Finally I get to post this weekend lunch, that I prepared some weeks back. At times I find other posts getting priority and these weekend lunch gets delayed. Yesterday I didn't cook lunch as we had gone out. We went to a restaurant called Tandoor, which dishes out awesome tandoori authentic dishes. They have open kitchen, covered by glass, so you can actually see the chefs working on your Naans, Kebabs and other things. Wish I could've gone in for a visit but seeing through the glass the chef working on them were great enough.We had a wonderful time enjoying all the dishes on the buffet.They served a traditional buttermilk in jeera which was awesome. Konda had a field time, lapping only on Achari Paneer tikka and Paneer Butter Masala.All in all, it was a memorable lunch.
Konda has a fancy dress competition today and we had to really think hard what to dress her up as. Since it was told to us very late, we had Friday left for shopping. Hubby dear took her and got a dress which had lots of Rose flowers. So I taught her lines to say she is a Rose Flower. I asked her what her friends were coming dressed as. She said they are planning to come as the usual icons like Rabbit, Elephant, Doctor, Mahatma Gandhi, one girl was even going to come dressed as a Carrot. So I told her, Rose flower will be very pretty among all of them. She was mighty happy and memorized the lines I taught her late last night, to say on the stage. She got up this morning and was happy that she remembers the line correctly. It goes like this:
I am a Rose flower.
Everybody loves me
because I am beautiful.
Though I have many colours,
Today I am a Red Red Rose!
Hope Konda is able to say it out boldly.
Coming to the Chicken Fry, this is one of those many similar recipes that I have, only this asked for the chicken to be deep fried in Coconut oil Hence its called Kerala Chicken Fry. Since I fried it in regular oil, I guess I got to call it just Chicken Fry. Also I always hesitate to deep fried Chicken, as the chicken never retains its spice. I marinated this for nearly 2 hours, still the chicken didn't have the spices inside. Any suggestions on how to marinate and deep fry will be great. I roasted it again in spices after deep fry.This is a classic one as you have roasted curry leaves for garnish.
I used Chicken breast, though Chicken drumstick would also be good.
Chicken breast - 250 gms
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Rice flour - 1 tsp
Corn flour - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 to 3 sprigs
Green chillies - 5 nos
Cashew - 5 whole
Oil - 1/2 cup for frying
Clean the chicken and cut them into medium size pieces. Drain them of water and using a knife make few slits on all sides
In a bowl, take all the ingredients listed under marinade and make it a paste using lime juice. Don't add water.
Rub the chicken pieces in this paste on all sides and marinate the chicken for an hour atleast in the refrigerator.( I marinated for nearly 2 hrs.)
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken in medium-low heat till brown on all sides. Add little oil, just enough to fry 3 pieces at a time. This way you don't waste oil. Drain on kitchen towel.
In the same oil, deep fry curry leaves, cashew nuts and slit green chillies. You can remove seeds from the chilies to reduce heat.
Garnish the fried chicken with fried curry leaves, cashew nuts and chillies.
Since the spice was not enough for hubby dear, I pan roasted the chicken again with chili powder and pepper powder sprinkled on top. You can avoid this step if you find chili enough.