Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Clay pot chicken gravy.

This is the simplest yet tastiest gravy chicken I have had  anywhere.At least that is what everyone in my family says.
You do not need lots of ingredients in this recipe,unlike the recipes these days.They ask you to add cream,cashew paste and lots of such things.In our house we make fun of recipes in which they add these pastes as adding these things can make even wood pulp tasty.But who will carry those extra fat on the waist ,that is something to consider.
I usually use drumsticks but you can use mixture of all parts and it will taste the same.
Here is what you will need:-

Chicken -  2 pounds(cut into small pieces)
Tomato  -  2(medium size,puree them)
Onion    -  1 small       
garlic    -   2 cloves             
ginger   -   1and 1/2 inch
Grind onion ,garlic and ginger together into a paste.
Green chilli - According to your taste
vegetable Oil- 3 table spoons
whole cumin seeds- 2 teaspoons
Bay leaf - 1
garam masala powder - 1 teaspoon(homemade)
coriander powder - 1 Tea spoon
cumin powder  - 1 and 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
Salt -to taste.

This is how you do it:-
1)Put an oven proof pan or a clay pot on the stove which has a lid.

2)Add oil and cumin seed.

3)Dont let the cumin seeds crackle and add the onion,garlic and      ginger paste.Also add bay leaf,turmeric powder,salt,add the dry spices(cumin,coriander and garam masala).On  medium heat fry the spices.

4)Once the oil separates from the spices add tomato puree.Stir for 3-4 minutes .Add chilli.
5)Add chicken pieces,keep the heat on medium and stir for 5-6 minutes.Now cover with the lid and let the chicken release its water.

6)Every 5-6 minutes stir the chicken so that they dont stick at the bottom of the pan.

7) When you feel that chicken has released all the water,uncover the lid and stir for few minutes.Depending upon how much gravy you want ,add water and cover the lid.
8)Once the gravy comes to a boil,transfer it to the oven at 250 degree temperature.Let it simmer in the oven for 30-45 minutes.Do check every once in a while to check upon the gravy and adjust accordingly.

9)It is ready now to serve with hot plain rice,or chapati or naan.

One point to note though is to use clay pot if you have.Also instead of using all of vegetable oil ,make it half vegetable oil and half Ghee(clarified butter).
These two changes will bring tremendous amount of flavor.Just clay pot cooking brings a lot of earthy flavor.Although you can finish the whole cooking on stovetop but cooking for extended period of time in the oven infuses all the flavor inside the chicken which is normally bland here.Chicken itself has no taste in America.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Broccoli Paratha.

Food is such an eminent part of my life,or for that matter for everyone ,that without talking about food the whole conversation seems incomplete.My husband and daughters are big food lovers.In all these years I have come to the conclusion that food dosent have to be complicated to taste good.I consider some of the simplest food in my house to be also the tastiest.

One of them is this "Broccoli Paratha".I can never go wrong with this.Everyone in my house loves this.It is simple to make,very quick and packed with nutritions,especially for kids.It is very forgiving and flexible recipe too,you can substitute broccoli with cauliflower,cabbage,spinach etc-etc.

Here is what you are going to need.

whole wheat flour- 2 cups
Broccoli - Enough to make your dough green,The more the better(grated fine).
whole cumin seeds - 2-3 pinches
coriander leaves - a fist ful(chopped)
salt - to taste
oil - 2-3 teaspoon for mixing the dough
oil - depending on the number of  paratha.

how to do it:-

1)Mix grated broccoli,chopped coriander leaves,cumin seeds,salt and little oil and wheat flour very well.Dough will be very hard and crusty,but do not feel tempted to mix water at all.Broccoli and coriander leaves will release more than enough water.If you find the dough a little wet ,you can always adjust by adding a little more dry flour.

2)Let is rest for some time(20 minutes).
3)Heat the Tava or non stick pan.

4)Divide into Tennis size balls.
5)Roll out individual balls into paratha,put one on the pan .

6)Flip the paratha in 1 minutes.Wait for the other side to get some blisters and flip.Now add some oil on both sides and sear it.Do the same with all the balls.

7)It tastes good when eaten hot.Serve with some sweet type of pickles.In my house every one likes with "aloo bhujiya"(patato fries) and pickles both.

This is like our comfort food.When I come home from some where all tired,and need to put kids to bed this is my best choice.They get their grains,vegetables,fat,starch every thing in this recipe.

This food can become a little dry to your throat some time, so it goes very well with some home made fresh orange juice.Just squeeze up some oranges and there you go.Another reason for kids to eat this food because they are getting to drink orange juice too.I have turned having orange juice as a big privilege to my kids ,so it is a big deal for them.