Growing up, chicken used to be my favorite meat to eat. It could be because in many kashmiri pandit families, chicken was not cooked regularly, it was like a special treat. Or it could be because my mom made an amazing Chicken roganjosh. Or it could be both. I have never been able to tell.
Meat is an integral part of Kashmiri food. We like our greens and a few vegetables here and there, but meat is the star and it is mostly cooked in traditional kashmiri style.
Then I grew up, moved away from home and traveled a few parts of the world and my food adventure began. At first it took some getting used to. It is always hard for people like me who have lived in non cosmopolitan places to like anything but Mom’s food.
Gradually I started to not only like different cuisines, but I had this strong desire to learn how to cook dishes from various cuisines at home. I learned to enjoy vegetables and lentils and beans as well. And chicken was no longer the favorite meat.
But that was to change soon for I was to meet a fabulous home gourmet , Reshma. Food is what connected us and her recipes make you want to get off the couch and just cook. And that is what I did with this recipe of Kozhi Molagu Masala and I never looked at chicken with boredom again!
Refreshingly unpretentious and brimming with creativity, Reshma is an awesome cook. She shares her family recipes with much enthusiasm and the best part is that she answers questions on cuisine, technique, methodology with the patience of a saint.
Reshma does not blog. I sincerely hope she writes a cookbook soon. I would buy that cook book and keep it as a keepsake for my daughter to learn and understand Indian cooking. Are you listening Resh?
Here is Reshma’s recipe for Kozhi Milagu Masala – Mangalore Style Pepper Chicken that was published in the Daiji world. And this is the recipe I am posting today for Inspirational thursday. Try making it. You will never look at chicken with boredom. Promise! This is one recipe that you will make again and again.