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Chicken Chettinadu Varuval

Posted on 22 October 2016 by admin

Prep time 15 mins/Cooking time 40 mins/Serves 4 pax


  1. 500 gm chicken
  2. 1tbsp ginger garlic paste
  3. 1tsp tur
  4. 1tbs chili powder
  5. 1tbs salt
  6. 1 l oil for frying
  7. 1stick cinnamon
  8. 2 star anise
  9. 2 cloves
  10. 2 pods cardamom
  11. ½ tsp cumin seed
  12. 100 gm dried chili cut to small pieces
  13. 2 onions sliced
  14. ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  15. 2 big to
  16. matoes sliced
  17. 1 tbs chili powder
  18. 1 tbs coriander powder
  19. 1tsp garam masala
  20. 1tsp jeera powder
  21. 1 tsp black soy sauce
  22. ½ lime juice
  23. Coriander leaves to garnish


  • Cut chicken
    into small pieces, wash chicken
  • Marinate with garlic & ginger paste, turmeric, chili powder, salt
  • Fry chicken lightly and keep aside
  • Heat a pot with oil
  • Add and stir fry cinnamon stick star, anise, clove, cardamom, cumin seed and dry chili.
  • Add onion, ginger and garlic paste and tomato, fry to golden.
  • Add the lightly fried chicken pieces
  • Add chili powder, coriander powder, jeera powder, garam masala powder, black soy sauce, salt to taste and squeeze lime juice.
  • Coriander to garnish


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Posted on 18 October 2016 by admin

Lemons. Lime. A little dash of lemon in The Big Rajah’s Sunday Chicken?

There is many more use for the humble lemon. For beauty reasons, I use lemons as a personal skin care routine and here are some of my favourite.

1) Very often, I would drink a warm glass of lemon juice. As a food that has an alkaline effect on the body, lemons are said to help stimulate my liver, clear toxins naturally and help bowels eliminate naturally. Mixed with a spoon of honey, it is said to have positive effects on weight control.

2) Lemons to get rid of dead cells, refresh and tone my skin. Slowly zap away those zits and have a natural, healthy glow by squeezing some lemon juice into a glass of warm water and top it off with a drop or two of honey.

3) Need a natural hair conditioner?
 Rub some juice into your hair to rid dryness that may cause dandruff and the finished result?  A lovely, lustrous shine!

4) When I am exhausted, before headin’ to bed, I add some lemon juice and glycerin to a glass of boiled milk.  Smooth it all over your face and I wake up to glowing skin. Or during the day, I would add lemon to yoghurt and smear it on my face for around 15 minutes.

There are just so many goodness of lemons not just for beauty reasons, but the magnitude of health goodness and household cleaning uses are numerous.

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