Sunday, 17 June 2007

Chicken Fry

My First Recipe...

I can not cut or even see raw chicken. So P cuts and marinates so I can take it from there.

Every sunday at home, they used to make 2 kinds of chicken. Chicken pulusu and Chicken fry. I loved Chicked fry and my brother's choice was Chicken pulusu(not that he didn't eat the fry). But off late, I started liking Chicken pulusu with dosa, ragi mudda, roti and even rice. People's tastes do change...

This recipe is from my Pinni(mom's younger sister):

For marination:
400 gms Chicken - boneless, cut in small cubes
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 tsp Ginger Paste
2tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder

For cooking:
1 Medium size Onion
10 chillies (we prefer it extremely hot)
1 inch Cinnamon
2 Cloves
1 Medium size tomato
Salt to taste

  1. Marinate chicken with the ingredients for atleast 1/2 hour (preferably over night)
  2. Make a smooth paste of onion and chilli.
  3. In a pan, heat some oil and add the onion-chilli paste.
  4. Fry till it turns brown.
  5. Add the Cinnamon and Cloves and fry for some time.
  6. Then add the tomato and fry till the tomato is cooked.
  7. Now add the marinated chicken.
  8. Mix well and add little water if necessary.
  9. Cover and cook till chicken is done.
  10. Check salt and add if necessary.
  11. Serve with rice or roti.

Friday, 15 June 2007

Book Review - Mixed Doubles by Jill Mansell

I am not the romantic novel kinds. Even in college, when all my friends used to drool over Mills & Boons, I used to be like - 'Who will want to read romantic novels? They are so boring'. I was into crime, mystery, suspense (read Sidney Sheldon).

I went to a book store which had a closing down sale and the deal was 3 books for £10. I knew 2 books that I definitely wanted. They were costing me almost £9. I thought why should I let the deal go? So after much consideration (and nagging from hubby to hurry up), I bought 'Mixed Doubles by Jill Mansell'.

When I read the back cover, I knew it was a girlie story(Its about 3 best friends and their new year resolutions). But something told me its going to be full of humor and it'll be a nice time pass read. I was right and wrong. It was quiet funny. But it definitely was not a time pass read. Once you come to a certain point, I had to read it till the end. So instead of passing my time, the book took away my time (not that I am complaining). I did not think I'll enjoy a romantic comedy this much.

The book is about three best friends (all are above 30) and their new year resolutions and how they keep them up.

Liza - She's a successful food columnist(critic types). She's not the thin types but men find her irresistable. Her only problem is - she cant stay interested in a man for more than 2 weeks. She doesn't want that. So her new year resolution is to get married. She meets a person who is 9 years younger to her. She feels she's going to get bored of him like the other men in her life.

Dulcie - She's married to a workaholic. She has a lot of money on hand but doesn't have her husband when she needs him. His only excuse is - I am working for our better future. Her new year resolution is to divorce him and be single. She comes out of the relationship only to have a bad fling with the tennis coach. Its only when she sees her ex-husband with another girl does she realise that she still loves him.

Pru - The calmest among all, she's married to her first love and she feels he's helped her not to go through the teenage affaris. But she is not allowed to do anything that she likes except spend the money he earns. Her resolution is to stay married to him. Her world turns upside down when she discovers that her husband is having an affair with the cleaner and is bank rupt. She needs to start life fresh after having lived a protected life.

The book then goes on to see how the three friends cope up with the situations and the happenings in their lives during that one year.

Apart from a very few serious situations, the book is quiet funny. If you are the kind of person who'll laugh and cry with the books you read, you health will improve with this book (doesn't laughing make you healthier?).