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Chicken Manchuria

Chicken Manchuria

This is a simple yet yummy appetizer,can be served as a starter or side dish or a snack.Easy process as we combine all ingredients and prepare small balls or small patties and deep fry and give it a nice saucy coating with few ingredients….just try and see….

Ingredients

Boneless Chicken/Chicken breast – 250g Minced

Plain flour – 4tbsps

Corn flour – 2 tbsps

Salt as per taste

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Green chilli – 1 deseed and fine chop/mince

Onion – 1 med fine chopped

Fresh curry leaves – 2 sprigs chopped

Yoghurt – 1 tbsp

Soy sauce – 1 tsp

Water – 2-3 tbsps for combining

Oil for deep fry

For the Sauce

Oil – 2 tsps

Garlic – 2 cloves finely chopped

Ginger – 1” pc fine chopped

Green chillies – 3 sliced diagonally

Fresh curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Spring onions – 2-3 stalks chop diagonally

Onion – 1 small chopped

Tomato ketchup – 2 tbsps

Soy sauce – 1 tsp

Green chilli sauce – 1 tsp

Method

Take a mixing bowl and drop in all the ingredients mentioned in the first set except oil and combine well.

keep covered with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-20 mins.

Then remove and prepare small balls or pattis with slightly greased fingers and keep.

Heat oil in a deep fry pan and fry the prepared manchuria balls in oil till golden brown and drain on paper towels.

In another pan/wok heat 2 tsp oil and drop in the Garlic,ginger,onion,green chilli and curry leaves and stir fry on high heat for about 2 mins and lower heat.

Now add the sauces and the fried chicken manchuria and combine well to coat,sprinkle spring onion and finish the dish.No need to add any salt in this stage as the sauces contain enough sodium in them..

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Rice and Vermicelli Patties

Rice and Vermicelli Patties

 

This dish is my experimental savoury snack,which came out very tasty and crispy.This is deep fried but doesn’t take much oil at all.Goes easy on the stomach….so even kids ENJOY…

 

Ingredients

Cooked Rice – 2 cups

Cooked Vermicelli – 1 cup

Onion – 1 large chopped

Green chillies – 3 deseed and mince or fine chop

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs chopped

Peanuts/Groundnuts – a handful crush sligtly

Plain flour/Maida – 4 tbsps

Chickpea flour/Besan – 2 tbsps

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – as per taste

Garam masala – 1/4 tsp

Cumin/Jeera – 1/2tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

For frying

Oil enough for Deep fry

For Serving

Tomato Ketchup or Sweet and Hot Tomato Sauce or Your favourite yoghurt dip

 

Method

In a large mixing bowl take all the ingredients mentioned above and mix well.

Add few spoons of water to combine and prepare patties.

Heat oil for deep fry and fry the patties till golden brown.

Drain on paper towels and then on to serving plates.

Serve hot with Tomato Ketchup.

 

Crispy,Crunchy and Tasty Patties

These Rice and Vermicelli Patties are soo….crispy and crunchy as we have added the crushed peanuts…for a variation try with cashew nuts too….Adjust chilli also according to your family taste….So go ahead and experiment….happy cooking…

 

 

Brinjal (Eggplant/Aubergine) Biryani

Brinjal Biryani

This Biryani is the Best tasty dish for Vegetarians,as well as Non-Vegetarians as it is full of flavour and taste of the “BIRYANI”……with easily available year long veggy and called as king of all veggies….low in calories along with its good taste….Go ahead and try if you wanna…have a taste!!!

Ingredients

Rice – 4 cups

Brinjals – Dark purple long and tender ones 10-12

Onions – 2 med sliced

Green chillies – 5

Tomatoes – 3 med chopped

Fresh Coriander – 1 cup leaves chopped

fresh mint – 1 cup leaves

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Yoghurt/curd – 2 cups whisked

Lemon – 1 whole (Extract Juice)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Biryani masala – 1 tsp (refer  Chicken biryani photo tutorial for masala ingredients)

Whole Garam masala For Rice as given below

Bay leaf  – 1 large

Cloves- 5

Cinnamon – 2” pc

Pepper corns – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1/2 cup

Ghee/clarified butter – 2 tsp

Salt – as per taste

Red chilli Powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Preparation

1.Wash rice and soak for atleast 1 hour.

2.Wash brinjals and remove stems and slit into quarters towards bulb side leaving a little to keep the whole thing intact,for stuffing masala.place them in salt water till use.

3.Prepare Biryani Masala  as said or with what ever ingredients you have  in hand for biryani.

4.Heat oil and fry sliced onion till golden brown and keep.

5.Chop tomatoes and green chillies and keep.

Method

In a mixie jar take half of the fried onion,biryani masala,2 tbsp yoghurt,half of fresh coriander and mint,2 green chillies and grind to a smooth paste.Now add little salt,red chilli powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder and mix well.

Now drain of the water from the slit brinjals and stuff the prepared masala paste into them and keep the remaining masala aside.

Take a thick bottom vessel and heat oil remaining from fried onion,and add curry leaves and 3 green chillies and add the stuffed brinjals.

Saute gently for a couple of minutes,add the remaining masala and chopped tomatoes,cover cook on low heat for 2-3 mins.

Stuffed Brinjals for biryani

Now add 1 cup of whisked yoghurt to the prepared biryani curry.

As you are doing this,on the other hand boil water  double the measure of rice,add whole garam masala,salt,1 tsp oil,little fried onion and add soaked and drained rice and cook aldente.

Add this cooked rice to the biryani curry prepared and drizzle remaining yoghurt,fried onion,fresh mint and coriander along with lemon juice and melted ghee on top and cover with aluminium foil tightly.

Place the thick bottom vessel on a tawa and on the cooking top or the vessel can be placed in the grill oven(OTG). Keep on med-low for 20-30 mins.

Remove foil carefully and serve hot with raita of your choice.

Goes well with Gongurachicken or any sorrel leaves(gongura) chutney.Refer Chutneys…

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