Hail Halloween with Adraki Chicken

Why not celebrate Halloween in an Indian way??

Halloween is a Celtic festival celebrated on the night of October 31. Celebrate Halloween along with some delicious food. Adraki Chicken is a tangy Chicken recipe of north India. Learn how to make/prepare Adraki Chicken by following this easy recipe.

Adraki Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients 

  • Chicken leg: 500 gm
  • Oil: 40 ml
  • Whole spices: 5 gm
  • Onion (chopped): 250 gm
  • Tomato puree: 75 gm
  • Yoghurt (beaten): 30 gm
  • Ginger garlic paste: 20 gm
  • Turmeric: 10 gm
  • Coriander powder: 10 gm
  • Chilli powder: 5 gm
  • Fresh coriander: 25 gm
  • Garam masala: 5 gm
  • Salt: 10 gm
  • Ginger flavored chicken stock: 250 ml

 

Method 

  1. Clean the chicken leg; marinate it with turmeric powder, salt and ginger juice. Keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat some oil; add the whole spices.
  3. Add chopped onion and sauté till golden brown in colour.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw aroma disappears.
  5. Mix the powdered spices and cook for five minutes. Add the tomato puree, beaten yoghurt and cook well.
  6. Add marinated chicken.
  7. Add ginger flavored chicken stock and bring it to a boil till chicken is tender.
  8. Finish it with garam masala powder, fresh coriander and ginger juliennes.

Serve this seriously scrumptious dish with hot Chapatis or Paranthas and a green salad to complete the meal 🙂

 

Drool over Pindi Channa

Today is Durga Ashtami, a Hindu festival and the most important day of Durga Puja, as it celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura (the buffalo-demon from Hindu mythology).

Today’s celebration marks the triumph of good over evil. Symbolically; the goddess is bathed and dressed for the final battle. This happens just after dawn. It is believed that on this day Durga killed the demon. On this day, Kanja Puja or Kumari Poojan is performed where young girls are invited home and they are served food which mainly includes puri, halwa, chana. When they leave they are offered some money and some accessories like bangles, hair pins, ribbons etc. The young girls eagerly wait for this day as they get to have the delicious feast of puri, halwa and chana.

Here’s how the scrumptious Pindi Chana is cooked 🙂

Pindi Channa Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas ( kabuli chana)
  • 1 tea bag or 1 tbsp black tea leaves tied in a cheesecloth
  • 21/2-inch ginger, 3/4th of it shredded finely for garnish
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions chopped ( avoided if one doesn’t eat onions in Navratri)
  • 2 green chilies, sliced
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 – 1tsp red chili powder or as per taste
  • Salt To Taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves

How to prepare

  • Soak Channa in water overnight or for about 6 hrs
  • Cook the channa with salt and enough water in the cooker for about 20 minutes or till fully done
  • Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid
  • Finely chop the remaining ginger. Heat oil and sauté onions till golden, then add garlic and chopped ginger and green chilies. Sauté for 5 minutes. (Onions and garlic avoided in Navratri)
  • Add tomatoes, coriander, cumin, turmeric and chili powder and sauté over low heat until the oil separates
  • Add channa, the reserved cooking liquid, salt and half of the coriander leaves. Simmer, uncovered until the liquid has been absorbed
  • Add a pinch of garam masala and serve pindi chana sprinkled with the remaining garam masala, coriander leaves and shredded ginger.

May goddess shower her blessings on you all !!

Happy Ashtami 🙂

 

The Black magic

How about celebrating this Halloween month with some creepy cocktails??

The Black Magic features black vodka, which gives the mixed drink its midnight hue. This is a very tasty yet so easy to make that it’s perfect for entertaining large crowds during a Halloween party or whatever other dark bash you may be hosting. Any lemon-lime soda will work for topping this drink. Sprite and 7 Up are most commonly used.

Black Magic

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 Drink

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz black vodka
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • lemon-lime soda
  • maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:

  • Pour the vodka and grenadine into an ice-filled collins glass.
  • Fill with soda.
  • Garnish with the cherry.

 

Taste the aroma of Rajasthan

A place where cooking is considered as a form of art, one can just imagine the lip-smacking treats awaiting a man who is in love with authentic food. Rajasthan is one such place which offers simply sumptuous and irresistible delicacies, leaving you craving for more. Cuisine from time immemorial has given a distinct identity to a region simultaneously echoing the cultural of the same.

Every state has a region-specific food depending upon the vegetable and meat that is available there and the kind of living conditions and climate prevailing there. Rajasthan also has its typical Rajasthani food because of the hot and arid climate and the warring conditions of the state in the past.
The dishes of Rajasthan will surely satiate your taste buds, despite the climatic limitations and lack of several vegetables. Almost all the regions within Rajasthan have their local flavors to offer. While you are on a tour to Rajasthan, the capital city Jaipur is a must visit. Jaipur’s cuisine is a great combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food and each taste bud can be pleased with such dishes relished. The use of pure ghee, lentil, bajra, gram flour, chilies, corn, and mango powder make the food delicious and something you would keep craving for. The most favorite and extremely mouth-watering dishes here are the renowned Dal-Bati-Churma, bajra roti, the sweet Ghewar, jalebis and the spicy Lal Maas. Sweets are an integral part of the food in Rajasthan and are not merely used as desserts, but are consumed before and even along with the meals.

So if you are looking for a lavish meal in Jaipur, visit Handi restaurant for the authentic taste of Rajasthani cuisine and you will keep coming back for more 🙂