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Sethu’s Special Chicken Roast


  • Chicken pieces 500g
  • Big Onion 2 no
  • Tomato 1 no
  • Garlic 10 gloves
  • Ginger 1″ piece
  • Sombu 1 Tsp
  • Pepper 1 tsp
  • Jeera 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon 1″ piece
  • Clove 2 no
  • Cardamom 1 no
  • Garam masala 2 pinch
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves, Coriander leaves
  • Oil 100 g
  • Corn powder 1 Tsp
  • Red chili powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder half tsp


  1. Dry powder Sombu, Pepper, Jeera, Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom, Salt.
  2. Add diced onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, coriander stem to the above and grind into paste adding minimum quantity of water.
  3. Put the paste in a bowl, add red chili, coriander, turmeric powder, garam masala, salt to taste, curry leaves and mix well. Add the chicken pieces, mix well and cool it in the fridge to marinate for two hours.
  4. Pour 50 ml oil in thick bottomed, flat kadai, special spread the marinated chicken pieces and the remaining paste. Springle 50 ml of water, cover it with a lid and cook in slow fire for three minutes. Open the lid, turn the pieces upside down and continue to cook for another three minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, transfer the chicken pieces to a plate. Continue to cook the gravy into thick paste by adding the remaining oil with constant stirring. Add the cooked chicken pieces, sprinkle the corn powder and mix well.
  6. Add cut coriander leaves and remove from heat.

Chicken Kebab (kebap, kabab, kebob, kabob, kibob, kebhav, or kephav)

Credit: Ramita Bakshi


  1. Ground chicken – 250 grams
  2. 1/2 egg
  3. salt
  4. green chili
  5. ginger
  6. garlic
  7. fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
  8. garam masala
  9. jeera powder
  10. Onions – finely diced
  11. Cilantro


  1. Mix ingredients 1 to 9 together and refrigerate for 2 hrs
  2. Remove mix from refrigerator and mix in onions and cilantro
  3. Put the mix on skewers
  4. Preheat oven to 350F and bake for 30 minutes turning the skewers once after 15 minutes
  5. Garnish with diced onions, cilantro, chaat masala, and lime juice

Mutton/Chicken Saalnaa


  • Mutton/Chicken 250 g – washed and diced
  • Ground-nut oil 75 ml
  • Big Onions – 250 g – finely chopped
  • Tomato -150 g – finely chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 3 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup – cleaned and finely chopped
  • Mint leaves – 1 cup – cleaned and finely chopped
  • Coconut scabbing – 50 g
  • Cashew nuts – 3 no
  • Fennel seeds (Sombu) -half tsp
  • Cuscus – half tsp
  • Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Jeera – 2 tsp
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder – quarter tsp
  • Turmeric powder – quarter tsp
  • Salt to taste


  • Grind coconut, cashew nuts, sombu and cuscus to a fine paste
  • Grind pepper and jeera into fine paste


  1. Heat groundnut/peanut oil in a pressure cooker, add  1 tsp jeera and allow it to splutter
  2. Add onion, curry leaves and saute for two minutes, then add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 3/5 minutes or till the raw smell goes off
  3. Add tomato pieces, salt  and saute for two minutes
  4. Add mutton/chicken pieces, half of coriander and mint leaves, half quantity of salt, turmeric powder (and half tsp ajinomoto(MSG) -optional). Mix well, add boiling water till the contents get fully immersed, cover the cooker and cook for 5 m or 3 whistles
  5. Remove the cooker from heat and release the pressure.
  6. Heat the contents in the cooker, add red chili and coriander powder, garam masala,  pepper-jeera paste, coconut paste. Mix well, close the cooker and cook for 3 m or one whistle.
  7. Remove from heat, release the pressure, open the lid and add the rest of coriander and mint leaves
  8. Add salt, if needed.

Use this as side dish with Parotta, chappathi, Naan, Dosha, Idiyappam or Aappam


Chicken Kulambu


  • Chicken 500g (1 lb) cut into small pieces
  • garlic 6 cloves, crushed
  • ginger 2 inch piece, crushed
  • turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • coconut – 3/4 cup
  • pepper 3/4 tsp
  • fennel seeds (sombu) 1/2 tsp (for grinding with coconut)
  • cumin seeds (jeera) 1 tsp
  • fennel seeds (sombu) 1 tsp
  • cinnamon 1″
  • cardamom 4
  • cloves 4
  • chili powder 2 tsp
  • coriander powder 2.5 tsp
  • Pearl onions – 1 cup, cut into big pieces
  • Pearl onions – 1/4 cup, cut into thin, small pieces
  • tomato 1/2 cup – cut into fine pieces
  • curry leaves 1/2 cup


o Grind coconut with pepper, fennel (1/2 tsp), cumin into fine paste with adequate water


