Thursday, December 20, 2012

Saag Murgh Makkhanwala or Spinach Chicken with Butter

One more spinach item was our today’s dinner. As I told before me and my husband we both love spinach, so love to try something new always with spinach. Spinach is really very healthy and with chicken it’s become tastier. While doing grocery shopping I got lots of fresh spinach today, that’s why I can’t stop myself to prepare something with spinach.

Spinach has a high nutritional value. And fresh spinach is really good for kids also. I used to add spinach in my daughters food too.

This one I made with butter if you don’t want to add butter then you can cook in canola or sunflower oil also. Just add little butter after finishing the cooking. I named it Saag Murgh Makhanwala to this lovely dish and specially for upcoming holidays.

 Preparation time: 15 mints.
Cooking time: 40 mints.
Serve for 2 people.

1.Chicken: 600 gm (boneless or with bone cut into small pieces).
2.One bunch of fresh spinach.
3.One medium finely chopped onion.

4.One table spoon ginger and garlic paste.
5.One small chopped tomato.
6.Two tea spoon curd.
7.Cumin powder, Corinader Powder,Red chili powder, Garam Masala Powder (half tea spoon of each item).
8.Whole garam masala(2 clove, 2 cardamom, one small cinnamon stick, one small bay leave, few black pepper).
9.Half cup thick milk.
10. Salt and sugar as per taste.
11.Three table spoon butter or Sunflower oil.

Marinate the chicken pieces with some salt, red chili powder, freshly crushed black pepper and curd for one hour.

Now wash and chopped the spinach and boiled with some salt. Let it cool down, now make a smooth paste with that and keep it aside.

Add some butter in a vessel and fry the marinated chicken pieces in high heat and keep them aside.

Now add some more butter on the same vessel and add the whole garam masala after few second add the chopped onions, chopped tomato and ginger garlic paste and cook till the onions are transparent.

Now add the spices powder with some salt and sugar, and cook till the oil separate. Now add the fried chicken pieces with the milk and cook with a lid till the chickens are almost done.

Now add the boiled spinach paste and cook till the gravy become thick (around 4 to 5 mints in low flame).

Your Saag Chicken Makhanwal is ready served hot with Roti or Paratha.


Potato and Squash curry with Lentil Fritters

Every day while entering into the kitchen my daily problem is to think what to cook. It’s really a horrible job, before marriage I thought something I will cook for our daily lunch or dinner. But to think that something is a big task for me. I think all of you are facing the same problem every day.

After so much of plan I called my Maa and she told me to cook one nice Squash Curry with Daler Bora or Lentil Fritters. It’s a very simple recipe but with plain rice this one is just too good. Hope most of you know this recipe but this one is for those who don’t know.

Squash is really very good for health and with the Dal or Lentil it becomes healthier. This one is perfect for a simple lunch.

Preparation time: 15 mints.
Cooking time:  30 mints.

Ingredients:For Bora or Fritters:
1.Urad Dal : 100 gm (soaked into water for overnight).
2.One Medium size chopped onion.
3.Two chopped green chilies.
4.Some salt.
5.Sunflower oil for frying.

For Curry:
1.A small squash (cut into small cube size).

2.One medium size potato (cut into cube size).

3.One small chopped tomato.
4.Two to three split green chilies. One Inch Ginger.
5.Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder (half tea spoon of each item).
6.One Dry Red Chili, One Bay leave, Few Cumin Seeds.
7.Salt & Sugar as per taste.
8. Sunflower oil.
9.Half tea spoon of ghee.
For Bora or Fritters:

Make a smooth paste with the soaked dal. Now add chopped onions, chopped green chilies and salt.
Now make some small round shape flat balls with the mixture and deep fry them in oil. After frying soak the extra oil in a paper towel, and keep it aside.

Now add some oil in a vessel and add the cumin seeds, bay leave and dry red chili. Now add the squash pieces and potato pieces into the vessel and fry for some time.

Make a paste with ginger, green chilies and tomato; add all the spices powder into the paste. Now add the masala mixture into the vessel with some salt and sugar.

Cook till the oil separate, now add some water and add the Lentil Fritters or Daler Bora. Cook with a lid till the potato and squash cooked properly. Now sprinkle the ghee and serve hot with plain rice.