Monday, June 6, 2011

THE LEGENDARY CHICKEN 65 & 2 giveaways!

Chicken 65
What do you want first? The recipe or the details for the giveaway? :-) I am not going to give out both that easily rather torture you with my regular banter of this and that and me being a Gemini ;-) Being a Minnesotan (yes,I said it!) you cannot expect anyone to start any conversation without mentioning about the weather first.
Parkway

'It's a bee-you-ti-full day' would be the most common phrase used to describe the weather here. By the way, can that be called a phrase? I hope my English teacher never reads this. Anyway, the other day we went for our regular weekend drives and this time I didn't forget to take the camera with me.Not sure why, but every time I carry my camera with me..the day ends up being gloomy and sad.This weekend, it was very different. It was sunny, hot , sweaty and the skies were blue! Since the skies were blue, the lakes (Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 lakes) were blue.
Boat
So I took some pictures of one of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota. People were out swimming & rowing and we both were out standing there clicking pictures and hoping we had brought our swim wear! So you might have an idea what we are aiming for next weekend :-)
Chicken 65
Okay, enough of all that general knowledge session...let's move onto the recipe.After the small poll I had for you guys here, most people voted for 'we just need good food' and I got a couple of votes for 'Appetizers' and one vote was from none other than Mr. Jobin (he told me later!). So here is the 'Appetizer' that he loves!
Chicken 65
We both love Chicken 65.That red, deep fried pieces of spicy yummy chicken.So it was a natural move for me to make it at home when I spotted that recipe in Monica's book. Seriously people, I love her recipes! You would have seen that in my Butter Chicken post.The recipe's are so accurate that you really don't even have to add an extra pinch of salt! That's how accurate she is and that's how precise I would love to be if I ever, ever write a cookbook.
Chicken 65
I won my copy of her cookbook on her website a few months ago and I thank that day!This recipe is a winner! You have to have to try it the next time you want a new appetizer or a better version of Chicken 65. This recipe is so easy and hardly takes anytime! All you need is the 'reason' to try it and I'm sure when it comes to food, it's easy for us to find 'reasons' :-)
Chicken 65THE LEGENDARY CHICKEN 65
Recipe from Monica Bhide's Modern Spice

Ingredients:
1 c thick plain yogurt
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chile powder
1 tbsp lemon/lime juice
2 drops red food colouring
1/4 tsp salt to start
1 lb boneless chicken,cut into 2 in. pieces (Please avoid chicken breasts, use boneless skinless thighs or chicken tenders)
Oil for deep frying
1 tsp mustard seeds
4 small green chilies, finely chopped
20 fresh curry leaves

Method:
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, cornstarch,ginger garlic paste,chile powder,lemon juice, food colour & salt. Mix well.The marinade will look pink now which will turn into a luscious red when the chicken is fried. Add the chicken pieces and mix to combine. If you have the time, let it marinate in the fridge for 20 mins. It isn't mentioned in the original recipe, I just did it :-)

Heat about 2 cups of oil in a deep saucepan. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add a few pieces of chicken and fry till they are crisp on the outside and cooked on the inside, 2-3 mins. Remove the pieces using a slotted spoon and  drain on a paper towel. Continue until you are done with all the pieces.

Place chicken on a serving platter.

In a small pan/skillet, heat 2 tbsp oil and when it begins to shimmer, add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to sizzle, add the green chilies & curry leaves. Fry for about 30 secs. If you want you can add about 1/4 tsp more of red chilie powder to the oil just before removing it from heat.

Pour over the chicken and serve.

I made this ahead of time and they were still crisp when I served a couple of hours later. You can use a microwave to re-heat it.


Chicken 65
When Monica read that I really liked her Chicken 65, she said she could give away 2 copies of Modern Spice to my readers! I would say you guys are really lucky, because she is giving away 2 copies, which are different from each other. Yes, the Indian version of the book is very different from the US/Canada version with respect to recipes and ingredients. See, she is so thoughtful, you don't have to hunt for substitutes anymore but still cook her wonderful recipes! :-) Also, I have to mention that there are many stories in that cookbook which will make automatically convert that into your bed time story book :-) All in all, it's a precious package! C'mon, earn this book now!

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is : 


1. Tell me how many times I have mentioned the word 'Minnesota' in any form in this post :-)
2.Come up with a story on how this dish got it's name (for ideas, scroll down!)

