March 25, 2010

Kozhi Chuttath (Grilled/BBQ???? Chicken)

Ok. What is the correct English word for chutta Chicken??? I am not sure. Anyways this is the recipe for chutta kozhi which is marinated chicken wrapped up in banana leaf and then cooked in hot coal. But unfortunately I did not have banana leaf so I wrapped up mine in aluminum foil. I guess that makes the taste a lot different. But alt hose who are lucky enough to get a banana leaf please do make it in that. This recipe was obtained from the Pachakam magazine.

This recipe is a little time consuming but the result is very good. And even though the name says that it is chuttta (BBQ) chicken. It’s still cooked half way thru on the stove in a mann chatti (pot made of clay). My son and hubby loved it
 1. Chicken - 1 pound
2. Oil- 3 tbsp

3. Shallots (cut into medium pieces) – ¾ cup
Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
Garlic paste – 11/2 tbsp
Curry leaves – 5 twigs

4. Garam masala Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Pepper powder – ½ tsp
Salt as needed
Chilly powder – 1 tbsp (use according to ur taste)
Coriander Powder – ½ tbsp
Fennel Powder (Perumjeeragam) – ¾ tbsp

5. Water – 2 tbsp
Vinegar – 1 tsp

6. Tomato  -2 finely chopped
7. Light coconut milk – little less than ¾ cup

8. Onion – 2 medium cut into rounds
Curry leaves 6 twigs


• Clean the chicken pieces and make slits on them.

• In a clay pot, heat the oil and add all the ingredients under 3 and sauté them till very soft

• Meanwhile mix the ingredients under 4 with water and vinegar into a paste.

• Add this into the sautéed masala and mix well.

• Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté well till oil starts to separates

• Add the coconut milk and the chicken pieces and mix well. On a medium flame cook till the chicken is ¾th done and the masala get s coated on the chicken.

• Remove from flame and keep aside.

• In a big banana leaf (Aluminum foil) apply some oil. Layer half the onion rings and the curry leaves. Place the chicken and all the masala from the pot on this. Place the remaining onion rings and curry leaves on top of the chicken. Wrap up the leaf/foil well and place it in the hot coal (use your BBQ grill, coal burning one) for 10- 15 minutes.

• Alternatively place it in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.


March 20, 2010

Mushroom Kurma

  • Mushroom - 200 gm
  • Thinly sliced Onion - 1 big
  • Greeen Chillies- 4 or more depending on ur taste
  • Grated Coconut - 50 gm
  • Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala 1/2 tsp
  • Corriander powder- 1tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - as necessary
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 bunch

  • Wash and slice the mushrooms into medium pieces.
  • Grind the coconut and the fennel seeds into fine paste with very little water
  • Heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Add in the thinly sliced onionand the green chillies and curry leaves and saute till translucent.
  • Add the corriander powder, and garam masala and stie for a minute.
  • Add the coconut paste and stir well. Let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and stir well till all the ingredients get coated on the mushrooms. Let this cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water or less according to the thickenss you desire. Cook on a low medium flame until the mushrooms are done.(10-12 minutes).

March 9, 2010

I am back..with a happy news!!

Hi every body,

Sorry for the sudden disappearance and leaving all my friends in the dark for so long. And thank you all for your concerns about me. I was really happy to know that I am liked in the blogging community.

So now the reasons for my magical act….We are expecting our second child!! We are really excited! My son just can’t stop saying “mommy, vytiil baby” after seeing the ultra sound image. Every day he will lift my shirt and give a kiss on my tummy and say hi baby!! Just praying he has the same feeling when he baby is actually here.

I am in my 13th week now. My first trimester was really bad with nausea and head aches. The sight, smell, thought of food would make me run to the restroom. Tired like hell allthe time. But with the help of my hubby dearest I made it thru. That’s the reason I couldn’t be active in blogging.
I am really excited to share this news with u. I know I have a lot to catch up on and am really excited to c what’s cooking in ur kitchen.

Please include me in your prayers.


Saju Sharfu