  1. Boil 6 cups of water in a pot
  2. Add the chicken, the pearl onions that were chopped into big pieces, tomatoes, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, little bit of salt, half the crushed ginger
  3. Cook in medium flame till the chicken is cooked; about 10 minutes
  4. Add the rest of the crushed ginger and the rest of the salt
  5. Add the ground coconut-pepper-fennel-cumin paste
  6. Once the gravy starts to boil add the garnish (look below for garnish) and turn off the stove
    • Garnish:
      • Heat 6 tsp of oil in a pan (use half cooking oil and half sesame seed oil for better taste)
      • Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, crushed fennel seeds, half the curry leaves to the oil and let it splutter
      • Add the finely chopped pearl onions and try till they start to turn light brown
      • Add the crushed garlic and rest of the curry leaves and pour into the gravy
  7. Once garnished boil the gravy for 2 minutes and then turn off the stove

Note: This dish goes well with rice, idly, dosa, Puri, chappathi, biriyani

Chennai Mutton/Chicken/Vegetable Biriyani


  • big onion 250g – cut into small square pieces
  • tomato 250g – cut into tiny square pieces
  • Mutton 500g
  • Basmati rice 500g
  • ginger 2″
  • garlic gloves 20
  • cinnamon 1″
  • cloves  4
  • cardamom 4
  • brinji leaves 2
  • green chilly 5 -split lengthwise
  • pudina leaves -50 g  cleaned
  • coriander leaves -50 g cleaned
  • chilli powder 2 tsp
  • turmeric powder 0.5 tsp
  • oil & ghee 150 ml
  • salt to taste


o Soak cleaned mutton pieces in 1 cup of thick curd and half tsp turmeric powder for at least 30 minutes.

o  Clean  rice with water and drain the water

o  Grind ginger and  garlic into fine paste


  1. Pour 50 ml of oil in cooker and, when the oil is hot, saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, brinji leaves for 1 minute
  2. Put the onion pieces and fry till golden brown
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 1 minute
  4. Add tomato pieces and fry well till it mashes and loses its wet flavor
  5. Add mutton-curd mix and fry for 5 minutes in cooker
  6. Add chili, coriander, turmeric powder, half of pudina and coriander leaves and saute for 2 minutes
  7. Add 1.5 vol of water for 1 vol of rice to the cooker and while boiling add rice, stir the contents, cover the cooker and put wait when steam steadily comes out
  8. After one whistle, reduce heat and sim for 10 minutes
  9. After the cooker cools, open the cooker and if water remains, turn the contents till the rice dries up and separates into individual pieces
  10. Garnish with fried-golden brown onion pieces, pudhina and coriander leaves.

Note: 1.The same procedure may be followed for making chicken/vegetable briyani with the following modifications: Marinate,  for at least 30m, 500g of cleaned chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, 1 tsp chili powder, quarter tsp garam masala powder, quarter tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp salt. Fry the chicken pieces in oil till gloden brown in low heat.

For Vegetable Briyani cut into small pieces potato, beans, carrot, cauliflower & other suitable vegetables such as greenpeas.

Sunday Mutton\Chicken\Vegetables Kurma


  • Mutton\Chicken\Mixed vegetables (beans, carrot, potato, green peas, cauliflower, knoolkol, etc)  -250g
  • Grated Coconut – 50 g
  • Green Chillies – 6
  • Sombu (aniseed) – 1 tbsp
  • Cuscus – 1 tbsp
  • onions 2- thinly sliced
  • tomato 2 -sliced
  • ginger 2″ – pounded
  • garlic paste 1 tsp
  • cinnamon 1″
  • cardamom 4 pieces
  • cloves 4 pieces
  • brinji leaves 4 pieces
  • chilli powder  half tsp
  • coriander powder half tsp
  • turmeric powder half tsp
  • salt to taste


o Clean Mutton\Chicken\Mixed vegetables, cut into small pieces and boil with turmeric powder.

o Soak cuscus in warm water for 15m


*Fry green chillies in 2 tsp oil. Add coconut, sombu and cuscus to chillies and grind into fine paste.

*Heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan and fry in low heat cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, brinji leaves. When they splutter add ginger-garlic paste and fry for 30s.

