Side dish, Starters

Chicken 65 fry- classic Chennai deep fried Chicken

Chicken 65 is a very popular starter or sidedish which has its origins to Chennai, a city in Tamil Nadu, India. It was created by the hotelier A. M. Buhari in 1965 and now they have a huge chain of Buhari hotels.

The reason behind keeping the name with a 65 has many theories like it is made using 65 chillies, it is made using chicken which is 65 days old etc.

It is a classic dish where the chicken is deep fried after marinating with masalas.

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Ingredients ( Serves 3-4)

1. Chicken ( boneless or with bone)- 500 gms

2. Ginger garlic paste- 2 tbsps

3. Chicken 65 mix- 3 tsp or Chilli powder- 3 tsp

4. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

5. Egg-1

6. Cornflour- 2 tbsp

7. Lemon juice- few drops

8. Salt to taste

9. Oil- as required for frying

10. To garnish (optional): onion-1/2, Curry leaves- few, chilli

powder-1/4 tsp, turmeric powder- a pinch

Please watch video for method!

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Vengaya (onion) chutney for Dosa/Idli

A tasty and delicious chutney made using shallots and dry red chillies. The method shown here gets its unique taste as it is grinded into a paste or chutney using the traditional Ammikal or Indian stone grinder.

It is entirely worth the exercise in creating this chutney as the taste is unbeatable. So lucky that this method is still followed at my mom’s place in creating that magical taste.

An amazing chutney which goes great with dosas and idlis.

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Indian style Spinach Red Kidney beans (Rajma) stir fry 

Legumes and greens are very popular in the Indian cuisine. We make sundals, add to dals, have it dry or in a gravy. This recipe shows a great combination of Spinach and red kidney beans along with some Indian seasonings. Very simple and nutritious dish packed with the protein of red kidney beans and the much needed vitamins from Spinach. Enjoy this dish on its own as a starter or along with some rice, roti.
Ingredients: serves 3-4

1. Spinach – 400 gms (used 1 bunch)

2. Red kidney beans- use canned or if raw soak it for few hours and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles)- 500 gms

3. Onion- 1 

4. Dry red chilli – 2-3

5. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

6. Urid dal- 1/2 tsp

7. Oil – 2 tsps

8. Grated coconut- optional to garnish

9. Salt as required
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Butter Chicken Masala 

Butter Chicken is a very famous Punjabi dish which is believed to have been first created in the 1950s by Kundan Lal Jaggi at his restaurant Modi Mahal Delux in Delhi. Its popularity has grown leaps and bounds to all corners of the world and is one of the favourite dishes to many.It is mildly flavoured and gets a bright orange colour naturally from the tomatoes and the Kashmiri chilli powder used in the recipe. Though traditionally the chicken is cooked in a tandoor, here we cook it in a pan or grill. 
Enjoy this much sought after dish liked from kids to adults. Truly a mouth watering restaurant style Butter chicken recipe.
 Ingredients: serves 2-3
For marinade:
1. Chicken breast or with bone( your choice )- 500 gms

2. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tbsp

3. Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp

4. Yogurt- 2-3 tbsp

5. Salt as needed 

6. Lemon juice- few drops 

7. Garam masala- 1 tsp

8. Oil- 3 tbsp
For base gravy:

1. Onion- 1

2. Tomatoes- 3 (used roma)

3. Butter- 60 gms

4. Oil- 2 tbsp

5. Cardamom pods- 3-4

6. Garlic- 4 cloves

7. Ginger- 1 /2 inch size into juliennes 

8. Green chilli deseeded- 3-4

9. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tbsp

10. Garam masala- 1/2 tsp

11. Kasthuri methi 1 tsp crushed. I used dried coriander leaves instead.

12. Cashews – 10 or double cream 1/4 cup
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Paruppu Urundai Kulambu- lentil balls in curry

Paruppu urundai kulambu is a delicious curry having lentil balls. It is a popular dish in Tamil Nadu, India. The lentil balls can be varied. In this recipe, it is made using Channa dal and black urid dal. A very healthy curry and have made use of just 1 tbsp oil making it a great option for curries when you are trying to lose weight or just being health conscious. It is protein packed and goes great with rice, roti, dosa or idli.Enjoy the recipe.

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Ingredients: makes ~ Serves 2-3
For the lentil balls (makes small 14 balls):
1.Channa dal- 3/4 cup

2. Toor dal- 1/4 cup

3. Dry red chilli- 2

4. Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp

5. Onion- 1/2

6. Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp

7. Salt a little 
For the curry base:
1. Cooking oil- 1 tbsp

2. Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp

3. Curry leaves- few

4. Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp

5. Onions – 2

6. Tomato- 1

7. Tamarind- 1/2 lemon size

8. Water- 1-2 cups 

9. Asafoetida- pinch

10. Chilli powder- 1 tsp

11. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

12. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

13. Sambar powder- 1 tsp

14. Garlic – 3
Please watch video for recipe.

Mains, Side dish

Spicy Chilli chicken- Indo Chinese style

Chilli Chicken is a very popular dish in all the Chinese restaurants in India. It’s one of the best accompaniment to fried rice or noodles. It is a hot favourite at our home. Enjoy this tasty and mouth watering recipe that can be easily cooked in restaurant style!

Ingredients (serves ~2)

1. Chicken cut (boneless preferred)- 250 gms
For marinade:
a. Chilli powder- 1 tsp
b. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tsp
c. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
d. Corn flour- 1 tbsp
e. Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
f. Egg- 1/2

For gravy base:

a. Onion – 1
b. Green chilli- 3
c. Soy sauce-2 tbsp
d. Chilli sauce- 1 tbsp
e. Ginger- 1 tbsp
f. Corn flour- 1 tbsp
g. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1-2 tsp
h. Spring onions- to garnish
i. Capsicum- 1/4
j. Oil as required for frying and gravy

Method:

  1. Cut the chicken into small pieces.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the marinade to the chicken.
  3. Marinate for minimum 30 mins.
  4. Deep fry the chicken and set it aside.
  5. For the base gravy, first take some oil in pan.
  6. Add the onions,green chilli, ginger and stir well.
  7. Also add the soy sauce, chilli sauce, corn flour mixed in little water.
  8. Combine well. Add little Kashmiri chilli powder to enhance colour and 1/2 glass of water. Check for salt and add if required. Bring it to a thick gravy consistency.
  9. Add the fried chicken, green capsicum and spring onions.
  10. Stir well and yummy Chilli Chicken is ready.
  11. Enjoy with fried rice or noodles.

Video recipe can be found in the link below:

Mains, Side dish

Chicken Kurma- tasty restaurant style

Chicken kurma is a very flavourful chicken curry which has a base made out of onions, tomato and fresh coconut. The freshly ground spices along with the coconut gives it a deep and rich flavour. This curry goes well with rice, naan, roti, chapati, dosa, idli etc.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Chicken cut ~750 gms
2. Onions- 2 medium
3. Tomato- 1 medium
4. To grind to paste : Ginger – small piece, Garlic- 5 pods , Green chilli- 1or 2
5. Cinnamon stick – 1
6. Cloves- 2
7. Cardamom pods- 2
8. Curry leaves – few
9. To grind to paste: 1/2 cup coconut, 1 tsp fennel seeds,
1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp peppercorns
10. Spice powders: Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp, Coriander powder- 1.5 tbsp,
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
11. Coriander leaves- little
12. Sunflower oil- 3 tbsp

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