Chettinad Chicken Fry has been in the drafts for a while. We made this almost couple of months back and it had to wait for all the thalis to get over, before finally making its appearance. And of course there was this fact that hubby dear didn't like it much, though everybody else liked it a lot. He finally said that he need not be always the only person to approve for something to go on the blog..:)
After the Indian Thali Mela round up, I almost forgot that there has been nothing new. I went back to check what was pending and saw this varuval that met many approvals, except the main person. I decided to go ahead as others at home liked it a lot.
Boys are starting their school tomorrow after their summer vacation. Schools here have this habit of breaking for a month and half to avoid the peak summer. Since last couple of days, especially after Konda started her school, we have been telling them and getting them used to the thought of getting up early for school. More than them, I guess I need to be prepared mentally to manage everything again. The morning rush hour is really too much of a rush.
We went to the beach late Sunday night. It was just to be a regular merry go round the city, when hubby dear suddenly thought we might as well land in the beach. For all the close proximity we live, we hardly ever go to the beach. Since it was very late, the kids didn't ask to get into the water, even if they had asked, we won't have let them anyways. We could hardly see through the place. We slowly drifted towards the shore, it was so sultry. we were hoping it might get cooler as we go, it hardly changed. I refused to look around much. My beautiful Marina, no longer that clean and pretty!
There was still good crowd and we took so much time just to find a spot to park the vehicle. The walk to the shore was quite long. As expected the kids were enthusiastic. On reaching the shores, we settled down, Athamma and myself discussing our plans, while hubby dear made sure he gave the kids some ideas to play. He is best at that. Always comes out with a plan that will get the kids occupied for a long time. End of the game, they were ready to fall down with exhaustion.
When we got couple of stolen moments for ourselves, we were silent, looking at the waves hitting and residing. There is always a calmness that comes when you look at the ocean, waves hitting the shore and going back. Life in intervals hits you with nostalgia. I never wished to go back in time, I am happy as I am now. Never felt more younger, looking at the kids, felt more energy coming back.
We came back home for a quick meal and kids slept so well. Wish we could give them exercise like this regular basis.
Coming back to the recipe, I am sure I will be making this again soon.
Chettinad Chicken Fry
Chicken Breast - 250 gms
Pearl Onions / Sambar Onions - 100 gms
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Fried Gram powder - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
How to make the Chicken Varuval:
Wash and cut into bite size pieces.
Heat a kadai, add oil then saute small onions. When they turn colour, add ginger garlic paste, followed by chopped tomatoes. Add salt, chili powder coriander powder. Saute well.
Then add the drained chicken pieces. Cook on high, keep stirring and continue cooking till the water evaporates.
Simmer after that and cover with lid. Cook for 10 mins.
Just when the chicken is ready, sprinkle fried gram powder, saute for 2 mins and remove.
Enjoy as a starter!