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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chicken Vindaloo

Okay okay now, Thursday’s were never my laundry day gosh why did I make it one now!!! Yeah it was all about the Memorial Day weekend and the hangama out here changed my Thursday harmony into an ordeal!!! Yeah carrying that big - oh not so big though neatly, oh I hear you ask me why neatly for a laundry bag and the answer is that me he he he, sorted bags down 3 straight floors, hey I missed the half fleet of stairs to the basement mmmh huh(clearing my throat) with the laundry detergent yuhooo I realized I missed my keys in there, locking me out… So anyways half way down why bring the world down for that (wicked to myself), I chose the nicest or may be the cleanest washers and dumped the load in with the detergent. So how do I get in now??? Simple as long as the Apartment Managers is reachable why worry, very energetically I reached his apartment door!!!

Knock knock!!! Knock Knock!!! No one answered, he is an old man he usually takes his time to check on the door I waited, almost a minute then my worry meter started peeking up ha ha know why my Chicken Vindaloo was on the stove, I see you guys laugh at me!!! Knock Knock ok what now I walked to the main door of the apartment kept the door open, not locking me into the parking lot, rang his bell no one yet!!! The next thing that came to my mind was the fire alarm that will go on when my vindaloo will be charred and smoking out of the pan, oh okay now turning my worry meter down, I said to myself its gonna be fun… But what about the trouble that I will be causing oh Ramya how could you be so irresponsible??? Thinking what to do I stood there waiting to take refuge at anyone whom I would encounter that day!!! I knew my a coupla apartment was empty and the cleaning guys were working there okay I am gonna give a try buzzing other apartments, I could hardly take charge of laughter when I write this but the heights of desperateness was high when I concluded that!!!

Luckily before I made a fool out of myself I heard a car come and park looking at that my joy found no bounds oh that was my apartment manager, I told him that I locked myself out while I had my Chicken Vindaloo waiting to be treat good, on the stove he smiled and said “I thought you were the most responsible gal, who has not yourself out of your apartment”. I replied “don’t judge me by this incident”… Finally I was in and the aroma was amazing when I walked in the door!!! This Chicken Vindaloo recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey, I did make a lot of changes to the recipe but the base is from MJ’s book “from Curries to Kebabs recipes from the Indian Spice trial”. MJ has it as duck Vindaloo but I comfortably substituted Chicken. MJ says, Vinho means Wine Vinegar and alhos means Garlic and probably originated from the Portuguese – Indian colony – our famous Goa!!! For more info you gotta get hold of her book!!!



Ingredients:

Onion – 1 large cut into half rings
Ginger – 2 inches, grated
Garlic – 6-7 large plum pods, crushed
Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
Fenugreek Seeds – ¼ tsp
Chicken – close to 2 lbs
Tomato – 2 medium chopped
Cooking Oil – 3 tbsps
Curry Leaves – a few
Salt to taste
Sugar – a pinch
Vinegar – 2-3 tbsps
Bay Leaves – 2 nos.
Water – ½ cup optional

Powder:

Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Paprika – 2 tbsps
Red Chilies – 3 nos.
Coriander Seeds – 1 ½ tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 ½ tbsp
Pepper Corns – 10 nos.
Nutmeg – a dash
Garam Masala – 1 tbsp (Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom Seeds)

Method:

Dry Roast Red Chilies, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Pepper corns, Cinnamon, Cardamom Seeds, and Cloves, blend them to a smooth powder then add the Turmeric Powder, Paprika and freshly grated Nutmeg. Set aside.

In a large skillet heat Cooking Oil and add the Bay Leaves when the Oil is hot. Add the washed Chicken to it and let it cook until a coat of brown is formed or color is changed. Remove and set the Chicken aside do the same with the remaining Chicken. Do not add any extra Oil.

Now when all the Chicken is done remove the Bay Leaves from the Oil, add the Mustard Seeds and Fenugreek Seeds when they splutter add the Onions and Curry Leaves, fry until translucent. Throw in the grated Ginger and pressed Garlic when the aroma leaves add the powder and stir well and cook for a few minutes.

