Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Yoghurt marinated Chicken Fry | Bengali style of Chicken curry

Yoghurt marinated Chicken curry

Marinating of chicken and preparing curry is a North Indian style of preparing side dishes. This recipe of marinating chicken using curd is usually prepared by Bengalis.


Chicken - 1/4 kg
Yoghurt - 2 tsp
Milk -1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 2 tsp
Cinnamon & Clove powder - 1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves -3 tbsp
Tomato -2
Salt as required
Oil - 1 tbsp

To grind as paste:
Ginger - 1 inch size
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup


 1. Add all ingredients (except tomato, coriander leaves, oil) and Beat them up to a fine paste.

 2. Marinate the chicken for about 6 hours with the mixed paste.
 3. Heat oil in a pan/kadai and add the marinated chicken, Add required water about 1/2 cup,close the lid and cook in medium flame.

4. Grind the tomato to a fine paste and add the puree and cook.
5. When the chicken becomes soft and tender add the coriander leaves and put of the flame.

Marinated Yoghurt Chicken curry

  • Light effect was not good, kindly bear with the picture quality.. But am sure you would really like this simple recipe of marinated chicken. 
  • This recipe would be a simple method for bachelors to prepare.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mutton soup | Mutton clear soup for Infants

As per the advice of my pediatrician, I started introducing chicken,mutton and fish to my son in his 9th month onwards. The baby care differs with each pediatrician, so consult with your pediatrician once before you can introduce any new heavy food stuffs. If  they are advisable to introduce here is a recipe you can go with.Very simple,plain and tasty too....

Also refer baby care space for more vegetarian infant recipes.

When introducing for the first time just boil the mutton pieces with turmeric powder, curry leaves and feed the soup. Then gradually increase the below ingredients.

Mutton Soup

Ingredients :

Mutton bones -4 pieces
Tomato -1/4 piece
Shallot -2
Garlic -2
Curry leaves -few
Turmeric powder -a pinch
Pepper -3
Toor dal -1 tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds -2 pinches
Salt as required

Method :

  1. When you buy mutton wash them clean and collect the bone pieces.

2. Add all the above ingredients with 2 glass of water and boil.
3. Close the lid and cook for about 15 minutes in medium flame.
4. Now filter out the soup leaving the mutton pieces.

5. This can be mixed with idlis,smashed rice and feed the baby. Avoid the mutton pieces when feeding the babies below 15 months,as they do not know to chew properly.

Mutton soup

Note :

  • Avoid the pepper and garlic when introducing the soup initially.
  • Gradually start adding each ingredient one by one. 
  • Salt can be added a pinch for infants above 1 year.
  • you can also add a tsp of  the paste when grinding for Mutton kuzhambu. which gives thickness for the soup. I generally do this in my soups.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Chicken Biryani | Simple Chicken Biryani

Biryani is one of the favorite dish for most of the people. Though we have so many varieties of biryani around us, we sometimes look in for very simple method of preparing aromatic biryani. This recipe is a complete version by my sissy Anitha who made me the work so simple in making biryani. Many Thanks for her :)


Chicken - 1/2 kg
Basmati Rice - 1 and 1/2 cup
Water - 3 cups
Clove & Cinnamon powder -1/2 tsp
Onion -1
Bay leaf -1
Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee - 2 tsp
Coconut oil - 1 tsp  (optional)

To grind:
Ginger - Finger size
Garlic - 10 pods
Mint leaves - handful
Coriander leaves - handful
Tomato -1
Green chilli -3


1. Grind the ingredients given under to grind as a fine paste.
2. Grind equal ratio of Cloves and Cinnamon to a very fine powder and use 1/2 tsp of it.
3. Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes before cooking.
4. Heat oil in a pressure pan, add bay leaf ,then add thin sliced onion and fry until translucent.
5. Add grinded paste and fry in medium flame.
6. When you smell the fine aroma coming out, add cinnamon powder.
7. Now add in the cleaned chicken pieces and saute.
8. From the given water measurement add 1/2 cup and mix well.
9. Cover with cooker lid upside down (as shown in pic) and cook the chicken.
10. Chicken should able to cut with spatula ( as shown in pic).This is the right consistency where you should add rice.
11. Add in the rice,salt and remaining water and mix evenly.
12. Allow it to boil and cook for few minutes without closing the lid. Mix gently in between.
13. When you find the rice is half cooked add the ghee and coconut oil and close the lid. Pressure cook for 1 whistle in low flame.
14. Once the pressure is down, mix the rice gently that rice should not break.
15. Transfer to serving bowl. serve either with Mutton Salna , Chicken Curry or Mutton Kuzhambu or raita or even with plain curd of your choice.


