Chicken Keema Curry

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Festive spirit is raging high among Bongs with Durga Puja just round corner (only 11 days). There is so much to talk about – Puja Barshiki, history of Durga Puja, Durga Puja in Kolkata, memories of school/college days, Mahalaya hymns, my experience at last year’s Puja at Bangalore and of course the Puja wardrobe, Puja recipes – that I became overwhelmed with to write and what to leave out.

So, here’s the deal.

Starting today, I’ll write a post a day till Puja starts. And in these posts, I hope to cover ‘Pujor Amej’ (Festive Flavour) in terms of food, history and a bong’s insight. There would be occasional touches of fashion trends too.

And some updates on Durga Puja Food Festival too. Hurry folks, the deadline for getting a chance for an entry in the eBook and a prize is 22nd September. Click here for more information.

Puja is almost at the door steps and am counting on the days, just 11 days to go. The first essence of the puja you get in Kolkata is the sale of the Puja Barshikis. At this time of the year the fat magazines is a well known scene at the news paper stalls. I had not yet bought my share of Puja Shankha this time, but just brought back home this month’s edition of Anadamela. The trigger was the painting of a Durga idol on the cover page of the edition; it said “Pouranik Galpe Debi Durga” (Mention of the Goddess Durga in mythology). I’ll let you all the stories in the corresponding posts, so be patient.

Durga Puja

There had been several stories about the inception of this autumn festival, which became the most important festivals among Bengalis, and for that matter Hindus. My most fond memories of Durga Puja are the dawn of Mahalaya. Mahalaya is said to be the day of the inception of the goddess. This day also marks the last week on countdown for the pujas, and so it is so special. With the cracking of dawn starts the radio program for Mahalaya. When I was a kid that was the only source, these days every Bengali channel shows their version of Mahalaya, but still listening to the hymns sung by Virendra Kishore Bhadra in a half-awake state is my favorite.

What I thought of posting today has nothing to deal with Mahalaya or Durga Puja, but with less than a fortnight to go before the festival starts and as I have missed the last year of Durga Puja celebration in Kolkata, I am looking forward for this year. When it’s autumn, the air, the blue sky with the fluffy wet white clouds, the bamboo structures getting ready for the puja, the crowd at the shops – everything just compelling me to talk about the goddess and the way these four days is spent.

In my previous posts I had written about a lot of chicken preparations, but this time I just shifted a little and prepared with minced chicken. Those of you, who are fond of mutton or lamb, can also prepare it with minced meat.

Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 15 – 20min

Ingredients:

  • Minced chicken (Murgir keema): 300gm
  • Potatoes (Aalu): 2 medium sizes, cut into quarters
  • Sour curd (Tauk Doi): 2 tablespoons
  • Onion paste (Peyaj bata): 2 tablespoons
  • Ginger-garlic paste (Aada-rasun bata): 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder (Halud guro):  ½ teaspoon
  • Chili powder (Sukhno lanka guro): 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil (Sarser tel): 4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  • Clean the keema  in a colander and keep for sometime for the water to drain out
  • Heat half the oil in a wok and half fry the potatoes and keep aside
  • Pour in the rest of the oil and let it heat
  • Add in the onion and ginger-garlic paste and sauté
  • Add the half-fried potatoes, sour curd, turmeric powder, chili powder and salt ; and stir till the color changes a shade darker and it becomes dry
  • Put in the keema and stir again
  • Pour in water and let the keema cook till tender
  • Take out of flame and serve with warm rice

Chicken Keema Curry

Further reading: Kheema Recipe, Keema in Naan

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Non-Veggie Recipe Roundup

It was a great honour to host this event. As it was, it was the first time I had hosted any event on my blog. It really felt nice to receives lots and lots of recipes from everyone of you. I thank all to make this event a great success. So here are the recipes for the Non-veggies event round up.

Post a comment on which recipe you liked the most and please leave out your own recipes.

This is in the order of how I received the recipes:

Sharmila was the first person to send me this yummy looking fish kheema for the event.

Fish Kheema

Fish Kheema

Manasi with her lots of energy had many a things to share and here are her contributions.

Seekh Kabab

Seekh Kabab

Lukhmi

Lukhmi

Shikambur Kabab

Shikambur Kabab

After fish and meat it has to be egg, so here was Vij with her Disguised Egg Curry.

DISGUISED EGG CURRY (EGGS COOKED IN CASHEWNUT AND POPPY SEEDS SAUCE)

DISGUISED EGG CURRY (EGGS COOKED IN CASHEWNUT AND POPPY SEEDS SAUCE)

And now comes the dear exception. With the girl chefs around, I came across somebody who is a little different. He is non other than Siddharth, he was good to send me his simple recipe of EggVeg Ginger Garlic Maggie Noodles, and to tell you the truth, it has become very popular among those who can light the gas oven and knows nothing more. Check his blog for more details.

EggVeg Ginger Garlic Maggie Noodles

EggVeg Ginger Garlic Maggie Noodles

Suma was there next with chicken kheema and chiken samosa. A all time favorite of all Indians for an idle evening ideal snacks.

Chicken kheema

Chicken kheema

Chicken samosa

Chicken samosa

With the snacks getting over had to have something little more spicy, and yes Arundhati was ready for that. The Tandoori chicken was ready to serve.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

It was now time for my dear friend Priti, who had sent a number of recipes for the event and here are the list: Grilled Chicken, a different style Egg Drumstick curry, the delicious and yummy Prawn Masala, and ofcourse the main course Egg Briyani with Rajma.

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken

Chicken curry with capsium baby corn

Chicken curry with capsium baby corn

Prawn Masala

Prawn Masala

Egg Biriyani with Rajma Raitha

Egg Biriyani with Rajma Raitha

Vij has sent another yummy recipe with egg, Egg Kheema Curry.

Egg Kheema Curry

Egg Kheema Curry

Priya was all set to have a massive entry for the event, and here she is with five of her delicious non-veggie recipes. Hyderabadi Chicken 65,  Malabar Egg Thokku, Egg 65, Shark Hash Kuzhambu, and Spicy Fish Gravy.

Hyderabadi Chicken 65

Hyderabadi Chicken 65

Malabar Egg Thokku

Malabar Egg Thokku

Egg 65

Egg 65

Shark Hash Kuzhambu

Shark Hash Kuzhambu

Spicy Fish Gravy

Spicy Fish Gravy

Shama sent nice South Indian non-veggie recipes for the event. Mutton Kulambu/Goat meat Curry, Chicken Pulikulambu, Chicken kulambu, Fish Mango Curry and Fish Kulambu.

Mutton Kulambu

Mutton Kulambu

Chicken Pulikulambu

Chicken PulikulambuChicken Kulambu

Fish Mango curry

Fish Mango curry

Fish Kulambu

Fish Kulambu

Priyanka sent the chicken specialties Murghir jhol and chicken rezala, and look they seem to be so mouth watering.
Chicken Rezala

Chicken Rezala

Murgir Jhol

Murgir Jhol

And last but not the least it was Srivalli who had sent me her Fried Chicken with Eggs. To add here she had specially made this preparation for the Non-Veggie event.
Fried Chicken with Eggs

Fried Chicken with Eggs

Thank you everybody for taking active part in this event and making it a huge success. I hope that I have added all yours recipes. If somehow I had missed out any please do notify me through email or just post a comment with this roundup.
THANK YOU very much. Keep in touch. Till then HAPPY COOKING AND HAPPY EATING.

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