Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dahi Bhindi & Ayam Masak Merah for T&T

Hooked on Heat was one of the first few blogs that I came across soon after I started blogging. Meena's recipes and pictures are delightful! I was very happy to see that this month's featured blog on Tried & Tasted was HoH. Thanks to Zlamushka, the creator of the event and Kits Chow who is hosting it this month.

I tried not one but two recipes. Both came out well and are keeper recipes. Thanks, Meena! I clicked these pictures in pretty bad light and they do no justice to the dishes. Be sure to check the original pictures.

I love, love okra and was very surprised to realize that I've not posted a single okra recipe before! Remedied right now with this flavorful curry with yogurt sauce, Dahi Bhindi.

Dahi Bhindi
Original recipe here

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen , chopped okra
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup yogurt, beaten
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp oil
red chili powder and salt to taste

HEAT oil in a non-stick pan and saute cumin seeds till they begin to sizzle. Add onions & grated ginger, fry for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat till transparent. Add in okra and cover cook for a few minutes till done, tossing occasionally.

ADD red chilli powder, turmeric and salt, and stir-fry for a few minutes. Slowly stir in beaten curd forming a smooth gravy base.

SPRINKLE garam masala and cook covered for another minute or two.

Over to the second recipe now, Ayam Masak Merah -
I've always enjoyed Malaysian food and the Ayam Masak Merah (chicken in red chili sauce) was certainly calling out to me! It is pretty high on the heat factor and that glass of lemonade will really help! I enjoyed this thoroughly, with white rice.

I'm a little squeamish about handling raw chicken. So instead of chopping the strips first and then frying them, I did the reverse. I cooked them first and then cut them into chunky pieces.

Original recipe here.

Ayam Masak Merah

4 chicken strips
1 medium onion
1 medium tomato
2 lemon grass stalks, discarding the rough green tops
1" ginger
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp sambal olek / chili paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp light cooking oil
salt, to taste
water, as needed

MARINATE chicken in salt and turmeric, and set aside for 20-25 minutes.

BLEND onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and lemon grass to a smooth fine paste, adding a little water if necessary.

SAUTE the marinated chicken in hot oil till lightly browned, and set aside. In the same pan, fry Sambal Olek and the ground paste, stirring continuously till it starts to give out oil from the sides.

ADD in chicken, salt and water if necessary, and stir fry till chicken is cooked through and the flavours absorbed. Serve piping hot with coconut rice and tall glass of iced lemonade.

45 comments:

Varsha Vipins said...

That Dahi Okra is one of ma fav preperation..:)..n the other dish looks so different n yum Vani..new to me ..:)

Pavithra said...

I love dahi okra vani..really color is retained and tempting to eat with roti..

Sharmila said...

Two of my fav things in one post! Okra and chicken. I have never tried okra with dahi ... sounds great! :-)

indosungod said...

LOve the color of the chicken and okra in yogurt, I have never tried but yogurt works great to remove slime I have heard which is what bothers me most.

Happy cook said...

I love the first dish; looks so unusual andso delicuos.

Prathibha said...

Loved the Dahi bhindi..Looks perfect

Chitra said...

Hi vani , i tried ur badanekayi eeruli huli and it came out very well.thanks a lot for this yummy post..I'll post in my blog under T&T soon..This okra fry is also lookin good.Have bookmarked it:)

Gita said...

I too hate cutting chicken :( I think that yummy dish is worth all the trouble :) The okra looks delicious too!

Pavani said...

Meena's Hooked on Heat is one of my fav. blog too. Both the dishes look yummy.

Laavanya said...

I love Hooked on heat too and such fabulous pics. The malaysian dishes are all so tempting... both look good.

Srivalli said...

both the pictures are looking great vani...

Priya said...

Wow Vani, both dishes looks outstanding, yummmy dishes yaar!

Smitha said...

Okra looks so appetizing. I started feeling hungry all of a sudden.. now going to raid the refrigerator ...

Vani said...

VV- I treid dahi okra for the first time. Now it's one of my favs too :)

Pavithra- yea, the color was retained in this recipe but the pieces broke. Taste though was yum! :)

Sharmila - my first time trying okra dna dahi too. Good combi :)

ISG- yogut removes slime? Did not know that! Tip for the future for me :)

HC - turns out dahi bhindi is not so unusual but it felt so for me too.

Vani said...

Pratibha - thanks ;)

Chitra- thanks for trying my huli and letting me know. Appreciate that :)

Gita- good to know I have company there! :)

Pavani- she;s good, right?

Lavi- yeah, me too! and thanks :)

Srivalli- good to se you here. thanks :)

Priya- thanks :)

Smitha- glad u liked the okra picture. thanks ;)

Pooja said...

Lovely dishes both are looking yummy vani..

TBC said...

I like dahi bhindi but very rarely do I make it (or anything with okra for that matter) since cooking with okra is a real pain for me.

For some reason I thought you were vegetarian.:)

Anonymous said...

Everyone out there, Imagine yourself in this situation:

You go visit your son's house after a gap of several years. You have a great time there. You come back home, write a post about your visit to their house. You talk about the wonderful time you had there, the love & affection showered on you by your son,his wife and kids. You also talk about what a great cook your D-I-L is. All the great dishes she made. Talk about the fun you had when you went shopping with them.

