Scrambled chicken with fresh garam masala

Chicken scramble

Scrambled chicken burrito or sandwich is a regular in my kitchen. I make this often. The recipe came from a dear cousin a long time ago.

When I was in college, I visited an Aunt of mine during a festival. My cousin also was there. Few years younger to me, in his late teens, he was a chatterbox. He loved to cook, and he loved to read palms. He was a budding astrologer and loved to predict lives of the people around him.

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We were fascinated. Everyday, after breakfast, we would corner him and shove our palms under his nose. He would insist on seeing the left for the girls, and right for the boys. With a twinkle in his eye, he would roll off one predictions after another.  At that age, most of the girls were moony eyes about  their future life partners, and most of the questions revolved around that. “Your husband will be a technocrat and you won’t have a Ma-in-law,” he told me. “You will marry a man who will be so handsome that you will pale away in comparison,” he told another of our young cousin who happened to be really, really pretty. “You won’t finish college, and will be a stay at home Mom”, he told another, who was very ambitious and extremely inclined academically. “What about you?” we asked.

“Oh me, I won’t live beyond 30 years, my death is certain at 30 in a road accident. Even if I live, I will be lose my limbs.” Ugh! He never ceased to shock us. He was nothing if not dramatic, a show off, though an endearing one.


chicken scramble


Over the years he became a butt of several jokes, we cousins always tallying off his ‘predictions’ and making fun of them.

Uncomfortably though, we learned that he did make many of the predictions right. Our ambitious cousin ended up falling sick, and not able to finish college, eventually marrying early and became a stay at home Mom, albeit a very happy one. My pretty cousin got a very handsome husband, though I don’t think she paled in comparison at all. I did marry a technocrat, hahaha! And yes, I also sadly never got to meet my mother in law, she passed away an year before we got married.


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Years later, I was chatting to my pretty cousin, and in general asking about everyone’s whereabouts, including our famous astrologer cousin. “He just celebrated his 30th birthday”, she laughed. He also had gotten married two years earlier, and was doing quite good. We laughed at his silly prophecies all those years ago.

Two weeks later, he was dead, in a deadly bike accident.

I miss him.

He lived a colorful, fun filled life. Sometimes, I think because he knew so much, he simply lived it to the full, maybe hoping, like we all do, that all the bad events would never come to pass, only the good ones.

As the holidays approach, sometimes it makes me pause and reflect, and realize that life is a series of celebrations, though not of the same kind. Celebrations of little blessings that we may not even realize that we have been blessed with. The end comes anyway, sometimes way too early, sometimes way too late, but life keeps flowing. The fleeting sands of time keeps seeping through the hourglass, whether we want it or not. clichéd as it may sound, each day is meant to be lived to the fullest, to spread cheers, warmth, kindness and happiness. Call it fate or just way of the world, whatever is meant to happen, will happen. So while the moment is here, live it to the fullest.

K sera sera…..

My late cousin used to cook this scrambled chicken, which he would then roll into a tortilla, making a scrumptious roll.


Scrambled chicken


You can put this in a roll, or a sandwich. My boys love the roll and I make this filling dinner sandwich as well. For this sandwich, make the mixed salad (recipe follows)


Mixed salad

In a dinner roll, put some slices of cheese of you choice and toast it till the cheese melts.

Toasted sandwich rolles


Squeeze some ketchup, hot sauce or any other sauce that you like, fill the roll with the salad and the scrambled chicken and serve.





dinner sandwich


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Scrambled chicken with fresh garam masala
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 thai green chilies (optional)
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
Roast and grind the following:
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1" stick cinnamon
  • 7-8 whole black pepper
  • 2 cloves
  1. Heat oil and fry onions till golden
  2. Add chicken and fry well.
  3. Add salt and red chili powder and fry till the chicken starts turning golden
  4. At this point add ginger and garlic paste.
  5. Now, put in the chopped tomatoes, and fry till the tomatoes are soft and oil starts leaving sides.
  6. Add the freshly ground cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper powder in the released oil and fry for two more minutes.
  7. Add split thai green chilies (optional) and fresh cilantro.
  8. Serve hot with bread, roti, or use it as a filling for rolls, burritos or sandwich.
For the salad: Cube into tiny pieces and mix with a fork: 1 cup red onion, 1 cup cucumber, 1 cup tomatoes, ½ cup carrots (optional), 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro, 2-3 Thai green chilies finely chopped (skip if you don't like heat). Mix well, then add 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, ½ tsp salt and sprinkle freshly cracked black pepper.


11 comments for “Scrambled chicken with fresh garam masala

  1. December 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Wow ! looks yummy & perfect.
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  2. December 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    This is spooky! Your poor cousin and how gifted was he? You should have asked him for the lottery numbers. 🙂

    I really like his chicken dish!
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  3. December 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Oh your poor cousin, what a tragic story 🙁 He was quite gifted though I see. Some people just have that insight.
    Well, at least he left you with a great recipe, this looks fantastic!
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  4. December 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    What an amazing story, Minnie – I was on the edge of my seat! I’m so sorry to hear your cousin’s words, in relation to him, actually did come to pass. I’m always telling my children to be very careful about the words that come out of their mouths. ‘Words are powerful’, I tell them, ‘You can speak things into existence’. I know someone who was getting married to someone her parents didn’t approve of. They said to her, ‘If you go ahead and marry him you’ll amount to nothing’. She married him and those words came true. The Bible says words are more powerful than a two-edged sword so I’m very careful to only speak positives over my children xx
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  5. December 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Oh my! I got chills when i read that he died! :O I bet knowing that he lived a full life though!
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  6. December 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Wow, what an amazing story! Your cousin was good. So sorry to hear he died at such a young age. But this is a great recipe – happy to have that. Super post – excellent tribute to your cousin.
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  7. December 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    What an amazing story, Minnie! It is tragic that your Cousin’s abilities were validated by his own death while so young. Such a tragic ending.
    This scrambled chicken is a dish I would thoroughly enjoy. It has a great combination of spices with just the right amount of heat. Your suggestion of using it to fill a burrito is a very god one. Yum! 🙂
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  8. December 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Looks like an interesting combination of Indian and Mexican, using the tortilla along side the other flavorings. In any case, it looks delicious!
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  9. January 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    This looks amazing and so delicious. Glad you shared 🙂

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