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Chicken Pullao

CHICKEN PULLAOIngredient:
2 large Onions cut lengthwise
2 large Chilies cut lengthwise
2 c Basmathi rice (about 1
2 kg. (1 kilogram=2.2lbs)
1 large Tomato (cut into small pieces)
10-15 Coriander leaves
5 Mint leaves
1 clove Garlic
1″ piece Ginger
12 cup Coconut powder
3 teaspoons Salt
3-4 Cloves
2 Cardamom
1 Bay leaf
1″ Cinnamon stick
1 c Yogurt
2 tablespoons Butter
1 lb. Boneless chicken
Method:
1. Heat vessel with butter,  Fry bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon,  Put onions and chilies in vessel and fry on low heat until onions turn brown,  Add ginger + garlic paste and fry until oil separates,  Add tomato and fry for 1 minute,  Add chicken + salt + yogurt and fry for one minute,  Add mint + coriander leaves,  Cover and cook until the gravy becomes semi-solid,

Cook rice in a separate vessel,  Put rice into chicken and mix (It is advisable to cook rice about ¾ ths and then let it cook with the chicken),  Remove and serve (Will serve about 4 hungry grad. students.)

Prawn Masala Fry

Prawn Masala Fry - 1You Need:

15 medium sized prawns cleaned

  • 2-3 tsp (or to taste) bafat powder
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera powder
  • 3/4th tsp ginger paste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp (approx) vinegar or 1 tsp thick tamarind juice
  • 2-3 tsp rice flour/powder (adjust according to the masala required)
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  • salt to taste
  • 3 sprigs (approx 30 leaves) kadipatta/curry leaves

Method:
1. Marinate the prawns with the salt, bafat powder, jeera powder, ginger-garlic paste, vinegar (or tamarind juice), rice flour, 1 tbsp oil and 1 sprig of curry leaves finely chopped. Keep aside for 10-15minutes.
2. In a frying pan put the marinated prawns with 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame to a medium high and let the prawns cook until the masala thickens. Leave the pan uncovered.
3. Transfer the prawns and its masala to one side of the pan and in the center of the pan pour the remaining 2 tbsp oil and the curry leaves (do not chop). Let the oil heat up a bit and then mix everything together and simmer for 2-3 minutes till the oil separates from the masala. When masala turns semi thick turn off the flame. If you don’t need a thick masala continue to simmer/fry for another 2 minutes so that the masala fries some more.
4. Serve hot with rice or Neer Dosa

Nutrition Facts
Per 1 portion (300 g)

Amount % Daily Value*
Calories 307
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 227mg 76%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 33g 66%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tandoori King Prawns

We always buy frozen uncooked prawns still in their shells for this mouth-watering starter. Ready cooked prawns are not suitable.
Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes.
Serves four.Tandoori King Prawns

Remove shells and beards from the prawns, wash and drain.
In a bowl, mix together the prawns and the marinade making sure that the prawns are well coated.
There is no need to marinate these for long and in fact they should not be left for longer than a few minutes.
Preheat your oven to the maximum temperate.
Remove prawns from the marinade shaking off excess, and place on a rack in a shallow baking tray.Tandoori King Prawns1
Bake near the top of the oven for 7-8 minutes.
Serve, sizzling on a sizzler dish if liked, with green salad, lemon slices, and yoghurt mint sauce
Note. Instead of baking, the prawns may be grilled under a very hot grill for about five minutes, turning once.
Allow appropriately increased quantities if you wish to serve tandoori prawns as a main course dish.

 

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Chicken Dhansak

This variation combines chicken with lentil dal. It requires less curry sauce because of this and is a tasty dish for those who like the flavour of lentils. This is a hot, sour dish to which you could also add pineapple chunks if you want.
Serves 3-4.
Preparation and cooking time: 15-20 minutes.

Chicken Dhansak

  • 6 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ pint (275ml or two cups) curry sauce 
  • 2 cups lentil dal
  • 1 lb chicken cooked
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cummin
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green coriander

Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan, add the curry sauce and lentils and bring to the boil.
Without turning down the heat, put in the chicken, salt, chilli powder, and green chilli.
Stir well and continue to cook on a high heat for about five minutes, or until sauce thickens, stirring regularly.
Now turn down the heat to a simmer for a further fire minutes. Stir occasionally.
Skim off any excess oil and stir in the garam masala, ground cummin, and lemon juice.
Serve sprinkled with the green coriander.

