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Marathi Chicken

Marathi Chicken

Ingredients:

1 Big Chicken (1.5 kgs) – cut into medium pieces, wash and marinate with 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp Turmeric Powder and ½ tsp Pepper Powder. Keep overnight or 6 hours.

15 Red Chillies

1 Pod Garlic

2 inch piece Ginger

2 Heaped Tsp Cummin Seeds

1 Tsp Pepper

1 Heaped Tsp Kuskus

3 med pieces Cinnamon

10 cloves

Soak the above in half cup of vinegar overnight or 6 hours.

Grind the above mixture with 2 onions, a tsp of turmeric powderand 3 big tomatoes. Retain the masala water.

Other ingredients:

3 Onions sliced

1 chopped tomato

4 green chillies (split into two)

A handful of raisins

Half cup tomato Ketchup

A bunch of coriander leaves (chopped)

Salt to taste

Method:

Heat some oil in a vessel and saute the chicken pieces for sometime to remove the rawness. Remove and keep aside the chicken pieces.

Add more oil if required, a couple of tablespoons. Fry the sliced onions. Do not brown them. Add the ground masala and fry for about half hour. Add the masala water and more water if required. Add the chopped tomato and fry till you have a thick gravy. Add the chicken pieces and also the raisins and green chillies. Add a cup of water and allow the chicken to cook till done. Add 1 to 1.5 tsp salt as required.

Add tomato ketchup and coriander leaves and remove from stove. Serve hot

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Rice Flour Puttu

Rice Flour Puttu

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rice Flour ( Lightly Roasted)

Half Scraped Coconut

½ tsp salt

Water

Puttu Steamer

Bananas, Sugar, Ghee

Method:

Mix the Rice flour and salt in a tray. Sprinkle boiled water over it and then using your fingers mix the flour. Keep adding more water till you get a sandy texture of the flour. It should be moist.

Now pour some water in the bottom portion of the puttu steamer and bring to boil. In the top portion drop in some scraped coconut (half a inch) and then the puttu mixture (about two inches) and then repeat the process. At the top you add the scraped coconut. Close the lid and place on top of the bottom portion of steamer.

After about 4 to 5 minutes you will see the steam coming through the perforations on the lid. After a minute take off the stove. Open and with the handle of a spoon or ladle, push through the puttu from the bottom out through the top onto a plate.

How to eat:

Puttu can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a South Indian preparation. I have it for breakfast in the following manner:

Sprinkle a spoon of sugar on top of the puttu. 1 tsp ghee and add a cut up banana. Mix them all together by mash them up. Then eat it.

Turmeric Leaves Patholi or Steamed Sweet Rice Cakes

Turmeric Leaves Patholi

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Ingredients:

15 Turmeric Leaves

2 cups of boiled rice or ponni rice. Washed and soaked in water overnight.

Scraped Coconut

Scraped Jaggery

½ tsp Cardamom Powder

1 pinch nutmeg powder

Salt

Method:

Grind the rice with little salt in little water to form thick batter. Make a mixture of scraped coconut and jaggery (to taste). Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder to mixture and keep aside. Apply the paste to a leaf (face of the leaf) very thinly. Leave 1 cm at the sides dry. Place a little of the mixture along the spine of the leaf. Fold the leaf and keep aside. Repeat this to all the leaves

Heat up a steamer or tondoor (with water in the bottom section). Place the rolls in the top section and steam for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Peel and enjoy the rice cakes.

Patrade or Allu Vadi (Rolled leaves Method)

Rolled Patrade Fried (1)

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Ingredients:

6 Allu or Colococia Leaves

2 cups Gram flour or Channa Atta

¼ tsp Asofoetida or Hing

1 to 1.5 tsp Chilli Powder

2 tsps Sesame seeds or Teel

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

Water

1.5 tsp Salt

2 tblps Jaggery

1 tblsp Oil

Method:

Wash and wipe the leaves. Cut the remaining stalk at the back of the leaves. Keep aside. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Add little water to form a paste.

