French Style Chicken Stew with Peas

Below you will find a non-Indian recipe. To understand why I am putting this recipe up you need to know where my family is from. My mom and dad’s family are from a French territory in India, Pondicherry. (If you are wondering why this name sounds familiar it might be because of the book, Life of Pi is set there in the beginning of the book)

My mom knows a lot of recipes that are unique not only to South India but in particular Pondicherry. One of the great things about Indian cuisine is there are lots of variety from different regions of India. This is my grandmother’s recipe that she shared with my Aunt and Mom, which is a French recipe common in Pondicherry. I hope you enjoy it, as much as we do!

Chicken Stew with Peas

½ of a whole chicken cut

1 large onion, sliced

2 bay leaves

5 garlic cloves, sliced

2 medium tomatoes, sliced

8 oz of frozen peas

salt

pepper

½ cup of tomato sauce

This is how the onions and tomatoes should look before moving on.
This is how the onions and tomatoes should look before moving on.

Add ¼ cup of oil in a pan and heat. Add sliced onion to oil, with 2 bay leaves and sliced garlic. Fry onions till they are brown, once they are brown add tomatoes. Add a little water to the tomatoes and onions to help them cook. Cook till it is well done.

Add chicken to the onions and tomatoes and cook. Once chicken is about 1/3 of the way down add the peas to the pan and add the tomato sauce. Cover pot and let it boil. You want to let some of the water to evaporate and the sauce to thicken.

This is what everything looks like when we are cooking the chicken.
This is what everything looks like when we are cooking the chicken.

Once you are doing cooking it you can serve it with bread. My grandmother used to serve it with French bread.

Chicken Stew will look like this when it's done.
Chicken Stew will look like this when it’s done.
Finish Chicken Stew
Ready to be served!

 ~ Till Next Time

Pidabean

Pork Chop Marinade

Here is a marinade for pork chops.  My Aunt gave my mother this recipe and we have been enjoying for the last few months.   It’s nice easy to do and very good!   Hope you enjoy it!

~Till Next Time

Pidabean

Pork Chop Marinade

For this recipe you can either bake or grill the pork chops.

Ingredients:

11 pork chops

3 inches of ginger (peeled)

12 cloves of garlic

2 ½ tablespoons of cumin

1 ½ cups of yogurt

Chili powder

Salt.

Grind the peeled ginger, cumin and garlic together with a little water. (We used the blender to grind all the ingredients together.

Add the yogurt and the paste to the pork chops. Add Chili powder and salt to taste. Mix all together and marinate overnight or for 6 to 8 hours.

Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Or grill till cooked.

You can eat the pork chops with a salad or with dhal rice.

Cabbage Poriyal

I know it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe but I actually had written this one up before the holidays. The holidays at our home is always busy so I didn’t get a chance to post it, which actually works out well since Mom doesn’t want to cook Indian Food at the moment. She did a lot of cooking over the last few weeks especially Indian Food. In a dream world I would have gotten all of the recipes but I may have been told to go away or she didn’t have time to measure things out for me. Like I said before someone (Mom) has a tendency of putting ingredients in when no one is looking. We will get back to it soon but here is something very yummy if you like cabbage.

~Till Next Time

Pida

Cabbage Poriyal

½ cup of chana dal

3 tablespoon of oil

½ teaspoon of mustard seed

1 sprig of curry leaves

1 medium onion sliced

½ teaspoon asafetida powder

4 garlic cloves sliced

3 chilies chopped

½ teaspoon of turmeric

Half a head of cabbage finely chopped

Salt to taste

½ cup of freshly coconut

In a pot boil water and add ½ cup chana dal. Cook until the dal is almost done. (We don’t want to cook it all the way because we will be adding it later when the cabbage is cooking.)

In a different saucepan add 3 tablespoons of oil and heat. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds, sprig of curry leaves and sliced onions to the saucepan. Also add ½ of teaspoon asafetida powder, 4 garlic cloves sliced, 3 chilies chopped and ½ teaspoon of turmeric. Once the onions are browned add half head of cabbage finely chopped. Add 2 cups of water to help the cabbage cooked and salt to taste. Cover and let cook. When the cabbage is almost done add the partially cooked chana dal into the pan. Don’t over cook the dal and the cabbage as you don’t want it took become too mushy. Stir in ½ a cup of freshly grated coconut to the cabbage and turn of the stove. You are done!

You can enjoy the cabbage with some rice and curry or have it on its own with some naan or chapati.

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BFITWWW wants Book Recommendations

A few weeks ago BFITWWW wanted a few book recommendations since she was done with her semester.  So instead of giving her actual book recommendations I am going to give her some author recommendations. I have read over 225 books in the past year which makes it hard for me to pick a few of my favorites.

First up in no particular order, Kristan Higgins.  I started to read her books back in March when I won a virtual meeting with Kristan Higgins for my book club.  I actually had read one of her books before winning the contest and for some odd reason never went back to read her other books.  Well that changed very quickly in March, I was on a mission to read everything she had written!  I even waited to buy two of her books till November when i got to meet her in person at a book signing!  Her books are funny, and light hearted.  I think she bring a Catholic humor into her books which I enjoy because it makes the books relatable for me growing up as a child who went to Catholic School and very religious parents. I always laugh out loud when I read her books. I also will tell people funny quotes of things have happened in her books. In Goodreads, I have rated all of her books between 4 to 5 stars.

Kristan Higgins and Me!
Kristan Higgins and Me!

Next up is Christine Trent in particular, Lady of Ashes series. Currently, there are 3 books in this series.  I enjoyed this book because it wasn’t my usual to go to book when I pick something up.  It started off as a random choice on my digital library and now I recommend this series all the time.  I was very excited to find out that Christine Trent was going to be at a book signing I was going to be at.  My friend was able to ask Christine to come to our book club and speak (I know I have a pretty cool book club). She was able to tell us all about Victorian Mourning period, the publishing world and so much more.  So you are wondering what is this series about?  It is about Violet who is working with her husband as an undertaker where she takes on most of the responsibility and she is also starts to investigates some suspicious deaths.  I am anxiously waiting the next books in the series. My hope is to read the other books Christine Trent has written in 2015. In Goodreads, I have rated the Lady of Ashes series between 4 to 5.

Christine Trent and Me!
Christine Trent and Me!

This is hard there are so many authors that I really like so I am going to do Nora Roberts! If you know me personally, you know I love Nora Roberts/JD Robb.  I have read pretty much everything she has written and that is a lot of books.  I have met her numerous times at her bookstore in MD.  The bookstore has book signings throughout out the year where I get to meet wonderful new authors to me or authors who I have read.  Nora Roberts I feel has a little something for everyone. If you like a Romantic Mystery then you could ready many of her stand alone books.  Or if you enjoy a magic she has a few trilogies you might enjoy.

Nora Roberts and Me!  (One of many pictures)
Nora Roberts and Me! (One of many pictures)

So for right now those are my recommendations for BBITWWW and for anyone else who is looking for a good read.  I will put up some books that I think that you might enjoy.