Saturday 18 February 2012

Inn The Park

Is in St. James Park adjoining the Buckingham Palace. The name caught my attention. Punning is an art. What they were serving on Valentine's, & probably do on other days as well, fascinated me too. Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings. 

Letting the holy cow craze, I settled for Chicken(I'd saved a few pieces after the Bhuna Gosht). Nothing like having hot piping Chicken Stew with Vegetable & Herb Dumplings on a cold Friday evening. Puurfect way to welcome the weekend.
                                                                                                        To the regular Chicken Stew we make at home, this is a variation. Fast to cook, good to eat & easy to digest. Try this today if you have a few chicken pieces left that won't suffice for the whole family. Stew it up, Gals!

For the Stew:                                                            For Vegetable Herb Dumplings:                                                          
1. Chicken pieces(3-5)                                         1. Rice Flour- 1 small cup
2. Chopped onion- 1/4 cup                                2. Mixed Vegetables- 3/4 cup
3. Chopped tomato- 1/4 cup                             3. Mixed Herbs- 1-2 tsp
4. Brussels Sprouts- 4-5(optional)                  4. Water- 2 1/2 cups
3. Chopped garlic- 1tsp                                        5. Butter- 1-2tsp
4. Whole Garam masala- 1tsp                            6. Salt- a pinch or two
5. Peppercorn- 5-6
6. Pepper Powder- 1tsp
7. Chopped Cilantro- 1-2tsp
8. Butter- 3tsp
9. Salt- to taste
10. Water- 3 cups

How to : Chicken Stew

 1: Splutter whole garam masala in butter.

2: Saute chopped onion for 2-3 mins. Add the chopped garlic & stir for a minute.                                                                                                                                                         

3: Add the chicken pieces & Brussels sprouts(if using) & saute for 3-4 mins.
4: Stir the chopped tomato for a minute or two. 
    Don't allow tomato to cook fully.
5: Add salt & water & pressure cook till 2 whistles.
Vegetable Herb Dumplings:

As the stew is getting pressure cooked, let's do the Veg Herb Dumplings.
 1: In 1-2 tsp of butter, saute the mixed vegetables & herbs for 3-4 minutes.
2: Add water & a pinch of salt & bring to boil. Let the vegetables cook atleast 3/4th.
3: Add rice flour to the boiling vegetables & mix well. 
    Remove from flame. Rice flour sticks to the pan if left on heat for long.
4: Knead the dough well while still hot. Make dumplings of whatever shape you want.
Chicken Stew with Vegetable Herb Dumplings:

By now the chicken stew is done. 

Open the lid, drop in the dumplings & chopped coriander  to the stew & let it simmer for 5 mins on high flame.

Sprinkle pepper powder, take it off flame & serve piping hot.

                                                                                                                                                Served with crispy garlic bread makes it a whole meal, if you are looking for a light  dinner.                                                          

Are you going to meet The Queen this weekend? Drop in at Inn The Park. 

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