Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chicken Fry


Hope all my US friends had a great labor day weekend! Its hard to believe our last 3 day weekend of the summer just got over and we are getting closer to the end of summer with each day. My daughter's school starts tomorrow. Am I excited?? I seriously don't know. The early morning rat race begins from tomorrow. Starting school after a long, lazy summer could be pretty stressful. But on the flip side, after all for kids what’s summer without crazy bedtimes, endless ice-creams, non-stop biking in the neighborhood, and getting soaked in the pool for hours — and it naturally can be hard to readjust when fall comes. I miss those summer vacations from my school. I wish my job also had a summer break(and still get paid).. he he..

On the other hand, my daughter is all excited about her new school year. She keeps coming up with questions like.. Mom, Who will be my teacher? Where will I sit? Are my friends going to be in my class? She is all set with her new school bag and drags it up and down our living room often in the day. She also pretends to be a teacher and disciplines her imaginary students.. That's her playtime favorite nowadays. I wish I was so enthusiastic like her :) Though fall routine haunts me, it also makes me feel good that my little girl is growing!

This weekend we had no big plans and mostly stayed home. Just planned a few things for the upcoming week and spent a few productive hours in the kitchen. Enjoyed our favorite traditional lunch for 2 days in a row with sambar, rasam, kootu, poriyal etc. Heavenly meal after a long time! And just to make the weekend more special, I made a chicken dish too. This is a very tasty chicken recipe that I learnt from my Mother-in-law. She makes it regularly and its one of her excellent dishes that I enjoy when made by her. After all these years of practice, I've now started almost duplicating her taste. But hers still holds the first place :) The ingredients list may seem to be longer, but the preparation is fairly simple as all of them get tossed in at the same time.

Ingredients
  • Chicken thighs - 2 lbs ( I switch between boneless and with bones, but both are yummy)
  • Ginger - 2 inches
  • Garlic - 3 cloves (medium)
  • Black Pepper seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
  • Onions - 2 medium
  • Corriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Corriander leaves - a hand full
Procedure

  • Coarsely grind (not too fine) 1/2 onion , Ginger, Garlic, Pepper seeds, Cumin seeds and the Fennel seeds. Add this to the chicken, then salt and pressure cook together until the chicken is cooked. (Add just enough water to cook the chicken).
  • Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, season with 1 tsp fennel seeds, add the remaining chopped onions, curry leaves and corrainder leaves and fry until onion is well fried.
  • Now add the cooked chicken mixture, all the remaining spice powders, mix well and turn the heat to high until the water from the chicken is almost fully evaporated.
  • Now turn to medium heat and fry the chicken until its well roasted and turns into a dark brown color. Keep scraping in equal intervals to avoid burning. You can add a little extra oil if required.
Enjoy with Rotis or Rice.

25 comments:

Pearlsofeast said...

Sujatha, lovely recipe of chicken and picture does look mouthwatering.Me too excited about my son;s new school starting next week.

SriLekha said...

hi am back again after a break! am inviting u for my son amiitesh's b'day which falls on sep 3rd! the dish is looking so good!

Laavanya said...

I can't believe summer is over too. Wishing your daughter the very best for her new school year.
Btw, I voted for your pic for Click - all the best!

Priti said...

That's a simple recipe...and looks great...and dear I wish too to get summer break with pay ;)

Sujatha said...

Thanks so much Laavanya! It means a lot to me and I'm greatly encouraged by all your words :)

Cham said...

The chicken looks so tasty :) Yes, already summer is over! Wish ur little one a great academic year:)

Dibs said...

Thanks for vsiting Sujatha, for now I have discovered your blog. I love your 'motto'... relish every bite like you will never eat again :-))

Dershana said...

Hi sujatha,

passing by your blog for the first time. Yummy chicken curry.

Loved the way you write too.

Do stop by my turf sometime

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Sireesha said...

HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI DEAR.....

kamalagk said...

looks so yummy sujatha..Ya my daughter too was too excited abt the first day at school..Happy Ganesh Chathurthi.

G.Pavani said...

Hi HAPPY VINAYAKA CHAVATHI
chicken fry looks great,i will try this fry for the coming sunday

notyet100 said...

hppy ganesha chaturthi,..hope u dng great..;-)

Uma said...

Thanks for the wishes Sujatha! Wish you the same. A VERY HAPPY VINAYAKA CHAVITHI TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Cham said...

Happy Vinayaka Chathurti Sujatha :) Hope u ve a wonderful day!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks gr8.

meeso said...

The school year scares me... I love the lazy days of summer! Chicken looks awesome!

SriLekha said...

Check out my blog for this month event and do participate in it!

Pete said...

Yo hooo, this will taste great with steamed rice. Thks for the recipe.

Suma Rajesh said...

looks tempting and delicious...hey srilekha is hosting chicken event...do participate in that..

SriLekha said...

u have been tagged in my blog!

Kate / Kajal said...

Lovely recipe for chicken fry. I love the addition of kallaunji here. Yum.

sarayu said...

hello sujatha ... chicken fry looks yummy... will surely try this weekend... thanks for sharing...

Spices N Aroma said...

hi sujatha
Lovely chicken curry! thanks for sharing it.
This is my first here. U have a wonderful blog.
Happy eating & blogging!!!

Huda said...

I tried this recipe and it is awesome. It has a very nice flavor. I have tried this with boneless chicken breast as well as boneless chicken leg, and both times it tasted great.
Godwilling I will be making this numerous times in the future.
Thanks for sharing a great recipe.
Huda

Sujatha said...

Hi Huda, I am so glad it came out well for you and you liked it! :) This is one of my favorite chicken dishes.. Hope you enjoy it many more times, dear huda.. :)