Of Flavours & Tastes…
If I could recall sundays at home as a teenager,my dinner without a doubt was Puttu along with mutton or beef.It was an excuse.Pretending that I am very tired and sad to return hostel next morning.This sinful indulgence,not only I loved that time,but it brings a pensive smile to me even today ! Now that I hesitate to take meat,it’s wastage of time and lots of regrets.Chicken once in a while does well for me.So here is a chicken puttu,a spicy weekend special to indulge ! (Those who love to read on Puttu,I would request you to click here)
To Marinate and Fry
500 gm chicken,cut into medium pieces
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1.5 tsp chilly powder
salt and oil as required
2 medium onions sliced finely
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1.5 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp garam masala
3/4 tsp black pepper powder (optional.Since it depends on your toleration level)
1 large tomato,chopped finely
4-5 curry leaves
handful of coriander,mint leaves
salt as required
2 heaped cup of puttu flour / rice flour not so finely powdered.
water and salt as required
Marinate the chicken with chilly,turmeric powders and salt at least for 45 minutes.Heat oil in a frying pan and shallow fry these chicken pieces.It should not be crispy fried.Both sides should be roasted enough.Shift this to paper towels and allow to cool.Once cooled either mince the flesh or chop it finely.Keep it ready.Heat oil in a kadai and roast the sliced onion till light brown.Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell vanish.Add the chilly,coriander,pepper and garam masala powders after reducing the heat.Saute the mixture till the raw smell disappears.Add chopped tomatoes,curry leaves, coriander and mint leaves to this and saute for a minute.Drop the minced/chopped chicken and mix well till everything is blend well.Check salt and switch off the stove.Now prepare the puttu maker by boiling enough water.In a wide utensil mix the puttu flour and salt first and slowly wet it adding water from time to time(If you are completely unaware of this process plz see my Puttu Post).Once the flour is ready,make the first layer of grated coconut as usual followed by chicken masala. Now drop the wet puttu flour and continue the process once more.The last layer should be grated coconut.Place the puttu maker over boiling water and cook till the steam vigorously start escaping from the top of the puttu maker.Shift it to a plate.Serve hot with Pappadam (Kerala style waffers).Enjoy !
* You may use any meat instead of chicken.