The winners will be chosen on random on 10 June 2011. The copies will be shipped to anywhere in US/Canada & India.


Also, there are 100's of stories on how this finger licking -good dish got it's name. I really think this recipe got it 's name because it was a 65 year old grandma who first cooked this dish for her grandson. Oh no! Wait! It was Rs 65 for a plate of this dish. No, that can't be it! There were 65 pieces of chicken per plate! 

See! I cannot tell a lie ;-) Now, it's you turn! :)

97 Comments:

thepickyeater said...

you said "minnesota" thrice in the whole post. the dish got its name after the 65th try ! cz it tasted perfect after many tries only :D

Rosemary J said...

Hey Ria! You hve mentioned "Minnesota" 3 times in the post. I read couple of theory's related to Chicken 65 getting its name (some of it which was weird). Regulars at a restraunt couldnt pronouce the name of the dish so they choose the number on the menu and ordered Chicken 65. Thts how the dish got the name.

DF said...

:) Minnesota comes 4 times in the post.
I guess chicken was cut into 65 pieces(hmmm... It should be a big chicken for sure) lol... Is that a weird guess??? :))

Niv Mani said...

4 minnesotas mentioned (heh heh with a lil help from crtl F!) and as to the reason for chicken 65, take your pick!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_65

Divya said...

Hi Ria..
You mentioned MN 3 times, my bro lives in MN, spring- summer is the only time we talk about weather.
I have always visited MN in winter, maybe i should plan a trip next summer!!
Chicken 65- the most common one was it required 65 ingredients to make this dish.
I think the dish was invented/created in 1965, hence the name.

mish said...

Hi Ria..Although I am regular reader of your blog, I never attempted to post a comment. I was too bz trying out your scrumptious recipes! You mentioned Minnesota 3 times and here is how chicken 65 (which my my fav dish too- love the way mom makes it) got its name! The 65 in the Chicken 65 represents the year it was introduced by the famous restaurant in Chennai called "BUHARI HOTEL". Hence the name "Chicken 65". They also serve Chicken 78, Chicken 82, Chicken 90 which are all introduced in those years

Anjana said...

Hi Ria,
Yummy chicken 65 indeed!
Well, u have mentioned Minnesota four times in the post.
The other day i was watching vahchef and he said that it originated in a military canteen and it was the 65th item on the menu and got its name chicken 65! he said other stories too, this is the one i remember :)

Happy Cook / Finla said...

I have the book so i amnot joining as i would like that some one else have the pleasure of having thebook.
I have ben wanting to make this for long and i love her book as i told you especially forthe stories, i didnt know there was a diffference between for india.
I would love to know wht the difference is.

Divya Vikram said...

You mentioned it thrice! Here is my story: Chicken 65 is called so because each piece has 65 calories ;)

Sne said...

Hi Ria,

You mentioned Minnesota 3 times, not counting the time you mentioned "Minnesota" in the "rules" of the giveaway. I, like most people out there, have heard so many stories of the name of this AWESOME dish. The most convincing to me is that is was the 65th item on a menu and the number was used to make it easy while ordering it.
**Fingers crossed now, hoping to win this cookbook**

Priya said...

Thats a wonderful platter of droolworthy chicken 65, yumm!..Awesome giveaway..

icedteaforme said...

you mentioned Minnesota 4 times unless we need to count the lovely photos as well!

I think the dish got the name by being that number on a menu of food at a restaurant.....it was dish # 65 and when the locals went there they always got it so it became the moniker for the dish!

legend!

hoping to win this as I need a way to figure out how to cook my fave foods at home!

thanks for a chance to win!

Sathya Sankar said...

Chicken 65 looks super delicious!
You have mentioned 'Minnesota' 4 times in the post. In Chicken 65, 65 was the year it was introduced.

Mallika said...

What a fab recipe! Sadly, I don't qualify for the giveaway as I am in the UK.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Hi Ria, Super crispy and colorful Chicken 65.
You have mentioned Minnesota 4 times in this post. Chicken 65 was first introduced in the year 1965!!

V Lakshmi said...

Hi Ria,

You have mentioned Minnesota 3 times in this post.
Hotelil poyi nammal order cheythu kazhinju 65 minutesnu shesham kittennuthukondaanu its called chicken 65!!! hahah i am kidding.

