In India, Achar means pickle. So Achari Chicken is Pickled Chicken. However, unlike the traditional pickled vegetables that we usually find in Middle Eastern cuisine, in Indian cuisine anything Achari means cooked in spices which are used to make Indian pickles like mustard, fenugreek, dry mango powder which given a sour and pungent taste. So the Achari Chicken is prepared using some of these ingredients in additional to the usual curry spices. It is mild to medium spicy but with a distinct flavour. It goes well with any kind of pulao which has a slight sweet taste to balance the pungent flavour of the Achari Chicken. Navratan Pulao: Nav means 9 and Ratan means Jewel. In the culinary world the 9 Jewels would be the 9 ingredients which would stand out to make the dish. So the 9 jewels in the Navratan Pulao are 4 Vegetables - Carrot, Peas, Corn and Beet; 2 Nuts - Cashew and Almond; 1 Fruit - Raisin and 2 Condiments - Cardamom and Bay Leaf. The 9 Jewels can be any combination of 9 major ingredients. In my dish the above are the 9 jewels.
Contains: Milk and Milk Products, Tree nuts and tree nut products other than coconut from the fruit of the palm
About your cook, Umesh (Dee Why)
My passion for food has come from my mother, she is a great cook and has won many awards for cooking in India. When I was small, around 15 or 16 years of age, I used to type out her recipes on a typewriter so that she could mail them to the magazines for competitions. Once when she was not there, I looked up her recipe book and made chilli chicken and fried rice and I was thrilled at my achievement. That ignited my passion for cooking. Since then I have always experimented with food. I am not limited to Indian cooking, I also cook Asian, Mediterranean, Italian, in fact I am big fan of Jamie Oliver and have cooked so many of his recipes….watch out for my Jamie Oliver specials! I love to cook because I feel you can be so creative with simple things available, forget the recipes, forget the complex processes, just take whatever you have and make whatever you want to make. If you believe in it you will come up with a dish. I have an education in hospitality where I formalised my passion for cooking. But later I changed to an IT Career in Hospitality and limited my passion to the home front. I can’t wait to share my passion and creation with others in the community.