CHICKEN PATTIES with APPLE CORIANDER CHUTNEY

               Some things are just easy.
         Some things are comfort.
            Some things just bring back memories.
       I met her 6 years ago,a lady with an attitude of gratitude.


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She was the lady who carried a cane basket filled with different fresh greens.  She came every morning door to door to sell greens.  A simple yet strong woman.  I fell in love with her(my keerai lady/greens lady).  Why, you might ask?

Her husband abandoned her.  She adopted a little girl at 2 months and she started living for the little one.  She sold greens in the mornings and did household chores in the afternoon for a living. 


Many people struggle, why was she so special?


She had a smile every time I saw her.  She spent at least 10 minutes talking to me everyday. She never once complained of how difficult her life was.  All she spoke was how beautiful her little daughter was.  She said she lived for the little one, she worked for the little one, the little one was her life.


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I met her on two of my visits to India. Then, boom, she was gone,and I have no clue where she lives and what she’s doing. I asked around, but what was tough was I have no clue what her name is, but she made an impression. I do love her. She will remain in my heart as the ‘Greens lady'(keeraikaari). 

Have you met someone who made a lasting impression on you, who you wish you took the time to know better?

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Now to the recipe after my emotional speech..The greens I used in this recipe(got it in an Indian store), I have no clue what it’s called in English. Do let me know if you know what the name is.
It doesn’t taste anything like spinach, it’s got a unique flavor to it.  I am sure it’s got a lot of healthy properties.
The patty freezes very well, surprise guest, NO PROBLEM, defrost and pan fry it and you will be a star.  The patties are so easy to make, so moist, it’s almost like, add everything and it turns out perfect.

CHICKEN PATTIES with APPLE/CILANTRO CHUTNEY

Ingredients:

1 pounds minced chicken
2 cups packed finely chopped greens
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp garam masala(spice mix) 
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
4 green chillies very finely chopped
1/4 red onions grated
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp salt or to taste
2 tsp oil for pan frying.

Method:

1. In a large bowl add minced chicken, greens, ginger/garlic paste, green chilies, grated onion, grated ginger and salt and mix it very gently.  DON’t overmix.
2.  Make 8 portions into patties and rest it for a bit.
3. Pan fry it for around 4 minutes on each side on medium heat or you could grill it.
4. Serve with APPLE CHUTNEY or any chutney of your choice.  
You could stuff it in Pita bread or use as a burger on BURGER buns.  

APPLE CORIANDER CHUTNEY

Ingredients:

1 gala apple
1 large bunch cilantro(chopped)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp cumin/jeera
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 green chilies
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt or to taste.


GRIND everything to a fine paste and serve with the patties.

ENJOY!!

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