Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Pepper Chicken And Other Simple Recipes

Pepper Chicken :

This is my Mom's recipe , and it did turn out like how she makes inspite of me skipping the adding coconut part.... I envy Mallus coz they are inert to coconut .. I have to think of cholestrol , calorific value , Blood Pressure and blah blah b4 adding coconut ..... I guess they add some other ingredients to balance out the effect of coconut ...


Chicken - 1 lb
Onion - 2 big , chopped finely
Tomato - 1 , chopped finely , 5 tsp is using puree
Ginger Garlic paste - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 springs
Sonf - 1 tsp
Corriander pdwr - 3 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1 big leaf
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick ( does this ever change :-))

Roast and grind the following with a tsp of water to a coarse paste

Jeera - 3/4 tsp
Whole Black Pepper - 2 1/2 tsp
Green Chilly - 4
Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp
Shredded Coconut - a handful ( I skipped this )

Dont put too much jeera , u will end up with rasam!!

Method :

1) Mix Chicken with turmeric powder , some chopped curry leaves and set aside.
Heat oil , add bayleaf , cinnamon , cloves and sonf
2) Add onions , when they turn brown increase heat add ginger garlic paste ,
when there is no raw smell , add the ground paste.
3) Add tomato , corriander pwdr and salt.
4) Fry for a minute. Add chicken , 2 cups water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes
5) Remove lid and cook on high for 15 minutes or till gravy is thick.
Tastes great when the gravy gets slightly burnt. Try to avoid using non stick pan.
6) Garnish with curry leaves and corriander leaves

Crab And Egg Fry


Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Crab meat - 1 cup
Chilly pwdr - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Eggs - 2 , beaten well with a piece of ginger and salt
Onion - a small one sliced


1) Heat oil , splutter mustard seeds , add curry leaves , hing
2) Add onions , garlic paste
3) Add crab , all powders and shred.
4) Make space in the middle , add beaten egg.
5) Cook on high till the egg and crab blend well.

Baby LimaBeans With Spinach


Spinach - 2 handful
Baby Lima Beans - 1/2 cup cooked
Onion - a small one sliced
Chilly pwdr - 1/2 tsp
Coriander pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Split gram dal - 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chilly - 1
Ginger - a 1 inch piece chopped
Turmeric pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Oil - 3 tsp


1) Heat oil in a pan , splutter mustard seeds , split gram dal.
2) Break into halves and add the dry red chilly .
3) Add ginger , hing , onions , turmeric pwdr.
4) When you can smell turmeric's aroma , add chilly powder , corriander pwdr and salt.
5) Add spinach , when spinach is nearly cooked add lima beans.
6) Allow the beans to brown a little.
7) Sprinkle little red chilly powder and some chopped onions.
U can also try changing the order. Add lima beans first , make it brown and crispy
maybe adding a little corn flour. Then add spinach.


Anonymous said...

So many yummy recipes!!! Mouthtwatering. That Crab-Egg combo is new to me.

Asha said...

Ayesha,I posted Pepper chicken too at Aroma,but a very simple recipe than your's.

Pepper chicken looks delicious and I love Lima beans and spinach.Great recipes,thanks buddy:))

Sharmi said...

ayesha honey all the dishes look lovely esp the lima beans looks good.

Ayesha Seerin said...

Reena : thats new to me too :-)
It tastes really good
Asha : I loved the lima beans too ..
This is the first time i'm having it
Sharmi: Thanks dear.

RML said...

Hi Ayesha,
The Lima beans dish looks wonderful.I could not find the recipe for that near the picture.Am I missing something?
Pls let me know.I sure want to try this recipe.

Prema Sundar said...

Mouth watering pepper chicken Ayesha....lima beans and spinach is new to me ayesha and Iam going to try it out for sure.

Ayesha Seerin said...

Sorry Madhuri , just posted the lima beans recipe...
Did not post it earlier as it was only a combination idea that can be combined in any way you like ...
Do try it and let me know...

Ayesha Seerin said...

Thanks Prema .. Do try the recipes.

Anonymous said...

hello ayesha, u've a gud blog, this is my first visit to ur blog and got to it thru google. keep up the gud work.