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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chicken Pepper Masala

I am sure that moms of kids under age five will agree that even a trip to the grocery - all alone - is like a vacation. I had the privilege yesterday when I ran some errands for myself all alone. My older one was at school and the little one blissfully unaware that her mom was gallivanting. The journey to and fro helped me get into an introspective mood. I was getting a few important things done for myself - things which I would normally fret over, would want to perfect - not anymore I realised. I was happy if things just got done in the simplest possible way. Without any hassle or stress. It was important to keep an open and free mind - these are things that one learns along life's way. 'Motherhood' is no crash course - there are little things that teach us a great deal - to deal with situations and individuals and get a grip on life. 


I have now realised that sometimes it is impossible to plan things much ahead of time - because things are bound to happen exactly the way they are supposed to - whether we like it or not, so it is better to take them in one's stride and keep a free mind.

Today's recipe is something which I just put together sometime ago when I was trying to look for chicken dishes that would go well with chapathis. Since it turned out well the first time around, it has been prepared several times over and has only improved in its taste. I play around with the ingredients and quantities everytime, so I can say that it is something that simply evolves. Sometimes the best tasting dishes are when you expect the least out of them.


About the dish:
It's really a no nonsense dish that you can put together in no time. I have named it the Chicken Pepper Masala because it has different types of 'peppers' - green chillies, red chilli powder and peppercorns and not just peppercorns which lend the basic character to dish simply named as 'Pepper Chicken'. This is a simple side dish to anything you wish to eat it with - rice, dosa, neer dosa or chapathis. You can make it more peppery if you desire - just play around with the ingredients. 

Chicken Pepper Masala
Prep time: 5-10mins | Cook time 15-20mins | Serves 3

You Need:
  • 500gms chicken on the bone
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tsp ginger - garlic paste 
  • 2 medium sized onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato finely chopped
  • 2 small green chillies (adjust to taste) slit
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves + extra for garnishing
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • salt to taste
Method:
1. Cut the chicken into small pieces, wash & allow to drain. Marinate it with salt, lime juice and 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and keep aside for 20-30 mins
2. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and fry the slit chillies, 2 tsp ginger garlic paste and chopped onions till golden brown. Add the marinated chicken and fry for a couple of minutes.
3. Toss in the pepper, cumin, red chilli & turmeric powders, mix well and add 1/2 cup of water and adjust salt to taste (remember that the marination has salt in it). Cover and cook on a slow flame till the chicken is cooked halfway. Add the chopped tomatoes and coriander leaves and continue to cook till the chicken is done.
4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chapathis, dosa or rice.


21 comments:

  1. Looks so delicious and tempting. I would like to add more pepper and skip the red chilli powder to enjoy the pepper's taste.looks yumm.

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  2. Dear Shireen
    Loved the look of the pepper chicken. Looks super yummy.
    Deepa

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  3. Wow! thats a awesome dish ! being a chicken freak i would surely try this out!!
    Thanks :)

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  4. Highly inviting and super irresistible pepper chicken masala.Love with a bowl of rice.

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  5. made this yummy pepper masala recipe today. loved the pepper flavours and it tasted great too.

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  6. Love the addition of different peepers to make this dish very tempting and delicious!

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  7. Wow...chicken looks gorgeous.... :-)


    Helen
    http://myworldmyhome2012.blogspot.in

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  8. snippetsnscribblesJanuary 25, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out amazing, RR! Thank you for sharing this simple yet delicious dish with us :)

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  9. @snippetsnscribbles: Thanks so much dear for trying out & for the great feedback! So glad to know that you liked it!

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  10. its yummy,share more delicius recipe but simple..i love ur blog..

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  11. @ Anonymous: Thanks a ton! Sure I will!

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  12. Shireen, I tried out this recipe last week. It was simple ans easy to follow. Tasted awesome.

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  13. Shireen, I tried the Chicken Pepper Masala recipe last week. It was simple and easy to follow. Tasted awesome. Thanks. June

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    1. Thanks for the feedback June! So glad you enjoyed this dish :)

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  14. I tried dis recipe its simple n came out well..thank u n keep da gud work shireen

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  15. @ Shanthini: Happy to hear that! Thanks for the feedback :)

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  16. Shireen...Thank you for your website and this recipe. Indeed a great service to us who have been living far away from Mangalore. I just tried this dish and it turned out awesome. It's going to be frequently made in my kitchen. My family loved it.

