Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Potato Assaadu & Chicken Puttu - Pondicherry Special

Pondicherry - this place is very special to me, yes its my hometown. Pondicherry is in Southern part of India, its one among the Union territory, we have our chief minister and a chief secretariat.Pondicherry, heavily influenced by French, we have the street names in French, yes The french way of life left a deep impact in our lifestyle and in our cuisine. Pondicherry cuisine, is a mixed cuisine of French, Tamilnadu, Andhra, Kerala and with some Bengali touch too.Pondicherry cuisine involves many spices,obviously gravies and side dishes are prepared basically with  mixed paste  of coconut,poppy seeds and cashewnuts or simply stir fries have grated coconut definitely in it thus this cuisine have very rich flavourful dishes.Pondicherry is one of the famous tourist place and now its one of the fetish place for movie shootings,you cant miss a movie shooting atleast once a week, because of this many 5 stars hotels are showing their head here and there in Pondicherry. Pondicherry is called French Riviera of the East.

Been born in Pondicherry, i have been pampered by many traditional dishes and when i was about to chose a traditional dish i picked Assaadu which means literally Kurma. Christian community in Pondicherry calls their kurma as assaadu and this dish is prominently prepared with meats or seafoods, but i prepared mine simply with potatoes. You might have heard the name kavappu which means bhajji, the gramflour coated fritters. Most important spices cooked in this cuisine is peppercorns,fennel seeds, cumin seeds,poppy seeds,coriander seeds. Since Pondicherry is situated near Bay of Bengal, we are seafood lovers and we get super fresh seafoods. My today's post from my place is Potato Assaadu and chicken puttu aka shredded chicken, actually we make puttu  with shark fish/Sura meen which is quite famous in my place, i simply replaced the shark fish with chicken.Both dishes served with rice makes a satisfying meal definitely.

Potato Assaadu/Urulai Kizhangu Assaadu/Potato Kurma:

2nos Large potatoes (cubed)
1no Onion (big & chopped)
2nos Tomatoes (chopped)
3nos Green chillies (slit opened)
1tbsp Ginger garlic paste
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1/2tsp Chilly powder
2nos Cloves
1no Cinnamon stick
1no Bayleaf
Few coriander leaves

To grind:
1tbsp Fennel seeds
1tsp Cumin seeds
1/2cup Grated coconut
1tbsp Poppyseeds
5nos Cashewnuts

Grind the fennel seeds and cumin seeds as fine powder, keep aside.

Grind the grated coconut,poppyseeds, cashewnuts together as fine paste.

Heat enough oil, fry the cloves,cinnamon stick, bayleaf until they turns brown.

Add the chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, cook for few minutes.

Add the tomatoes,slit opened green chillies, fennel-cumin seed powder, salt and cook until the veggies gets well cooked.

Add the cubed potatoes, cook for few minutes.

Finally add the grounded paste, add enough water and cook everything simmer until the veggies get well cooked.

Add the coriander leaves, put off the stove.

Chicken Puttu/Kozhi Puttu:

2cup Shredded chicken (chicken breast cooked in water & shredded)
20nos Shallots (chopped finely)
1inch Ginger (chopped finely)
5nos Garlic (chopped finely)
3nos Green chillies (chopped finely)
1/2tsp Pepper powder
1/2tsp Turmeric powder
1tsp Fennel seed powder
1/2cup Coconut (grated)
Few curry leaves
1tsp Cumin seed powder
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/2tsp Urad dal
2tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped)

Add the pepper powder, cumin seed powder, turmeric powder, fennel seed powder, salt to the shredded chicken and mix everything well.

Heat enough oil and let splutters the mustard seeds,curry leaves and urad dal, add the chopped ginger,chopped green chillies and chopped garlic pieces and fry until they turns slightly brown.

 Add immediately the chopped shallots and cook everything until the shallots turns transculent.

Now add the cooked and spiced chicken and toss everything gently, cook everything in simmer until they turns dry and get well fried..

Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut to the puttu, cook for few minutes and put off the stove.

Serve as side dish with rice.


GEETHA ACHAL said... Reply To This Comment

Is shredded chicken already cooked with water or roasted chicken or its simple fine chopped raw chicken...

Priya Suresh said... Reply To This Comment

Chicken breast cooked in water and shredded, thanks for letting me know,just added in the recipe.@GEETHA ACHAL

Rebecca Subbiah said... Reply To This Comment

looks great and adore your hometown

PrathibhaSreejith said... Reply To This Comment

Both dishes look awesomely delicious. I didnt know therez something called chicken/Fish puttu which do not have any relation to Kerala Puttu, sounds tempting ones Priya :)

Sathya Priya said... Reply To This Comment

Both of them look awesome sis .POtato assaadu means what potato kuruma ?Chicken looks awesome too being a vegeterian i cant taste it .

Gita Jaishankar said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful clicks and recipes Priya, your post about Pondicherry brings a lot of memories :)

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

The chicken dish sounds very interesting one Priya..very nice dishes...

