Saturday, February 25, 2012

Behind the Scenes of a Chicken Curry

Another really basic cuisine breakdown. All I had in my freezer was Chicken Breasts left over from the Grilled Chicken Gig. I was really tired and wanted to finish off the dinner process. Finally decided to go for the basic traditional curry style.

Things needed:
Diced Chicken
Green Chillies
Mustard Seeds
Coriandar Powder
Chilli Powder
Turmeric Powder
Ginger and Garlic Pips
Chicken Masala Powder
Salt and Oil as needed

Action Plan:

1. Get all your ingredients ready. Take the ginger and garlic pips and crush it to paste on a traditional stone grinder. Add in some lemon juice during the process. (Now, grinding part is optional and the only reason I did it was because of being too lazy to turn on the electric mixer for this job).

2. Chop the onions to semi-rings, tomatoes to dices and chillies to tubes.

All the ingredients ready and handy to go! 

3. Mix well and Marinate for a few minutes, the Chicken Pieces with Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Ginger Garlic Paste, Salt and 2 teaspoons of curd. 

4. Pour some oil in a heated pan and add cut Onions to it. Stir Fry till golden brown and add in tomatoes, green chillies, chicken masala powder, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Stir well. 

5. Add in the marinated chicken pieces. Mix them well with the fried masala mix in the pan. Add in water and salt as needed.

6. If needed you can change the mix to a larger vessel. Cook thoroughly with the lid closed. At every occasional check, you can throw in some spices to add some flavor (Cardamoms,Nuts, Leaves, Sticks etc).

You now have a very easy to cook yet tasty Kerala Chicken Curry in front of you. 


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Orange Grilled Chicken: A quick and easy dinner

This is an extremely easy dinner recipe.

Things Needed:
Chicken Breast Steaks 2 Pcs
An Orange
Salt , Pepper Powder , Butter
Microsoft  Microwave Oven

1. Set up your workspace. Get everything ready and handy. Defrost the chicken. Pre-heat the oven and double check all the ingredients.

At this moment, I was pretty unsure on what to eat after 3 hours of day sleep! Photo: Tripod

2. Put the steaks in water and boil it till cooked. Add in some salt and pepper during the process. 

3. Use a fork to check the cooking progress and once done, take it out. Brush some butter over the cooked steaks. Also add some pepper and salt (If you want to use any grill-sauce on this, now is the time to add in and marinate the steaks). Place the steaks in the grill rack.

4. Grill the steak for about 20 mins (turning sides at 10 mins). 

5. Once if its says Beep and you agree ; place the steaks on a plate and pour in few spoons of the stock (mixed with a cup of orange juice) over it. Serve the very next second!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Contemporary Cuisines of Mandarin Express

Mandarin Express is a contemporary chinese restaurant located in Church Street, Bangalore. My hunt for authentic (even a runner-up) chinese cuisine took me to this fine place, a couple of days back. It was a sunny day and I was really tired after an hour of used-book hunting at Blossoms. Mandarin Express was right across the street and as I was starving, to passing out and eventually death, the decision making process on where to eat was considerably short.

The place looked cozy and pleasant with mood lighting and bright red on everything. (They even had an Orange-tree prototype right at the centre!) 

That's me waiting for my menu to arrive

I started my course with a set of Non-vegetarian Dumplings. 

I am a non-alcoholic but cant resist the occasional vibes from a cold breezer. 

Dumplings came straight from heaven. Amazing mixture and perfectly cooked, it literally melted in my mouth. The texture and the aroma reminded me of the countless and awesome dimsums I had while being in Singapore. A sip of the cold orange flavoured breezer was a quick and effective reset before another fork of Dumpling.

For the main course, I ordered the house special, Meal in a Bowl. 

Another great choice, with a mix of vegetables, meat, rice/noodles and sauces - this will grow on you. The combination I proposed was a bit too spicy, but the breezer helped a lot.

Verdict: Must Visit. Mandarin Express is a bit expensive. An average meal for two should cost you 1500 INR. They have a great menu with a wide variety of Chinese Cuisine. The Ambience is good. They have a lounge area as well, which is open to the streets, but is poorly maintained. Its recommended that you enjoy your meal inside where you can watch all the things in red and once again...the Orange-tree prototype!