Would you use home made masala powders for cooking? I always prefer making powders like garam masala, pepper powder etc at home. For other powders like coriander, chilly and turmeric, we mostly buy whole spices from the market, clean, dry in sun and send them to the mill. It would last long, so we shouldn’t be worried for at least six months.
Yesterday, I made some chicken curry using a different garam masala powder, the taste was unusual as one of my readers said – She used sajeera instead of jeera and felt a “strange” taste – I didn’t feel like it is a chicken curry , there was no smell of cinnamon and clove. Any way I decided not to use any other powder if I don’t have the one I usually make. Better I should use the whole spices instead.
This Chettinadu Egg Roast is one I found from an old magazine clipping, which is a nice thick curry goes well with chappathi.
Eggs 3 hard boiled
chopped onions 3
chopped tomatoes 2
garlic cloves 4 small
ginger 1/2 " piece
green chillies 1 or 2
fennel seeds 1/4 tsp
coriander powder 1 Tbsp
chilly powder 1 tsp or as desired
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
pepper powder 2 tsp
garam masala powder 1/4 tsp
curry leaves few
coriander leaves chopped few
coconut grated 3/4 cup
How to prepare
De shell eggs. Cut into halves.
Blend coconut very well in enough water to get thick solution.
Grind garlic, ginger,green chillies and fennel seeds together.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, saute onion until transparent.Then saute with the ground paste.
After 2 minutes, put tomatoes,curry leaves and all the powder except pepper powder.Add salt.
Stirr until the mixture is thick and tomatoes are cooked well.
Add blended coconut solution, pepper powder and coriander leaves.
When it boils put egg pieces, continue cooking for a while.
When the mixture becomes thick, check salt and remove from fire.
This is a spicy preparation.If you like to get to a nice red color, use kashmiri chilli powder.Reduce spices according to your taste.