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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Chicken Fry with Green Peas Pulav Rice

Chicken fry inspired by Cinnamon trails

Chicken Fry

After getting inspired by seeing Cinnamon's mouthwatering Chicken fry the other day, I immediately planned the same for my Sunday lunch with green peas pulav. Today we had a treat having the chicken fry with some onion-cilantro-yoghurt's salad/raita with a can of cold diet pepsi. Yeah I have soda when I have something non-veg dish cooking, thats helps with digestion (my funda). Hope you will enjoy this nice, tasty and juicy chicken fry. Keeping it short and sweet though, here is my adapted version of Cinnamon's chicken fry followed by green peas pulav recipe.

Source: Adapted from Cinnamon trails
Cuisine: Andhra, South Indian
Prepration & Marinating time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 4
1 pound of chicken thighs
1 medium size onion, sliced
2 green chillies, cut length-wise
2-inch cinnamon sticks (2)
4-5 cloves
2-3 bay leaves
1 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 tsp chilli/cayenne powder(paprika)
freshly greated nutmeg
1 tsp garam masala powder/spice mix
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
2 tbsp cooking oil
5-6 cashewnuts, halved and toasted for garnishing
1 tbsp chopped cilantro, for garnishing
salt as per taste
Grind to smooth paste:
1 small onion, roughly chopped
½ tomato, roughly chopped
2 green chillies, roughly chopped
1 inch ginger
2 cloves of garlic

  1. Clean the chicken and cut into bite size pieces or as per your requirements, you can keep the whole chicken thighs as it is.
  2. Marinate the chicken with turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and the prepared paste for at least 15 mins.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet, to this add the bay leaves, jeera/cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and cloves, fry for a minute.
  4. Add the sliced onions, green chillies and saute till the onions are translucent. To this add only the chicken pieces and fry them covered till they look cooked or for 10 mins.
  5. Afterwards add the remaining marinated paste, mix well and add the garam masala powder/spice mix, grate the nutmeg on top.
  6. Saute on medium high till all the moisture evaporates and the chicken pieces starts to caramelize, keep on frying till you get the desired color and flavor. Do check the spice level and salt, add if required.
  7. Garnish it with toasted cashew nuts and chopped cilantro.
  8. Serve with hot rice or any pulav/biryani.
Note:adjust your spice level accordingly while using green chillies or chilli powder.

Chicken fry served with green peas pulav

Green Peas Pulav

This green pea pulav recipe I learned from my Mother, who has inspired me in lot many ways and is a superb cook. I made a genuine attempt to bring in the same flavors as of my Mother but as is said, "Maa ka haath ka khane main kuch alag hi jaadu hain" But her formula works with ginger-garlic paste. This is a very simple and easy recipe to lay your hands on!

Source: My Mother
Cuisine: Indian
Prepration time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves: 4

2 cups of Basmati rice, wash and soak for 10 mins
1 red onion, sliced
2 green chillies, cut lengthwise
½ cup fresh/frozen green peas
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1-inch cinnamon stick
2-3 cloves
2-3 bay leaves
1 tsp garam masala powder/spice mix
1 cup whole milk or 2% milk
pinch of saffron strands (optional)
5-6 cashewnuts, halved
3 cups of water
salt as per taste

  1. Wash and soak the basmati rice for 10 mins approx.
  2. Heat oil in a medium size sauce pan, to this add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves jeera/cumin seeds and cashew nuts. Fry for a minute or till the nuts change to golden color and add the sliced onions, green chillies.
  3. Saute and add ginger-garlic paste, season with some salt, garam masala/spice mix, green peas and mix well all the ingredients. Lastly add milk to it.
  4. Stir in the rice and add water. For every 1 cup of uncooked basmati rice we have to add 2 cups of water, since we already added 1cup of milk to it we now add the remaining 3 cups of water.
  5. Stir, check the salt in it and cook on medium high heat uncovered for 10 mins and then cover and cook for another 5 mins.
  6. Once cooked fluff the pulav with fork and serve hot.

Chicken fry served with Green peas pulav, raita and lemon slices


Sig said...

Wow Padma, thats the second mouthwatering chicken fry I'm seeing today... I'm so happy to see more non-veg recipes in the blogosphere :)

Mishmash ! said...

hmm..thats sure is mouthwatering and tempting at the same time...Can you send some for me ?:)


Anonymous said...

this is onemore mouthwatering recipe.u know what i brought a [ack of chicken thighs too.:)

Srivalli said... looks fantastic...excellent pictures....and am sure it must've been mouthwatering....