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Reply To This Comment

oh that assadu is looking delicious... My today's recipe is from your blog... It was delicious Priya...

Hamaree Rasoi said... Reply To This Comment

I regularly visit Pondicherry and it's a lovely place. Loved the look of both the preparations. Particularly the shredded preparation.

Tanya Desigan said... Reply To This Comment

It looks awesome combo akka... Pondy is one of my favorite cities. I have been there for almost an year. Great to know more about pondy spl recipes :)

Kalpana Sareesh said... Reply To This Comment

pondy kaaranga nu u prooved kaa.. nice recipes frm ur place

Sanoli Ghosh said... Reply To This Comment

both the dishes are super tempting akka. I loved chicken putu, a really unique dish...will tryout soon.

Mélange said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome recipe to share priya..Yummy exotic !

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

both look simply delicious...

Eliza Lincy said... Reply To This Comment

Both recipes are making me drool. But im eyeing on the chicken puttu. New dish to me and have to try this.

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Reply To This Comment

Very flavorful and delicious Potato Kurma

Shama Nagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

super-o- super akka

Divya Prakash said... Reply To This Comment

Unga ooru recipes aachae.. summa kalakkala irukku akka.. super ah panni irukinga.. wish i could taste it..

Sundari Nathan said... Reply To This Comment

Love the potato recipe!! Chicken looks good too..Is there a veg option for it?? :)

Priya Suresh said... Reply To This Comment

You can replace the chicken with cooked soya nuggets..Hope this helps@Sundari Nathan

Menaga sathia said... Reply To This Comment

ஐ! நம்ம ஊரு சாப்பாடு,செம...பார்த்ததும் மறுபடியும் சமைத்து சாப்பிடனும் போல இருக்கு!!

Nammi said... Reply To This Comment

yumm, love the chicken dish especially.

Priya Elias said... Reply To This Comment

Both sounds like a must try Priya. I have prepared something similar to the chicken puttu, though the chicken was not shredded, but cubed. As always, loved reading through your intro.

Sweta Biswal said... Reply To This Comment

The chicken is making my mouth all watery........excellent recipe!!

Asiya Omar said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome ! both looks mouth watering.

Lizy Solanki said... Reply To This Comment

both dishes are new to me..they both look mouthwatering

Ramya Krishnamurthy said... Reply To This Comment

Nice to know about the recipes in pondy akka.chicken puttu awesome

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said... Reply To This Comment

love the potato assaadu aks... new name for me... Love it...

Jayanthy Kumaran said... Reply To This Comment

perfect recipe
Tasty Appetite

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

glad to visit your hometown through you virtually , these are beautiful dishes that you have picked for us..

fimère .b said... Reply To This Comment

une assiette délicieuse et gourmande
bonne soirée

mullaimadavan said... Reply To This Comment

Very good recipe Priya, I miss Pondy food... luv the chicken puttu, my MIL use to make this and we go gaba gaba with hot steaming idlis!

Shanthi said... Reply To This Comment

interesting recipes...good to know about ponicherry recipes...

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

The assaadu looks yum and is quick to cook.

Varadas Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Spicy dishes! Love the color of the gravy of the assaadu

Savitha Ganesan said... Reply To This Comment

Never heard of assadu . Very interesting.

Nupur UK-Rasoi said... Reply To This Comment

The recipe for the potato curry is a tad bit different, must taste amazing ..

you guys are doing such hard work with this marathon.. Really impressed !

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you for sharing these traditional dishes from your hometown. Both of them look so delicious.

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

The kurma looks interesting, Priya.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

I have heard about the sura puttu which mom used to make. This chicken puttu sounds so new to me. Assaadu looks so delicious...

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Both the dishes looking so yummy ..Potato assadu looks so creamy and chicken puttu sounds inviting..Bookmarked the recipe,will try it soon..

Usha Rao said... Reply To This Comment

It is nice to know that assadu is nothing but kurma. Both the dishes look delicious and nice write up about the cuisine. Thanks for the info on the state.

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

I knew you would have something special from your place. Love the potato curry.Nice one Priya :)

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

nice to learn about Pondu from a native and both dishes look so delicious - I have some shark in my freezer and maybe I will try the shark version of the chicken

Manjula Bharath said... Reply To This Comment

vegeterian assadu is very interestin aks love the way you have made the kurma like gravy pondy spl with potato :) Pondy girl we are expecting some more traditional recipes from your native aks :) curry looks very tempting !!

Bhawya Sankar said... Reply To This Comment

Glad to know tat ur from my place(pondy).. u have a very nice collection of recipes.Bookmarked ur blog..

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said... Reply To This Comment

so that's why the fish "Assad" that i tried was like kurma.. i guess it's just "Assaadu" but spelled differently. love the chicken substitution in traditional sura puttu.. nice idea

Archana Potdar said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious! I wanted to read what you do for ages but I did not dare to jump the line. Loved the intro too. I want to visit Pondi especially to eat fish.