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Goan Spicy Chicken

I have always liked Goan flavours. The spices used are unique with coriander being the main spice which differentiates the dish from other cuisines. Came across this recipe on this blog and decided to try it. I have made my own variations to the dish and it was yummy. 
A very good side dish for lunch/dinner.

Here is my take on this Goan dish


  1. Make a marinade of 1 small onion, 2 inch ginger, 4-5 garlic pods, 3 green chillies, juice of 1 lemon and salt. 
  2. Marinate 500 gms of chicken(I used chicken with bone) in this marinade for atleast 1 hour.
  3. Make a spice powder by dry roasting 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 tsp coriander seeds, 1 inch cinnamon, 3-4 cardamoms, 4 cloves, 4 dry red chillies on a hot tawa till they leave out an aroma. Cool the spices and then pound them or grind them to a fine powder. Keep aside
  4. Take a non stick pan and add 2 tbsp ghee. Fry the marinated chicken till golden brown and almost 80% cooked. See to it that the heat if maintained at all times and all the chicken pieces are fried well.
  5. Cut 2 onions into cubes and separate the florets and add to the chicken
  6. Add the spice powder to the chicken. Add 1 tbsp of tomato puree and mix well. Add ghee if needed.
  7. Add 1 tsp of sugar and adjust the salt. Add 1 tsp of vinegar to add some acidity to the dish.
  8. Mix well, garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot. This goes well with chapatis as well as a side dish.

Tried this recipe from last Saturday when friends Preeti Patil and Jay came over. This starter with its south indian flavors was a hit with them..
Very easy to cook and the key is in cooking the chicken till it is browned well. 

I have tried a lot of recipes from vahrevah and somehow they have always turned out now I am hooked on to the Sanjay Thumma's video stream on youtube

1. Marinate 1/2 kg chicken on the bone with 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and salt to taste. Keep this aside for at least 2 hrs before cooking
2. Take 2 tsp oil in a pan and heat it. When hot, add 1 tsp cumin seeds and saute till it is brown. I also added 1/2 tsp shahi jeera seeds for additional taste. Add 1 finely chopped onion, a pinch of salt and saute. When the onion is pink, add 1 sprig of curry leaves and saute.
3. Now add the chicken and mix well. Cover and cook the chicken on a low flame till about 80% done. This should take around 20 mins
4. Remove the lid and saute to remove the water that must have accumulated. Add 2 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp freshly crushed pepper powder. Keep sauteing in the process browning the chicken. Finally add 1 tsp garam masala powder and mix well. Remove from heat when you think the chicken is well cooked
5. Garnish with coriander  and serve hot as a starter or a side dish.

Sweet and sour Tawa paneer

A simple recipe - very easy to make and tasty too.

Sweet and sour Tawa paneer


1. Make a marinade of 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1 tsp red chilli flakes, 1 tsp tomato ketchup, 1/2 tsp tobasco sauce, 1 tsp sugar, 2tsp olive oil, 2 tsp finely chopped spring onion greens, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 grated garlic clove, 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Adjust the salt. I also added some lime juice to make it more tangy.
2. Marinate cubes of paneer in the marinade and leave aside for half an hour. I used about 250 gms of paneer but you can make the marinade according to your taste.
3. Grill while applying the marinade or fry on a hot tava with 1 tsp olive oil.

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