Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lychee Cashew Nut Payasam




Lychee Cashew Nut Payasam

Payasam is very popular dessert in Kerala and is made on every special occasions.Payasam is a very satisfying dessert and there are several varieties of payasam. This is a flavorful fruit and nut payasam. It is made with lychee fruit and cashew milk. Lychee is a summer fruit and  is very flavorful, and has a beautiful texture, soft ,translucent and sweet. You can buy cashew milk from the supermarket. I used Silk Creamy Cashew Milk. In addition sago pearls gives this pudding/payasam the desired creamy consistency. You can substitute it with rice or ada.Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Chopped lychee-1 1/2 cup
Cashew Milk- 2 1/2 cup
Condensed milk- 3/4 cup
Cashew nut (to make a paste)- 10-12
Sago pearls/ chowari-1/2 cup
Sugar-3 tbs
Chopped cashew nuts- 8-10
Raisins- a few
Crushed cardamom-3-4
Ghee-2 tsp




First step is to cook the sago. In a heavy bottom pan add 5-6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the sago pearls/chowari and allow it to boil. After a few minutes you can drain the first water and add fresh batch of boiling water (again 5-6 cups) and continue cooking the sago pearls till it is clear and translucent.  Strain and run under cold running water and set aside.
Peel the skin of the lychee and remove the seeds. Add this into a blender and pulse. Strain out the juice of the lychee and set aside.
Soak cashew nut in half cup warm water. Make this into a fine paste. Add this to the cashew milk and mix. Mix condensed milk and bring this mixture to a boil.
To this add the cooked chowari/ sago pearls and the strained lychee juice. Stir and cook in low medium flame for 3-4 minutes.When it starts to thicken add crushed cardamom and sugar( according to your sweet preference ) and mix. After two minutes switch off the flame. Heat ghee in a pan and roast cashew nuts and raisins. When golden brown pour this over the payasam. Serve warm or chilled.




Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Chicken Fry- Kodavu style (Coorg)




Chicken fry Kodavu style (Coorg)

 Kodavu Chicken  Fry is very yummy and easy to make chicken recipe. It is basically a dry preparation.I love experimenting with chicken and one of my cousins  shared this beautiful recipe last week. Star ingredient in this recipe is kachampuli or Coorg vinegar. This seems to be one predominant flavor in most Coorg recipe-the sourness from kachampuli. I have earlier posted a Coorg recipe with pork and it also has kachampuli.This chicken fry is unique with right combination of earthy spices and surprise sourness,but it is an extremely delectable chicken fry. You can also use dried kodampuli for this recipe.Serve with rice or chapathi.

Recipe courtesy: My cousin Siddharth 

Ingredients
Chicken - 1 lb
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Oil- 3-4 tbs
Onion- 1 medium
Chilly- 2
Ginger - 1 inch thick
Garlic- 5-6 pods
Curry leaves- a few
Kachampuli- 3/4 - 1 tsp

(or two piece kudampuli )
Coriander leaves- to garnish
Salt to taste

To roast and grind
Coriander- 2 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Cloves- 2- 3



Cut chicken into small pieces and marinate it with turmeric, salt and chilly powder.Set aside for half an hour.
Dry roast all the ingredients listed under roast and grind and make it into a fine powder.

Make a course mixture of onion, ginger, garlic and green chilly.

Heat oil in a pan and saute this crushed onion mixture and curry leaves. When it turns golden brown and the marinated chicken and stir fry for three to four minutes or till it changes color.Add 1/3 cup of water, cover and cook for three to four minutes.
Add kachampuli and salt if needed and cover and cook till the chicken is done.Add the roasted spice powder and fry in low flame till all the water is absorbed and the masala get coated on the chicken pieces. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

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