Monday, May 29, 2017

Vadukapuli Achar/ Wild Lime Pickle

1 big and ripe Vadukapulli naranga/ Wild Lime
1-2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/2 Tbsp gingelly oil
2 Tbsp chilli powder
less than 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
3-4 whole red chillies
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
some curry leaves
salt to taste
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup boiled water 
a pinch of sugar

  • Chop the lime into very small cubes.
  • In a pan , heat the coconut oil and gingelly oil. 
  • Add the mustard seeds. Once they begin to crackle add the red chillies and fenugreek seeds. Fry for a second and then add the curry leaves. Mix well.
  • Remove from heat and add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder, salt and fenugreek powder. Combine everything well.
  • Add the vinegar and boiled water. Mix everything well.
  • Now add the lemon pieces to this and combine everything well.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of sugar finally and mix well.
  • When fully cooled, check for seasoning and add more salt and vinegar if required.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chicken Pirattal

 A simple chicken dish that requires only a few basic ingredients.


4-5 chicken drumsticks
1 onion, sliced thin
1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
salt to taste
few curry leaves
few coriander leaves

  • Marinate the chicken pieces with turmeric powder, chilli powder, half of ginger garlic paste, salt, curry leaves, sliced onion and 1 tsp coconut oil, for half an hour to 45 minutes.
  • Heat the remaining coconut oil in a frying pan and place the marinated chicken in it. Sear the chicken until it is golden brown on all sides(chicken need not get cooked fully, as we will be cooking it further later on).
  • Transfer the seared chicken to another deep pan. Add the remaining ginger garlic paste, coriander leaves and 1 cup water. Cover and cook until the chicken gets cooked completely.
  • Once the chicken is cooked and the gravy thickens, transfer the chicken pieces(leaving behind the thick masala gravy) into a serving bowl.
  • Mix pepper powder with the gravy of the chicken and pour this gravy over the chicken pieces. Serve garnished with curry leaves.