Sunday, February 6, 2011
Assalamualaikum Dear Readers,
I am so excited to share this Chicken Varuval dish with you; my umidishes readers. A friend on the facebook has taught me how to cook this dish. Her name is Carolyn and she is currently residing in London. Chicken Varuval according to Carolyn is a Madurai Tamilian dry dish. The recipe that she shared with me was for Mutton Varuval. I couldn't find any in the supermarket so I have substituted the mutton with chicken. I am sure Mutton Varuval would taste just as marvelous.
The first time I tasted Chicken Varuval was when I went for a holiday a few months back in Port Dickson. It was so good that I wanted to try cook this dish.When Carolyn shared this recipe with me it was like a wish come true. I thank you Carolyn for sharing this recipe with me.
So here's the video. Enjoy.
Here's the recipe:
4 breast of chicken (wash and cut into cubes)
1 tomato (cubed)
1 stalk coriander leaves (chopped)
1 tbs yoghurt
4 cloves garlic (pounded)
1 in. ginger (pounded)
2 tbs chilli powder
1 tbs corriander seed (grinded)
1 tbs black peppercorn (grinded)
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp fennel (grinded)
1 tsp cumin (grinded)
salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients and marinate the chicken for few hours.
4 cloves garlic (pounded)
5 shallots (pounded)
1 in ginger (pounded)
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cloves
For last frying to pour over the chicken:
5 dried red chillies (slice thinly)
5 shallots (slice thinly)
5 stalk of curry leaf
1) Heat 3 tbs of oil. Fry the spices, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom until aromatic.
2) Add in the onion. Fry for a minute. Add in the ginger and garlic paste. Fry until slightly brown.
3) Add in the tomato and fry for a minute.
4) Add in the marinated chicken. Cover and let the chicken simmer.
5) Let the chicken cooked until all the juice is all absorbed or you can also choose to have some gravy.
6) Fry in a separate pan, onions, dried chillies and curry leaves until brown.
7) Pour over the cooked Chicken Varuval and stir in the chopped coriander leaves.
8) One last stir and the chicken is ready to serve.
My sympathy for the people in Queensland Australia.Fierce winds and driving rains brought by the most powerful storm ever to hit Queensland. Yasi was classed as a category five cyclone as it crossed the coast, then to category three, but still it was as dangerous.Tully Heads in far north Queensland was hit the most.Houses were torn apart, trees shredded by winds that roared like jet engines.The cyclone follows the worst floods in Queensland's history, triggered by tropical storms.
In the home front, flood hits the southern states of Melaka,Negri Sembilan, Pahang and Johor.However the flood situation is reported improving with more victims returning home and evacuation centres closed today though some roads in Johor are still only passable by heavy vehicles.
In Pakistan, seven months after the devastating flood hit the country, millions remain without food or shelter, and the situation could get from bad to worse now that winter has set in. Nearly 20 million people are affected.The floods submerged one-fifth of Pakistan, an area the size of the United Kingdom.Large numbers of people in the flood-affected provinces still desperately need assistance – including hundreds of thousands of Pakistani children who are now battling malnutrition.With the arrival of winter, the need for shelter, safe drinking water, food and health care has become more acute, whats more donations have already slowed to a trickle.There is a danger that we might forget that Pakistan still need a great deal of help.
So far the first month of the new year has been plagued by natural disasters and unrest. Earthquake magnitude 6.9 hit Argentina,earthquake magnitude 5.2 hit Southern XinJiang, China,earthquake 7.1 magnitude hit Chile,earthquake hits south-east Iran, heavy floods leave at least 35 dead in Brazil,earthquake 4.5 magnitude hit California earthquake, measuring 7.4 hit Pakistan and huge waves destroy homes on the coastal area of Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
What will the next few weeks bring.Wallahuallam. I pray for peace and safety for us all.
To all my friends I dedicate this song to all of you. Name of song is Teman Terulung by Anuar Zain.
I see you soon,take care in the meantime.
Jazakum Allahu Khairan
Floods in Malaysia: (themalaysianinsider.com)
Queensland: (BBC News Asia Pasific)
Pakistan: ( unicef.org)
Anuar Zain video:(youtube.com/user/Zeeajijah)
Rain graphics: (allgraphics123.com)