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Kozhi Nirachathu(Malabar style stuffed Chicken)

Posted by Annita on December 13, 2008

Kozhi Nirachathu(Stuffed Chicken) and Aadu Nirachathu(Stuffed Goat) are two popular dishes among Malabar muslims, which they usually serve on festive occasions.I’ve heard a lot about these dishes from my relatives in Calicut,but didn’t get a chance to taste it from Malabar yet.After seeing the recipe posted by our dear Malabar girl ,I couldn’t resist preparing it and I must say this is a perfect dish for a Mallu style Thanksgiving feast,tastes great with white rice/roti.

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All the credit of this recipe goes to Mallugirl of Malabar Spices and Simi of Cooking with Simi.This is how I made it….

Ingredients :-

For Marinating :

Whole Chicken – 1 small
Lemon – 1/2
Red Chilly powder – 3 to 4 tsp
Turmeric powder – 2tsp
Salt – to taste

For Stuffing :

Egg – 1 or 2 depending on the size of your chicken
Onion sliced – 1 big
Green chillies slit- 3 or 4
Curry leaves – a sprig
Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder (You can use biriyani masala,meat masala or egg masala instead) – 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped – 1/2 cup
Cashewnuts chopped – 1 tsp (Optional)
Raisins chopped – 1 tsp (Optional)
salt – to taste
Oil – as needed
Kitchen twine (for tying the chicken’s hands and legs)

Veggies used (Optional) :

Potatoes cut in thick stripes(like for french fries) – 1 or 2
Carrots cut in stripes – 1
Beans cut into 2 or 3 pieces- 5

For the gravy :

Onions sliced – 2 big
Green chillies chopped- 3 – 4
Tomatoes sliced thin – 2 medium ones or 1/2 can puree
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
Aniseeds(Perumjeerakam) – 1 tsp
Garam Masala or Biriyani Masala – 1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Oil – as needed

Method :-

1.Marinating :
Skin the chicken and clean it thoroughly.Make tiny slits on the chicken both inside and outside, for the masala to penetrate well.Now apply a dash of lemon juice all over the chicken, to remove any unwanted smell.Rinse again in cold water and keep it aside.Prepare a marinade using red chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt adding necessary water to make a smooth paste.Apply the paste all over the chicken both inside and outside.Cover it well and refrigerate it overnight or for atleast 2 hrs.

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2.Boiling eggs :

Boil the eggs till it is fully cooked.When hard boiling the eggs ,always use eggs at room temperature and also add a little salt in the water,this will somewhat prevent sticking of the eggs to the shells.When the eggs are done ,immediately transfer the eggs into a bowl of cold water and allow it to cool.When it is cold peel off the shell and reserve.

3.Preparing Stuffing :

Heat oil in a pan and saute onions,curry leaves,green chillies and ginger-garlic paste until onion turns translucent.Add the spice powders (for stuffing) and fry it in medium heat for 2 -3 mts or until everything is blended together.Add salt and the rest of the ingredients for stuffing and mix together.Finally add the boiled egg (whole or sliced half),and fry for few more minutes.Switch off the heat and keep this aside.

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4.Filling the stuffing into the chicken :

First push the eggs into the cavity and then the onions,be careful not to overstuff.Now using a kitchen twine tie together chickens legs first ,and then the hands.

5.Preheating the oven :

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

6.Frying the chicken :

Heat a big pan,big enough to fit the chicken and add oil into it.You may need 1/4th -1/3rd cup of oil for it.Place the chicken gently into the pan .

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Fry the chicken,until all the four sides are lightly browned,and not fully fried.You have to turn the chicken as and when needed.

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Drain the chicken and keep it aside.

7.Arranging chicken into the baking dish :

Arrange the chicken in the middle of a baking dish with breast side down.If you’re using veggies add those around the chicken.

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Drizzle a little left over oil from the frying on to the chicken ,cover it and bake for 30 mts.(You may need to turn the chicken in between to ensure proper cooking on all the sides.Also stir the veggies to prevent sticking to the bottom.)

8.Preparing the gravy :

Grind aniseed into a fine powder and mix together with all the other spice powders(for the gravy).Now to the same pan in which the chicken is fried(add more oil if needed),add onions,curry leaves,coriander leaves and chillies and saute them until onion starts to turn brown.Add ginger-garlic paste ,stir well,thrown in tomatoes and fry in a medium heat until everything is blended well.Add the spice powders and fry them until it starts to spread a nice aroma.Add the salt and mix together.

9.Adding gravy into the chicken :

When the initial baking is done,take it out and pour the gray all over the chicken such that it is fully covered in the sauce.

10.Final baking :

Bake the chicken for 45 more minutes uncovered,checking in between.When the chicken is well done and the onions are fully caramelised,take it out of the oven,cool ,remove the twine and carve.

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(Note :- You can also prepare this dish dry,without adding gravy.Also if you dont have an oven,try preparing it in the wok itself either dry or with gravy.)

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Avocado Chutney

Posted by Annita on December 3, 2008

Avocado,otherwise known as butter fruit/butter pear is a tropical fruit which has a rich nutty flavor with high fat content,mostly health promoting monosaturated fat.Studies shows that Avocados are a good source of potassium ,fiber and vitamins.It is also good for heart health and fighting against cancers.
Because of its high nutritional value,i’ve started including this fruit also in our  diet.So far i’ve tried avocado chappathi,milkshake,chutney and guacamole,and i’m still on the look out for more avocado recipes.I’ve also heard that a ripe avocado tastes good with some sugar sprinkled on it,haven’t tried it though.

