Happy New Year 2016 to all !!!
This is my first post for 2016, started off with savoury than my usual sweet dishes.
Stroganoff is a dish in which the main ingredient is cooked in thick cream. It’s a Russian dish which is cooked with Beef. Well I came across this dish when I had been to Udaipur (Rajasthan, India) on my winter vacation. It wasn’t a beef dish though, I read something called Chicken Stroganoff with Saffron rice in menu and since it was new to me, thought maybe I should try!
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India is a beautiful place. It’s a very popular tourist destination. It was sunset time and we went on a boat ride in Lake Pichola. The views of all Palaces and sunset was mesmerising.
The aroma of saffron rice with chicken in that creamy sauce was so divine that we regretted ordering other dishes along with it. We wanted to eat only that and nothing else. And the quantity that was served was also quiet huge as compared to generally the portion served in any other restaurants.
As I came back from holiday the first thing that I did was to read what exactly is “Strognaoff” . Got to know through wikipedia the definition and ofcourse I went through a couple of blogs as well.
Cooking this for today’s lunch was unplanned but I couldn’t wait long to try my hand. I had half quantity mushrooms and no chicken in my pantry. I had no time to go out for shopping …so I just went ahead with mushrooms and I thought potatoes would defiantly be the best choice to make enough quantity of stroganoff.
2 cups Mushrooms
1 cup Potatoes, peeled
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp red chilli/paprika powder
1 tsp pepper powder
2 cloves garlic
1 medium size onion
1 cup water
1 cup fresh cream ( I used Amul)
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
1 cup basmati rice
3 ½ cup water
1 tsp saffron
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup raisins
2-3 elaichi (cardamom)
Salt to taste
Heat the water to boiling point, Now add saffron, Cardamom, salt, oil and rice. When most of the water is gone , place a lid on top and let it remain on burner for 5 mins. This will finish the steaming heat and the rice will be perfectly cooked.
Now take a pan and add olive oil for stroganoff. Then add chopped onions and garlic. Fry until brown. Now add pepper, thyme and red chilli powder. Add chopped potatoes and cook little bit as it takes more time than mushrooms. As its half done, add chopped mushrooms.
Add water ,cream and salt and cook it until mushrooms are soft ,the sauce is creamy and thick.
Serve hot with Saffron rice and garnishes. Enjoy your meal.
Chicken can be used instead of potatoes.
Stroganoff can be served with pasta instead of rice.
Red wine can be used instead of water to make Stroganoff.
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