Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cumin Rice with spicy chicken

Is spring peeking in your corner? Well, I got to admit, this winter was so mild here with just few colder and rainy days. All the spring blossom is already gone here. Sounds crazy for many who still have a pile of snow in their driveway and don't have any sign yet.
Last weekend was very cold and even they predicted snow in Bay. Call it climate change, but I haven't seen any dusting, even rain showers in my place. My son was totally disappointed  for not having snow :(

Spring

 Picture taken in Feb 2011

Coming to the recipe, this spicy chicken is so far our favorite. One of my friend shared this one. I tried vegetarian version but I personally didn't like it. The spicy gravy pairs well with fragrant cumin rice.

Cumin Rice
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Cumin Rice

Ingredients:

Basmati Rice: 2 cups
Onion: 1 small- diced
Green chillies: 6 halved
Ginger-Garlic paste: 1 tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Cloves: 2- Cinnamon: 1/2 stick- bay leaves: 2 leaves
Ghee: 1 tbsp

Soaking:
Rinse the rice thrice. Drain all the water and soak 20 minutes.


Pressure cooker method:
Heat the ghee, add the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, followed by cumin. Now add the onion and green chillies and saute for a while. Once fried drop the ginger garlic paste, after a minute, add the rice and fry a minutes or two.
Now add 3 cups of water and adjust the salt.
Close the lid and keep in medium heat. Leave just one whistle and switch off the stove. Let the pressure release completely before opening. U may add more ghee if it is too dry.

Pot Method
Heat the ghee, add the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, followed by cumin. Now add the onion and green chillies and saute for a while. Once fried drop the ginger garlic paste, after a minute, add the rice and fry a minutes or two.
Now add 3 cups of water and adjust the salt.
Close the lid and keep in medium low the flame for 20 minutes and switch off the stove.
Serve with a spicy curry.

Note: U may omit the green chillies and onion for this rice- but i like this spicy way!

Spicy Chicken Masala
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Spicy Chicken Masala

Ingredients:

Chicken: 5 to 6 drumsticks
Onion: 1 medium- diced
Tomato: 1 medium- diced
Ginger-Garlic paste: 1 tsp each
Curry leaves: few leaves
Curd: 2 tbsp
Oil: 2 tsp
Salt:according your taste

Masala: Dry roast and ground into powder

Red chilli
(Byadgi chilli): 7 numbers - adjust according your spice level or chilli variety
Coriander seeds: 1 tbsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Black pepper: 1 tsbp
Fennugreek seeds:  1/8 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon: 1/2 inch stick
Cloves: 2
Coconut (fresh or dry)/Kopra (the best): 2 tbsp


Pressure cooker method:

Heat the oil, fry the onion until translucent, followed by tomato and ginger-garlic paste. When the tomatoes is well cooked add the chicken  pieces and the ground masala. Add enough water (approxim. 1 to 1. 1/2 cup) , adjust the salt level.
Close the pressure cooker, keep in medium heat and leave two whistles. Let the pressure release completely before removing. Add the yogurt/curd and mix well.
Serve with plain rice , roti, or parotas.

If you do in pot:
Heat the oil, fry the onion until translucent, followed by tomato and ginger-garlic paste. When the tomatoes is well cooked add the chicken  pieces and the ground masala. Add enough water (approxim. 1 to 1. 1/2 cup) , adjust the salt level.
Close with lid and keep in medium heat. Cook until the meat turn soft. At the end switch off the stove, add the yogurt and mix well.

30 comments:

LG said...

Cumin rice if definitely a winner with vegetarian side dishes and non-veg ones. Unfortunately photos did not load for me.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious combo...love chicken curry

aipi said...

I totally love cumin rice because it is the simplest form of flavored rice to make when you are not in the mood of eating plain rice..very nicely done and of course it would have gone really well with your chicken curry..


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Lavi said...

Nice Template Cham!

Cumin Rice is my favourite!

pics did'nt load cham, check it!

Priya said...

Both cumin rice and chicken curry makes me hungry,droolworthy dishes..

Vandana Rajesh said...

First one to arrive:)...absolutely delicious jeera rice(our favorite) and the chicken looks so good. Have to try this over the weekend. Thks for sharing the recipe Cham.

Indian Recipe Book said...

Really it was a yummy combination.. I wanna have taste it.. thanks for sharing its recipe.. I dont have cinnamon sticks. So, can I avoid adding it in dish..Is any big difference comes in its flavour..???

Bong Mom said...

Cham

the chicken and rice really look wonderful. The color is gorgeous.

Are you experimenting with the fonts ? My opinion -- this one is a little hard to follow for the recipe section, regular writing is ok with this font

Happy Cook said...

I coudnt see any pictures, could be my computer. How come you dong come any more to fb

Laavanya said...

Cham, not sure why but I'm unable to see the pics in your post :(
But I do love your header with the jigsaw puzzle pictures - neat!

Cham said...

Sorry for the picture inconvenience, i fixed it. Let me know if someone have trouble viewing the pict again.
Sandeepa: Thanks- i changed the font.
Happy CookAlmost forgot FB account, I will check it.

G.Pavani said...

great comb dear ..looks yummy

Latha said...

Rice looks simple and delish. Love to have this with punjabi kadi.

Suman Singh said...

Cumin rice with chicken curry sounds really tempting and delicious..great combo! And thanks for sharing the recipe!

Nandini said...

What a great meal. Looks real spicy.

Curry Leaf said...

Solid winner Cumin Rice is. PErfect as such or with gravies. Spring is around the corner here as well,but we don't feel like it.The oscillating climate is giving us cold,fever,infections et al.
Love the new look of the site.

SS blogs here said...

Hey Cham.. your chicken curry looks lovely. Don't think I mentioned this to you yet.. my Mom made your Chalna (I phoned her the recipe) for a party recently. Everyone in my family licked their fingers and gave you and your recipe their thanks! :)

Divya Vikram said...

I heard that bay area had some snow forecast. Sad you guys didnt get snow! it is already summer here in LA! Rice sounds delicious with that spicy chicken!

aqua said...

That chicken curry looks very inviting, love the fiery red colour.

Sujatha said...

Spring seems far away for us here, and we are still in 30s and 20s. I feel so good to see the spring blossoms in your picture..

Cumin rice and spicy chicken is a perfect combo.. both look so good..

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

What beautiful dishes.My mouth is watering. I love the two bowls ..quite unique shape.

rekhas kitchen said...

Perfect combination and both looks so delicious.

Gulmohar said...

Spring is around the corner :-) My today's post is also about that ;-)
Chicken curry looks so spicy yummy .Cumin rice is always comforting

Malar Gandhi said...

Perfect combo' delicious meal...makes me very hungry...

RS said...

Looks very delicious...Your have nice and lovely blog...Please visit my blog when you have time...

Cham said...

Indian recipe book: cinnamon is for aroma- u can skip it and will not change the taste!

notyet100 said...

platter looks delicious,..luv ur new header nd template too,..happy weekend

Priya's Feast said...

One of my fav spice is Cumin...Luv the rice ,best for this season..

n33ma said...

Lovely combination Cham!

Soma said...

WRONG TIME TO LAND HERE!! friday and dinner time when my stomach is squeaking. Love love love it!