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How to use Avocado  :-

Avocado is usually eaten when its ripe.The skin of the avocado will turn from green to dark purple as it ripes.If you are buying raw ones,keep it in the room temperature for 2-3 days or until it turns dark,be careful not to over ripe it.To prepare the avocado,make a cut half lengthwise and gently twist the two halves.Now use a spoon/knife to remove the seed and then scoop the flesh from it.It’ll come out easily just like butter.

And now the recipe for chutney…

Ingredients :-

For Grinding :-

Avocado scooped – 1/2 of a big one
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Shallots – 2
Green chillies – 2-3(as per your taste)
Ginger – 1/2 inch size
Salt – to taste
Lime juice – 1/2 tsp(Optional)

Grind all the above ingredients together into a smooth paste adding necessary water.

For popping:-

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Shallots chopped – 1
Red chillies – 1
Curry leaves – a few
Oil – as needed

Method:-

Heat oil in a pan and pop mustard seeds.Throw in shallots,following by red chillies and curry leaves.Fry until shallots turn brown.Add the ground ingredients,mix together and heat for a few minutes.Do not boil.Serve with dosa/idly.

Note :-This chutney is not good for storing as avocados turn black as it stands.To prevent this darkening of avocados for sometime,drizzle it with lime/lemon juice.

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Happy Thanksgiving !!

Posted by Annita on November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Cake

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Thanksgiving Cake

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving…!!!

This is a dark chococlate cake prepared in microwave frosted with cream cheese frosting and coverd with marshmewllow fondant.I’ll be posting the recipe of the cake soon.

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Tiramisu

Posted by Annita on November 19, 2008

Tiramisu meaning ‘pick-me -up’ is a classic coffee flavored Italian dessert prepared with mascarpone cheese,espresso and ladyfingers.It has become very popular recently and is served in almost every Italian restaurants. You either love it or hate it,there’s no middle ground..

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This was my second attempt to prepare Tiramisu,first time I completely messed it up.This time I followed Olive Garden’s recipe as per Shn’s suggestion and it came out perfect.Thanks Shn.

I’ve made a few changes here and there.This is how i made it…

Ingredients:-

Egg yolks – Of 3 eggs
Whole Milk – 1/4 cup
Granulated sugar – 1 cup

Mascarpone cheese – 3 cups
Cream cheese – 8 ounces or 1 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1/4 tsp

Ladyfingers /savioardi biscuits- around 25

Italian Coffee powder – 5tbsp (Use any Italian brand if possible.I used Illy brand.Other brands are Cello, Lavazza, Kimbo, Mauro etc.)
Hot water – 1 cup (for making espresso)

Kahlua or any coffee liquor – 1/4 cup

Cocoa powder/Grated chocolate- as needed

Method:-

Fill half of a medium sized sauce pan with water and allow it to boil.In a metal bowl whisk egg yolks,milk and sugar together.Simmer the boiling water and place the metal bowl on top of the sauce pan and stir the mixture often for 10-15 mts.You can also use double boiler instead of doing this.When the sugar dissolves,the egg mixture will begin to thicken.Remove from the sauce pan and allow it to cool.

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To prepare espresso,boil 1 cup of water in a stove/microwave.Take it off from heat and add coffee powder into it.Mix it well and strain the coffee through a sieve.Allow it to cool.(Instead of preparing this you can buy espresso from Starbucks or any other coffee shop.)

Combine mascarpone cheese,cream cheese and vanilla extract together using an electric mixture.You’ve to mix it until it turns almost creamy with small chunks remaining.Add egg yolk mixture to the cheese mixture and combine them together.

Combine 1/4 cup cooled espresso and 1/4 cup Kahlua together.

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Pour espresso-Kahlua mix into a flat plate so that it’ll be easy to dip the ladyfingers.Keep it aside.Dip each ladyfingers into the espresso-Kahlua mix and arrange it in a serving dish side by side.Ladyfingers will get soaked up very fast ,but we dont want to soak an entire ladyfinger.Dip only the bottom half of the ladyfinger ,the top half has to be dry.You can break the ladyfingers to fit into the dish.

Spoon half of the mascarpone cheese mixture over the ladys fingers.Sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.(I’ve used both chocolate and cocoa powder.Use it according to your choice.)Again arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers over the cocoa/chocolate powder.Spoon remaining cheese mixture over ladyfingers and spread it evenly.

Cover and chill it for 8-10 hrs.Before serving sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.Cut into equal size square pieces and serve.

Note :- You can also prepare Tiramisu in dessert glasses/parfait glasses,so you can serve it right then and also you can save the extra time it takes to cut into desired shape.

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Info:-I’ve read here that mascarpone cheese is available in Fiorano Restorante in Bangalore.I dont know about other cities.Also if anyone knows about the availability of ladyfingers in India,can you please let me know about it?

Related recipes:-

Pushpa’s Tiramisu Recipe

Eggless Tiramisu Recipe

Ladyfingers Recipe

Tiramisu without Alchohol from Shab’s Cuisine

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Manga (Mango) Chammanthi

Posted by Annita on November 13, 2008

This is a quick dish prepared with sour green mangoes,the more sour the best.I love to have this for dinner along with Kanji(rice gruel) and pappadam.

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This is how I make my Manga Chammanthi…

Ingredients :-

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Green mangoes sliced – 1 cup
(If you want you can peel off the skin,but usually it is prepared with the peel on)
Green chillies – 4-5(use it accordingly)
Shallots – 2
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Salt – to taste

Method:-

Grind all the ingredients together in a wet grinder/small jar in the Indian mixer.If your mangoes are not sour enough add 1 tsp vinegar/lime juice while grinding.

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