Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Naadan Chicken Roast / Kerala style Chicken Dry Roast



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naadan chicken dry roastum, Neichorum

How to make Kerala Chicken Dry Roast / Naadan Chicken roast
Preparation time : 15 minutes, Cooking time : 40minutes, Serves

Ingredients

1/2  Kg / 500 lbs  Chicken, cleaned and cut into pieces 

Marination

3 Tbsp Thick yogurt
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
1Tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
1/2 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste

For the Dry  masala

2 Bay leaves / Vazhanayila
2  medium sized Onion, Thinly sliced
2 medium sized Tomatoes, chopped
2 Green Chilli, Slit lengthwise
1 Tsp Ginger / 1/2 inch , freshly chopped
1tsp Garlic / 4 cloves, freshly chopped
2 Bay leaves 
1 Spring Curry leaves
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder 
1 Tsp Coriander Powder
1tsp Garam Masala 
Salt
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil



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Naadan chicken dry roastum Neichorum


Directions for Kerala Chicken Dry Roast 

1. In a large bowl combine everything written under "For The Marination". Add chicken pieces and  marinate overnight in the refrigerator. 

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2. Heat Coconut oil in a heavy bottom vessel / kadai and add bay leaves and sliced onion. Saute till the onion is slightly golden brown. Add ginger, garlic, green chilies and saute for 30 seconds.  Now add the chopped tomatoes and combine well.



3. Next, add  all masala powders under " for the dry Masala"  - chili powder, coriander powder,  turmeric powder and garam masala and roast till you get a dark thick masala. Oil should be separating from masala at this stage. 




4. Now add the chicken pieces, salt, curry leaves  and combine well.  Turn into low- medium  flame and cook covered for 30 - 40 minutes.  Stir occasionally to make sure the chicken pieces are covered in masala and allow it to cook till chicken is done and the masala  is coated on every chicken pieces. This step is the most important in this dish. Dry fry for another 5 minutes till oil separates from the chicken masala and it is roasted beautifully. 


5. Adjust the salt and turn off the flame. Serve hot with Kerala Ghee rice / Pathiri / Puttu / Noolappam. 


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Enjoy,
Lena

Friday, April 24, 2020

Cheera Parippu Thoran / Spinach Lentil stir fry Step by Step

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Cheera parippu thoran

How to make Kerala Parippu cheera thoran? 
Preparation time 10 minutes, cook time 10 minutes, serves 5
Ingredients

1/2 box / 4 cups spinach, chopped
1/2 cup Channa daal / Toor Daal
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
1/2 of medium sized purple onion, chopped
1 tsp Crushed red chili flakes (tharimulaku) / 2 green chilies, chopped
1/2 Cup coconut, grated
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp Coconut oil
1 Spring Curry leaves
Salt

Directions

1. Pressure cook the daal with turmeric powder, salt and just enough water to cover the daal. Wash and drain spinach. I usually wash and drain them by putting it in a salad spinner to remove the maximum water from spinach.
2. Heat coconut oil in a skillet and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add chopped onion, curry leaves and garlic. Saute till onion is translucent. Now add the crushed red chili flakes and give it a quick stir fry. Add grated coconut and combine well. 
3. Add spinach and stir fry for 3-5 minutes in medium - high flame. Do not cover with a lid. 
4. Mix the cooked chana daal with and combine well. Adjust the salt


Baby spinach from costco. 

Cheera Parippu Toran from Lemon n spice


Pressure cook the Channa daal with turmeric powder and salt

Cheera Parippu Toran from Lemon n spice

Chop the spinach, onion and garlic

Cheera Parippu thoran from Lemon n spice

Add coconut oil and add mustard seeds. Now add onion, garlic and curry leaves. Add dried red chili flakes.

Cheera Parippu Toran from Lemon n spice
Add grated coconut and stir fry.

Cheera Parippu Toran from Lemon n spice
Add chopped spinach and combine well.

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Add the pressure cooked Channa daal.

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Enjoy,
Lena


















Monday, March 30, 2020

Rithika's 10th birthday Party / Under The sea Themed Birthday Party

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Under the  sea birthday cake

Under the sea  themed 3 tier birthday Cake

It's a Vanilla Sponge cake with classic Butter cream filled with peaches. I used 8 cakes (two 10"cakes, two 9"cakes and four 6" cakes) for this party.This is how I did it,

Day 1 : Created fondant figures with white fondant and hand-painted them

Under the sea birthday cake

Day 2 : Baked 8 cakes



Day 3 : Created a big batch of butter cream in the morning and started crumb coating all my cakes. Transferred each cake to fridge to set the crumb coat. Then I created Under the sea themed colors Lavender, light green and light pink buttercream and started with the final coat of icing on each cake. Then I assembled the large cake (10inch) on the cake stand. I finished the decorations of 10 inch cake first and added the fondant details and sugar pearls. Then i finished the decorations on 9 inch cake and added it to the top of 10 inch cake. I used dowels and plastic straws in each cake for extra support. The last cake was frosted and decorated on the same day too. I transferred it to the fridge.




Under the sea themed homemade cake / mermaid cake

Day 4: Assemble all three cakes at the venue.

Under the sea themed Goodie bags / Mermaid bags / Mermaid goodie bags / DIY goodie bags



I got the 2 yard fleece fabric from Joann's and  Twill tape from Amazon. I didn't use  any pattern for this project. i cut the fabric to make 8 bags. Sewed the sides together and attached the twill tape on the bottom. This is the the link i followed for reference.

DIY Tote bag for mermaid themed goodie bag  


DIY Tote bag with Twill strap 

DIY Tote bag with fleece fabric from Joann's

Under the sea birthday party food
  • Seaweed salad
  • Coral reef (doritos)
  • Sand dollars (butter cracker)
  • Spider crab eggs (grapes)
  • Fish biscuits (Gold fish crackers)
  • Sea water (water)
  • Starfish (cheddar cheese slices cut with star shaped cookie cutter)
  • Egg Puffs
  • Sprouts salad
  • Dahi vada
  • Chicken Dum biriyani
  • Instant pot Paneer Biriyani




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Under the sea themed food for  birthday party
Under the sea themed birthday cake for my daughter's birthday party

It was hard work, but with proper planning I was able to make my daughter's dream come true.

Enjoy,
Lena

Friday, October 26, 2018

Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil - Lemon n spice Kids Lunchbox Ideas

In her Planetbox today: Pasta with garlic and oil, grapes, Sharp Cheddar cheese, Aussie bites, veggie straws, and vitamin gummies


Pasta with Garlic and Olive oil

How to make Garlic and oil Pasta?
Cooking time : 15minutes, Serves : 1 kid

Ingredients:


1/4Cup : Pasta
1tsp : Unsalted butter
1tsp : Olive oil
1 grated Garlic
1 fresh basil leaf or a dash of Italian seasoning
Salt and Pepper
2 tbsp: Parmesan cheese

Pasta with Garlic and Olive oil
Directions : 

1. Bring 4 to 5 cups water to boil in large pot. Add pasta and 1 tsp salt and cook, stirring often, until al dente. Drain pasta and keep aside.

2. In a saute pan, heat butter, olive oil, and garlic over medium heat until fragrant. Add in the pasta, basil, salt, pepper and toss to coat with the oil. Top with Parmesan cheese for serving.
Pasta with Garlic and Olive oil
Happy Cooking,
Lena