Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

This sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. This chicken poached in tea and coconut broth started off as a disaster but I salvaged it. It was originally supposed to be a tea smoked chicken dish but the smoking bit didn’t go as planned. So I used the tea in the broth that the chicken was poached in. This tea from Ausum is perfect for a broth like this since it is a blend of lemongrass, ginger, spearmint, Darjeeling green tea, and others. It complimented the lemongrass flavoured coconut broth. Ausum sent me some of their blends and as much as I like drinking the tea as it is, particularly in this weather, I figured I’d work some into a recipe like this.

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Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry

Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry

Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry

I forgot that I ran out of red chillies. As I rummaged through my pantry with creaky doors and my fridge, whose freezer door I must get fixed, I didn’t find much that would excite me. But the optimist that I was, I found this half-full packet of cashew nuts. And in a corner of the fridge, there was this small bowl of grated coconut and a couple of spoons of leftover coconut milk in its little carton. About a fourth of a cup. That was enough for me to hustle up a Sunday chicken curry. This time it was going to be a creamy cashew chicken curry.

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Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

It’s that time of the year again when the city chokes on smog and gives you little hints of winter on the side. Delhi winters are lovely and I can’t wait for the smog to clear up and for the real fog to hinder my visibility. Not to forget the layers and layers of clothes to be buried under. But it’s soup season, so all is well. Let me bring you turmeric chicken noodle bowl. Why turmeric, you wonder? It’s because I had some leftover chicken in its turmeric, chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilli marinade.

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Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu

Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu

Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu

A few months ago a friend got me Mangalore cucumber from Bangalore and I made Thouthe Koddel with it. This time around, my brother-in-law brought me one from Mumbai. And I made thouthe pulikajipu with it. I don’t know where this dish originated but I’ve seen it made across all south Indian states. It is pulikajipu in Tulu, majjigehuli in Kannada, and mor kozhambu in Tamil. All it needs is a vegetable, ground coconut with chilli, ginger and a couple of spices, and sour yoghurt.

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Mutton in Yoghurt Based Curry

Mutton in yoghurt based curry

Mutton in Yoghurt Based Curry

As I was scrolling down my Twitter timeline, I happened to see Delicious Magazine’s tweet of a nihari lamb. More often than not, Indian recipes from other countries are rarely like what we’d cook here. But this one seemed doable and with a few tweaks, it turned out pretty good. My mutton curries are usually big on whole spices which are freshly ground. This one didn’t need any of that. Mutton was the hero of the dish. And even the curry tasted of it.

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Pork Masala – Hot and sour pork curry

pork masala

Pork Masala – Hot and sour pork curry

I don’t know what to call this – pork masala or hot and sour pork curry. Either way, it turned out pretty good. It was surprising to see boneless pork on Bigbasket the other day and I ordered some. Sunday lunch was this pork masala and it was finger-licking good. As always, I rely on freshly ground spice mixtures and I made one for this curry too. I’ve made pork bafat or Mangalorean style pork before with freshly ground bafat powder. This one though is very different. I wanted something sour and spicy.

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Thai Style Chilli Basil Chicken

Thai Style Chilli Basil Chicken

Thai Style Chilli Basil Chicken Recipe

Thai food is delicious. With all the spices and strong flavours, it only seems hard to make but it isn’t. Of course, we won’t find all the authentic ingredients here but we can get really close. Like, there’s galangal, Thai chillies and others you can find in the market today. Throw in some lemon leaves and lemongrass and you’ll have some real Thai taste. Also, this recipe can be made in just a few minutes so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or a lazy Sunday lunch.

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Mutton Curry with Potatoes

mutton curry with potatoes

Mutton Curry with Potatoes

Most Bengali and Mangalorean households swear by potatoes in their mutton curries. I don’t know the origin of how it came to be, and I won’t get into it right now. Well, when something tastes good, you’ve got to let it be. There are many mutton curries out there and I have made several ones myself. The best part about mutton is that it gives such great flavour to the gravy so it tastes great the next day even. I made this one with a robust spice mix that has all things good from my spice cabinet. I added coconut and some khus khus to thicken the curry.

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Jenji Gassi / Crab Curry Mangalorean Style

Jenji Gassi / Grab Curry Mangalorean Style

Jenji Gassi / Crab Curry Mangalorean Style Recipe

I’ve always complained how I miss eating seafood here in Gurgaon. Supermarkets and online stores do stock some gems from the ocean but I never bothered getting myself any. I thought they’d be way more expensive than what it is back home. As it turns out, some of it costs just the same. Like blue crab for instance. The ones I saw at this supermarket were lovely. Without missing a beat I got myself 3 big ones.

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Batate Saung / Potatoes in a fiery sauce

Batate saung / potato curry

Batate Saung / Potatoes in a fiery sauce

..well, as fiery as you want it to be. Batate saung traditionally is a Mangalorean dish. If I have to narrow it down further, it’s a Konkani dish. Konkani style fare is most sought after vegetarian food in Mangalore, as I remember it. That’s why grandma took on to making some of them at home regularly. Most of their dishes are light and relatively healthy. But this batate saung was something else. Fiery, sour and delicious. Using only onions, potato and a spice paste with chillies, coconut, coriander seeds and tamarind, this one takes just about 15-20 mins to make.

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