It’s time for the Tomatoes now, cover and cook until Tomatoes turn tender. Next in order is the Chicken, drop them and mix well and cover and cook. You can add Water if you want more gravy but the Chicken itself will give away a ton of water, not a ton literally though. Adjust Salt and throw in the Sugar finally add the Vinegar to it and cook for a few minutes. Tada Chicken Vindaloo is ready!!!

Servewith: Rice or Roti



We all know about Jo of Sugar & Everything Nice, she had a giveaway a month ago for her first blog anniversary; the event was simple write a comment and her husband would choose from those who commented!!! She sent in these cute Wine Bottle Holders I found them lying on my door step on Tuesday (16th June 2009)had to wait a couple of day before I could click these nice pictures of them… For those who do not know her, she is an amazing cook and a baker, do visit her!!!

Am sending Chicken Vindaloo to

Viki's -- The Potluck - Chicken

87 comments:

Aysha said...

Hey thanks for the wonderful recipe.I am sure gonna make it dis weekend.Will tell you how it was.Hope it just turns out the way you made it:)

KennyT said...

Chicken vindaloo, hot hot hot^^.

Those wine holders are lovely!

Vrinda said...

This is slightly diffrent from my hubby's recipe,but the ingredients r same..looks yum..

Preety said...

i am vegetarian, but i am sure my husband would love this

Varsha Vipins said...

lol..I HAD to laugh when I read this..:D..if it was me,dunno whati'd have done..Glad that everything ended nice n that vindallo looks lip smacking.!:)

Rush said...

puck puck puck puck..killed!!
and eaten by ramya

Gita said...

I was laughing as I was reading this post....I too had an experience of locking myself out once in Hyderabad...we had the watchman to jump into the balcony and open the door :( Lovely dish dear, I have seen recipes for pork vindaloo...I have to try your soon :)

Padma said...

Chicken vindaloo looks great Ramya... good that you were back on time without burning ur chicken ...

kittymatti said...

Funny experience!
vindalooo.!! very cool recipe..will soon make a vegetarian version of this...thnx for sharing

Pooja said...

Oh what an experience locking yourself out with the curry on stove top! I would have been scared out of my wits had I been in your situation. Seems my smoke alarm is extremely sensitive! I should say you were pretty cool in that situation!
The chicken vindaloo looks very delicious. Its one of my favourites! And congrats on winning the wine holders..Looks lovely :)

Priya said...

Vindaloo looks fabulous!!! looks too yummy!!!haha am just laughing reading the story, luckily everything ended nice Ramyaa..

Sailaja said...

great.....

Mangala Bhat said...

cool recipe ..will try this using vegetables soon .

sowjanya said...

Ramya,

I could'nt help laughing out loud after reading how you got yourself locked out. Even we did the same long back. Yes you read it right its "We" two irresponsible people ;)

Well fun apart the chicken vindaloo looks awesome.

Parita said...

Oh me and my friend were once locked out, fortunately she stayed on ground floor and we made the watchman to climb in and open..dish looks yummy, love those wine holders, congrats on winning them!

doggybloggy said...

what a great story - and now you have a not so good reputation - hahha just kidding - nice photo of one of my favorite dishes!

Pavithra said...

Ha ha cannot stop laughing reading the story dear.. by the way looks yumm but only can admire it..

ARUNA said...

that's a great story Ramya..tempting dish and love those wine holders......v cute!!!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Ha-Ha! Nice story...
Lovely chicken too!
And lovely gifts too....

Viki's Kitchen said...

Portuguese style cooking inspires me a lot. Should get that book of MJ:)
Vindaloo and the story are awesome.
Thanks for sending this to the event.
Wine holder looks cute dear.

Pooja said...

hey ramya.. sometimes these desperate incidents when looked back kindle one's laughter.. i had this incident when i was in Paris.. i had to go down urgently .. straight form bed as my hubby had missed his car keys ( u know i used to wake up late, cuddling myself in the winters) and i just went like a devil and had missed my house keys .. on top of all this i was mistaken for a housekeeper. lol that was so hilarious.. the apartment manager came to my rescue ! never tried vindaloo.. wud love to try these !