V Lakshmi said...

hi ria,

you have menitoned minnesota,3 times. hotelil poyi order cheythu 65 minutes nu shesham kittunnathukondaanu its called chicken 65!!! i am kidding.

annu said...

hey ria!! you have mentioned Minnesota 4 times.

Well i think chicken 65 is called so because it was the 65th dish listed on the menu, n ppl wud just ask for the 65th item for the ease of it.

:) so...can i hv the book? :)

Shy S. said...

Hi Ria...

You mentioned Minnesota 4 times.. counting the one in the giveaway mention as well. Here's my story

In the year 1965, a 65 year old cook who worked in an hotel on 65th street had to serve a party of 65 people. So he decided to serve 65 pieces of fried chicken snack that he has come up at 6:50 am. This chicken dish was added on the menu at number 65!

Now you pick whichever 65 you like :D

Shy S. said...

Btw ... I love your blog... came here blog hopping from Deeba's blog. Love the cakes. Itching to try some of them - as soon as I get time from Itty and Bitty.

Urs....Jina said...

Ok..Im pretty sure Im not gonna win anything..coz I never win. But well, for the sake of playing-here it goes.

U mentioned Minnesota 4 times including your instructions.

And the story of chicken 65 (I have different versions)

1. Number of days it takes the marinade to set

2. Number of pieces the chicken is cut into for the dish

3. Soldiers used this quick recipe to quench their hunger during the 1965 war

4.65 chillies were used to make this dish fiery

The list goes on. I shall try to find more. Mean while if you want to read about history of chicken tikka masala-here it is..;)

http://fooddetectivesdiary.blogspot.com/

By the way-you should put comment moderation and then open the comments later (that will be more fun)

Urs....Jina said...

Ok..Im pretty sure Im not gonna win anything..coz I never win. But well, for the sake of playing-here it goes.

U mentioned Minnesota 4 times including your instructions.

And the story of chicken 65 (I have different versions)

1. Number of days it takes the marinade to set

2. Number of pieces the chicken is cut into for the dish

3. Soldiers used this quick recipe to quench their hunger during the 1965 war

4.65 chillies were used to make this dish fiery

The list goes on. I shall try to find more. Mean while if you want to read about history of chicken tikka masala-here it is..;)

http://fooddetectivesdiary.blogspot.com/

By the way-you should put comment moderation and then open the comments later (that will be more fun)

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Oooo..drooolll..Exactly like the ones we get in all those authentic/small/thattukadas in Kerala..I go with 4 Minnesotas ( this reminds me of 1 Mississippi...2 Mississippi) and Chicken 65 obtained its name because when this dish was made for the first time, 65 people ended up eating/tasting it..! ;-)

Magpie said...

haha girl you are too funny! Love the chicken 65 stories that every one posted. Here is mine:
One cannot stop munching at just 1 piece, but wishes one could eat 65 pieces of yummy chicken 65!

And you mentioned Minnesota 4 times including in the word Minnesotan and in the instructions :)

I love Monica Bhide esp after making her butter chicken from your blog. Will post it soon to coincide with your awesome giveaway!

merlin-spectrum.. said...

hey...it is mentioned 3 times...by yaa if instructions r included den its 4 :P. The 65 in the Chicken 65 represents the year it was introduced by the famous restaurant in Chennai called "BUHARI HOTEL".The name Chicken 65 is evolved from the age of the chicken used to prepare this dish. The original recipe called for Chicken 65 was prepared using chickens which were 65 days or roughly over 2 months old.

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Wow..nice tempting chicken..u mentioned Minnesota 4 times.Chicken 65 is called so becoz it was introduced in the yr 1965:)

divya said...

4 mentions of minnesota.

Suzy one day made beef ullarthiyadhu on the christmas of 1959. now lisy loved it and got the recipe from her. lisy tried it at home but alas, she didnt have corn starch so she substituted it with maida. mary loved suzys beef and got her recipe. but thought lemme try it with chicken and got chicken ullarthiyadhu. voila it worked. now tresa loved it but made her own substitutions and in the period of 65 months, it travelled 64 hands. and in the 5th month of 1965, suzy made chicken 65. with a recipe she got from her grand daughter. she loved it but ;ittle did she know, it was her own recipe that had come full circle, having getting updated at every of the 64 other cooks.

Moral of the story: there are no hard and fast rules in cooking. Dare to substitute. you never know what dish u discover

divya said...

ooh, yum, looks so inviting :)

JNpottery said...

