Methi Chicken (Fenugreek chicken)

“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child.

For me I love to eat and of course, to cook. So here comes my first Food post.

The post is about, the recipe of delicious Methi Chicken (Fenugreek Chicken) an Indian dish I have made last week.

Fenugreek or methi has multiple health benefits, such as, it controls diabetes, maintains cholesterol level, treats bowel problems, cures anemia, helps in weight reduction, cures acid re flux and lot more.

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Fresh fenugreek leaves (Methi Shaak)

I have used fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves as well as kasuri methi (dried fenugreek) in this recipe. For the fresh one, only the leaves should be used,not the stalks, as stalks make the food bitter

This quick and easy recipe you can serve with Indian bread or rice of your choice.

Here comes the methi chicken recipe video.

Here comes the methi chicken recipe card.

Fenugreek chicken

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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A tasty, light, Indian recipe perfect for lunch or dinner.


Ingredients

  • 400gms skinless, boneless chicken cubes
  • 4-5 cloves garlic(chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4-5 green chilies
  • handful of fresh fenugreek leaves
  • 2tbsp of kasuri methi or dried fenugreek
  • plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Marination: In a medium bowl, mix chicken and yogurt, refrigerate for two hours.
  2. Preparing the methi-chili paste: In a deep pan take some water and add the fresh fenugreek leaves, bring it to boil. In a blender blend the boiled leaves along with the green chilies. Keep this paste aside.
  3. Now heat oil in a deep bottom pan.
  4. Add chopped garlic, fry it till golden.
  5. Add chopped onion, fry it till light brown.
  6. Add the methi-chili paste (from step 2), mix well and cook for a minute in medium heat.
  7. Add the marinated chicken, mix well, cook in medium heat till the chicken releases its juice.
  8. Add half cup of warm water, stir well, and close the lid. cook in low to medium heat till the chicken becomes tender.
  9. Remove the lid, add salt to taste.
  10. add kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), mix well.
  11. Your Methi chicken is ready!

How do you like the recipe? Please share your views!

Happy cooking!

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The Chembra Peak – Untouched part of Kerala

“Can you see the group of tuskers in the jungle down?” our guide Hari asked.

We zoomed our camera in and somehow managed to focus on them. They were four in numbers, wild Indian tuskers. Kerala – “God’s own country always been famous for elephants. But it was unexpected to see them from Chembra, the highest peak (2100 m above sea level) of Wayanad hills. It is also one of the highest peaks of Western ghat.

It is located near Meppadi and 8 km south of Kalpetta.

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Before starting the Chembra Peak Trekking

We started around 7 Am from our hotel in Sulthan Bathery after having a light breakfast. We reached the ticket counter by 8.15 Am. The route was through the tea plantation. After getting the tickets we reached the trekking start point by 8.30.

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on the way to Chembra Peak

We started walking through the greens, which we usually miss in our city life. gradually the route became steeper and rocky, the forest became denser. We could hear the elephant trumpet. Realized that they are somewhere nearby! It was spine-chilling!

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Chembra Peak Wayanad  image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhruvaraj/5782089436/

 

The trek was tiring but we continued. There were rocks, big rocks, bends, narrow passages as we passed. Suddenly it started drizzling, and we thought we were stuck in the middle of a jungle. We waited for ten minutes, luckily the drizzling slowed down and we resumed our trek. Although the path became slippery, it added more adventure to the trip. On the way we found a water stream. Hari asked us to collect some water, as it is a natural mineral water. One or two sips of it energized us back.

There is a heart shaped lake in the midst of green on the top. It was a treat to the eyes. We were wondering, how a water body is formed there in the top! After spending some time there, we started again for the chembra peak.

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Infront of the Chembra Peak Lake

 

Finally, we have reached the beautiful Chembra peak. We could see the entire Wayanad from the top. The air was so fresh, view was breath taking. The serenity worth every struggle we did while climbing up. Seeing tuskers was a bonus.