Chow and Chatter said...

great story and lucky timing for a yummy curry

Preeti Singh said...

Thats a funnny story....but chicken vandaloo looks great.

sangeeta said...

i keep trying MJ's recipes n find them perfect....vindaaloo looks yummy and the wine bottle holders are just so cute...

your story of getting locked outside is hilarious....but the vindaaloo survived...

Happy cook said...

I want to have that vindaloo today for lunch drool drool.

Akal's Saappadu said...

I enjoyed reading your laundry day hahahah, funny day!

thank god you didn't char the vindaloo; I love chicken vindaloo, excellent with duck indeed :)

cute gifts too :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy recipe..delicious

SriLekha said...

vindaloo was so good!
wow! the gift is so nice!

Sakshi said...

Ok am gonna try ur recipe minus the other fatal ingredients....laundry and locking myself out..

keep the chicken recipes coming...love them..

Renuka said...

Vindaloo looks delicious..enjoyed reading your laundry fun...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh Gosh....what an incident...all ended on a aromatic note...Thank God! Hmmm i can smell the chicken Vindaloo from here...looks flavourful and yum....I too got those wine holders...will display them soon. Congrats on getting them...

Kalaivani said...

Ha ha ha ha..nice story.Once my friend locked inside the door with keys outside.It was the first house in a 3 story building and stairs are very next to our door.Couple of hours later a good neighbor informed us about the keys. So ur not at all irresponsible. btw the vindaloo looks delicious.Will try this with some veggies.

Arch said...

Vindaloo is one of my favourites...looks lovely...and those wine holders are so cute...Glad to made it back to your apt in time...

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Ramya, I believe some of our best recipes and dishes come about because of slight "accidents" or things we cannot control. I'm so glad your chicken came out OK. Sounds delicious.

Divya Vikram said...

Great to hear about to lock and thank GOd the manager came in before your chicken vindaloo starts getting damaged! Lovely recipe dear.

Cynthia said...

:) I am so glad you back into the apt. in time to save the vindaloo!

Sweta said...

Vindaloo always reminds me of my days in Goa!! Excellent-try out xacuti next :)

TBC said...

Glad to hear that your story had a happy ending.:D

The wine bottle holders look very nice.

Ramya Bala said...

aaha yummy chicken ramya..so evry tempting and wine bottle holder super...

Varunavi said...

Vindaloo looks great and those cute wine bottel holders look so beautiful :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Ha ha...thats a funny one, next time...have a spare key outside...somewhere hidden!!

Fiery hot vindalooo, love it!!

Subhie Arun said...

haha..funny story...vindaloo looks grt yar...will try soon..nice presentations..

Hari Chandana said...

nice click.. perfect for the event...

Kalaivani said...

Hi Ramya,

I have an award waiting for you at my space.Please do pick it up. :))

Trupti said...

ha ha ha..nice funny story..vindaloo looks delicious

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Premyscakes said...

interesting write up, and yummy vindaloo.

Ashwini said...

funny... wine holders looks awsome... vindaloo looks yum

lissie said...

I love chicken vindaloo...lip smacking recipe! beautiful wine holders!

Jyoti said...

Nice story..made me laugh ..vindaloo looks excellent !

Valarmathi said...

I too had experience of locking me out in balcony. Door lock got stuck. Anyways i had screwdriver in my balcony. With that somehow managed to break that lock and came in successfully. Next day my apt owner charged for replacing lock.:(

Chicken vindaloo looks yummy and delicious.

Smitha said...

Hey Ramya,
I had a similar situation when I was a kid ( abt 5 yrs old) but I locked myself in rather than out :). They had to break the door open to get to me.Nice recipe.

Priti said...

The name itself is so inviting Ramya..looks just fab

Purva Desai said...

This must have tasted heavenly....with lovely aroma of the spices.....wine holders look very appealing and creative...

Pinky said...

Chicken Vindaloo.....Never tried... waiting for that day... when I will try this ....Looks delicious...

and of course wine holder looks creative.......Thanks and congratulation your Talents....

rekhas kitchen said...

