First rains are so beautiful..everything looks fresh..the fragrance of the damp soil is so rustic. Something I savour!
And you know what else I savour when it rains??! Greasy & spicy, fried food! Or something definitely not vegetarian 😉😁 even delicious Mumbaiyya street-food makes me so happy! So I decided to indulge myself. It was the weekend, so had enough time to gaze at the rains all day and then head to the kitchen to fix ourselves a truly delicious meal.
I checked my freezer / refrigerator..and found all the necessary fixings for Keema Pav! The slightly healthier option Chicken Keema Pav!! 😀👌 You’d ask why chicken? Because..my hubby dearest avoids red meat ❤️ hence…Chicken Keema with some warm, buttered Pav bread..some chopped onions….a dash of lemon juice over it all and we were in food heaven! Please note that the Pav bread is store bought… ☺️ a little cheat is ok!! And I added a simple ingredient which makes it taste just like the ones we get at the street vendors in Mumbai 😜
The recipe is pretty straightforward and easy! It was ready in 30 mins flat! That’s the kind cooking I prefer..fast, yummy and no the no fuss kind 😀 Let’s get on with the recipe…
Yield: Serves 2 – 3
Equipment: a wok, a spatula, measuring cups / spoons.
500 gms minced chicken
1 nos large onion chopped fine
1 nos large green capsicum chopped fine
2 tbsp ginger – garlic – green chilly paste
a pinch of asafoetida
salt to taste
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp red chilly pwd
1 tsp roasted cumin pwd
3/4 tsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1tbsp Pav Bhaji masala
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp Garam Masala pwd
Heat oil in the wok, add asafoetida. The onions & ginger – garlic – green chilly paste will go in next, sauté until they turn golden. Then add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, roasted cumin pwd & coriander pwd. Cook well until the masalas turn slightly brown. Add capsicum and pav bhaji masala now. Cook until the oil separates from the masalas, will take 5-6 mins approx.
Add the minced chicken now. Cook until the moisture evaporates from the chicken, this takes 3-4 mins approx. Then season with salt (season at this stage as the moisture has to evaporate before it combines with the salt). Keep cooking on medium flame until the mince turns a deep brown colour. This takes about 10 mins. Add garam masala, chopped coriander leaves and butter. Add lemon juice Mix well. That’s it. You are done. Serve hot with warm, buttered Pav bread / dinner rolls and some chopped onions.
Enjoy! It’s that easy 😇