Thursday, February 21, 2008

Anardana Chicken Roast

Ok I again had chicken time and so I screened through the recent find of mine, which is completely based on chicken varieties. Every week, I plan and think I should prepare something from that book, but on a weekday its nearly impossible to cook an elaborate one, which requires about many hours of marinating and other process. Every time with a heavy heart I keep away the book, with a thought that I should refer it again on a much leisure day. Latest pastime for my twins is their fancy to pomegranate seeds. So hubby dear gets them without fail, and the twins enjoy their new found interest with the seeds. And Athamma has found a perfect way to keep them seated in one place for about 5 mins. So we give them in a cup and make them sit in different sofas. Its a joy seeing them sit in a place and happily munching away the seeds. They make different faces and expressions while they are eating. With the glad note that they are sitting for a moment, we too sit and see what they do. Konda, of course can be heard at the background, singing and dancing. Once they complete the seeds, we give them Senipappu (Fried gram). My, they love that too. Not that they can chew on them, I guess they turn it around inside and just swallow. When you give them the cup, their face just ignites and they murmur something that sounds like thank you.! Elder one says Ta tu and the younger says something that sounds like Dhanks..I tried recording still haven't captured the moment.

Seeing them eat the pomegranate seeds, inspired me to use anardana in the chicken roast. Remember I recently opened and ground the anardana seeds and it gave me my long loved dish! So thought I might use that in the chicken fry that I wanted to prepare. Not having a clear idea on how I am going to proceed, just went with the basic things. I didn't want to use coconut paste as I wasn't sure if anardana will go with that combination. I didn't have lot of time to experiment, so given all options I had to bring out a tempting one, now don't forget I got to take pictures and decorate in the process ok. So I remembered I could do flower on a carrot piece, I saw somewhere that it looked beautiful. Now for the life of me I couldn't make that look like a flower! In the end, just assembled everything on the plate and hurried clicked some pictures. Now we can't go without our pictures for a party right, though I got to remember to edit to the proper size that Madame wants!

Ingredients needed:

Chicken - 250 gms
Onion - 1 big
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Anardana powder - 3/4 tsp
Lime juice - 1 - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish.


Method to prepare

Clean and cut chicken to medium size pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onions and sauté till light brown. Then add the ginger garlic paste. Fry for 2 mins.

Then add the chicken pieces, add all the spice powders except Anardana powder. Fry on high flame for 2 mins, sautéing to ensure it doesn't get burnt.

Then simmer and cover with lid. Cook for 10 mins. Add the anardana powder and stir well. Again cover and cook for another 10 mins or till its cooked.

Before removing from fire, add the lime juice and garnish with coriander.

Sending this to Sra for her event. Hope you enjoyed it!

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15 comments :

Kamini said...

I just love reading about your twins and Konda - you bring the whole scene alive with your descriptions - delightful!
Congratulations on your milestone - what is it? Anniversary? Nth post? Whatever it is, you really deserve the success and popularity of your blog. I still don't know how you do it all!
Kamini

Asha said...

Great to read about your twins! I don't have any relatives or friends with twins ever!:D
I have been using Anardana pd these days too. I like the sweet and tagy taste! Chicken looks yum!:)
Congratulations on reaching your milestone!

kamala said...

It gives great joy reading abt ur twins.The chicken looks delicious.

sra said...

Madame has decided to be magnanimous and accept all minor variations in picture size. So even if her round-up looks like @#$%^&*, all of you will be happy (martyred expression).

Sia said...

its fun to read about ur kids valli:) he he he... u made them sit separately for atleast few mins right? LOL...
by the way, just a small note. over dose of consuming pomegranate will cause in constipation especially in small kids. i know this cause my granny used to say so. and i even know how kids love it as my small niece loves it a lot too. so just be careful:)

Sia said...

and i did notice those carrot flowers too :D

Sig said...

I have never had pom seeds or powder... I have to run out and get this if it can be used in chicken... What flavor does it add? As usual your chicken look hot and spicy and irresistable..

Happy cook said...

Hi hi you know i think you youngest twin is a genious. Dhanke. It almost sound like saying thankyou in Dutch :-)
Love the chicken. I can eat the whole plate. yumm

Kalai said...

I really love your stories, Srivalli! I haven't tried anardana powder yet, but it sounds wonderful. Your chicken dish looks delicious!! :)

Rachel said...

pome and chicken..that should be something..wonder how it tasted...you pic is a proof that it was good...

the carrot there does look like a flower :)))

Cham said...

Ur chicken looks yummy . The twins love the pom seeds great to hear that :)

Dhivya said...

wow..another chicken roast..looks tempting mala...keep rocking girl

Srivalli said...

Kamini, glad you love reading it...It gives me immense pleasure recording these details...I don't' find time to write my diary these days..so this proves to be a good way...thanks for the wishes..

Asha, thank you..yes being around two same aged kids is fun..this is our first experience too...yes anardana gives a good taste to the dish...try this you will love it

kamala, thank you..glad you like this

sra, oh Lord thanks for small considerations..or in this case big ones...:D>..yes I can imagine that look..my dear madame

Sia, thanks...yes making them sit for 5 mins was a big task for us...oh yes, I have passed on this info to athamma and alerted her not to give too much....thanks for the alert!

Oh yeah??..so glad you did..makes me feel proud of my oh oh skills..

Sig, then its time you dear!..its awesome the way it leaves its trail...it kind tastes sweet and sour but mostly tangy kind of...thank you..

Happy cook, oh is it>??..gosh I didn't know..thank you for saying so..you made a mother proud of her duckling..:D...sure you are most welcome!

Kalai, Oh I am so glad I have readers for my stories..really..this boosts me to write more..:D...thank you for liking my dish..it was indeed tasty!

Rachel, i was told it tasted yum..so will be trying it again..oh thank you for saying that...I can trust on my friends to support me

Cham, yeah the moment they see that they get ready to be seated..its such a sight to see..

Dhivya, thank you..but I am not mala..though I understand..:D

Anonymous said...

i need help i want to buy pomegranate for this recipe in uk and have found all these items , which is best suited?
indian food and spices pomegranate seeds [anardana seeds] pomegranate powder [ground anardana]
pomegranate mollasses
it looks so tasty and you have explained it so well i would love to try making it with right ingredients.

Srivalli said...

Anon, for the Pomegranate, when you powder the seeds won't actually get very ground. But I am not sure how the commercial texture would be. So you can either use the whole seeds and grind it yourself or use the ground seed powder. Thanks for the interest!

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