry is an excellent option to serve with hot Rotis and apart from that, this goes well with hot steamed white rice.

Ingredients :

300 gms Chicken pieces
2 1/2 Tbsp Oil
2 Bay leaves 
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick 
2 Elachi 
1 Tsp Red chilli powder
1 Tsp Coriander powder
1 Tsp Jeera / cumin powder
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Tsp Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste
1 Cup Yogurt

To Grind :

2 Big Onions, chopped
2 Green chillies
1/2 Cup Coriander leaves
1/2 Cup Mint leaves
2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste

Method :

Grind all the ingredients given in "To Grind"…

Lemongrass & Chilli Chicken

The one ingredient which is always stocked in my pantry is lemongrass, either fresh or in a powder form. The love of subtle citrus flavour is the main reason and in addition, this also has lots of medicinal values. I had already mentioned in Lemongrass & galangal Tea post regarding its benefits. This recipe is inspired by Vietnamese cuisine and have made few changes in method of cooking according to our tastebud.
The chicken is marinated with lemongrass, garlic and onion paste for half an hour and then sautéed in a pan along with spicy green chillies gives a wonderful aroma while cooking. Apart from flavour, this curry gives a refreshing feel while eating.  Adding sugar to the recipe gives a lovely colour to the chicken. Adjust the quantity of chillies according to spicy level. This goes delicious with any varieties of rice like Jasmine rice, sticky rice, white rice, brown rice etc.

Ingredients :

200 Gms Chicken Boneless, cut into cubes
1 Medium sized Onion, chopped
4 Garlic pods, pe…

Chicken Noodles

My today's Chicken noodles is an interesting recipe which is prepared using a over night marinated chicken pieces. The chicken is marinated along with a regular Chinese sauces and 5 spice powder. The marination technique enhances the taste and flavour of the dish. I have used Shanxi sliced noodles which can also be replaced with Hakka or any variety of noodles. No extra sauces required while cooking, as the marination contains all the required flavours.

Ingredients :
300 gms Shanxi Sliced Noodles ( Any noodles can be used ) 2 Tbsp Olive oil  1 Medium sized Onion, Sliced  1 Cup Shredded Cabbage  Salt to taste  Crushed pepper / pepper powder  Few finely chopped spring onion leaves 
To Marinate :
250 gms Chicken, Boneless cut into strips  1 Medium sized Green bell pepper, sliced  1 Medium sized Yellow Bell pepper, sliced  1 medium sized Red Bell pepper, sliced  1 Tsp 5 Spice powder  1 Tsp Soya sauce  1 Tsp Red chilli sauce  1 Tsp Green chilli sauce  1/4 Tsp Pepper powder  Few Basil leaves 
Method :