 

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Chicken Do-Piaza

This is a mildly spiced dish cooked with onions. A delicious variation on the basic chicken curry. Serves 3-4. Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes.Chicken Do-Piaza

  • 6 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 small onions peeled and cut into strips
  • ¾ pint (425ml or three cups) curry sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 level teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 lb (450g) chicken cooked as on page 52
  • 1 level teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 level teaspoon ground cummin
  • ½ level teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ level teaspoon dried fenugreek
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green coriander

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the sliced onions and fry until transparent but not starting to brown. Add the curry sauce, mix well, and bring to a simmer. Stir in the salt, chilli powder, and chicken. Cook on medium heat for ten minutes or until sauce is quite thick, stirring occasionally. Now stir in the garam masala, cummin, ground coriander, and fenugreek. Continue simmering for 3-4 minutes. Skim off any excess oil and serve sprinkled with coriander.

 

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Chicken Moghlai

This is another dish suitable for those who do not like their curries spicy. It has a creamy sauce with egg added to it for more body.
Serves four.Chicken Moghlai
Preparation and cooking time: 15-20 minutes.

  • 6 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ pint (425ml or 3
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon yellow food colouring
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ pint (150ml or 1 cup) single cream
  • 1½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cummin
  • 4 mango slices, tinned or fresh
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green coriander

Heat the oil in a large green frying pan, add the curry sauce and bring to the boil on a high heat.
Now add the chicken, salt, and food colouring. Stir well and continue cooking on a high heat for about five minutes stirring regularly.
Now turn down the heat and simmer for a further five minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile whisk the eggs and combine with the cream. Spoon off any excess oil that will have risen to the surface, and stir in the egg and cream mixture.Chicken Moghlai1
Also stir in the garam masala and ground cummin. Continue cooking for a further 2-3 minutes stirring more or less continuously.
Serve garnished with mango slices and green coriander.

 

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Chicken Bhuna Masala

This spicy dish is a firm favourite. Remember, spicy does not necessarily mean hot!
Serves 3-4.
Preparation and cooking time: 15-20 minutes.Chicken Bhuna Masala

  • 2 oz (50g) mushrooms
  • ½ green capsicum
  • 6 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ pt (425g or three cups) curry sauce
  • 1 lb (425g) chicken cooked
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red food colouring
  • 1½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cummin
  • ½ teaspoon dried fenugreek
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green coriander

Wash the mushrooms and capsicum and slice thinly. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and fry for 4-5 minutes on a medium heat.
Add the curry sauce, chicken, salt, chillies, and food colouring. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Continue cooking for five minutes, stirring now and again.
Spoon off any excess oil and serve sprinkled with green coriander..

 

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Chicken Curry

This is a basic curry dish which is simple to make requiring little other than the cooked chicken and the curry sauce. If you wish to make this into chicken madras use one teaspoonful of chilli powder.

Double this amount and you will get a vindaloo. This recipe serves 3-4.

Chicken CurryPreparation and cooking time: 15 minutes approx.

  • 5 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • ¾ pint (425ml) curry sauce (page 20)
  • 1 teaspoon salt Pinch of chilli powder
  • 1 lb (450g) chicken cooked as on page 52
  • 1 level teaspoon of garam masala
  • ½ level teaspoon ground cummin Pinch of ground fenugreek
  • ½ tomato thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green coriander

Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan, and add the curry sauce, and bring to the boil.   Without reducing the heat, add the salt, chilli powder and chicken, and continue cooking for about five minutes. Now turn down the heat and stir in the garam masala. Ground cummin, and dried fenugreek. Simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.

Put in the sliced tomato and half the coriander and cook for another two minutes. Skim off any excess oil and serve sprinkled with the remaining coriander.

A little trick. During the last couple of minutes of cooking a restaurant chef will often stir in a teaspoon or so of the marinade used for tandoori chicken. This improves the texture and flavour of the sauce and well as improving colour. –

 

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Tandoori Chicken

The secret is to buy a chicken of weight no more than 3lb (1kg 250g). If you buy portions, ensure that these are from small chickens.
For a main course, double the quantities of everything (including the marinade).

Tandoori Chicken
Preparation time: 25 minutes. Serves four (starters).

1 whole chicken or portions
2 cups tandoori marinade
Quarter chicken if using a whole one, and remove the skin. Make deep slits into the skin right down to the bone, four into each leg portion and two into each breast portion. Wash, and drain well or wipe off excess moisture with kitchen paper.
Now put the chicken into the bowl containing the marinade and mix thoroughly making sure that the marinade goes into the slits.
Cover and refrigerate for at least six hours but preferably overnight. The chicken may be kept in the marinade for up to three days without spoiling.

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Preheat oven to maximum temperature.
Shake off excess marinade from the chicken and place on a rack in a shallow baking tray. Bake near the top of the oven for about 20 minutes. Test with a fork to make sure the chicken is cooked, when the flesh comes away from the bone easily.
Serve immediately, sizzling if preferred, with a green salad, lemon wedges, and yoghurt mint sauce (recipe page 16).

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