Chicken Biryani with Mutton Salna


  • Do not wash the rice more times as they tends to loose their flavor.
  • You can also use biryani rice to cook this recipe. But take care to add the proper water measurement according to the rice you are using.
  • I have added 3 chillies for low spice. You can add additional chillies according to your taste.
  • Do not mix the rice more as basmati rice tend to break easily.
  • Once pressure is down when mixing the rice, you can use the back of the spatula/laddle to mix.Because they are thin the rice do not break much.

Biryani with plain curd

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Simple Mutton kuzhambu | Easy Mutton Curry | Mutton Salna

Though in our traditional method we have additional ingredients than what is given below, when my sissy...(Ani) came this weekend we tried out our traditional version of Mutton Kuzhambu in her simple method which turned out really tasty. Mutton generally carries good amount of important vitamins,minerals & with its high amount of unsaturated fat,helps to lower the bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol level in our body.It is good for immune system and cell health.It protects from free radicals,provides lot of protein and energy.


Mutton - 1/2 kg

To roast and grind: 
Shallots-1/4 kg
Dhania Powder  - 4 tsp
Mutton masala- 3 tsp
Red chilli -4
Ginger -1/4 inch
Garlic -4 Pods
Salt as required
Oil - 1 tbsp

To temper :
Oil -1 tsp
Pepper -1/4 tsp
Dry red chillies -2
Curry leaves -few


 1. Heat a tsp of oil and fry all the ingredients listed under to grind until slight brown.
 2. Allow them to cool down and grind to a fine paste.
3. Heat oil in Pressure pan and fry the items under to temper.
 4. Now add the grinded paste and fry in low flame for about 3-5 minutes.
5. Now add the cleaned mutton pieces and mix well.
 6. Add about 1 cup of water, salt and keep mixing until the masala spreads evenly with mutton pieces.
 7. When the curry starts boiling add additional water of about 2 cups and close the lid and leave for 5-6 whistles.
8. Once the pressure is down open the lid and the curry has a watery consistency.

9. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot either with Idli/Dosa/Rice/Salna for Briyani.

Mutton Salna with Chicken Briyani

  • Add water according to your requirement of consistency.
  • I made the curry little watery to be used for both Idli and Briyani.
  • Wash the mutton pieces clean,such that they do not have any blood clots over it.
  • Do not wash the pieces too much on water as they would loose thier taste.
  • Add few pieces with fat which adds taste to the curry. This is most important care to be noted for tasty curry. 

Simple Mutton Kuzhambu

Friday, May 2, 2014

Masala eggs | Easy egg repies

Eggs are all time available ingredients and is a good immediate replacement for Non-vegetarians whenever they tempt to taste the Non-veg foods. Posted here is a very simple recipe of a spicy , Tangy and masala flavored aromatic sauted  eggs. The only thing you require is preapare and store about a medium size Curry masal powder (It is different from garam masal powder) and sprinkle whenever you wanted  a flavored eggs,potatoes and other vegetables too.....


Boiled Eggs - 4 to 5
Curry masal powder - 2 tbsp (Click the link to know how to prepare else refer Step 1)
Tomato sauce -1 tbsp
Onions -1 big size
Salt as required
Oil -2 tbsp


 1.  Cut the onions into thin medium sized slices. For curry masal powder dry roast channa dal, urad dal, Cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, pepper, dry red chillies, curry leaves, saunf and grind to a fine powder. 

 2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions until slight brown.
 3. Meanwhile make length wise slits on the boiled eggs (as shown in the picture)
 4. When the onion is fried add curry masal powder, salt and saute for while. then add the slitted eggs and mix well.
 5. Now add the tomato sauce and mix well until the aroma spreads evenly on the eggs.
6. Transfer to a serving plate and enjoy the yummy aromatic side dish.

Masala sauted eggs


  • Curry masal powder is different from garam masala powder so try to prepare this homemade powder and take up the health benefits.
  • If you do not have time to prepare the powder, replace with garam masala powder but the flavor of pepper and chillies would absolutely be missing.
  • This recipe would be an easy, simple and spicy side dish for bachelors to prepare. Tastes yummy with rasam sadham (Rice) /Variety rices.

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