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view from the top of Chembra Peak (A bit foggy)

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Tusker Elephants in the forest (camera Zoomed)

 

We were not feeling to come down, but of course we had to.

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at the Chembra peak Wayanad

 

The down hill trek was comparatively easier but due to the rain the rocks became slippery. Few places we had to crawl down literally.

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down hill trek

It took around five hours to trek around five km up and down, including the breaks, considering we are not regular trkkers. Our feet were heavy and strained, but our hearts delighted. Beautifully maintained Chembra peak gave us a lifetime experience to cherish about.

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Chembra Peak visiting hours

 

Points to remember before you visit chembra peak:

  • You must wear a pair of trekking or sports shoes.
  • carry a UV protected sunglass .
  • apply sunscreen
  • Dress up lightly.
  • You must carry water.
  • The ticket for trekking costs rs 750/- for maximum a group of ten.
  • Carry your camera to click beautiful photos.
  • Not recommended for elderly people and children.
  • Reach the ticket counter as early as possible as they allow maximum of 200 visitors daily & the trekking time is 7 am to 2 pm.
  • ** Heard that Chembra is closed temporarily due to a fire alert

Chembra peak map is here.

 

Been to Chembra Peak? Please share your story with us.

Happy travelling!

 

 

The stunning Bhaja Caves

A series of twenty-two rock cut caves, dating twenty-two hundred years back, lined up in the middle of a sun-kissed lush green surrounding, doesn’t that sound interesting? In reality Bhaja caves offer you even more. Situated near Lonavala and Bhaja village, Maharashtra, it is around 60 km away from Pune City. Bhaja caves carries the Hinayana faith of Buddhism prevailed in Maharashtra thousands of years back.

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Bhaja caves

 After having the morning tea, we started around 7 am and it took around two hours to reach. It was a beautiful drive, which gets enriched during monsoon season, as mentioned by our driver Rajesh.

From the base after climbing up around one fifty beautifully landscaped steps (didn’t count exactly) we reached the site.  

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Bhaja caves steps

I was spellbound by the architecture and the carvings. Immediately without wasting any time, we started exploring the caves one by one. One of the caves, I got really curious about, was having a door surrounded by beautiful architectural sculpture. One of them was a royal personal driving a chariot and other one was riding an elephant and carrying an elephant goad. According to archaeological survey of India the first sculpture is of God Surya, the later one is of God Indra and this cave was the monastery. Wow! I was already thrilled.

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Bhaja caves images : God Surya and indra  (image source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/anandajoti/)

Apart from the extravagant one, there were other comparatively simpler monasteries, termed as Vihara in Sanskrit and Pali.

The majestic part of the excavation, having horse shoe shaped entrance, is called Chaityagrha. A long prayer hall is adorned by twenty-seven pillars and the ceiling is beautifully supported by semi-circular wooden beams. A stupa is placed in front of the semi-circular end of the hall. It would have been wonderful if there were some professional guides who could walk us through that era.

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Bhaja caves: Chaityagrha

 On the left of the Chaityagrha an irregular excavation having fourteen rock cut stupas, is an indication of the Buddhist cemetery.

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Bhaja budhdhist caves: Stupas in the cemetery

 We were surprised on the fact of creating such a brilliant piece of architecture without any modern technology at that period. Mesmerized by the beauty of Bhaja we spent almost two hours there, wondering about how the life was in 2nd century BC!

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Bhaja caves photos: Carvings

On our way back, we picked up some lip smacking chikkies and fudges. Rajesh drove us to a Village themed dhaba for lunch. The delicious food left us wanting more until we were full.

We returned home with a lasting memory of the beautiful one-day trip.

Things to remember before visiting Bhaja Caves:

  • carry water.
  • not advisable for very elderly people.
  • wear a pair of comfortable shoes.
  • eat light as you have to climb up steps.

Here comes the Bhaja Caves Map:

 Have you been to Bhaja Caves? Please share your story with us.

 

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