You mentioned Minnesota 4 times by actual name(If you include Minnesotan), then 2 times by nickname (10,000 lakes).

As for the name of the dish, could be that someone made it 65 times before recording the recipe, or that it was conceived by a 65 year old grandmother...or that people wanted to eat it that many times?

-S said...

Ria..this dish looks absolutely yum. I gotta try this soon. In your post, you said Minnesota thrice, and once in the instructions of the contest. Chicken 65 was given this name because of India's large number of chicken preparations. Each preparation was given a number instead of an independent name. Chicken 65 came about as part of this numbering system :P :P I really want the cookbook :)

raquel@erecipe said...

just read your post twice and you mention Minnesota 3x. Thou I am not from the country you mention...I still do like to have that too =)
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Cool Lassi(e) said...

You said Minnesotan once and Minnesota twice in the body and one more under the giveaway section..so four times! I had to like read the post thrice to count it. I certainly would love to win the US version of the copy, if I am lucky that is!

Why is it called Chicken 65?? Wiki says gazillion reasons but I liked this one the best cause it makes sense -The 65 in the Chicken 65 represents the year it was introduced by the famous restaurant in Chennai called "BUHARI HOTEL". Hence the name "Chicken 65". They also serve Chicken 78, Chicken 82, Chicken 90 which are all introduced in those years.

Divya Kudua said...

Minnesota mentioned 4 times!!

I think the recipe got perfected after 65 trials and hence the name..hehe!

Asiya said...

I love Chicken 65! My mom makes it different (I have found there are many ways to make it). But this looks yummy. I have heard many stories about how it got it's name..one being 65 chillies were used. You mention Minnesota 3 times in the post.

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Hi Ria... Very nice recipe, I am a vegetarian so I would try it either with cauliflower or paneer.
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Deepa said...

Hey Ria,
Love chicken 65..i have always been disappointed by the quality of this dish when i order it here in VA.But now thanks to you and Ms Bhide i have an opportunity to try it.Ok now to the givaway
1.You mention Minnesota 3 times in the post and if you include the comments section..then its 4
2.I think this dish got its name because it took 65 times of practice before the cook got it finally right!!! (i hope that does not happen to me)

Reena said...

Ria

Reena here..minnesota was mentioned 4 times in the entire post..

hmm..lets c..chicken 65 got its name probably from the chicken being 65 days old...:-)

Priti said...

Now that you are going gaga over it I really want to try this ..hopefully soon ;)

U have mention Minnesota 4 times and I guess the names comes from it was introduced in 1965, or it takes 65 mins to make this or they used 65 kind of spices? :)

swagata said...

Hey Ria!

You've mentioned Minnesota four times in your post. I think traditionally a 65-days-old chicken would be used to make this preparation. And that's how it got its name?

Swagata

swagata said...

Hey Ria,

You've mentioned Minnesota four times in your post.

I think traditionally the preparation called for the use of a 65-day-old chicken and that's how it gets its name.

Prathibha said...

Its really funny 2 participate here...
Along with the Minneosta in rules it is 4 times otherwise u mentioned 3 times..
And regarding the name might b this is the 65th variety of chicken being invented..ha ha..:)

Dhanya said...

Hey Ria...
Have been following ur blog for a while now...havent been actively commenting :)
Love ur presentation and the recipes are sure shot winners...i've tried a good number of them already!
U mentioned Minnesota 4 times...
Chicken 65.....got its name bcos the chicken used to make the dish had to 65 days old ;);)

Dhanya

anishathefoodie said...

HI Riya
Lovely post lovely giveaways. Youi have mentioned Minnesota 4 times in this post.
Chicken 65 got its name because in a small road side shop in Andra Pradesh Chicken fry was the 65th item. It was much loved and frequently ordered because the Telugu people loved their spicy food. So to make it easier for the waiters to convey to the cooks the exact chicken dish ordered they would call out 1 plate chicken 65. That is how this dish loved by many got its name.
Cheers
Anisha Kuruvilla

Smitha said...

:) 4 Minnesota s mentioned :)
And it was made by the Chef using a 65 day old chicken :D
- S

Aarthi said...

Hai Ria

I am a part of your giveaway..Now coming back to the answer for your questions….