But then you also talk about how dirty their house was, how much mess the kids made, how much noise they made when they played, walked around the house with dirty shoes, the kids didn't get regular head baths and hence smelled bad. You had to pay for the meal when you went out at the restaurant because you had more money than your son. You end the post with this sentence "Beautiful or ugly, smart or dumb, clean or dirty, sane or insane, they are our kids after all, can't help but love them regardless, can't disown them but we don't have to live with them once they are adults!! Thank God for choices! My next visit will be when my grandchildren are in college :D".
And, in the end you call this post as a "simple observation" of the situation there during your stay.


SO, what does this have to do about all the drama going on in the blogging world?
We would never ever in our dreams think about publishing a post like that, or would we?. Even if we do, our friends would not refer it to as a "simple observation".

How different is our love towards our birth-as-well-as-adopted-country from the way we love our family?
Very different right? Why do we try to be very diplomatic when we talk about the people we love in front of others? Because they have feelings.

So, why can't we think about what we write about our country in the same way?
Everyone born in India and who have been to India know what India is: both good and bad. So writing about the good things-- feel happy to come after several years to enjoy time with family, eat good food, buy gold & kurtas, But then also writing about the bad things and saying it was just a "simple observation" and feeling so happy to be not living in India because of all the bad things there, how will this come across to people who are still living in India like me who goes through all the pollution/bribery/corruption/sweaty men who brush their groins against my back in crowded buses/had to pay shit load of money for tuition in addition to college fees because lecturers refused to teach properly in college urging us to attend their tuition classes/have to put up with the choking cigarette smell while waiting in the bus stand etc etc...??????????
well it comes as mocking!!! yes, plain mocking!!!!

A day might come when I might fly away from all this. But I wish such a day might never come where I publicly say that I am so lucky to not live in that country anymore, knowing that people who still live there might read it. In the same way where 99% of you people out there do not make "simple observations" of your family, knowing that they might read it.

This is what went through my mind. Please do not take this as a personal attack against anyone, because is my "simple observation" too, of all the things happening in the blogging world.

--luckydesi

Arch said...

Hey, nice recipes...dahi bhindi sounds wonderful, must try it soon...And yeah, Meena's recipes are awesome, her pics are super...I must go and try some more from her blog...

Parita said...

Dahi bhindi sounds delicious, simple to make and looks mouth watering

SriLekha said...

okra with dahi is really a delicious combo!

Vani said...

Pooja -thanks :)

TBC- Not surprising since this is my second non-veg recipe posted in 3 years! I do eat chicken but not comfortable cooking it raw at home. Usually I buy precooked chicken and use them in salads and curries :)

Anon - I do get what you're saying but the point is, her blog is her space and she is entitled to say what she pleases there. Who is anybody to call out on what is right and wrong about a person's opinion regarding anything? I understand that it is a public forum and people can disagree but let's be polite about it. And we, as readers also have the option to take the high road and stay away if something about a blog or a person offends us. If we do have to pick a battle, let's at least try & choose one that is constructive and does some good to someone/someplace.

Arch - agree totally. Her pictures are fab. Looking forward to her cookbook now :)

Parita - thanks ;)

Srilekha - it certainly was! :)

Vibaas said...

dahi okra sounds yum! love okra and will try your version.

LG said...

Dahi bhindi looks Tempting Vani. Loved the color of the dish.

rekhas kitchen said...

nice recipe perfect choice Vani looks so tempting.

Bong Mom said...

And I thought you were a vegetarian !!! The chicken looks great

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow nice choice of recipes....looks yum......Hmmm nice to see that you gave perfect answer to that Anoy....

luckydesi said...

Thanks Vani for allowing me to express my views here. My reply to your comment can be found here http://simpleobservationsthatarenotsosimple.blogspot.com/
I could not publish here due to the limit on the number of words.
Thank you once again.

Divya Vikram said...

I love her blog too! Dishes look delectable!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

I love your bhindi! Looks so yum...

Nithya Praveen said...

I am surprised the color of thr bhindi is still retained inspite of adding curd and other ingredients....this is superb.Wud try this vani.thanks for sharing!

DEESHA said...

wow look at that Bhindi .. looks so gorgeous

Chitra said...

Hi vani, i've posted Badanekayi eeruli recipe in T&T section..thanks!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hey Vani the pics look great!!! I dont know why you dint like them!!! Bendakaya looks very tempting!!!

Ramya Bala said...

I love this dahi okra vani...and for some reason..i was misassuming that urs is a veg.blog :(

Sushma Mallya said...

I am visiting ur blog for the first time ....okra looks very nice and tempting.

Veda Murthy said...

dahi okra looks fab!

n33ma said...

oh my god! I love the Ayam Masak masak.Looks so good and I know for a fact that so tasty too.Ok lets not leave out the bhindi ,it looks nice.I too follow the same recipe.

chakhlere said...

This looks a cool dish!!
First time here.... you have a lovely blog!!

Mandira said...

Thanks for the dahi bhindi recipe. I am going to try it this week.

Usha said...

The dahi bhendi sounds yum and I am always happy with okra recipes that allow me to use frozen okra :-)

Vani said...

Thanks for all your comments!

Sush said...

One needs to have a lot of practice to make dahi bhindi, else it becomes slimy. Your dahi bhindi looks so very well done with nice shades in the picture :)

Jayashree said...

Meena's blog is one of my favourites as well.....every single pic and recipe makes you drool, doesn't it?

zlamushka said...

Hi Vani,

Awesome stir-fry - thanks for participating. I hope you are up for this month´s challenge too :-) Details on my Blog - left upper corner.