Chicken Kofta

“Where’s the party tonight” asked my brother on a Saturday. I know my brother very well and could read between the lines. I told him if he is yearning for good food then party is at home. And there he was ready with a fresh demand, “what’s new cooking today?” Chicken Kofta was the answer to his question but with an asterisk mark that he will have to help me in kitchen. Needless to say, my brother had to abide by the rules I had set, and we produced a super awesome dish.

chicken-kofta

Here is how we cooked it.

Ingredients –

For koftas
100 – 150 grams of minced chicken
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch piece of ginger
2 green chillies finely chopped
6-8 cashew nuts roughly chopped
5-6 raisins roughly chopped
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
A pinch of chatmasala
A pinch of roasted cumin powder
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
2 tablespoon corn flour
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

For Gravy
2 large onions
2 medium tomato
1 teaspoon garlic paste
½ teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon coriander powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon chilli powder (adjust to taste)
½ teaspoon garam masala powder
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
3 tablespoon cream, 1 tablespoon extra for garnishing
3 tablespoon oil
Salt to taste

Method –

Kofta
Mix cashew nuts, raisins, coriander, chillies, and a pinch of salt, chatmasala, roasted cumin powder in a bowl and keep this filling mixture aside. In another bowl take chicken mince, add grated ginger and garlic, salt, black pepper and corn flour to it and mix well. Now divide this mixture into equal portions to make lemon size balls. Stuff the cashew nut & raisins mixture in the mince balls and roll to seal the stuffing. Heat sufficient oil in a pan and deep fry the kofta balls on medium heat till it turns brown. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep them aside.

Note: If you have time, let the kofta balls set in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before frying.

Gravy
Heat one tablespoon oil in a pan and add sliced onions. Sauté till they turn golden brown. Remove from the pan and blend it to make a smooth paste. Deseed tomatoes and blend them to make a paste. Heat two tablespoon oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and bay leaves. Now add onion paste, ginger paste, garlic paste and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes, now add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and sauté. When the mixture is cooked or when it starts leaving the sides of the pan, add 1 ½ to 2 cups of water (as required for the gravy) salt and garam masala powder. Cover and let it simmer for a couple of minutes on low heat. Add kofta balls to the gravy simmer for 2-3 minutes on low heat. Now add cream and let it cook for another 2 minutes on low heat, and then turn off the flame. Keep it covered for five minutes and then serve.

Garnish with some cream and chopped coriander and serve hot with rice, roti, paratha or naan.

Do let me know in case you have a special request related to ingredients and recipes, I will try to help you out. See you soon with another interesting recipe, till then happy cooking.

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Dalia Upma

When you are unwell you want to eat tasty food, but unfortunately your doctor suggests otherwise. Last month my health went for a toss (as you can see I did not post any blog), and I was advised to take care of myself and eat HEALTHY food. Now as we all believe that healthy food is never tasty, so I was determined to find out healthier and tastier recipes during this month. Dalia Upma happens to be one of those recipes and also my favourite. I can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner accompanied by a bowl of fresh yogurt, and thats why I want to share this recipe with you first.

Dalia Upma

Here is how I cook it.

Following preparation will serve 4.

Ingredients –
1 cup dalia (broken wheat)
1 cup chopped vegetables (carrot, capsicum, beans, peas, tomato)
1 small onion chopped
1 tablespoon peanuts
2 green chillies chopped
2 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
8-10 curry leaves
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ inch piece ginger grated
Juice of half a lemon
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
Salt to taste

Method –
Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add asafoetida curry leaves first and then add chopped onion, grated ginger, green chillies, peanuts and turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute before adding chopped vegetables. Cook all the ingredients for another minute and add dalia (broken wheat). Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat or till the dalia (broken wheat) turns to light brown in colour. Add 2 cups of water and salt. Close the pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles or till it’s done. Remove from the flame and open the lid when the pressure is released. Add lemon juice and mix gently.

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.