OMG any way your chicken vindaloo turn great.I can imagine how you feel at that time ohhh congrats on winning those lovely wine holders. and vindaloo looks yum yum.

Shabs.. said...

Wooowww....chicken vindaloo, that dish looks too tempting....I watched madhur jeffrey preparing this on a cookery show and i dono how many chillies she had added!!!!May be 18 of them. Vindaloo is supposed to be fiery toan extent that we poor people cant even eat....Yours looks too perfect.Great post.Will try this for sure. Bookmarking it.

Avisha said...

You still turned out a winner even though you got locked out.I too follow Madhur Jaffery's cook books. Hers was the first book I read when I came to the US.I missed this event as I had family

Bong Mom said...

He, he....you locked yourself out !!! Good the vindaloo survived, sounds delish

Bergamot said...

The vindaloo looks great. I think the extra time on the gas helped ;-) I would like to share my award with you. Do check it out on my blog :-)

My Experiments with Cooking said...

First time here. Lovely blog. Heard about chicken vindaloo, seeing the recipe for the first time. Looks yumm!

Ivy said...

Never made chicken vindaloo before but it sounds great.

VineelaSiva said...

What happened ramya no posts since many days by the way how r u?

Chow and Chatter said...

By the way I changed my site address to https://chowandchatter.blogspot.com
To match the name ! Love Rebecca

Jescel said...

your story had me laughing. don't worry, it happens to us all :o) that vindaloo sounds so amazing. i'm drooling :o)

Chef Jeena said...

YUMMMM! This sounds so aromatic and it looks gorgeous!

Sree vidya said...

Hi Ramya,
I have nominated you for kreative blogger award.
Check the details here.
http://vidyasrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/07/kreative-blogger-award.html

Vijitha Shyam said...

Yummy lip smacking post. Know what ramya! i have been thinking of a curry to be made with potato-caouliflower n peas, i jus saw ur previous post and thats on of my sides for the guests on sat nite. :-)
How have u been?whats news at ur end?

Kalyani said...

Ramya - I have an award for u on my blog ... Plz accept it .....

Science Bloggers Association said...

Nice Blog. Congrats.
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Anupama said...

Please collect your award from my blog :-)

Subhie Arun said...

hi ramya..hru..long time neva see u wth any post!//..is everything ok ad ur end!tcr dear bye

Sailaja Damodaran said...

congrats.collect ur award from www.sailajakitchen.com

Nostalgia said...

I like chicken vindaloo

Viki's Kitchen said...

Dear Ramya, How are you? Expecting your posts always.
Today I tried your milk peda. It is a big hit. I have made a post regarding that.
http://elitefoods.blogspot.com/2009/10/milk-peda-microwave-method.html
The credit goes to you only.
Thanks.

vidhas said...

Ramya, How are You? Where Are you:)
Accept youhttp://vidhas-jg.blogspot.com/2009/10/atta-sevai-and-awards.htmlr awards.

vidhas said...

Ramya, How are You? Where Are you:)
Accept youhttp://vidhas-jg.blogspot.com/2009/10/atta-sevai-and-awards.htmlr awards.

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Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

wish you a very happy and prosperous new year Remys.. :)
wr r u?? no news..

Rachana Kothari said...

I am new here, and i really laughed my heart out, reading yr story, luckily everything fell into its place. The proverb fits perfectly here
"All's well that end's well"..
the vindaloo looks great but i will try n make it with vegetables..
http://rachanakothari.blogspot.com/

Shabs.. said...

Nicely written....i would be defineltely u....I had once, na, twice kept the key inside and got locked on on suanday where these managers dont wokr and my husband had to jump thru the window...it was funny....but thank god we were in the ground floor....he had to place a chair on a table and jump in:D...we have so mnay things in mins and keys are 'least' important, u know....I to have seen MJ's vindaloo on tv, but thought she added way too many spices in that gravy which would even burn the ass!!lol....so i was thininking of reducing all the spices and making it one day!....oh sorry for the essay....but thats me when it comes to comment:)

Shabs.. said...

Oh my god....so mnay typos!!!well,its 1 am here, so cant blame....anyways ur curry looks fab!

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