Chicken curry with rasam podi
Once we had settled with the jetlag and my son has started with a routine, I started to hit the gym. The first day I went, the gym was packed tight. It was January 2nd of 2012, so you will know the reason why. Everyone like me were on their new year resolution to shed some pounds this year. Well, I am on this weightloss resolution for every new year, that’s different story. Tucked in the little corner of my huge gym was this elliptical machine. After vigorous scanning for an empty machine, I found this one. I raced to get hold of it before its gone for another 15 or more minutes, God knows how some people even do it for an hour. That’s how I started using the elliptical, believe me every day for the last 12 days.
The same evening I googled to see whether elliptical really helps with weightloss, as some trainers feel that one needs to alternate between cardio, floor exercise and fat burn. I was doing Tony Horton’s power 90 every morning before my trip to India. Even now I do it on and off. Having registered for an online certificate program, then with a naughty toddler around, I hardly find time to get things done. So the best gift I rewarded myself was a gym membership. When I am away from home, I feel I stick with the plan and stay focused.
Lets see how good is the elliptical machine. Does it really help to get rid of those flabs? Does it really work?
When I asked this to one of the trainer at my gym, he said “An elliptical machine is a wonder machine for those who are new to exercising, as it helps in overall weight loss. When you move on the elliptical, its action is low-impact and provides for a full range of motion from your toes through your hips.” He added that weight loss is a process, definitely a longer process, one that requires daily dedication. It is easy to become discouraged and run back to wrong foods. Any form of exercise is going to boost metabolism if you stick with it. Burning about 500 calories a day is a good thing to start with and maintain daily intake to 1500-2000 calories (depending on your body weight)”.
In my case, my daily requirement is 2300 calories, I need to eat 500 calories less and burn 500 calories everyday to lose 1-2 pounds every week. Burning 3500 calories will help you lose 1 pound. That’s the math. Also remember to fuel your body with quality calories.
Start 15 minutes on cardio (heart rate 155) or fat burn (heart rate 135) on the first day. Also in my case (most cases), I didn’t lose any pounds but over the last 12 days I lost inches (not in huge number but in an encouraging number). When I asked about this, my trainer replies that in the initial few weeks, the calf muscles strength, fat will burn and muscles will build, so the weight will fluctuate and only over a period of minimum 2 months only you will see visible results. So guys don’t hop on to your weighing scale every now and then, infact I have kept them in the garage and plan not to see it for the next few weeks. Yes, I do feel more energetic and now I do a solid 45 minutes cardio on the elliptical and I burn close to 500 calories. Yay!!!
Don’t ever eat anything labeled “diet” or “sugar free”. Those products are highly processed and contains artificial sweeteners like Splenda and high fructose corn syrup. The best thing to do is to save few calories every day and splurge them on a pizza or icecream once in 2 weeks or a month. I eat mostly whole grains like quinoa, finger millet, brown rice, whole wheat, sometimes white/basmati rice, pasta too and I cook from scratch. Drink a lot of water, flush those toxins out of your system. You’ll be amazed to see the difference.
Having spoken about cooking from scratch, I am sharing one such recipe made with chicken and rasam podi. This curry is peppery hot, ideal for winter days and adding little water and cooked rice can turn the curry into a wholesome soup. I have used a coarse spice mix of pepper corns, cummin and coriander seeds. They add an extra kick to the curry. The tender chicken is cooked in an aromatic sauce made with earthy curry leaves, chunky tomatoes and sweet onions. The addition of good quantity of ginger and garlic makes the dish taste so authentic.
CHICKEN CURRY WITH RASAM PODI
Source: Achi (Grandmom)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10-12 curry leaves – chopped
- 1 large onions – chopped
- 2 large tomatoes – chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger – paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic -paste
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilly powder (spicy) – add more or less as per your spice level
- 1 tablespoon coriander powder
- 1 pound chicken with bones – cubed
- 1/2 cup water
- Salt to taste
In a mortar pestle
- 2 tablespoon peppercorns
- 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/4 cilantro for garnish
- Dry roast the peppercorns, coriander seeds and cumin seeds in a hot saucepan for 2-3 minutes, until the aroma of the spices come out. Set aside and let it cool. Pound them to a coarse powder in mortar and pestle.
- Heat oil in a large cooking pan. Once hot enough, add the onions and little salt. Let it moisten and cook for 8 minutes on medium flame until they turn brown. Cook covered.
- Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook till the raw smell disappears, about 2 minutes on medium flame. See to that they don’t stick to the pan. Keep stirring and mix it well with the onions. Finally add the tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy, about 5 minutes.Cook covered.
- Sprinkle the turmeric,chilli and coriander saute and mix to combine. Saute for 2 minutes. Throw in the chicken and cook covered for 25-30minutes on medium flame. They will leave out water and make the gravy thick. Sprinkle the coarse powder (peppercorns-cumin-coriander seeds). Stir well and cook for another 2 minutes. Add more water if needed.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rice.
- Ideal for those in South beach or any diet.
- Can be served with roti/naan/chapati too
- You could replace chicken with shrimp too.
- You could also your homemade or store bought rasam podi.
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