Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Back to pavilion! Chicken samosa!

Hi guys, I am back after a long long break! I was on a nearly two month long vacation in India, first it was Hyderabad and then Tamil Nadu, during the Tamil Nadu stay we also had a magnificent trip to Ooty, loved the scenic beauty as our car started the ascent on the mountain, beautiful mist enveloped the lush green mountains, it was heavenly!

A foodie is a foodie, and I binged everywhere,in Hyderabad I caught up with all the stuff that I craved and missed all these years,nothing in this world can beat 'mummy ke haath ka paka khaana' ! Nearly after 5-6 years I ate 'chugar gosht',a dish made with the tender tamarind leaves with mithi daal and chawal combo,hmmmmmm just loved it ,still the taste lingers on my taste buds...sigh
And in Tamil Nadu I had crispy dosas,idlies,paniyaaram...yum!

So now I am back to pavilion, back in Dubai, sorry for the absence from the blogging scene for quite some time,as was busy with stuff,I wanted to blog about many things during ramzan but the drafts remained drafts and since ramzan is about to end in a week,there is no point in posting it, but heres wishing you all ramadan mubarak,
may Allah bless us all during the holy month and especially during the last ten days of ramzan.
recipe courtesy my friend Fareena,who makes very nice samosas!
Before ramzan started I made a batch of chicken samosas and froze it so that I can just take it out and just fry during ramzan, as it is my husband's favourite.
Half or quarter the ingredients as this recipe yields around 100-125 samosas!

1)Chicken boneless 2kg
2)Cheddar cheese 100gms grated
4)Ginger Garlic paste 2 Tbsp
5)Garam Masala 1 Tsp
6)mirch masala(this masala is made by grinding a cup of whole red chillies along with half cup coriander seeds and 1/4th cup roasted zeera i.e, 1c whole red chillies+1/2ccoriander seeds+ 1/4c zeera)-5-6 Tbsp
7)samosa strips 100 nos
8)cilantro 1 cup finely chopped

Note: since you aare adding cheddar cheese, you add very little salt,less than normal as cheddar cheese is salty therefore to normalize the effect better add very little salt first and then adjust after adding and mixing the cheese, in my samosas the filling was a bit salty as I added normal salt ,but the cheddar made it salty..*sigh*!

--First prepare the filling by boiling the chicken in a saucepan along with salt,ginger garlic paste,mirch masala,garam masala and a cup of water.
--When all the water has dried out,bhoonofy it till it is completely dry.
--Let it cool down for sometime,then grind it in a grinder to a kheema like consistency.
-- now take the grounded chicken in a bowl and add the grated cheese and chopped cilantro(you can also add chopped green chillies..optional!)and mix well.
--Now in a cup add a tbsp of flour and some water to make a thick paste.
--Take the samosa strip.and from one side twist it into a cone shape,halfway through,then fill in the cone the chicken filling, now press the cone down and cover the remaining samosa strip with the flour paste(for binding)and fold the strip such that the open side of the come is covered and forms a triangle.
--Repeat until you use up the entire filling,or your strips.
--you can deep fry it immediately or,you can freeze the samosas and fry whenever you feel like.
--First lay the samosas on plate and freeze,when it has solidified,take it out and stack it in a box or a ziploc bag!

The chocolate cake here was made for iftar, and the icing is made of whipped cream with a chocolate flavour ,it was made made half by me and the rest by my better half, this is the first time that my whipped cream has formed peaks, and so my husband got excited and decided to carry on further so he completed the whipped cream icing,I halved the cake horizontally and my husband did the frosting and then I grated chocolate over the cake, it looked awesome and tasted delicious!
I just have to disagree with the saying'too many cooks spoil the broth!':)

And this picture is of the iftar spread in a pakistani restaurant called Ibrahimi in AbuDhabi, where we decided to break our fast on a friday!
Notice the huuuuge tawa on which the iftar is arranged,food was also great,but I did not get a chance to take a picture!
The food was awesome,and not to mention the desserts, They had a huge variety of dessert,I loved the chocolate mousse, and I am gonna make some myself soon!

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Varunavi said...

Loved the samosa :)

First time here,ur blog looks so lovely and many yummy recipes to try :)

nadia said...

Ameen to your dua.

Welcome back, Sis! I missed your posts.

I want to go to Ooty too ... please post more pictures. It looks like such a gorgeous place. How far is Tamil Nadu from Hyderabad? And how far is Ooty from Tamil Nadu?