Minnesotas have been mentioned 4 times in your post…

Now how chicken 65 got its name means..
This dish is originated in a military canteen in Chennai and as most of the soldiers, officers were from various parts of the country, to avoid language problems, they actually used a unique numbering system in the menu card/board and this particular dish was the 65th item on that menu. so it became chicken 65…

So hope you select me for the giveaway..

Aarthi

Deepali said...

Hi Ria. Wonderful recipe! You mentioned Minnesota 4 times in the post. I think this dish got its name after India won the 1965 war to denote how the Indian army fried the enemy army like this dish (deep fried with lot of spices).

Rups said...

Hi Ria,
You have mentioned Minnesota 3 times; 4 if you include the one in the rules of the giveaway.
As for the name, I think the 65th item on the menu was this chicken dish with a very difficult to pronounce name. So the customer simply pointed to it and said Chicken 65 :)

Rupa

Ninu said...

you have mentioned 'minnesota' 3 times.Chicken 65 was first introduced in 1965!!one of wiki answers

Ann Crystal said...

4 times including the time it was mentioned on the giveaway.
Chicken 65 got its name from the year it was born..1965:)

Peggy said...

You said Minnesota 3 times! And I've actually not heard of Chicken 65 until right now - but I'd imagine it got it's name for how many times I'd want to eat after trying it for the first time =)

Merina said...

Hey Ria,

Love your blog!

1)You mentioned Minnesota twice; not counting 'Minnesotan'!

2)Perfected the dish after trying it out 65 times! Or..... The person ran out of ideas for a name for the chicken dish; since they already made/named 64 other chicken dishes they called it be Chicken65!

Anu said...

Hello Ria...
You've mentioned Minnesota 3 times in your post and once in the instructions. So its either 3 or 4 (Depends on what you had in your mind), please consider only my right answer ;D...
And regarding the name Chicken 65. There was once a man who loved chicken. He married on his 24th bday which also happened to be his wife's 19th birthday.They had twins on their first anniversary.When the twins turned 5 yrs old (Its also the husbands 30th and wifes 25th bday), they decided to throw a grand party and he asked his wife to make the appetizers. She made a red colored chicken dish and the husband loved it so much that he finished the whole thing himself. The wife and kids started crying. To make them happy, he added the age of everyone in the family (30+25+5+5) and named the dish Chicken 65.
The end!
;)

Saji said...

Hi Ria,
Yummmmmmm
U have mentioned Minnesota four times in the post. I remeber 1 story the Vah guru said: It was 65th item in Menu and all used to say chicekn 65 :)

divya said...

ria.... my maida ruined my chances of winning. so here my 2nd try.


4 mentions of minnesota in the post.
and chicken 65 bcos the chichen was 65 days old!!
:D

archana said...

MN- three times
Chicken 65- I have heard somewhere or may be i am imagining that "65" is the number of that dish in the menu card in the restaurant where it originated.
This is probably wrong, but hope i win.
Looove the picture of the boat !

Lia said...

Hello!

Love the pictures of the lake, and I made a recipe similar to this once, it's fantastic. Cannot wait to try this version. You said Minnesota 3 times and Minnesotan Once.

allsmilefairy said...

1.The word "Minnesota" appeared 4 times (including the one in the giveaway rule #1)
2.The whole chicken is put into 65 pieces to make chicken 65 ;)

El said...

So, you mentioned Minnesota 4 times in your post :)

About Chicken 65 - I think it got its name because it takes/took exactly 65 mins to cook it and 65 seconds to polish it off...!

Oh! It was cooked for the first time on the 65th day of the month!

This was the dish that a loving husband made for his wife when he cooked for the first time in their 65 years of blissful married life...! :D

RV @ Food for 7 Stages said...

You have mentioned "Minnesota" 3 times going by the exact letters. If Minnesotan is included then it will be 4. I think C65 got its name from the year it was introduced. Btw, loved the picture of the lake

Sarah said...

4 references to 12th largest state in the US.

I did look up all the different theories to it's name - and then decided to make up my own. It took 65 women to perfect the recipe.

asha said...

The 65 in the Chicken 65 represents the year it was introduced by the famous restaurant in Chennai.You have mentioned "Minnesota" 3 times.btw my MIL makes a similar dish..but she adds egg & Kabab powder and we call it chicken kabab(blore style):)
I am sure this is going to be a hit like ur chicken roast:)

bfc2095e-916b-11e0-b88b-000bcdcb8a73 said...

