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Ruchi Indian cuisine, Kansas city

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Me and my family went to Kansas city, Missouri this memorial day weekend. It was a hell of a trip. Its a beautiful city with beautiful people, and its the BBQ capital of the world (which was exactly the reason we decided to go there). But I couldn’t wait to get back to my home, take off my high heels, slip into something baggy and comfortable, tie my hair up in a messy bun, and eat like a pig. But while we were there, we decided to go find some good places to eat. We went to Oklahoma Joes, about which I will be writing in another post, and a friend of ours told us about a place called Ruchi. Its an Indian restaurant, and we were told that the food over there is very good, and that we should try it. Me and my husband rarely come across a restaurant that serves good Indian food, but we kept our hopes up. Turns out the food is pretty good over there. I was a happy happy girl! By the time we got there, I was tired from the long drive, and taking care of my 3 month old baby, I just wanted to eat. But I managed to take some pictures.

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I didn’t want to be conspicuous, and disturb the customers. If there is one thing I don’t like is when people stare at me, or take photographs while I’m eating. But I wanted to write about this place, so I took a few quick snaps. Here is another one:

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The place is clean, the staff was good, and we were quickly seated and given a menu even though the place was crowded. It was a lunch buffet, and it was pretty fair. The price was reasonable. They had some good selection. Whenever I step into an Indian restaurant, almost all the time, I see the same dishes everywhere. But here I found some new ones.

Ruchi Indian restaurant kansas

I wanted to try everything, but there is a limit to how much my stomach can accommodate. For the first round, I decided to try spinach and onion pakora, mini dosa, tindora fry, chicken 65, and the Apollo fish. The pakodas were good, crunchy, and tasty. I find that in some places they go a little heavy handed with the pakoda batter, and that ruins the pakoda. But this was good. Tindora fry is a vegetarian dish coated in a spicy masala, and the vegetable had a nice crunch to it. It was something I never tried before, but I liked it. The mini dosa was ok. Felt it was a little dry. The Apollo fish was absolutely fantastic! The one thing I didn’t like on this plate was the chicken 65. It was mostly food color and chicken. I think they can do much better than that.

Ruchi indian restaurant kansas

For the second round, I wanted to try some rice pilaf, butter chicken, Tandoori chicken, and the restaurants signature dish, Ruchi chicken fry. I thought the butter chicken, the rice, and both the tandoori chicken and the chicken fry were delicious. The butter chicken was creamy, and not too tangy. The chicken was juicy, and tender. The tandoori chicken had a nice smoky flavor to it. All in all I was pleased! Then I moved onto the desserts.

ruchi restaurant kansas city

I have to say, I was a little disappointed with the desserts. It was lacking. There weren’t too many choices. There was ‘Dubai ka meetha’ which was tasty, but way too rich ( it will make your cardiologist very happy), and way too sweet. I had a spoon of that, and I was done with it. It was tasty though, but too sweet for my taste. Then the Bombay Halwa, which I didn’t like much. Then I found mango cakes, and tried one.

ruchi indian restaurant kansas city

I loved the cake. It had just the right sweetness, it was moist, and had that wonderful mango flavor. And it looked so cute and pretty! But I had to stop there. There were so many other things to try, and I wanted to go for more, but thought better of it.

So, the question is, will I go there again? Sure. I loved the food. And good food is kind of hard to find everywhere. In the end it also gave me enough energy to take care of my very cute, but demanding baby!

 

 

 

 

Easy chicken curry with coconut milk

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Easy chicken curry with coconut milk

I woke up today with a huge craving for food from my homeland, Kerala. A poultry dish. Something simple. But that’s just the thing about Kerala cuisine. The cuisine itself is complex. The dishes look simple, but whenever I eat Kerala food (which I do, at least once a day), I am surprised by the dexterity with which meats, vegetables and spices have been cooked. I mean, the recipes may look as if somebody came up with something, and it just happened to taste good. But every recipe, whether it be a fish curry, a mutton curry, poultry, or a vegetable dish, its all designed in such a way that there is harmony between the ingredients. They are perfect with each other.

A great cuisine, I always think, is not just the banquet, and the food made by the greatest chefs out there. I mean, they’re really interesting and delicious, but when you eat the food that ordinary people eat – its delicious, its comforting and memorable. You just never get tired of eating it again and again. My favourite Kerala dishes have always been the simplest ones.

Here is an easy recipe to make delicious Kerala chicken curry. My mother-in-law made this curry for me once, and I just loved it. If you make this chicken curry, you will hear the joyful cries of the people to whom you serve it… I mean, I almost teared up when I ate it first (Then again, my eyes well up after I eat anything that I find delicious). So instead of telling you on and on about how good this curry is, I’ll show you how to make it!

You’re going to need:

Chopped Red onions-1 and a half cups

Freshly chopped garlic-2 tablespoons full

Freshly chopped ginger-1 table spoon full

Chopped green chillies-1 and a half teaspoons

Chopped juicy tomatoes-1 cup

Coriander powder-3 teaspoons

Red chilli powder-1 teaspoon (or less, if you don’t want it too hot)

Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon

Freshly ground pepper/black pepper powder-1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala- a good pinch

Vinegar-1 and half tablespoons

Curry leaves

Chicken-3/4 kg

Salt

Water

Coconut cream-2 heaped tablespoons (You can also use coconut milk-a little less than half a cup, or a little more than 1/4 cup…I can’t tell you how much that is, because I hate math. So take half a cup, but don’t pour in the whole thing)

Oil (Preferably coconut oil)-4-5 tablespoons

In a pressure cooker, add the oil…add the chopped garlic, ginger, and the green chillies…

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…and sauté for about 4-5 minutes…

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…and sauté the onions for about 5 minutes…

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…by this time, your kitchen should be filled with the divine smell of the onions, garlic, ginger, and the chillies getting cooked in the coconut oil…ahhhh…its just something beyond words…Now add in the juicy tomatoes…

kerala chicken curry

…and cook until the tomatoes are mushy…

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… look how colorful and beautiful this looks…

kerala chicken curry

…Don’t you just feel like diving right into it?…well, just a few more steps and it’ll be even more better…Now, lets add the coriander powder…

tasty kerala chicken curry

…add the chilli powder…

tasty kerala chicken curry

….add the turmeric powder..

tasty kerala chicken curry

…and pepper, and a pinch of garam masala, and sauté..

tasty kerala chicken curry

…now add 1 and a half tablespoons of vinegar…

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…add some curry leaves, and the chicken into the cooker…

kerala nadan chicken curry

….and salt, and pour in some water, just enough to cook the chicken…The chicken already has water in it, so if there’s too much water in the cooker/pan, the curry will be too watery, and you will have to boil it for a long time until some of the water is evaporated. Now give everything a nice stir, put on the lid, and let the chicken cook. It’ll take about 15 minutes or so. After the chicken is cooked, let it cool a little bit…You don’t want to add the coconut milk when the gravy is hot.

kerala nadan chicken curry

Add the rich coconut cream/coconut milk…

kerala nadan chicken curry

…let it simmer for about 5 minutes, and its ready!! You can even sauté some chopped onion in coconut oil and pour it into the gravy in the end, to give it that extra bit of flavor. Have it with steamed rice, or any kind of bread like naan or chapatti…whichever way you like to eat it, there are people I know who can confirm that its delicious!

kerala nadan chicken curry