Kitchen Flavours said...

Assalamvalekum Dear.....Happy Ramadan To u too...nice to know that u had rocking and yum time with the dear ones back home....freezing of samosas is an yum item to save the time during Ramadan....cake loks soft and yum....

mona said...

Welcome back Syeda! OMG you made my mouth water gal, Chugar gosht, yummy! Glad you enjoyed your visit alhamdulillah. And absolutely true, nothing can beat 'ammi ke haath ka khana'!
Chicken samosas with cheddar filling and the chocolate cake look deeelish.

Behbood said...

Welcome back!!!

Jyoti said...

Samosa looks yummy...great snack!

Armina said...

Lots of wishes for Eid.. Eid Mubarak to u and ur family. I'm so glad to see ur post and what a yummy post was that.. Made me drool.. Looks like u making yummilicious dishes for Iftar.. Mashallah :) Keep blogging!

Yasmeen said...

Good to see you back Syeda.What a wonderful trip it must have been.Samosas and the cake look awesome.Hope you had a blessed Eid :)

Nabeela said...

The trip to India sounds exciting! I miss chugar goshth :(

Anonymous said...

assk syeda
belated eid mubarak to u.

wow u have a perfect samosa recipe.i just luv somosas in iftaars and i also fry frozen samosa. i usually buy samosas from a lady, she make really delicious samosas but charges forty dollars for 100 samosas.

but i am sure going to try ur recipe soon. i wish u could had picts of the way u folded the samosas bcos they are really very very,neat, as i dont see in other
blogs so neat.


syeda said...

@varunavi: welcome to my blog, thanx.

@Nadia : Thanx well tamil nadu is18 hours bus/train and 1 hour by air from hyderabad,btw Tamil Nadu is a state and Ooty is in Tamil Nadu,my in-laws are in Salem in Tamil Nadu.
Inshallah will post ooty pics soon.
Ya next time you go to India do visit Ooty,it is a very beautiful place.

@KF: Thanx

syeda said...

@Mona thanx,next summer you can ask your mom to bopil the chugar leaves and dry it in the sun forming a ball/disc,this way you can store and keep to cook in seasons when you dont get chugar,my mom made this for my sister in US.
@Behbood: thanx

@Jyoti thanx

@Arnina thanx and Eid mubarak to you too, hope u had fun this eid, yeah iftaar used to be good,since no more iftaar making business,I am somewhat relieved..lazy me:D

@Yasmeen Thanx,eid mubarak to u too,yeah it was a great trip,had fun all the time!

@Nabeela welcome to my blog, yeah trip tp India was very exciting,what with all the internal travelling....I got to have the fun of each place in its on way:)

@rizruby:Welcome to my blog,thanx for dropping by. Thanx, you definitely try out but first in small quantity and then if u like u can make in large quantity and be careful of the salt as,I dont want you do repeat my mistake. Inshallah the next time I make samosas I will post the step by step picture for making samosas.

Rina said...

Nice to discover your blog, Syeda..Love those samosas..and it was so nice reading about the tender tamarind leaves(chinta kura in telugu)with mutton..an amazing dish..which my mom and grand mom use to make..miss it so much here in Toronto..And that is a gr8 shot in ooty..Though i stayed 4 years in chennai..never got a chance to visit ooty..a must when i visit India next time..

Anjum said...

Asak syeda...i missed ur recipes ya..though i dint post...i made sure to chk ur's mona's n yasmeen's blog...i tried ur rogan gosh recipe...it was great...i made a little variation to it..n how are sameha n huda??..i might b shifting to dubai late nxt year..tc alfz

Humaira said...

Asak Syeda, The samosas look so yummy!! and I am so glad you had a good time. The pics are awesome. Girl I do have very recent facebook account. You will find me if you search for humairakf@gmail.com.I am so glad I get to talk to some one I know thought blogger.I would love to know you more :)

Humaira said...

Syeda, I have a few awards waiting for you on my blog. Please accept them

Nizsha said...

Assalamlaikum syeda,

yummy samosas.inshAllah I'll try them out soon.I miss Ibrahimi :( and India palace and Lebanese Flower..and so much more.I'm sure you're having all the fun in abudhabi :)

Sounds like you had a lot of fun on your vacation.The pics are beautiful :)

syeda said...

Thanx Nizsha, we sure are having fun in Dubai, and we love visiting Abu Dhabi, Dubai has the best hotels and nobosy can leave dubai with pounds of weight added ,it is very difficult to resist.