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Kerala Style Pan Fried Chicken – Perfect Accompaniment for Beer!

Kerala Style Chicken Fry

When we visited Kumarakom in Kerala last year, we had a fried chicken appetizer with our drinks. The dish was so loved by Vipul that I got the recipe from the chef. Hyderabad is sizzling in the summer heat and we cooled off one evening with beer. We recalled, fried chicken was the perfect accompaniment for beer and wine.

So we quickly made plans to make some to go along with the drinks. I am sure you can replace chicken with any other meat, fish or even tofu though cooking times may vary a bit.

A quick and easy recipe, it comes together with very little effort and planning. It was filling, spicy and with a little crunch. Add a salad, some crusty bread and it has makings of a summer meal when you don’t want to tinker much in the kitchen but yet impress the family.

Give it a try this weekend. Am sure your family will love it as much as mine did!

Kerala Style Fried Chicken Recipe

For the marinade:

  • 1 lb boneless and skinless  Chicken (breast or thigh) cut into bite sized strips
  • 2 -3  teaspoons – Chilli powder ( adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon – Turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – Coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon – Garam masala
  • 1 spring Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon – Salt
  • 1 1/2  teaspoon – Lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon – Rice flour or Whole wheat flour
  • 2- 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 “ginger root, grated

For the Masala:

  • 1/4 cup – Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 spring – Curry leaves
  • 2- 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Medium sized Onion , sliced
  • 1 “ginger, Julienned
  • 1 teaspoon – Red Chilli powder
  • Salt to taste

1.Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients listed in marinade section. Set aside for 30 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a wok and then fry the chicken till cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

3.In the same wok, fry the curry leaves and garlic. After they sizzle and cook for about 1/2 a minute, add the sliced onions. Once the onions are cooked, add ginger, chilli powder and salt.  Keep tossing and cook for about a minute taking care that the ingredients don’t burn.

4. Add the chicken back into the pan. Toss and let it cook for another 1/2 a minute. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Serve hot with beer or wine. If with beer, also serve sliced onions and lemons. Enjoy!

36 hours in Kochi

A Taste of Kerala’s Backwaters

Hyderabad Restaurants

As promised, this is the list of restaurants we have tried and tested and the ones on the wish list. We have tried these places for dinner and its been almost always ala carte.

I don’t go for buffets unless they are highly recommended or unless I like the place on a prior visit. Buffet’s almost always have poor fare and lower quality.

There are virtually no hole in the wall places primarily because we are still adjusting to Indian palate and I don’t want us to catch a stomach bug (especially Varun!).

Restaurants we love: If you are visiting us, chances are we will take you to one of this.

  • Ohri’s Tansen – Ambience, live sitar music, north indian food, impeccable service.Go early around 7:00 -7:30 pm to avoid crowds. Drinks and chaat are particularly good.
  • Urban Asia – Young and buzzing,live music, Pan Asian food. Make reservations for window side table overlooking the Jubilee hills traffic below. Salt and Pepper prawns and drinks are highly recommended.
  • Little Italy – Vegetarian, Italian thin crust pizzas, homestyle pastas and a decent wine collection. Love everything on the menu.
  • Westin Brunch @ Seasonal Tastes– Obscene variety and perfect opportunity to be wasted on drinks and food if you have nothing else to do on a weekend. Live music, awesome dessert bar and separate children’s play area with kids menu.
  • Four Seasons – Kebabs and Mutton Biryani. Go in a big group to taste the variety of this place can offer.Lassoni chicken kebab are highly recommended.
  • La Cantina – Mexican food by pool side. Strong drinks, nachos, and a delectable tres leches cake ever. Live music. Need I say  more.
  • N Grill – Patio dining on a balmy evening, European/Italian. Mostly businessmen,families. Patio was a hit with Varun. Service is slow but food is good.
  • Chutney’s – South Indian food. Period. Extremely busy and fast paced. Time at noon to avoid the morning breakfast/brunch crowd and lunch folks. Thali, idlis, wadas and traditional dosas are highly recommended.
  • Mainland China – Indo-Chinese, friendliest service.
  • Vadapav factory- Hole in wall, wink and you miss joint doling out vada pav in this southern city.
  • Sweet Nirvana – Pastries and bread (havent tried their European dinning restaurant)
  • Paradise – Mutton Biryani. Have to go here at least once.
  • Taj Falaknuma – High tea, palace, grandeur.
  • F Cafe and Lounge – Drinks , walking distance to home. Decent crowd and good music.
  • Park (Hyderabad) – Location, Views and Chicken Biryani!

Been there, done that, may not go again

  • Sahib , Sindh and Sultan – Setup in an old Indian railway coach. Mughlai food. Heavy and greasy.
  • Ohri’s Urban Tadka – Typical north Indian. Nothing that you don’t get anywhere else, but good for weeknight dinner.
  • N Asian – Liked it initially, but Urban Asia is better
  • Prego – Great Italian food, but pricey and pretentious. Mostly business folks
  • Dialog in the Dark – Unique dinning experience in the dark
  • Cakes and More – Run of the mill pastries, ho hum.
  • Subway, Kondapur – Slow service. Why should anyone eat here when there is four seasons right above it?
  • Hyderabad House – Chicken biryani and salaan was better than Paradise but it’s better as a take out place than eat-in.
  • Testa Rossa – OK food, great staff with kids. Smokers made us leave the place early though Varun had fun running around.
  • The Square @ Novotel buffet – Pricey, OK food, OK variety. Westin is a better bet in that price range.
  • Ista – Multi-cuisine. Went for burgers which were OK. Will go only if Microsoft pays for it.

Wish List – Can’t wait to try these

  • Cinnamon Fusion – Multi cuisine
  • Angeethi – Indian
  • Ohris Serengeti – Indian
  • via Milano – Italian
  • Bikanervala – North Indian, chaat, street food
  • So Restaurant – Continental/European
  • Kibbeh Lounge- Lebanese
  • Taj Krishna – Brunch recommendation
  • Sigree – North Indian
  • Khaan Saab – Hyderbadi food and Biryani
  • Kerala Kitchen – Kondapur , Kerala cuisine
  • Pista House – Haleem, Highly recommended.  Almost always get sold out within an hour of availability.
  • Shadab – Biryani
  • Yellow Spice – Loved the one in Powai, Mumbai.

Have any recommendations that we must try? Drop a comment below!

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