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  17. @ Saiba: Thanks so much for your lovely words! I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed this dish :)

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I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chicken Pepper Masala

I am sure that moms of kids under age five will agree that even a trip to the grocery - all alone - is like a vacation. I had the privilege yesterday when I ran some errands for myself all alone. My older one was at school and the little one blissfully unaware that her mom was gallivanting. The journey to and fro helped me get into an introspective mood. I was getting a few important things done for myself - things which I would normally fret over, would want to perfect - not anymore I realised. I was happy if things just got done in the simplest possible way. Without any hassle or stress. It was important to keep an open and free mind - these are things that one learns along life's way. 'Motherhood' is no crash course - there are little things that teach us a great deal - to deal with situations and individuals and get a grip on life. 


I have now realised that sometimes it is impossible to plan things much ahead of time - because things are bound to happen exactly the way they are supposed to - whether we like it or not, so it is better to take them in one's stride and keep a free mind.

Today's recipe is something which I just put together sometime ago when I was trying to look for chicken dishes that would go well with chapathis. Since it turned out well the first time around, it has been prepared several times over and has only improved in its taste. I play around with the ingredients and quantities everytime, so I can say that it is something that simply evolves. Sometimes the best tasting dishes are when you expect the least out of them.


About the dish:
It's really a no nonsense dish that you can put together in no time. I have named it the Chicken Pepper Masala because it has different types of 'peppers' - green chillies, red chilli powder and peppercorns and not just peppercorns which lend the basic character to dish simply named as 'Pepper Chicken'. This is a simple side dish to anything you wish to eat it with - rice, dosa, neer dosa or chapathis. You can make it more peppery if you desire - just play around with the ingredients. 

Chicken Pepper Masala
Prep time: 5-10mins | Cook time 15-20mins | Serves 3

You Need:
  • 500gms chicken on the bone
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tsp ginger - garlic paste 
  • 2 medium sized onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato finely chopped
  • 2 small green chillies (adjust to taste) slit
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves + extra for garnishing
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • salt to taste
Method:
1. Cut the chicken into small pieces, wash & allow to drain. Marinate it with salt, lime juice and 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and keep aside for 20-30 mins
2. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and fry the slit chillies, 2 tsp ginger garlic paste and chopped onions till golden brown. Add the marinated chicken and fry for a couple of minutes.
3. Toss in the pepper, cumin, red chilli & turmeric powders, mix well and add 1/2 cup of water and adjust salt to taste (remember that the marination has salt in it). Cover and cook on a slow flame till the chicken is cooked halfway. Add the chopped tomatoes and coriander leaves and continue to cook till the chicken is done.
4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chapathis, dosa or rice.


21 comments:

  1. Looks so delicious and tempting. I would like to add more pepper and skip the red chilli powder to enjoy the pepper's taste.looks yumm.

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  2. Dear Shireen
    Loved the look of the pepper chicken. Looks super yummy.
    Deepa

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  3. Wow! thats a awesome dish ! being a chicken freak i would surely try this out!!
    Thanks :)

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  4. Highly inviting and super irresistible pepper chicken masala.Love with a bowl of rice.

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  5. made this yummy pepper masala recipe today. loved the pepper flavours and it tasted great too.

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  6. Love the addition of different peepers to make this dish very tempting and delicious!

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  7. Wow...chicken looks gorgeous.... :-)


    Helen
    http://myworldmyhome2012.blogspot.in

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  8. snippetsnscribblesJanuary 25, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out amazing, RR! Thank you for sharing this simple yet delicious dish with us :)

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  9. @snippetsnscribbles: Thanks so much dear for trying out & for the great feedback! So glad to know that you liked it!

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  10. its yummy,share more delicius recipe but simple..i love ur blog..

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  11. @ Anonymous: Thanks a ton! Sure I will!

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  12. Shireen, I tried out this recipe last week. It was simple ans easy to follow. Tasted awesome.

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  13. Shireen, I tried the Chicken Pepper Masala recipe last week. It was simple and easy to follow. Tasted awesome. Thanks. June

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    1. Thanks for the feedback June! So glad you enjoyed this dish :)

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  14. I tried dis recipe its simple n came out well..thank u n keep da gud work shireen

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  15. @ Shanthini: Happy to hear that! Thanks for the feedback :)

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  16. Shireen...Thank you for your website and this recipe. Indeed a great service to us who have been living far away from Mangalore. I just tried this dish and it turned out awesome. It's going to be frequently made in my kitchen. My family loved it.

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  17. @ Saiba: Thanks so much for your lovely words! I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed this dish :)

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I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)