Wednesday, November 4, 2009


My hubby hardly ate chicken, till we were wedded..... But now he is so......... into it..... And me right from the beginning, loved chicken like anything....My dad till this date...taunts me about the way I eat chicken...the way I eat like a pussy cat drinking its milk...with eyes closed...till the last drop... LOL

Now both me & Kuku, indulge ourselves in it every now & then..... Amma, Maa in-law & doctors, ask me to keep a check or control myself feasting on the meat...but in vain... They say it is not good as it hinders my conceiving...But we always savor it till the last piece, like there is no tomorrow........
Hmmmmmmmmm....................can't help ourselves!!!!!!!!!

So when it gets very tempting to eat chicken... we think of something very delectable.... which is The favorite Chilli Chicken.... which is a slight different.... but it tastes yum!!!!! Now what about the main course???? It has to be a full fledged meal right!!!! I then remembered the lovely Instant Ghee Rice, mom had prepared on my birthday.... Now! Now! There goes the prep of a full fledged sumptuous Lunch.....



Long Grain Rice (Basmati) - 2 cups
Onion - 2 medium, finely sliced
Green Chilli - 2, slit lengthwise
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Bay Leaf - 2 pieces
Cardamom - 2 pieces
Cinnamon - 1", 2 pieces
Cloves - 4 pieces
Cashew nut - 20 pieces
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Salt to Taste
Water - 3 cups


Wash the rice & drain the water...Keep it aside & let it dry....Heat a cooker with a mix of oil & ghee..... When the oil is smoking hot, fry the cashews & keep aside. Then add the bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves & saute for a few seconds.... Now add the chillies & onions & saute till the onion turns translucent. Add the rice & saute for 4 minutes, with regular stirring. Now add water, add salt & turmeric powder & stir to let the ingredients blend well. Then finally add the fried cashews & cover it with the lid.... Pressure cook it for 4 whistles. Once the steam releases, open the lid & empty the rice into a serving bowl. Garnish with any garnishing, of your choice....

Ghee Rice

Ghee Rice

Now the Accompaniments.....




Chicken - 1 kg, cleaned & cut into medium sized pieces (Legs intact)
Egg - 1
Curd - 3/4 cup
Food Color - 1/4 tsp (Optional)
Edible Oil - 2 tsp
Oil to shallow fry

For Masala Powder Mix: -

Chilli Powder - 4 tsp
Cornflour - 2 tsp
Cinnamon (Cassia) - 1", 2 pieces
Cloves - 5
Salt - 5 tsp

For Dry Masala

Garlic Cloves - 20 pieces (finely chopped)
Curry Leaves - 10 pieces
Capsicum - 1 big (finely sliced)
Onion - 1 big (finely sliced)
Green Chilli - 2 to 3 (slit lengthwise)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 5 to 6 twigs (finely chopped)
Cashew nuts - 10 pieces


Make a masala of the above ingredients & keep aside. Now marinate the chicken with the above masala mix, edible oil, color, curd & egg, & keep aside for one hour....

Chilli Chicken

Now heat oil in a pan or deep bottomed vessel to shallow fry the marinated chicken.... On a low flame, keep tossing the chicken at regular intervals, to avoid it from burning. Once the chicken pieces are done, remove &on absorbent paper & keep aside.

Chilli Chicken

Chilli Chicken

Chilli Chicken

In the same oil fry the cashew nuts & keep aside. Now add chopped garlic cloves & saute till it turns golden & add green chilli & saute further... Then add the onions & capsicum & toss them over...just toss them over regular intervals to avoid them from getting cooked.. They taste better when they are just sauteed. They would be hard & not cooked, which get them to lose their crispiness.... Once done, now add in the chicken, cashew & the left over masala.. that is the left over marination fluids.... to the veggies... That would give the dry masala the subtle taste required....

Chilli Chicken

Chilli Chicken

Now mix & toss the entire contents in the pan or vessel for sometime.... Now garnish with chopped coriander & spring onions... & Serve hot with the Ghee rice..... Yummmmmmmmm!!!!!!

Chilli Chicken

You can add another dry item to this meal... !!!!

Generally, I hate the thick flesh pieces of chicken.. I love the bone pieces, with flesh attached, but not the flesh pieces all by itself, without any bones... Hence I separate them & prepare kebabs or 65 out of them.... And that is how I make these pieces edible for me & my family....



The hard chicken pieces

For marination:

Curd - 1/4 cup
Food Color - 1/2 tsp
Corn Flour - 2 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Salt to Taste
Kebab masala or Chicken 65 mix - 2 tsp


Marinate the hard chicken pieces with all the above metioned ingredients & set aside for an hour. Then just deep fry them. When the pieces are done or turn the Kebab color, just remove them on an absorbent paper & serve hot with the above course.

Chicken 65

Hence ends the yum & rich affair...... in your tummy.... yummy yummy!!!!!! ;-)

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My favorites are those bugs...real cute ones...


