Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chicken Ularthiyathu

A yummy Kerala dish- Chicken Ularthiyathu

One of my favorite dish which is close to my heart- Chicken Ularthiyathu. Chicken slow cooked in crushed onion, coconut and other spice mix. Kerala is known as the land of spices and most of the spices used in the dish makes it very different from the normal chicken dishes. As usual I love having a special chicken dish with a simple Moru curry and red rice.


For marination
Chicken – 1.5 kg
Garam masala – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Fenugreek powder – 1 pinch
Corriander powder – 2 tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tbsp or more (according to your taste level)

For masala
Onion – 5 (medium), thinly sliced
Coconut – ½ , grated
Chilli powder – 1 tbsp (I used 2 tsp chilli powder, 2 tsp kashmiri red chilli)
Corriander powder – 3 tsp
Pepper corns - 1 ½ tsp
Garam masala – 1 ½ tsp
Ginger – 5 pieces (1 inch each)
Garlic – 20 cloves
Cloves – 1 tsp
Cinnamon – 2 inch
Fennel seed – 1 tsp

Curry leaves


  1. Marinate chicken with all the masalas mention in marinade and keep it overnight in refrigerator or keep the marinade for atleast two hours in refrigerator. 
  2. In a blender, crush all the ingredients. Make sure you don’t make it in to a fine paste. Coconut and onion should be crushed well along with other masala and spices. 
  3. Mix the crushed masala with the chicken. 
  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan (Use a non stick pan), add curry leaves and chicken. 
  5. Keep the flame in low. Stir well and keep it closed for 5 mins. Water will start coming out from chicken. 
  6. Continue the same process in every 5 mins till water gets completely dry and oil start appearing. Once the water gets completely dried, take out the lid. 
  7. Add 2-3 tbsp oil and mix well. Fry till you hear the spluttering sound of coconut. Chicken should be dark brown in color and coconut masala should become dry. This will take almost 1.5 hours.
  8. Add more garam masala and chilli powder according to your taste buds. 
  9. Serve hot with rice or Indian bread :)
Chicken Ularthiyathu with rice and Moru curry        

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Licious- Chef's table, a cook off event, Slurp Studio, Indiranagar

Licious- The new meat delivery brand in town :)
Pic courtesy: Licious

Few days back, me and my fellow meat lover friends attended a cook off event at Slurp Studio​ organized by Licious​- the new brand in town who delivers fresh meat. Licious and their concept was very much new to me. I always tend to avoid frozen or packed meats due to various reasons. Reasons can be anything from hygiene to freshness of the meat what you get in shops or through online delivery.

I was all excited about this event, being a Home Chef its always fun to attend cook off events with your foodie friends. War at kitchen I would say :P We had an interactive session with the core team members - Abhay Hanjura​ (Founder & CEO) and Joe Manavalan (Head Chef) who explained us about Licious and how it is interesting.

Most of the time we get fresh meat which is cleaned in shop and after getting it to home, it takes hell lot of time in cleaning it again and making it ready for preparing your favorite dish. Licious is a life saver in that case, you can blindly use their meat.The meat and fish you get from Licious is cut, cleaned, and ready to use. Must say, the quality of the meat and fish is top-notch.
Pic courtesy: Anu Naveen
 For the cook off, me and my teammate Anu Naveen, prepared Malai Chicken Tikka with green chutney and Chicken Peri Peri with sauted vegetables. Although we were free to pick the meat of our choice, we listened to Chef Joe Manavalan. He suggested the best selling marinates and soon after making the dishes, it just vanished from our table. Both the Chicken dishes were yum to the core and Chef Joe's tips and suggestions helped us to make a wonderful dish. Each and every dish prepared on that day was yummi-licious :) But I still vote for my friend Vidya's lip-smacking Butter-garlic prawns with Ravioli which was heavenly.
Pic courtesy: Hari Camala

Pic courtesy: Anu Naveen

Pic courtesy: Anu Naveen

Licious make sure that they get best out of best fish from various cities to meet your quality standards.
Pic courtesy: Licious

Other than fish, Licious offers chicken, lamb, sea food, and cold cuts along with some interesting marinates in chicken and lamb. The spices, flavors and herbs in the marinates are really fresh and different from what you get from the gourmet stores.
Pic courtesy: Licious

Pic courtesy: Licious

Pic courtesy: Licious
I have ordered from them twice in a week's time and really happy with the service, quality and quantity of the items. While placing the order either you can select the 90 minute delivery or set the date and time slot according your convenience. How simple is that :)
Thanks Licious for inviting me for the event- an evening filled with fun, friends, cooking, and exploring different dishes. All the best team Licious, you guys are amazing :)

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review- Barbeque Factory

Barbeque Factory, 100 Ft Road, Indiranagar

Pic courtesy: Barbeque Factory

Last Sunday it was pouring heavily in Bangalore, but for me it was Kabab rain. Yeah! you read it right. I was at Barbeque Factory along with my fellow foodie friends for the 7th Food Bloggers Association, Bangalore (FBAB) meet as well as for tasting their new and interesting menu. So why is it interesting? Because Owner and Chef Ajay have added few really interesting dishes in their menu and patiently explained each and every dish what we had for dinner. I had a feast by having scrumptious kababs, sea food, veg starters and biryani :)

Situated in 100 ft road, Indiranagar this place has got great ambience. I was happy for their quick service and helpful staff. While checking the dishes from the main course counter, to my surprise I got one cotton candy, which took me to my childhood memories. Later realized happiness was still waiting for me in the form of starters and main course.

Some of the highlights of the evening: 

The melt-in mouth Mutton Shikampuri with Honey Paratha served along with four different chutneys. As I always love spicy food, I didn’t forget to add more bird’s eye chilli chutney in my Paratha. The perfect way to have Honey Paratha with Mutton Shikampuri is to keep the Mutton Shikampuri on top of the paratha and gently press it using a fork or a spoon and spread it. Then add all the chutneys, roll it and have it. Slurp! It was pure bliss :)

Chicken Kabab, Golden fried Prawns, Tandoori Fish and Chicken Sheekh were exceptional. Vegetarians need not be sad, as they have really lip-smacking stuffs like Tandoori Pineapple, Palak Papdi, Potato coated with Mayonnaise, Paneer tikka and the best of all the starters was the Dahi Kabab which I have seen only in Marut Sikka’s show. Dahi Kabab, sized like a button idli was incredibly creative. 


All though there were enough tempting dishes in the main course, I opted for the slow cooked Nalli Nihari along with the Chicken Dum Biriyani. Biriyani loaded with flavors was yumm to the core and I felt that I had the right combo by having the Nawabi special succulent meat curry, Nalli Nihari. 

After a wonderful meat treat I was not having enough space in my tummy to try the desserts. Then I listened to my heart; your conscience is the best decision maker. It forced me to try few desserts like Apple pie, walnut cake and diplomatic pudding. 

At the end, for an insidewala snaan I had Lemon mojito which was one of the best mojito I have ever had. Heavy rain, yummy food and the perfect drink what more can I ask for? My only suggestion to this place is to add some more cool mocktails and Indian desserts in their menu. About the pricing, a meal for two would approximately cost ₹1200 (buffet). It was my first time in Barbeque Factory and I am sure after having all the delicious food there, I will visit the place again for trying the dishes which I missed having this time.
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