Apply the paste to the back of a leaf (big) leaving the edges (about a cm) dry. Then place a smaller second leaf and apply paste to it. Then the third and repeat. You can add more leaves to make a thicker roll.

Now fold in the sides to meet at the middle (broader sides). Then the other two sides. This will form a rectangular flat cake. Now roll from one side to meet at the other end. Keep aside. Repeat to form the second roll. You may use more leaves and have more rolls. Make more paste as required.

Heat up a steamer or tondoor (with water in the bottom section). Place the rolls in the top section and steam for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Once cool cut into slices to form Patrade Pinwheels. Shallow fry each side in a little oil for a few minutes. You can store the remaining Rolls in refrigerator for future use.Patrade Fried (1)

Masala Peanuts or Groundnuts in Microwave Oven

 

Ingredients

1 cup raw peanuts with skin

3 tbsp. Gram Flour or Besan

3 tbsp. Rice Flour

1 to 1.5 tsp salt

1 to 1.5 tsp Chilli Powder

½ tsp Garam Masala Powder

½ tsp Amchor Powder or Mango Powder

¼ tsp Asafoetida or Hing

2 tbsp. oil (optional)

Little Water for mixing the flour with peanuts.

Method:

Drop the groundnuts in a bowl of water and immediately remove and drain.

In a dry bowl, add and mix all the ingredients except oil and peanuts. Now add the peanuts and mix. Add water little by little and keep mixing. The peanuts should be coated with the batter. This should be dry not watery.

Place the peanuts in a microwavable tray or dish or plate. The peanuts should be separated from one another. You can make in batches. I am doing this here in two batches –one without oil and one with oil. Microwave on high setting for 3 minutes. Remove mix and again microwave for another minute. Remove and allow to cool.

If you want to add oil, do this after the peanuts are coated with flour mixture and then mix well. Then place them on the microwavable plate and microwave.

Enjoy. Snack for all occasions. Remember Spice to taste.

Dosa with Rice Flour (No Soaking and Grinding)

Ingredients:

1.5 cups Rice Flour

¾ Cup Urid Dhal Flour (Black Gram Dhal)

1/8 cup Fenugreek Flour (Methi)

3 Cups water

Salt

Dosa Pan

Ghee (clarified butter) – Optional

Water for frying Dosa

Method:

Mix all the flours and water to form smooth batter. Not too thin or too thick. Keep it overnight (10 to 12 hours). Just before frying the dosa’s remove the required batter or all of it, add salt. Heat Dosa Pan. Sprinkle water to test the pan. Don’t apply oil to pan. Spread a ladle of batter and then little ghee on to dosa. Close for a minute. Check if dosa is ready (the sides will start coming off the pan). Remove. Have the dosa with white coconut chutney, green chutney, sambhar.

Tuna Cutlets (Easy)

425 gms Tuna Meat (Canned in Spring Water)

Ingredients:

1 Onion (medium)

4 green Chillies

1½ inch ginger

6 Cloves Garlic

1 bunch Coriander Leaves

1 Stalk Spring Onions or Onions Leeks

Few mint leaves

All above to be minced fine

2 Eggs

300 gms Potatoes- (boiled and peeled)

1 tsp Pepper Powder

½ tsp Turmeric Powder

1.5 tsp Coriander Powder

1 tsp Garam Masala Powder

½ tsp Turmeric Powder

½ tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp salt or to taste

Toast Powder (bread crumbs)

Method:

Cut open the Tuna Tin and drain all the water. Mash the boiled potatoes. Add the tuna to the mashed potatoes. Mince all the green masala add to the mixture. Add all powders, salt and yolk of egg (reserve the white of egg) and mix together.  Make small balls (if there is excess water, add bread crumbs). Form cutlets in the palms of your hands. Beat the white of egg. Dip the cutlets in white of egg and then Bread Crumbs (if you want crispy cutlets) or only white of egg.

Heat frying pan, add about 6 tbsp oil and shallow fry the cutlets on both sides. Remove to a paper towel to take off excess oil.