& the other is the Moon Decal Sticker...Oh! how romantic that is...Just like me & my Kuku, how apt would that be for my bedroom....!!!!!!!
(Love Birds romancing....)

(Keeping fingers crossed!!!!)

Beautiful Decal designs, I simply love them.....

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  1. You have given a beautiful album in the side with both u and ur hubby's pictures.The two of u look lovely and nice.Even though I am a pure vegetarian I will give u a cooment that whatever pictures u have taken r bright and nice.

  2. That was a quick fix..:-) All the side dishes look awesome..very tempting. Both are my fav..:-)

  3. Ghee rice looks so inviting Asha.. I will subsitute a veggie accompaniment and relish it soon :)

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  5. Ghee rice looks yummy and its so easy to prepare..and chicken side dishes looks tempting and superb..Feel like having some..Makes me hungry.:)

  6. Wow....Awesome n yummy dishes dear...

  7. Oh WOW !! The whole meal looks yummy and delicious. Would definitely try to make these chicken delicacies.

  8. wow !!!!!! looks excellent,nice click.Looks like restaurant dishes

  9. Very flavorful rice and colorful chicken...yummm...

  10. My husband doesn't much like chicken and I simply love it. It is so good for you and not too expensive. Rice goes perfectly with it too.

    P.S. You ever get to my neck of the world, you bring the food and we can hang out in the garden.:)

  11. Really very tempting and mouthwatering...great combination...

  12. The ghee rice looks nice, with each dana and dana of the rice separate.Cooked to perfection dear.

  13. wow ghee rice and chilli chicken just perfect combo for dinner...looking really mouthwatering and so tempting pics too...

  14. Thank You Everyone for those lovely comments's very pricey....God Bless!!!!

  15. Rice and cashew! It is so tasty that I am ready it is always!

    cashew very much "female nut" it very useful also promotes female health.

    Thanks for the magnificent recipe and the link. My small Tiger waves to you pad! I too very much want that it was always small. But it so quickly grows!!! And eats much! Under your recipe he too ate rice)))

  16. I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation and ghee rice looks delicious and yummy. The pictures looks tempting and mouth watering.
    You are welcome in my blogs.

  17. Ghee rice is an all time favorite but never had it with chilly chicken, it looks terrific. Must try it, i guess.

  18. Hi Asha,
    That indeed was an instant recipe for ghee rice, I like it when the grains are fluffy ...u've cooked it damn well.beautiful pics.
    Since I've given up on n-v food, all I can say is ur chicken dish prep looks awesome, am sure u both would've had a yummy time feasting :)


  19. All the entries look mouthwatering. The ghee rice is just perfect!

  20. Perfectly cooked rice. It looks awesome. I am tempted to try them this weekend

  21. Wowow, u made me droool over tat ghee rice..superb.. i will surely try this recipe as a vegetarian :)

  22. Dear Asha,
    Good Evening!first time here!lovely and yummy ghee rice;but i prefer veg side dishes.
    I could feel your enthusiasm.great work.kudos!
    wishing you a lovely night,

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  24. Thats a superb and fullfilling Meal...I should say its a feast..
    Rice and chicken looks amazing :)
    Love to grab it now and can finish it off within minutes..
    Excellent pics too...

  25. The photos on your blog make me hungry. Ghee rice looks yummy!

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  27. OMG! Thank You all for those lovely comments u left.... kicks me to make it THE BEST for u all.....



  28. Mouth watering ghee rice & yummy chicken curry.My hubby's favorite chicken,looks so good

  29. Although a vegetarian, I loved the colour and the presentation. Your love for the dish has been aptly depicted in the pics.


  30. You have a wonderful mouth watering dishes..I liked ur blog and I am a follower now ..pls do visit and follow my blog .

  31. Ghee rice looks tempting and those bug stickers lovely .Do visit

  32. Sangeet Mailed Saying - "Wonderful blog asha.Even i had the craving for chicken,now i eat it once in a while :)Just saw the Erich segal's love
    story nvl in your blog,even i have it but yet to commence it though.Take care.Keep in touch."

    Thank You So much!!!!!

  33. Now this is a real feast, love chicken in any form...this is too good, can't wait to try them soon...

  34. I am staring at those yummy yum dishes and droooling here!..what a majestic combo..ghee rice and hmm chicken!!!

  35. Hey the rice and the curry look tooooooooooooooooo tempting and still did not had lunch seeing this my stomach is making sounds. Yumm.. hey regd award go ahead buddy. Keep rocking!!!

  36. Recipe is so delicious, excellent pictures!!

  37. Beautiful blog. Love the presentation. Love the recipes. Your pitures are so vibrant and colorful. This is one good looking meal.

    First time here, but I'm sure will be here often.

  38. First time to your blog.. You have very beautiful blog.. mouthwatering ghee rice, colorful chicken fry looks so delicious and tempting... I liked your blog and become your follower..
    Do visit my space when you get free time.

  39. good looking chicken. you have nice blog dear.

  40. Beautiful ghee rice and chicken! Thank you for posting it!

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