Simple yet yummy Tandoori Chicken

                                                     Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients

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  • Chicken leg whole 4-5 pieces or Chicken breast or thighs(cooking time will vary as the breast will cook faster than the leg whole)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper as per taste
  • 1 tsp chicken masala or curry powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds
  • 2 tsp crushed fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard oil ( optional. It gives color and a typical clay ovens aroma of coals)
  • Few drops of orange food color. ( I don’t prefer to use it, I use mustard oil instead of color )

Method

  •  Wash the chicken legs. Let the water drain.
  •  Then create 2 slits on each side of the leg. The knife should touch the bone which means the slit is nice deep and big. Deep slits help the marinade to penetrate into the chicken.
  •  Squeeze lime into the bowl and add salt to it. Mix well till salt dissolves.
  •  Now apply this mixture to the leg piece, one at a time. Pour few drops into the slits. Massage evenly on both leg sides.
  •  Keep chicken aside for few minutes.
  •  By the time mix the rest of ingredients in curd and blend well.
  •  Pour the marinade over chicken pieces and massage the paste into the slits and on both sides well.
  •  Keep the chicken in fridge for some time. The longer the time of marination, better the flavor is.( Sometimes I don’t get time for longer marination, So I have tried cooking after 15 mins only. Then also, It tasted good! )
  • Pre heat oven on 150 C.
  •  Place the chicken pieces on the grilling tray.
  •  Remember to place a baking tray under grilling tray for first few mins to avoid dripping of marination on the oven base.
  •  If chicken is to be cooked on baking tray, then line it with aluminium foil or spray any kind of cooking oil on it before placing chicken on it.
  •  Allow it to cook for 15 mins on 225 C , then decrease the temperature to 175 C for next 10 mins.
  •  In between baste it with left marinade using a spoon or brush.
    Don’t worry if the juices around the chicken starts burning. It has to burn on extreme temperature.
  •  After the time is over pull the tray out and let it cool slightly. If it is stuck to the foil, no problem. Take out slowly, it will still be safe.
  •  That’s it, lip-smacking chicken is ready to serve
  •  Wrap the bone part with small piece of aluminum foil to give a gourmet look. Serve it with sliced onion, green chili, lime/lemon wedges and a spicy green chutney.

Note: Temperature settings in oven varies from place to place. In some ovens 250 C is maximum. This chicken can also be cooked in small OTG’S(oven, toaster, grille). In that case set it to maximum and you might feel the need to bake it little longer. But watch out the chicken, it shouldn’t be burnt and it shouldn’t be dry. Best Tandoori Chicken should be little hard on the outside like a crust basically and soft and juicy from inside. So when that consistency is reached, turn off the oven.

For that little untimely hunger…”choti choti bhookh” as they say in India

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              Egg Toast

  • Ingredients
    2 slices of brown bread
    1 Egg
    Salt to taste
    Little red chilly powder
    Pizza seasoning
    2 tsp olive oil
  • Method
    1. Beat an egg in a flat bowl.
    2. Add salt, red chilly powder and pizza seasoning.
    3. Beat properly till it mixes well in egg.
    4. Heat oil on a griddle.
    5. Soak bread slice in egg mixture and put it on the griddle.
    6. Cook on medium heat,change the sides of bread so that it cooks well from both sides.
    7. Cut the slices diagonally and serve with green chilly sauce and tomato sauce.

Stomach friendly – Yellow Moong Daal

Yellow Moong Daal, The base of Indian Culinary Tradition

Recipe of Yellow Moong Daal

IMG_20150322_191300Ingredients
1 cup yellow moong daal
1/2 tsp Turmeric
Salt to taste
1 fresh green chilly chopped
5-7 cloves of garlic nicely chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp Ghee or clarified butter or olive oil
coriander leaves nicely chopped

Method

  1. Wash daal and put it to boil in 3.5 cups of water. Add turmeric and salt.
    (Other than open boiling, pressure cooker method can also be used. Personally I prefer pressure cooking, as it saves time and I find it as a easier way)
    For pressure cooking, put daal into pressure cooker with 2 cups of water and add turmeric and salt.Bring one whistle and turn off the gas. let daal rest into the cooker for few minutes till steam settles down.
  2. In a pan, heat Ghee or butter or olive oil on a medium flame, put chopped garlic cloves. Saute till light golden in color.
  3. Add cumin and chopped green chilly.
  4. As cumin turns light golden brown,pour a tablespoon full daal from cooker into the pan.
    (Make sure you pour daal very slowly and a table-spoon full first, as if poured together,it will split out of the pan due to heat)
  5. Now add whole of boiled daal in pan and bring to boil till desired thickness is achieved.
  6. For garnishing sprinkle chopped coriander leaves.fresh grounded black pepper could be sprinkled for additional flavor.
  7. Serve hot with Basmati rice or Chapati and home made mint chutney.

Health and food

To remain fit, fine and fresh for each day of the year and each second of the day, like exercise, eating healthy food is also very important. Our physical workout maintains our body and our proper food choices makes that body look healthy and glowing. It further adds grace to our physical persona. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body is a common saying which is 100% true. Intake of proper food helps to maintain our emotional balance also. As per Ayurveda, food can be a nectar or a poison too. It serves both the qualities for the human body. If properly consumed, its nothing less than a medicinal nectar. But the way food is made to be consumed these days due to cut throat competitions, fast life, scarcity of time, eating anything at anytime is resulting in obesity, diabetes, cardiac disorders etc which are the greatest example of poisonous results of food.
All in all, adding life to our years and years to our life by maintaining a good healthy food habits totally depends on our own choices.
No change can be expected till the time we will keep on eating for our taste buds. But the day we start eating for our soul, many major positive changes would start occurring naturally which would eventually take us to the higher level of contentment and the fresh flow of energy would overtake all the melancholy and stress stored in our emotions.