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Hariyali chicken

Wishing all my readers and friends a very happy and prosperous TWENTY FOURTEEN …
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” –Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Winding up 2013 with this delicious and yet easy to make chicken curry. 

You need –

  • Chicken – 1/2 kilo, cut into bite size pieces
  • Coriander leaves – 1.5 cups
  • Mint leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Garlic pods – 3 big
  • Garlic – 1’ inch piece
  • Green chili – 4-5 or per taste
  • Onions – 2, finely sliced
  • Yogurt – 1/2 cup, beaten
  • Lemon Juice – 2 teaspoon
  • Green cardamom – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – 1 stick
  • Clove – 1
  • Ghee – as required
  • Salt to taste

How to –

Clean and wash the chicken well. Drain the water completely and marinate the chicken with salt and lemon juice for 30 minutes.
In blender, make a fine paste of ginger-garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, clove. Set aside. Blend together the green chilies, coriander leaves and mint leaves to a fine paste.
Heat ghee in heavy bottom pan. Add the ginger-garlic and whole spice paste and fry till raw smell is gone. Add the onion and cook till translucent. Add the turmeric powder and sauté for a minute.
Add the chicken and mix well. Cover and cook till chicken is half cooked. Now add the coriander-mint paste, 1/2 cup water or as required and cook till done.

Reduce the flame and add the yogurt, salt (remember you have marinated the chicken with salt so add accordingly). Bring to gentle simmer and turn off the heat.
Serve hot with rice or Indian flat bread.
P.S – I have made the gravy thick so please add water accordingly.


Sindhi dal

Recipe source – Sanjeev Kapoor

You need –

  • Bengal gram/Channa dal – 3/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Amchur/dried mango powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds –1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafetida – A good pinch
  • Green chili – 2. slit length-wise
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Onion – 1 small thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil as required
  • Fresh coriander leaves to garnish
How to –
Wash and clean the dal in several changes of water. Pressure cook the channa with turmeric and salt with 1.5 cups of water till done.
In sauce pan add the cooked dal,  chili powder, amchur powder. Add water if the dal is dry.  Stir and cook over low heat.
For tempering, heat oil in a small pan, tip the cumin seeds. once they start to splatter add the green chilies, curry leaves, asafetida, garam masala powder. Stir briefly and add this to the dal . Mix well and turn off the heat.
Garnish with chopped onions and coriander leaves and serve hot with Rice or roti.

Kadai Tofu

You need –

  • Tofu – 150 grams, cut into thick strips
  • Bell peppers – 2 small, chopped into chunks (I used Green and yellow peppers)
  • Onions – 1 medium, sliced
  • Tomatoes – 1 large, finely chopped
  • ginger- garlic paste – 1.5 teaspoons
  • Paprika – 1 teaspoon
  • Dried fenugreek leaves – 2 teaspoons
  • Whole spices –
    • Coriander seeds – 2 tablespoons
    • Red dried chilies – 3-4 or to taste
    • Cloves – 1
    • Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
    • Peppercorn – 1/4 teaspoon.
    • Cardamom – 1
    • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Fresh coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Oil – as required
  • Salt to taste

How to –

Blend to fine powder all the ingredients under “Whole spices”. Pan fry the Tofu  slices till light golden on both side.
Heat the oil in a kadai/skillet, add the dry spice powder, paprika and sauté till fragrant. 
Add the onions and cook till translucent. Add garlic-ginger, tomato and salt. cook for 3-4 minutes or till the oil start to separate.
Tip in the  Tofu, fenugreek leaves.  Turn the heat to high and mix well for about 3-4 minutes. Add about 1/4 cup of hot water.reduce the heat to medium-low for 4-5 minutes or till the gravy is thick stirring frequently.
Add bell pepper, coriander leaves and mix well to combine. Cook briefly.


Turn off the heat and serve hot with Indian flat bread or rice.