*Add onions and fry till golden brown. Add tomato pieces and fry till it gets mashed.

* Mix chilli, coriander and turmeric powder and salt.
*Add boiled mutton/chicken/mixed vegetables and fry for 1 minute.
*Add coconut paste and sufficient water, curry leaves and boil for 5 minutes.

Note: This gravy goes well with Puri, Idiappam, Aappam, Idli and dosai.

Andhra Chicken Roast


  • Chicken breast pieces 500g
  • curds 1 cup
  • ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp
  • turmeric powder 1 pinch
  • green chili 2
  • big onion 2
  • chili powder 2 tsp
  • clove 2
  • cinnamon 1”
  • salt
  • oil.


o Wash and cut chicken into small pieces. Mix curd, ginger-garlic paste and turmeric in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and marinate for at least 20 m.

o  Cut the onions, add green chilies and make a paste.

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add onion-green chili paste and fry till oil separates. Add the chicken pieces with the marinade and cook for 5-10m
  2. Add chili powder, pepper powder and salt. Mix well and cook with lid for 10 m in low heat till the chicken is tender and golden brown in color
  3. Sprinkle finely cut coriander and serve.

Honey Glazed Chicken


  • Boneless chicken pieces -500g
  • Egg – 1
  • Corn powder 3 tsp
  • flour 1.5 tsp
  • tomato sauce-3 tsp
  • honey-2 tsp
  • red chilies 4 – each broken into two pieces
  • garlic 8 -thinly sliced
  • big onion 2 – cut into small cubes
  • capsicum2 – cut into small cubes
  • salt
  • oil


  1. Prep:
    • Mix egg (1), corn powder (2 tsp), flour, soy sauce (half tsp), and salt to taste in a bowl.
    • Add Boneless chicken pieces (500g) and mix well.
    • Marinate this mix for at least 30 m.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the chicken pieces till they turn golden brown
  3. Pour tomato sauce, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp corn powder, honey in a bowl. Add 50 ml water and mix well
  4. Heat 3 tsp oil in a pan.
  5. Add broken red chilies, thinly sliced garlic, onion and capsicum cut into small cubes and fry lightly.
  6. Add the fried chicken pieces and the honey mix.
  7. Mix well and remove from heat when they reach required consistency.
  8. Add pepper powder if needed.

Muslim Briyani


  • Basmati rice 4 cup
  • mutton/ chicken  250 grams
  • Big Onion 5 nos – thinly sliced
  • Tomato-5 no – sliced
  • Paste of Garlic 8 no
  • 2” ginger
  • green chilli 4 no
  • pudina 1 cup – finely chopped
  • coriander leaves 3 cups – finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • curd 2 cups
  • chili powder 2 tsp
  • cinnamon – 1″  piece
  • cloves – 3 pieces
  • cardamom – 3 pieces


  1. Soak rice for 30 min. In one burner boil water in a container. Add rice and boil for 2 min. Drain the hot water and use it for thum in step 3.
  2. In another burner heat 8 tsp oil in a kadai. When hot fry onion for 1 min, add cinnamon,  cloves and cardamom, green chillies. When onion turns golden brown, add half cooked mutton/chicken. Add salt to taste. Fry for 5 min. Add ginger-garlic paste, chili powder, curd and cook in slow fire,  frequently turning the contents.
  3. Add half-cooked rice to the gravy and mix thoroughly. Cover the container with a plate and place hot water thum over the plate. Cook in very, very slow fire for 10 min.
  4. Remove from fire and add limejuice evenly.

Chicken Gravy-II


  • Chicken legs 6
  • Cinnamon 1 inch
  • Cloves 3
  • Cardamoms 2
  • Fennel 1 tsp
  • Cumin 1 tsp
  • Black pepper 1 tsp
  • Onion 3
  • Tomato 3
  • Garlic 10 cloves
  • Ginger 1 inch piece
  • Chili powder 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Cilantro finely chopped
  • Corn powder 2 tsp
  • Salt


  1. Grind the cinnamon, cloves, cardamons, fennel, cumin, and pepper into a fine powder
  2. Grind the onions, tomato, garlic, and ginger into fine paste
  3. Mix the paste and powder with the chicken paste
  4. Add the chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, and curry leaves to the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes
  5. Add half a cup water to the marinated chicken and pressure cook for five minutes
  6. Heat 2 tsp oil in a non-stick pan and add the cooked chicken with the gravy and cook in low heat till the gravy thickens
  7. Add the cilantro and remove from fire