Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Simple Chicken Pakoda

A deliciously and satisfying Indian starter, which is perfect when served with a variety of sauces. These chicken pakodas are quick and easy to make and taste fantastic.

Ingredients for Chiken Pakoda :

1/2kg skinless chicken (cut into small pieces)
1 Egg
1tsp Pepper flakes
1tsp Corn powder
Salt as per taste
oil for deep-fry

To prepare Chiken Pakoda :

1. Mix all the ingredients except oil and keep it aside for 15/30min
2. Deep fry the chicken in the hot oil till golden brown or till chicken gets tender.
3. Simple chicken pakoda is ready. Serve hot as a starter or as a side dish or simply with Chai.
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Mango Dal Andhra Recipe

Since I stayed in Andhra for more than 10 years, my day-to-day recipes closely resembles the Andhra cuisine. We know that this mango dal is also an andhra dish. I wished to prepare it. Loved the combo of the tangy mango and toor dal which gives an unique taste for this dal.

Ingredients for Mango Dal :

Raw Mango - 1 no, 1 cup when chopped
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Green chilli - 6 no

For seasoning :
Olive oil - 3 tsp
Asafoetida - a big pinch
Mustard seeds - 1/2tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2tsp
Dry red chillis 2no slit into two
Garlic - 3 nos, chopped
Curry leaves -1 strings
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To prepare Mango Dal:

1. Wash and soak Toor Dal for 30 minutes.
2. Pressure cook soaked Toor Dal, green chills and Mango together for 3-4 whistles or till the toor dal becomes soft. Wait till the steam from pressure cooker subsides.
3. open the lid and mash the dal well to this add turmeric and salt mix well.
4. Meanwhile in another pan put olive oil, asafoetida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds, when mustard seeds starts spluttering, add red chilli, garlic and fry till garlic turns to golden color then add curry leaf, after 30sec Turn the flame off and pour this seasoning to the mashed dal.

Tips / Notes:

·        Make sure to chop the mangoes into big chunks in case if you are pressure cooking it along with toor dal
·        My toor dal normally gets cooked well in 6 whistles after soaking it for 30 minutes and hence I mixed both toor dal and mango together to make the job easier. If not, cook dal and mango separately and add it together to make this dal. Add seasoning after mixing both cooked mango and toor dal.
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