Friday, August 24, 2012

Chicken Hearts Fry

Chicken Hearts ..... As a kid it was something I used to search in chicken curries. When my parents finds one they used to give that to me. Now I follow the same tradition. My son loves it and asks me while I cook. "Amma, did you get it?".

While I was visiting my brother- in-law, my Co-sister made a curry with "Chicken hearts"with Puttu for breakfast. It was so delicious. We all loved it. We had lots and lots of chicken heart without searching it in chicken curry. I told my husband that we should buy it from there and take it home. Till then I was not aware that it was available in our local store too. So the next time we saw "Chicken Hearts" sitting in our store we brought it. And my son kept on reminding me about making it. He even took care of his younger brother while I made this dish. I heard him telling his little brother, "Chettan (Big brother in malayalam) is really hungry and Amma is making curry. So don't disturb her."

Well, here goes the recipe.

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Ingredients:
1)Chicken Heart - 2 Lb

2) Big Onions - 3 (Sliced)
3)Garlic - 10-12 cloves (Chopped)
4) Ginger - 1 piece (Chopped)
5) Green Chilly - 2
6) Curry leaves

7)Chilly powder - 2 tsp
8) Coriander powder - 3 tsp
9) Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
10) Perinjeerakam Powder(Fennel Seeds Powder ) - 1 tsp
11) Garam Masala - 3 tsp

Method:

  • Add oil to a pan. When it is hot add the Onions. Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies. Saute. 
  • When  onions turns brown add curry leaves. Saute. Add the masalas - Chilly powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, Perinjeerakam Powder, Garam Masala Powder. Saute well.
  • When the smell of masalas roasted comes, add the chicken hearts and salt. Saute and cover the pan with lid.
  • Remove the lid when the heart is cooked. And stir occasionally till the water dries up.

Source: My own recipe






Monday, August 13, 2012

Uppu Manga (Green Mango in Brine)

UPPUMANGA ( Tender Mango in brine)

Uppumanga and Kanji (Rice with Rice cooked water) is one of my favorite combinations. It gives me immense satisfaction to come back home after a trip and have some kanji and uppumanga after eating all the fast food during the journey. A typical Keralite can understand what I meant here. I love to try varieties of food and restaurants. But some of our old favorites will always remain somewhere .

Some dishes bring back to us memories of some people and places. I called my mom to ask about the procedure of "making uppumanga " when I got some mangoes from our local Indian stores. It remind her of her father who passed away recently. Last year it was him who gave her Mangoes for her 'uppumanga'. He brought it for her also while he made it for him. (Her mother is no more. Even when my grandmother was there, he used to help around the kitchen.) She told me that after his death when they had food there the 'uppumanga' he made was still there. While I had my uppumanga I also remembered him and the last trip we had with him while I went for my vacation to India last year. We visited my mother's sister and my late grand mother's brothers and went to a historical church and he was talking a lot on the journey.  He was a person who never wanted to disturb others for his needs and traveled in bus and used to walk while he can easily afford a car. My dad was always ready to help but he tried his best not to disturb him. How can be people be so simple. His father was somebody who owned 2 boats at a time when owning  even one boat was a luxury in that area. For us the young generation walking even 1 mile is not easy. We drive a car or catch a bus or auto to nearest  office or college and jog in the evenings to burn calories. Salute the old generation !



Ingredients:
1)Green Mango - 28 mangoes ( 4 Lb)
2)Salt -   9 tbsp + 3 tbsp+ 3tbsp+ extra if you need
3)Boiled and cooled water (brought to room temp) - Enough to cover mangoes

Note: salt measurement are mine. I couldn't understand my mothers 'kg' measurement of salt and I didn't have a kitchen scale to measure salt. I had only spoons and cups to measure. But it came out well.)

 

Method:

  • Boil water and keep it aside to cool and come to room temperature.
  • Rinse well the mangoes and wipe off the water with a  clean towel. 
  • Add Mangoes in a clean jar or bharani.
  • Add salt. ( I added 3 tbsp salt after every 10 mangoes)
  • Add water enough to cover the mangoes.
  • Cover the jar with a clean cotton cloth and tie it securely with kitchen twine.
  • Close with the lid.
  • Keep it in a dry and dark area. (I kept it in my lower cupboard in the kitchen. Traditionally it is kept in Arra or nilavara. My mom keeps it in Arra.) 
Optional step:
         After one week I opened the jar and added 3 tbsp of salt. Again I tied it securely with cotton cloth. Then 2 weeks after that I again added 3 more tbsp. Then after two week I checked the salt in the water and added some more. You can add the salt all at once or follow this step.

Note:
I stored it for 3 months and opened and used after the 3rd month. The amount of time depends on quantity, quality and tenderness of mangoes. It can vary from one months to 3-4 months.

Arra- It is a room common in old ancestral houses in kerala and is used to store surplus food , wine , pickles and other things. The room has no windows and is made of wood. It is dark inside without light.