You mentioned Minnesota 3 times in the post and I think the recipe was invented in 1965!

Rachel said...

4 times if the word Minnesotan included. And why the name which I think would result in the ost fieriest chicken 65 in terms of colour and flavour. 65 red chillies were used for the flavour and colour and hence the name- not my reason but a cooking class said so :)

gigi said...

Ria,

You have mentioned "Minnesota" 3 times in the post.

It can be that the chicken used for preparing the dish should be around 65 days old.

Twinsy Rachel said...

U mentioned Minnesota 3 times, Minnesotan 1 time, n land of lakes 1 time making it 5. the chicken used for this is only 65 days old:(

Honey & Butter said...

Hi Ria,

i love to try ur recipes. Going to try this chicken 65 soon (may be this weekend)

You have mentioned Minnesotta 4 times in this post. About chicken 65 name

Chicken 65 is evolved from the age of the chicken used to prepare this dish. The original recipe called for Chicken 65 was prepared using chickens which were 65 days or roughly over 2 months old. Since this is a bar-snack, young and tender fried chicken goes as a good starter with wine.

Sunanda said...

Your legendary chicken65 looks amazing dear!! loved it bright color as well..
Sunanda's Kitchen

Nimi SunilKumar said...

Hi Ria..I found Minnesota mentioned 4 times in the whole post..and on the chicken 65 story...hehe.. I guess the dish got its name from a 65 days old chicken being used.
Whatever the stories be..the dish is simply mouthwatering..:P

cheers
Nimi
www.nimisculinaryventures.blogspot.com

Anu said...

Hi Ria,
Love your site! you mention Minnesota 3x. Hmmm how did Chicken 65 get its name?: It was first made in the year 1965 or perhaps it takes 65 min to fully cook the whole recipe or perhaps there are 65 ingredients in the real recipe.
Really love Monica Bhide and hope to win the signed book!!

Priti said...

Hi Ria,

The picture of the boat on blue waters is incredibly beautiful!!!!
You should really consider designing ur own calendar at walmart/walgreens website for ur family. You can also insert their pictures on date boxes of their b'day's and anniversaries. It makes a lovely surprise gift! Also since every picture is clicked by you it reminds you of the beautiful memories all year long.

I really really really reallllly want to win this book!!!! I have never won any giveaway ever and this one's very special to me because I love Monica's recipes and I adore her writing. I wish I am able to write like her someday, I want to take up her writing class but for now it seems beyond my means...If I win a copy of this book I will treasure it forever and will love you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for giving it to me. So, here are my answers:

1) The word 'Minnesota' was mentioned 4 times (once as a part of 'Minnesotan') in this post.

2) I think Chicken 65 got its name because it vanishes in 65 seconds as soon as it is served..anywhere...everytime! :D

See! I am not good at lying too. :)

- Priti Gogte (Illinois)

Nags said...

love the boat pic! and of course Chicken65. I think the name is totally random. Someone was drunk and thought this would be a good name :D

riya said...

Hey Ria

I have tried many of your dishes...reshmi kebab ,mocha chocolate chip cake,apple & cardamom cake , molten lava ,kuttanadan chicken ,mahogny cake ,jam tarts ,biscuit pudding , Chilli chicken pizza,peach cobbler,oriental pizza,silky custard pudding and many ya...all super hits.Infact i started having this passion for cooking seeing your enthu and effort..Thanks a loot ya

You mentioned minnesota 4 times.
This dish was first served to celebrate the 65th birthday of the then ruler of Chennai.Thus derived the name Chicken 65..ha ha ha.

riya said...

Hey Ria

I have tried many of your dishes...reshmi kebab ,mocha chocolate chip cake,apple & cardamom cake , molten lava ,kuttanadan chicken ,mahogny cake ,jam tarts ,biscuit pudding , Chilli chicken pizza,peach cobbler,oriental pizza,silky custard and many ya...all super hits.Infact i started having this passion for cooking seeing your enthu and effort..Thanks a loot ya

You mentioned minnesota 4 times.
This dish was first served to celebrate the 65th birthday of the then ruler of Chennai.Thus derived the name Chicken 65..ha ha ha.

riya said...

