March 18, 2009

Chicken masala, birthday party and a thing of beauty.. :)

Posted in chicken, Indian Lunch, Non Vegetarian, sides, Uncategorized at 11:40 am by kalpana


my son has  turned one! yayyy! 🙂

It was so tempting to see the left over  Cake lay on the kitchen island . Since i am on diet 😦 , i didnt want the temptation to win over me.. so i quickly packed the leftover cake and stored it in the refrigerator (No.. i am not going to eat it ever 🙂 ).I heard someone say this -‘ A minute on the lip ,forever on the hip ‘ :).  And now this has become my slogan 🙂  . As i said, since iam on diet i am cutting back on rice. I try to make flavorful and spicy meals so that i dont miss rice that much.The following recipe is my mother’s chicken recipe.My mother though  a strict vegetarian, makes the best chicken masala  without even tasting can use chicken breasts,thighs or even drumsticks  for this  recipe.

Chicken masala


  • Chicken cut into 1 inch pieces – 1/2 pound
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1  1/4  tablespoons
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Whole pepper corns – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon ,cloves,bayleaf – 1 stick,4,1 respectively
  • onion finely chopped – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 4
  • Chilly powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Dhania powder (coriander seeds) – 3 teaspoons
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Tamarind paste –  2 teaspoons (can be adjusted to taste)
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • oil – 3 tablespoons


  1. Heat oil in  a pan.Add the fennel seeds,Bay leaf,cloves,cinnamon sticks,curry leaves and pepper corns.fry them on medium flame.Pepper corns may burst .watch out for it and stay away 🙂
  2. Add the finely chopped onions and cook it till it turns golden brown.
  3. Add the ginger- garlic paste and saute them until you get rid of raw smell .
  4. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook till they are well done.
  5. Add the chilli powder,turmeric powder,salt,dhania powder and cook them for a min.
  6. Add the chicken pieces and a little water to it.Mix well,cover it with lid and cook well on medium flame until the chicken is well done.Add the tamarind paste and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve it with rice.


My hubby surprised me with a chocolate fondue on valentine’s day.It tasted scrumptiousssssss  though he scorched it  a little bit :).I made the strawberry hearts for him.These two looked too pretty to eat….so we just left it and had the rest :).




  1. Asha said,

    YAY! First birthday! Happy first to him. I know it’s more exciting for parents thatn the kid right now but it will get better and adult crowd will shrink! 😀

    Cake looks yummy, Sponge Bob! :))

    Chicken look delicious. Lucky girl, my husband is always on call on every occasion! 😛

  2. kalpana said,

    Thank you asha..I hope he enjoys his next birthday.
    My hubby worked till noon on valentine’s day too 😦 ..but thank god he was back home by noon.:)

  3. Vani said,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Kalpana.

    Congrats on your son turning one! Loved the spongebob cake! chicken looks wonderful.

  4. kalpana said,

    Thank you vani for visiting my blog…seeing the pictures in your blog i was like…wowwwww! 🙂

  5. SGD said,

    Belated Happy Birthday to your son!!

    The chicken looks WOW!! And I’m sure it tastes great too…

  6. kalpana said,

    Thank you for the wishes and for the comment SGD 🙂

  7. pooja said,

    Belated wishes to your son kalpana.Cake is looking yummy….chicken is looking delicious…

  8. kalpana said,

    Thank for the wishes pooja 🙂 and welcome to my blog 🙂

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