Monday, August 4, 2008

Deep Fried Chicken Fry ~ Weekend Cooking!

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.

Chicken Fry

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.


For marinade

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

For Seasoning

Curry leaves - 2 to 3 sprigs
Green chillies - 5 nos
Cashew - 5 whole

Oil - 1/2 cup for frying

Method to prepare

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.

I served this with Ghee Rice, Chicken Pulusu.

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Nags said...

such a cute rhyme :D and i make chicken fry exactly like this, with drumsticks, like you mentioned :)

Arundathi said...

oh how cute - i'm sure she looked adorable!

Sia said...

good luck to konda:) and did u take pic of that pretty rose? :)

Shreya said...

Hope Konda had a great day, and was able to say the verse you taught her.. it is so simple and nice:-) This is a nice recipe, I use curd, and not lime juice for the marinade, will try this..

kamala said...

I could think of beutiful little Konda with the cute roses...Good luck Konda!!I use curd for the marination.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Chicken fry looks so good. YUM! YUM! Nice picture. Love to have it with sambar rice. Prefect!

Alka said...

The chicken looks INVITING,i wud love to take a bite of my share from ur plate;-)
And yes august is a crazy month for me too,with my son's school buzzing wid so many competitions,selecting the poems/stories/songs/fancydress,is a huge task for me as my little one just won't let any competition go, without him participating !

SriLekha said...

added u to my blogroll!

sra said...

How did she do?
I came here to see if anyone had answered the question about how to make the marinade stick ...

Divya Vikram said...

Cute lines..Hope konda did it well..And chicken looks too yumm Valli..

Dee said...

This is great Srivalli, and one of my favourites!

I have a little boy, but a little girl to play dress up with would be so cool :)

notyet100 said...


Cham said...

Best of luck to Konda! Those chicken re calling me Valli :) Delicious one!

homecooked said...

What a sweet rhyme :) I am sure she was the prettiest! Chicken fry seems very yummy.

Sig said...

Oh delicious.... I make the marinade extra spicy for drumsticks if I am deep frying those. Otherwise I just cut the pieces really small.
Another trick is to marinate some sliced onions in the same marinade and saute those and serve with the chicken fry, so whatever spice is missing from the chicken can be compensated by eating it with some of these delicious onions.
I am sure Konda looked fab in her dress... Did you take a picture?

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

This looks delicious. I love the idea of fried chicken pieces with this kind of seasoning on it.

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody, glad you liked the chicken. I can understand how it can call to you...:)

Konda did say the lines correctly, so I was very happy about it. And yes I have taken a picture of her in the dress, will upload sometime..

Sig, Thank you for the tips, will try this way and let you know. Hope others check this out too...

Sushma Mallya said...

I tried this recipe and I must say it's one of the best chicken recipes I have ever son absolutely loved it when I did prepare.
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