Hey Ria

I have tried many of your dishes...reshmi kebab ,mocha chocolate chip cake,apple & cardamom cake , molten lava ,kuttanadan chicken ,mahogny cake ,jam tarts ,biscuit pudding , Chilli chicken pizza and many ya...all super hits.Infact i started having this passion for cooking seeing your enthu and effort..Thanks a loot ya

You mentioned minnesota 4 times.
This dish was first served to celebrate the 65th birthday of the then ruler of Chennai.Thus derived the name Chicken 65..ha ha ha.

Anzz said...

Ria, u have used the word Minnesota thrice in your post... Lovely delicious post you have here today..!! As for the Chicken 65 story...
1) this particular preparation figured at serial no. 65 of a fast food restaurant's menu card. Hence the name, Chicken 65.
2) the chicken was cut in 65 pieces, took 65 minutes to prepare and was eaten in less than 65 seconds.
3) But more possibly, maybe it was made form a 65 day old chicken..!!That makes more sense as it is a bar snack and tender chickens are used for the snacks there.

Anzz said...

Or just maybe .. you love the dish so much you can have it for lunch and dinner for 65 days before being tempted to throw it out of the window..!!
you never know... Great pics Ria... how do u do it??

Oh yeah... Minnesota three times...

AJ said...

1. You have mentioned 'Minnesota' thrice in your post excluding your question about 'Minnesota'
2. A few stories about Chicken 65 -
- This was the 65th chicken dish on the menu in a military canteen
- This dish was made with 65 day old chicken

- This chicken dish uses 65 chillies (peppers) or 65 kind of peppers.

dreamzzzz said...

U mentioned minnesota four times in the post. Chicken 65 was the 65th item on the menu in the restaurant where it was introduced, hence was referred as chicken 65 by the people who ordered it.

Saju Sharfu said...

you have mentioned minnesota 4 times inclusing the question of the giveaway.
this was the 65th item in a military canteen but you know i have a funny story of my own...
A family got a visit from their relatives(65 of them) unanounced and the family had only two chickens at home.So they cut the chicken into 65 piece so that each person can atleast get one. and hence the name chciken 65!!!

lata raja said...

4 times including the last!
I amnot eligible for the giveaway, I guess as I do not live in any f the mentioned countries! The pictures are lovely Ria!!!

Drug1234 said...

3 times i guess.
And story is some thing about 65 days old chicken i m not pretty much sure.
Nice photographs by the way.


Loestrin

pooja said...

Hi Ria
Minnesota comes 4 times in your post.
Now i would love to have the cookbook, and telling a story gives me a kick! so is it going to be double treat for me? :P "fingers crossed!"

I have this story for you, part fiction, and part real (as im told!) for you:

1. For Ria's wedding preparations were in full swing from 6 months in advance. It was Matthew family's beloved daughter's wedding, a once in a lifetime affair for everybody, with a guy whom everyone loved so much. so could anything be anything but perfect? The best chefs came to audition for the D-day party, and Ria being a connoisseur herself was the one to give the final nod. so she said, "You all are so reputed and undoubtedly amongst the best of your trade. So whosoever comes up with the novel chicken recipe shall win the contract." While everybody tried what they could, this particular chef had his own farmhouse with chickens. so he started slaughtering chicken as they turned "day 1" day2" n so on to check which "day" chicken tasted the best. and so he found out that the "65 day old chicken" had the most delicate and most delicious meat. So he took his preparation to the "bride-to-be" Ria, who tasted it and almost reached heaven the very moment (read US (her fiance's place)and asked him what was the name of the dish, and Chef named it Chicken 65!! Ria gave the chef the contract to cook for her D-day! So this is my story of chicken 65 for you, my sweet blogger girl!!!

Jayz said...

Hi Ria,

You have got a awesome blog:)
BTW minnesota 3 times and i guess the story goes like this:
The cook who made this dish first ran behing 64 chickens all of which got away and finally it was the 65'th one which landed on the plate in the form of this delicious dish..and hence the name! :D

Crescentia Kalpana David said...

Not sure if the giveaway is still open. Not much of a cook so hav'nt tried any of ur recipes. But i love ur presentation. Here is my story why they call it Chicken 65. Becos they tried it 64 times and struck gold on 65th ;)

Meets said...

hi,
you have said it 4 times in the entire post.

