March 31, 2010

Easy Chicken Pulao

1 1/2 Cup Rice
500 gm Chicken, cut into pieces
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
3 Cups Water

6 Dried Red chillies
2 Onions, chopped
7 Garlic flakes
2 tsp Ginger, chopped
1 tsp Jeera powder
2 tsp Saunf
1/2 inch Cinnamon
2 Elachi
1 Laung
1 tbsp Peppercorns

Prepare paste of all the above ingredients using some water.
Heat oil in kadai and add the prepared paste along with chicken, fry for 3 minutes and then add salt and turmeric powder.
Add rice and stir it for 1 min. Transfer to Rice cooker along with 3 cups of water and cook until rice is ready.
Squeeze half lemon juice and mix gently. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with onion raita.

March 29, 2010

Mint Chicken Curry


1/2 Bunch Mint leaves
1/2 Bunch Coriander leaves
2 tbsp chopped onions
5 Green chillies, chopped

250 gms Chicken
2 onions, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
3 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tbsp Red chilli powder
Salt to taste
10 Cashews, Soaked in water and make paste

Spice Powder:
1/4 inch cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 star anise


Prepare Mint Paste using Mint leaves followed by coriander leaves, 2 tbsp chopped onions,
and green chillies with little water.
Soak cashews for 30 mins and grind into smooth paste.
Prepare spice powder by grinding cinnamon, bay leaf and star anise.

Heat oil in kadai and add spice powder and then add finely chopped onions followed by ginger garlic paste.
Saute nicely and add mint paste, cook for few minutes until raw smell goes.
Add finely chopped onions, Saute for 3 minutes and then add cashew paste, salt and red chilli powder.
Now add chicken and mix properly, add some water and cook for 15 minutes or until chicken gets  completely cooked.

Serve hot with Rice or roti.

March 26, 2010

Prawn Balti


500 gm Prawn
1 tbsp juice of lime
1 1/2 tsp paprika

3 tbsp cooking oil
1 onion, sliced lengthwise
1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 green chillies, shredded
1 Bell pepper, shredded
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder


Marinate prawns with lime juice and paprika and leave aside until you prepare masala.
Heat oil in kadai over a moderate heat and add onions, fry them for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Then add ginger garlic paste followed by green chillies, shredded bell pepper. Saute for 1 to 2 min.
Turn the heat up and add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, cinnamon powder, garam masala, coriander powder.
Saute nicely until the tomatoes have thicken. Pour some water and stir well. Let it cook for 2 minutes and then add prawns, along with the lime juice.
Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until they turn pink and tender.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

March 25, 2010

Sirukeerai Thandu Soup

Ingredients :

1 Bunch Sirukeerai root

1 tbsp toor dal

3 Finely chopped Garlic

1 Finely chopped onion

1 Finely chopped tomato

1 Finelly chopped green chilli

1 dry red chilli

1 tsp jeera

1 tsp crushed pepper



Add all ingredients in pressure cooker and cook till 5 whistles.

Remove the root alone and mash it. Add the mixture to the remaining .

serve hot with extra pepper.

Prawn Broccoli Noodles


1 Packet Hakka Noodles, Boiled with little oil and salt and strained
1 Cup cabbage shredded
1 Cup Green Capsicum shredded
1 Cup Yellow Capsicum Shredded
1 cup Broccoli, chopped
3 tbsp oil
1 Cup Prawns chopped
1 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 tbsp Dark Soya Sauce  
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Pepper


Heat oil in a wok over a moderate heat and add the shredded cabbage, saute them and then add yellow capsicum followed by green capsicum and broccoli. Fry them for about 3 minutes and then add Prawns.
Saute and add the following ingredients oyster sauce, soya sauce, salt and pepper.
Cook in slow flame for few minutes or until prawns turn pink and tender.
Add noodles and mix properly without breaking.
Garnish with spring onions and  serve hot with your favorite sauce.

Broccoli Prawn Soup


100 gm Broccoli, Boiled and chopped into pieces
1/2 cup finely chopped green and yellow Bell pepper
1 cup prawns
2 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Creole Hot pepper Sauce
Salt t o taste
1 tsp pepper
Oregano and thyme for seasoning
1 tbsp corn flour mixed with water


Heat butter in a pan and then add broccoli, saute nicely for about 1 min and then add green and yellow Bell pepper.
Fry them  for about  3 to 4 minutes and then add prawns followed by  hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Saute nicely and add some water and let it cook in low flame until prawns turn tender and pink.
Finely add cornflour mixed with water and let it boil for 2 minutes or until it becomes thick.
Remove from flame and add oregano and thyme for seasoning.
Add pepper according to taste.

I sometimes prepare this recipe in thick consistency and used to have with rice.....

Prawn Capsicum Rice


2 onions, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
2 red chillies, chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 Big capsicum chopped
1 cup prawns, chopped (i used to chop prawns so that we get it in every bite)
1 cup rice, cooked
Salt to taste
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp Red chilli powder


Heat butter and oil in a kadai and add ginger garlic paste. Saute nicely and then add finely chopped onions.
Fry them for 2 to 3 minutes or until translucent.
Then add red chillies and capsicum. Saute well for 3 minutes and then add finely chopped tomatoes followed by salt and red chilli powder. Cook until the tomatoes have thickened and darkened in appearance.
Now add chopped prawns and soya sauce. Pour some water and let it cook for 5 minutes or until prawns turn tender.
Fry them until gravy becomes little dry and then add cooked rice and mix properly.

You can garnish with finely chopped spring onions.
Serve hot with tomato sauce.

March 13, 2010

Chickpea and Spinach Curry


1  Onion, finely chopped
2 Tomatoes, Puree
3 Green chillies, chopped
1 Cup cooked Chickpea
1 Cup Chopped Spinach
1 tsp Garam masala
1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
1 Tbsp Pepper Powder
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste


Pour oil in kadai and add finely chopped onions, then add ginger garlic paste. Saute for few mins and then add chopped green chillies.
Later add tomato puree, garam masala, salt and pepper. Add some water and let it cook for 2 to 3 mins.
Add spinach leaves and cook for 2 mins, then add cooked chickpea..
Add some water and let it cook for 10 mins....
Serve hot with rice or chapathi....