Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chicken Masala Dry !! ( Type 2 )

" Are you ready ? 
It's time for a good Laugh "

Today at this hour-It is pouring heavily here in Cincinnati and I admit this not with great pride that I get petrified with these torrential downpours with all the rumbling of thunder..the mere thought of cloud-to-ground lightening strikes as well the darkening and heavy rolling of the clouds make me go weak in my knees... This is the time I truly pray and only wish that it could just stop raining !

I do enjoy the drizzles though, as far as I recall these brief showers never kept me indoors . I've mentioned this in my earlier post as well. This is something I do not hesitate to repeat  -when it drizzles and showers how I wish I was back home-enjoying the thrilling monsoons-UFF the geeli mitti ki khusboo,the messy puddles,the cool breeze that sweeps one off ones feet,the long never-ending bike-rides,the perplexity of a heart between getting drenched & staying warm ...I remember holding that hot cuppa chai in hand and standing half covered under that lush green trees humming 'badal yunh garajta hai - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT1FiypW5Zo and then suddenly tapping my feet onto Sridevi's  'megha re megha' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5YbaE3oZ0M&feature=related . Monsoons back then were so much fun -that sure was sheer joy of enjoying the monsoons ! The song 'sawan barse tarse dil' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zd9b6-aPdI describes the monsoons and the drenched hearts  beautifully!
As much as I enjoy these brief pours and the now and then drizzles ...the incessant rains do drive me crazy !
On that note of some things in life driving you crazy I would like to share a few jokes today. Found these in my scrapbook ..they are some gullible jokes :- Take a look and I am sure you would have a goooood laugh !


Did that tickle your funny bone ? Well, now let's see if this recipe for 'Chicken Masala' tickles your tongue-

Preparation Time :- 25-30 mins 
Cooking Time :- 30-40 mins 
Serves 3-4 People
Ingredients:- 
1 kg (approx 2 lbs) Chicken (washed and cut)
1 Medium Sized Onion finely chopped
1 Medium Sized Tomato finely chopped
9-10 Cashews soaked and then ground to fine paste
2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
2-3 tbsp of Fresh Yogurt
1 tsp of Red chilli pwd with 1/2 tsp of garam masala

1 tsp of Cumin and Coriander pwd
1 inch Cinnamon stick
3-4 Cloves
3-4 Black peppercorns
1-2 Bay leaves
1 tsp of Lemon juice
3-4 tbsp of vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Method:-
1. In a bowl mix these ingredients together -red chilli powder and the garam masala with some turmeric. Add yoghurt and salt and make a thick paste out of it.
2. Marinate the chicken pieces in the above prepared mixture and keep it aside for about 20 minutes.
3. While the chicken pieces get marinated, soak the cashew nuts in warm water for about 10 minutes and then grind them fine to a paste.
4. In a pan then-dry roast cinnamon, cloves and black peppercorns for about a minute and then grind them to fine powder. Keep this ground masala aside.
5. Now heat 4 tbsp of oil in a kadhai (wok).
6. Add the chopped onions and fry them till they turn translucent.
7. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for another 5 minutes on medium heat.
8. Add the tomatoes and let it cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
9. Now add cumin and coriander powder and saute for a minute.
10 .Mix it well and cook till the oil separates.
11. Add lime juice and the ground masala (step 4) to the mixture in the kadhai and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
12. Add the marinated chicken pieces (steps 1-2) to it and saute. Then add the cashew nut paste and saute again. If required add 1-2 tbsp of water.
13. Cook on high flame for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium flame and cover and cook for a further 5 minutes.
14. Remove from heat.

Serve hot with Chappati/Roti/Naan/Boiled Rice.