Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mallu styled sukka chicken

Weekend for us is used to be a lavish affair. We would till sleep late, munch on any fast food or leftover over from the previous day. One fine day we decided to fine tune our behavior and followed the old wives mantra of “early to bed early to ride makes you healthy, wealthy and wise”. I am still looking for the wealth and wisdom but health has definitely improved with a healthy living style. We have become regular at the gym, still trying to shed the extra pounds, eating healthy food. Occasionally we indulge in some non healthy, greasy food but on a whole I think we have improved. I guess it’s the summer sun shine that was doing wonders. I hope we continue this always but lazy me is already feeling the seasonal change and crawling out of the comforter is getting difficult everyday. I am really trying hard.
According to one of my friends, it’s a sin to brush your teeth before 11 Am on weekends, I like to sleep late too but late for me is 8:30 AM max. She could sleep through the whole day and even at night. Once I decided that I will not get up before her. But she won since I got up at 9 and she got up at 1. C’mmon you don’t blame me for trying hard to win this challenge …do you?
Apart from her sleeping skills she was a great cook. She made the most delicious sukka chicken with some curry leaves seasoning. She also makes excellent parathas but you have to ignore the shape, they are everything but round or oval.
Talking abut weekends, I made this dry chicken for our lavish Sunday lunch ( which we will still have but we rise n shine early now) some days back and it was super delicious.
I think this will also be excellent for Tiffin lunch, since cooking time is very less.

½ pound skinless chicken
1 cup julienne onions
2 tbl spn Red chili powder
1 tbl spn turmeric powder
1 tbl spn garam masala powder
1 tbl spn yogurt
1 tbl spn ginger-garlic paste
3-6 green chillies ( I used green chilli paste)
10-14 curry leaves
Oil for frying
Cilantro for garnish
Cashews ( optional) {I didn’t use any since I do not like cashews}

Wash and clean chicken. Marinate chicken with yoghurt, 1 tbl spn red chili powder, and ½ tbl spn turmeric powder. Let it stand for 2-4 hours. For best results let it stay in refrigerator overnight.
Heat oil. Incase you want to add cashews then fry them now. Keep fried cashews aside. Add chillies, let it splutter than add chicken let it cook till brown on all side. Keep this aside. In the same vessel, add onions. Fry till done. Add ginger-garlic paste, sauté for 3 minutes. Add all the powders. Cook for 2 minutes. Now add the chicken and salt. Cook till done. This process should not take more than 7 minutes.
In a separate pan heat oil. Add curry leaves. Turn the stove off & pour this over the chicken. Mix thoroughly. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro. Serve with a lemon wedge.

When I go back in time after such a wonderful lunch , it was time for Her highness’s siesta time & I had tried really hard to join her but I had failed miserable …boo hoo..:((. I have stopped trying now and now I really do not want to compete with her. Shez the best at this game. u get the drift ?


Seena said...

Our own chicken?
Hey, get up early, morning sun rays,air all are good for health..:)

Asha said...

looks yummy.Sig had M'lore style Sukka chicken.both looks fabulous, enjoy:))

Priya said...

wow....u made this today morning....looks great...that too a mallu dish which i too have never made...will make this def and tell u how it turns out... :)

Pooja V said...

Hi Seena: Yeah getting up early morning is very good.

Hi Asha : Thanks dear. Its taste fabulous too.

Hi Priya: Thanks !! this is a must try dish. Yeah i'll b waiting 2 hear.

Jeena said...

Pooja I love this chicken recipe I was ready to get my fork out and take a chunk to eat yummy!

Pooja V said...

Hi Jeena: Thanks for dropping by. It was v delicious. Give it a try n let me knw the results.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

hi pooja..enjoyed reading ur post...and esp the bit on getting up before 11 am on weekends being a sin!! can very well use this number on my husband this weekend..thanks for sharing..

Happy cook said...

Hey tasty chicken.
Well i woudl also win the challange. Once i slept till 11 am. That is the latest for me. I woudn't mind to be like your friend ;-)

Pooja V said...

Hi A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby: Thanks a lot ! I am sure it'll work :).

Hi Happy cook: It was tasty indeed. If u continue ur sleeping routine thn v soon u'llb the winner of sleepathon.

sunita said...

Early rise and shine does do wonders indeed :)...the chicken looks yumm :)

Pooja V said...

hi sunita : ut indeed works !. Thanks for stopping by !

Jyothi said...

Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing pooja!

Pooja V said...

Hi Jyothi: Thanks for dropping by !!! I loved urs too.

Pravs said...

Like the name of this dish..very unique :D chicken sukka looks yummy. Being a mallu i have to try this out :)

Pooja V said...

Hi Pravs,
this entree is very deliicous too.

Shella said...

Pooja - its just that we all know what's right, but find it difficult to do it. I guess it takes something a little more than sheer willpower to be doing the right thing - I love sukha chicken, but I'll try it this way.

Pooja V said...

Hi shella : Thanks for leaving a friendly trail on all my recipes. I really appreciate it.

Padma said...

Hey that looks and must have smelled great too! I like chiken sukka!

Pooja V said...

Hi Padma: U bet!! Thanks for stoping by!