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Chicken in coconut milk gravy

Today's recipe is a spur of the moment recipe. I have some ingredients that are left over on hand from some other recipe. Half can of coconut milk, handfuls of mint and coriander leaves that need to be used or I have to throw them away which gave me an idea for this recipe. To my surprise this curry did turn out really rich, creamy and yummy!!! A really simple, nothing fancy, fast recipe which can be made in a jiffy. Give it a try and see for yourselves!!
Ingredients 2 lbs boneless Chicken
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup onion paste
1 cup coconut milk
Salt per taste
1 tsp red chili powder(adjust per spice level)
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp ghee or oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
handful of mint leaves
handful of coriander leaves + 1 tbsp for garnish
Method Clean and cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add in cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add in mint and coriander leaves and let them splutter as well.
Add in turmeric,…

Aratikaya Vepudu/Raw Plantain Fry

It is raining outside and my palette is expecting something spicy to cope with the rainy weather. I am too tired to make snacks so decided to make some fry curry that works for both chapati(for me) and rice (for hubby dear)..  That is when the raw plantains that I bought over the weekend caught my eye. Raw plantains are one of the versatile vegetables that can be transformed into gazillion recipes. So, I made simple raw plantain fry(called as aratikaya vepudu in my native language). There are many versions of plantain fry recipes which I make and this is one of them. Give it a try while I enjoy my yummy plantain fry.... Ingredients3 Plantains 5 Green chillies chopped real fine
1/4 Red chili powder(adjust per your spice levels)
8 Garlic pods skinned and chopped real fine
Salt per taste
2 tbsp Oil 
1 tbsp Ghee
1/2 cup chopped Onion 
Coriander leaves for garnish
5 or 6 curry leaves
1/4 tsp turmeric
Tempering 1 tbsp chana dal
1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp urad dal
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
Method Ste…

Guthi Beerakaya curry/Creamy Ridge gourd Curry

During Summer months, ridge gourd cooked in milk gravy is an often made curry in our house. We tend to make it atleast once a week as this is pretty much one of my hubby dear's favorite curry. After eating the same curry for 3 to 4 months already, my taste buds started protesting and I have to think of a different recipe that can be made with ridge gourd.  This is one such recipe I tried and hubby dear is very reluctant to taste this at first. Once he tasted it, he went for second and third servings which made me super happy. Give it a try and I can say that you will not be disappointed.. Ingredients1 Beerakaya/Ridge gourd
1/2 tomato finely chopped
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp Grated coconut or dried coconut powder
Red chilli pwd per taste
1 cup Water
Couple of pinches Garam masala
Juice of half lemon
Salt per taste
2 tbsp Ghee
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
For Paste 1 tbsp Sesame seeds 1/4 cup Ground nuts
8 Cashews
8 Almonds
5 Dried red chil…

Simple Chicken Kebabs

Hubby dear wanted to eat kebabs and I am feeling little lazy that day... so kind of went ahead and made this version of kebabs with very few ingredients and to my surprise they turned out pretty tasty... I just used regular ingredients we use in Indian meat dishes and at times simple and easy is definitely better :)
Ingredients
250 grams boneless Chicken
Cooking oil as required 3 to 4 skewers depending on length of the skewer(If using wooden skewers, soak in water before hand for 3o minutes) For Marination 3 tbsp thick yogurt(preferably greek yogurt) 1 to 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder(adjust depending on the spice level) 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste(adjust per spice level)
1 tsp garam masala
Salt per taste
1 tbsp lemon juice Method Clean and wash the chicken properly. Cut it into thin strips . Keep it aside. Next, add the marination ingredients in the chicken and mix it properly. Keep it in the fridge for about an hour. Preheat the oven to 400F.
Take the marinated chicken, add in oil and mi…

Paneer Butter Masala - Restaurant style(Improvised version)

If you are looking for something healthy or lighter version, no offense...you can just stop here and look for other recipes(hey..the name says it all....it is Paneer, BUTTER and whole lot of other good creamy stuff). I have never came across a restaurant in USA that does not serve Paneer butter masala. This mouth watering gravy is like heaven to your taste buds with right amount of spiciness, creaminess and little sweetness. Here is my version of this awesome goodness..Give it a try :) Word of caution: This recipe looks little lengthy and takes time but trust me, it is all more than worth it at the end.. Ingredients 800 grams(around 2 lbs) Paneer sliced into bite sized cubes 2 big onions grind to paste(around 4 1/2 to 5 cups of onion paste) 3 tbsp ginger garlic paste 8 large tomatoes blanched(check notes below), skin removed and made to fine puree(around 4 cups of puree) 24 whole cashews 2 tsp poppy seeds/gasagasalu(optional) 4 bay leaves 2 cups milk(I highly recommend whole milk) 2 …