Since you have asked for a story, heres one

I think, it was made on the 65th day of the year 1965, by a man who lived in a small town coded as something 65 for pincode. he must have used around 65 different spices to make this dish of 65 cuts of chicken pieces. he marinated it for 65 days too. and there were exactly 65 ppl to taste/ eat this dish. since no one could come up with some other name, they decided to use the common number here as a name for the recipe. so here comes chicken 65.

Ann said...

Minnesota shows up four times (including the word Minnesotan!)
I'm going with it was the 65th item in the menu, thats how it got its name.

Cherry said...

Hi Ria,

Minnesota comes twice in ur post.

Where did 65 come from? Here goes...

Once upon a time in a distant village of Kerela lived a couple whose affection for each other made fairy tales sound dull. Legend has it that they owned a big poultry farm and every Sunday John would bring a nice big hen for dinner.John loved Sarah's cooking and Sarah loved to cook for her husband. They shared 65 years of blissful marriage after which John suddenly fell fatally ill and past way. Sarah named his favorite chicken dish - Chicken 65 in memory of him. That delicious recipe was past down through the ages but the story was lost behind..

deepthi said...

first of all let me tell you, ur blog is wonderful!!! u have mentioned minneosta 3 times in ur post...

and story behind the chicken 65 goes like this...
a north indian army officer goes to a restaurant in south india..and orders the 65th dish on the menu(as it was in the local launguage)and it was chicken 65..

suchi said...

Ria,

You mentioned Minnesota 4 times (including in the question for the giveaway).

The chef who made the chicken named it chicken 65 after the 65 kids he had :)

Amritha said...

hi ria!

I've sent my 'rather true' story by e-mail...dint know was supposed to comment...hehe....amazing stories all!

Amritha Vijayakumar

Shanavi said...

Hi Ria,
Am a newbie to ur blog and I happen to love ur presentation and ur narration..I can speak all day without taking many breaths but writing is not my style..
Coming to the question..
U've mentioned Minnesota 3 times , also Minnesotan for once, So if count both, that would be 4 , else ,for the word " Minnesota " , 3 times.
Story of the legendary dish chicken 65 :
Actually years ago, there was a military hotel /canteen in India ,don know exactly the location , where they had so many menus with chicken and this dish was in the 65th place. SO everybody started for the chicken no. 65 which tasted very delicious. Later , the name transformed and hence the name chicken 65..

Nitha said...

3 Minnesotas :) :)

I know this dish tastes really irrespective of the story.. I think the name came from the age of the chicken used to prepare this dish.. 65 days !!!

Zareena said...

You mentioned minnesota 4 times (including the giveaway).
The 65 in the Chicken 65 represents the year it was introduced by the famous restaurant in Chennai called "BUHARI HOTEL". Hence the name "Chicken 65". They also serve Chicken 78, Chicken 82, Chicken 90 which are all introduced in those years.
I loved the boat click. Perfectly clicked.

Dhanya Babu said...

ria...you mentioned Minnesota 4 times and the 65 in the Chicken 65 represents the year it was introduced by the famous restaurant in Chennai called "BUHARI HOTEL". Hence the name "Chicken 65".(wiki)

msn said...

Minnesota was mentioned 3 times in your post( 1 minnesotan too!). As for chicken 65,it was the 65th dish in the menu?

Chitra said...

Hi..
Loved the stories here...they are so entertaining! My version is that it was featured at no. 65 in a restaurant's menu and so it became known as chicken 65...
And you mentioned Minnesota 4 times (including in "Minnesotan" if that counts, and in your instructions)...
And you know what? I'd never heard of Chicken 65 until I got married...:-) I think its popular in the south of India...never had it in Mumbai where I was born and raised...but ate it in Palakkad for the first time after marriage! That was over 10 years ago...now I love it and you have just given me a lovely recipe to try!
Love your blog...it is so interesting...you should probably do your own show someday!
Chitra Nair

jal said...

Once upon a time, there was a 65-year-old grandad who had 66 grandchildren. He wanted to buy each one a chicken but he had enough money only for 65 chicken. So, he bought only 65 chicken. And for the littlest girl who wouldn't know to differentiate between food types, he gave his 65-day old curry leaves. The girls cousins made fun of her saying there were only 65 chicken and she caught on to the name. One of the cousins prepared a chicken dish and the little girl put her curry leaves into it. She called it chicken 65 and the name caught on. Tadaa!

p.s. Minnesota was mentioned 3 times in your post and once in the giveaway description.

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