Srivalli said...

padma...added you to my blogroll...had wanted to do so for long time...only today found have a great blog going girl!...


Shah cooks said...

yummy looking combination of chicken fry and pulao!

FH said...

Great combination for a Sunday lunch:))

Sharmi said...

hmm can I come over?? the food sounds great. said...

Nice Pullav recipe!

Srivalli said...

Padma...your second link leads to a different may want to change that...s makes all the difference....


Padma said...

@ Sig, thanks ya, me too was thinking the same that there are few non-veg recipe blogger. I am happy we are making a bunch of nvb though!

@ Shn, sure why not! Glad you liked it

@ Ramya, do share your chicken recipe with us too...

@ Sri, thanks dear...yes indeed it was mouthwatering for me while cooking it :). Also I wanted to say thanx for letting me know about the fault link...I was so in rush to post it yesterday...couldn't check the links then, thank you very very much

@ Mallugirl(Shaheen) thanks dear!

@ Asha...tx, I am glad u liked the combination

@ Sharmi, You can drop in anytime, there is no formality required for you, you no that! tx

@ Kanchana, thanks dear, glad u liked it.

swapna susarla said...

that is a simple rice dish i ever seen.thanku for sharing.

Athika said...

Nice pulao recipe
I have tagged you for the Meme.. play if you have the time !!
Thanks for sharing the recipe

Suganya said...

O o this is looking so YUMMY!.... Perfect pictures....Love them...

WokandSpoon said...

That looks like a really mouthwatering meal! Mouthwatering is definitely the word to use!!

Poonam said...

hi Padma, I dont generally eat meat. But I like your collection of recipes here.

Jyothi said...

Hi Padma, really mouthwatering chicken fry and rice. Love them both combo. I will try your chicken fry version next time. Thanks for sharing.

Kajal said...

Great dish with Peas Pulav.:)

USHA said...

Wow!!!Chicken fry looks tempting..perfect combo wih pulav....hmm yummy

Dee said...

I like peas pulav too :) a regular at my place

Prema Sundar said...

Looks lovely with peas pulao and nice presentation too.

Cynthia said...

This is one of the most satisfying meal one can have. Looks great Padma.

WokandSpoon said...

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Lia said...

hi am new in your blog, green pulav is one of my fav dish :)

Padmaja said...

wow!! that looks so delicious!!!

Padma said...

thanks Swapna, Athika, its really very simple and easy to make pulav, glad you liked it.

Athika, tx for tagging me for MEME, i may post it lil later, lil busy with my IL's right now...

Padma said...

thanks Sukanya and Fiona...yes indeed its mouthwatering chicken

Padma said...

Thanks Poonam for visiting my blog, glad you liked have a great blog going girl..

Thanks kajal and the peas pulav is super fast..

Thanks Dee for those comforting words.

Padma said...

Jyothi, tx for stopping by, do try and tell me how this came out, but be careful with the use of chillies or chilli quantity is lil high..adjust acco

Padma said...

dear Usha and Prema, thanks for stopping by, hope you liked it

Padma said...

Jeena, tx for stopping by you have a great blogspace and will take some time to go through all your recipes. Nice to see you here

Cynthia, your comments made justice to the meal

Fiona, I am feeling so lucky...for the tim tam...tararaataraa!

Padma said...

padmaja n lia tx for visiting my blog, I am yet to visit yours...on my way....

Chef Jeena said...

Hey Padma thankyou so much for your comments and visiting my blog. This chicken fry recipe looks fantastic! Very tasty looking indeed I might give it a try myself for my hubby. You have a great blog I will be back here for sure. :)

mallugirl said...

that is an delicious looking combination/.chicken fry seems to be a favorite around here.

Padma said...

Jeena dear thanks for visiting here and glad you liked the fry recipe..

Shaheen, its nice to see your comments and chicken fry is in the air, I guess!

Anonymous said...

Hey great one Padma... I think I'll cook it for my fiancee on her b'day.... Thx!!

Sanjeeb Kapoor said...

In fact, the chicken and green peas go great together

Click here for a peek into my kitchen

Sandra Shaver said...

The chicken fry and the rice and pea dishes sure compliment each other. Thank you for the recipe.

Mobile App Developers said...

Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.Thanks for the share

Mobile App Developers said...

Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

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