Monday, 19 January 2015

Murgh Makhani

Chicken,curry cut:1.5kg

Marinate chicken with:
Beaten curd:150 ml
Garam masala powder:2 tsp
Coriander powder:2 tsp
Cumin powder:2 tsp
Red chili powder:1 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste:2 tsp
Tomato puree:2 tbsp
Sugar:1 tsp

Other ingredients:
Green cardamom:4
Bay leaves:2
Refined oil:1 tbsp
Green chili:2-3,slitted
Fresh cream:150 ml
Hot water:1/2 cup

Marinate chicken and keep it for at least 2 hours.

Heat 2 tbsp of butter and fry the chicken pieces(without the marinade) till they turn into light brown by stirring intermittently.

Remove the chicken pieces.

Heat the remaining butter and oil.

Temper with bay leaves,cardamom and peppercorns and fry the chopped onion.

Add the marinade,chicken pieces when onion becomes golden.

Cook it in simmer by stirring intermittently-you can add half cup of hot water.

Cook till the water absorbs and the chicken becomes soft.

Add the cream,stir it well,cook it for another 2 minutes.

Add the green chilies and cover it with a lid.

Serve it hot with steamed rice or polao.

Bong Special Yellow Peas Pulao

Got this wonderful recipe from Shyamoshree di.
This is her grandma's recipe who was from Barishal,Bangladesh.
It's a must try!

Gobindabhog rice/Basmati pulao rice:500gms(approx 2.5 cups) 
Ghee:1/2 cup  
Refined oil:2 tbsp 
Bay leaves:2 
Green cardamom:4-5 
Cinnamon sticks, cut into small bits: 1/2tsp 
Green chilies:4-5 
Shredded ginger: 1/2tsp 
Raisins:3-4 tsp
Green peas:1/2 cup 
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp dissolved in 4.5 cups of water 


Wash the rice only once in water and drain out the water.

spread the wet rice on a clean paper/kitchen towel, left alone for some time so that any remaining water dries out.

Smear the rice with melted ghee(approx 1 tbsp) so that each grain cooks separately and does not get stuck to each other.

Heat the oil and remaining ghee,temper with 2 bay leaves,green cardamoms,cinnamon sticks,cloves and saute a little on low 

flame till they crackle.

Mix the shredded ginger into the rice, mixed it well and add that into the oil .

Saute the rice for 2 mins on low flame and then add the green peas,raisins,salt,sugar and saute for another 2 minutes.

Add 4.5 cups of hot water with dissolved turmeric.

Now increase the flame to high,covered the pan with a lid,simmered as soon as the water started boiling.

Cook for 10 minutes,stir it if reqired.

Check whether the rice is cooked or not,you can add some water if required.

Check the seasoning.

Add the green chilies and a spoon of ghee(optional),cover with a lid for 5-7 minutes.

Remove from the flame and serve it hot.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Easy Grilled Chicken Pasta

Pasta:2 cups(I used whole wheat pasta)

Red and yellow bell peppers:one of each ,cut longitudinally
Onion:1,medium,finely sliced longitudinally
Garlic:7-8 medium cloves,finely minced
Olive oil:4-5 tbsp
Butter:1 tbsp or more

For grilled chicken:
Chicken,boneless strips:2 cups
Soy sauce:1 tsp
Chili sauce:1 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste:1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder:1/4 tsp
Butter,melted:1 tsp

For the pasta sauce:
Refined flour:3 tbsp
Red paprika powder,oregano,red chili flakes:1 tsp
Milk:1.5 cups
Fresh cream 2 tbsp
Grated cheese:1 cube
Butter,melted:3-4 tbsp


Marinate the chicken strips with the ingredients mentioned above for grilled chicken at least for 1 hour.
Meanwhile boil the pasta in water with few pinches of salt for 8-10 minutes and drain the water.
Preheat the microwave oven to 180°C and grill the chicken for 10 minutes,then turn into other side and grill for 5 minutes.
Heat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil,temper with minced garlic. 
Add onion and bell pepper slices when garlic becomes golden yellow.
Add few pinches of salt and saute the veggies till they become crispy.
Remove them from the pan and add 1 tbsp Olive oil. Saute the boiled pasta for 2-3 min and remove from pan.

Mix all the pasta-sauce ingredients in a bowl except the butter.
Heat the butter in a separate pan. Add the mix into it, stir continuously to avoid lump formation.
Remove it from the flame when it starts boiling.

Take a seperate pan and heat 1 tbsp Olive oil. 
Toss the pasta with veggies and grilled chicken strips for 2-3 min.
Add the pasta-sauce, mix it well and cook for another 2-3 min.
Sprinkle the grated cheese and serve hot.