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May 8, 2007

KORMA – a simple dish


Long back, in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s I think, in Bareilly, we once went for a meal in a restaurant called Rio, if I remember correctly, and I wonder if it still exists. As everyone ordered chicken and veg dishes, I wanted to have mutton that day, and in the list of the usual mutton dishes I spotted Mutton Korma and decided to eat it. Inquisitive, I wanted to know what “Korma” meant, so I asked, and they told me that Korma means gravy made without haldi (turmeric). Is this a fact? Let’s leave that to the experts! I was curious, so they allowed me into the kitchen and let me see this simple dish being prepared – this is the first non-veg recipe I learnt, and I make it often because it is simple and straightforward to cook. Let me share it with you. Heat pure ghee [yes, pure ghee] in a vessel [I never pressure cook meat as I feel slow cooking brings out the taste]; add the whole masalas [tejpatta, cardamom (choti and badi elaichi), laung, dalchini, kali miri (peppercorn)], sauté till they start crackling, and then put in lots of finely chopped onions and fry till brown and crisp, add ginger garlic paste, red chillies, and fry till the moisture evaporates, then add the mutton pieces, and stir lightly, roasting the mutton in its own juices till dry. Now add whipped curds, and let the mutton cook in the curds, stirring very slightly from time to time, and when it becomes dry and starts sticking to the bottom, add water, cover, and simmer on slow fire, stirring once in a while, till done. When almost ready, add salt to taste, a little cardamom powder for flavour, give a final simmering boil to the curry, garnish with fresh coriander, and the Mutton Korma is ready to eat with chapatti, roti, pav, or rice, whatever you like. 

I like cooking and eating mutton korma – it’s simple to cook, no fancy laborious time-consuming preparations and marinades, it’s not too spicy and tastes nice and mild, and the dish is ready to eat in half an hour. About the “turmeric” part, will someone please enlighten us? I cook korma without turmeric but I’ve seen recipes of korma which include turmeric. I love a veg dish called Navratan Korma – it’s nice and sweetish, I don’t know how to make it, but from the taste looks like it too doesn’t contain turmeric.  Happy Cooking and Blissful Eating VIKRAM KARVE 

Wendy’s Yummy Chicken

May 8, 2007



Wendy’s Yummy Chicken 


Vikram Karve 



I have friend, Wendy, accomplished in the culinary arts, who taught me to rustle up this quick and simple yet most yummy dish. It’s ideal for bachelors, those rushed for time and when you have sudden guests. I’m giving you the basics for about a kilo of chicken – you’ll have to experiment, improvise, and decide the proportions of the ingredients, especially the marinade, as per your taste. 


Chicken Pieces [Best to buy frozen cleaned chicken and store if your fridge for ready use]  

Marinade comprising vinegar, soya sauce, ginger garlic paste, green chilli paste, lemon juice. 

Thoroughly apply the marinade to the chicken pieces, piercing them with a fork to enable the marinade permeate deep inside. Cover and keep for a few minutes to an hour [the more time the better]. Why not marinate the chicken in the morning before you go to work and keep in the fridge and you can cook the moment you return. 

Now, depending on your taste, you can either directly stir fry the marinated chicken pieces till done in hot oil. Eat it as a meal, by itself, or with chapatti, bread or rice. Pour in the marinade juices while frying if you want it a bit more succulent. 

If you want a scrumptious snack you can coat the marinated chicken pieces in maida, rawa, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs, or cornflour and shallow fry till crisp and crunchy. [Add some pepper, chilli powder and salt to the coating material for better taste]. 

This lip smacking dish always tastes yummy, whichever way you make it. 

Try adding a bit of tomato ketchup to the marinade for a sweet and sour taste or chilli sauce instead of fresh chilli paste. Improvise, experiment, optimize the proportions of ingredients of the marinade, to achieve your own unique delectable taste. 

Breathtaking in its simplicity, isn’t it? Try it tonight when you get home and let me know how you liked it.  

And Dear Wendy – wherever you are [
Goa?] – God Bless You and Thanks a ton for all the good food!