January 10, 2011

Murgh Tamatar (Tomato chicken curry)

Murgh Tamatar

Aswin made this chicken curry a few months ago and it came out delicious. Since he is too busy to post, I took matters out of his hand and decided to blog. He first made this curry in summer, when I had taken little A for a walk. And when I came back this curry was simmering in the pot, and there were naans in the oven. We had it with some light salad that evening. It was tangy, and spicy without being hot. Since then we've made it a few times and it comes out well every time we make it.

Ingredients:
2-3 lbs chicken
1 tspoon fresh grated ginger
1 tspoon garlic paste
1 1/2 medium onion - chopped
1 can tomato
2-3 green chillies
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1 tspoon coriander powder
1 tspoon garam masala powder (for this roast cardamon, cinnamon and cloves together on dry heat and grind)
1 tspoon cumin seeds
2-3 tbspoons oil
salt to taste
small cilantro bunch - chopped for garnishing

Method:
Marinate the chicken with half of the ginger, garlic, coriander powder and salt and leave it aside for an hour or so.
In the meantime, heat oil and add the cumin seeds and green chillies. Then add the onions and let it cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the rest of the ginger garlic paste and let it cook till the onions brown.

Add in the chicken and let it cook together for 6-8 minutes. Then add the coriander, turmeric, tomato, garam masala and cook it together for another 6-8 minutes. Then add about 1/2 cup (more if you want) water, salt and let it cook for 10-15 minutes or till the chicken is cooked.

Murgh Tamatar

Take it off the heat, garnish with cilantro and serve warm with rice, naan or chapati.

January 04, 2011

Ringing in the new year with Chocolate Banana Cake

banana-choco-cake

Everything quietened the last week of December. We were off, spending time with family, relaxed, and caught up on sleep. All of this helped us get rid of the cold, cough cycle and start the new year on the right note :)

Our menu for new year was dal palak, and black beans& paneer for lunch and potato gnocchi for dinner. What was your new year menu?

To ring in the new year, I decided to bake a cake. Something simple with ingredients available at home. The choice was easy, I settled on banana chocolate cake. I got the recipe from Sunita's World, and altered it for our tastes. I added more bananas, reduced an egg, left out the cinnamon and added sugar. The cake turned out fabulous Sunita!

Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tspoon baking powder
4 tbspoons oil
4 tbspoon chopped dark chocolate ( I used 85%)
1 tspoon vanilla essence
handful of almonds slivers

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Butter the cake pan and set it aside.

Beat the eggs and add sugar till it mixes well. Then add in the bananas. When it is mixed well, with constant stirring, add in the oil and the vanilla essence.

Sift the dry ingredients together and then add it to the mix a little at a time. The batter should be runny and smooth. Once it's mix, add in the chopped chocolate and fold it with a spatula.

Pour the batter to the cake pan, add the almonds on top and let it bake for 40-45 min or till the toothpick comes out clean.

banana-choco-cake

Cool completely. You can cut and store it in a airtight box. Tastes amazing with tea or coffee.

Happy New Year everyone. Have a fabulous year ahead.

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