Moving house and a wrap!

by Sunita on December 7, 2009

Moving house? Yes, we are moving house. Where to? Well, just a few streets away. So that must not be too bad? In a way yes, and in other ways , no!

You see, the house that we are living in, is the house, where we have lived together as a family for the most number of years- more than five years now. It was from here that Rengoni and Agastya first attended school; it was here that they lost their first tooth and couldn’t sleep from the excitement of the tooth fairy coming to visit. It was also in this house that they progressed in their reading from Enid Blyton’s Noddy books to a Famous Five. It was from this house that they first learnt to bike, to let go of those stabilisers. It was from this house that they first went to step into the water and learn to swim.

It was from this house that we would take the winding cycle path every morning and afternoon to and from the kids’ school .

I have spent countless mornings and evenings admiring the beauty of the sunrise…

and sunset from my bedroom window;

watched so many seasons change -

And most importantly, I started my blog from this house. I have spent countless hours late into the night trying to grasp the intricasies, running around the house and taking pictures. I have learnt so many skills here.

Yes, there are so many memories in this house, it’s as if we’ve grown roots. And yes, we will be sad to leave this house. When we pack up and leave this house for good, we will not only be packing our possessions, but also all the memories of all those happy times that we spent here.

So many sweet little memories

But then again, I am also looking forward to creating new memories in the new house.

There are still lots of wrapping and packing to be done. And while  I do that, you can relax and enjoy this tortilla wrap filled with succulent tandoori style baked chicken, a soured cream spread and salad.

What’s needed-

The measurements given below are for one whole chicken ( about a kilo)   cut into 12 -13 pieces. I did not need all of it for this wrap, just a few pieces. With the rest, I made something else, the recipe for which I will share shortly. If you want to make just a few pieces for these wraps, reduce the amounts for the marinade accordingly.

1 whole chicken (about a kilo), skinned, cut into 12-13 pieces and make slight cuts on top
7-8 tortillas ( if you want to make them, here’s the recipe)
1/2 of a cucumber, cut into thin strips
300 ml of soured cream
a small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
1 tblsp cumin powder
1 tsp crushed red chillies ( more or less)
a pinch of salt
freshly ground pepper

For the marinade-
1 and 1/2 C of plain yogurt
2 tsp paprika( I used smoked)
1/3 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chilli powder ( more or less)
a pinch of saffron
3 tblsp of sunflower/vegetable oil
salt to taste

How to-

  1. In a bowl, mix together the soured cream, coriander, cumin powder, pinch of salt and crushed red chillies and keep aside.
  2. Place the pieces of chiken in a bowl and add all the ingredients for the marinade. Mix well. Cover the bowl and keep it aside for at least an hour.
  3. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C.
  4. Arrange a rack over a wide tray. The tray will catch the drippings from the chicken as it bakes.
  5. Arrange the pieces of chicken on the rack. Place the trayh in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 45 min-1hr or till the top is nicely coloured and the chicken is cooked. Keep brushing the chicken pieces with any left over marinade. Also, turn over the pieces of chicken every now and then. Tear the flesh from the bones of a few pieces of chicken.
  6. At this stage, you can either savour the srumptious pieces of chicken, using the sour cream mixture as a dip and the salad on the side, or continue to the next step :-)
  7. Warm the tortillas. Take one and spread some of the sour cream mixture on it. Do not take it to the very edges. Sprinkle some of the lettuce, followed by chicken and cucumber. Sprinkle some freshly ground pepper and also some crushed red chillies (if desired). Fold the sides a little and roll it up from one of the other sides. Cut into half and serve.

These wraps were really delicious. The succulent and spiced chicken, the crunchiness of the raw vegetables and the creamy spread, all nestled within the folds of the warm tortilla was a delight to bite into.

These wraps would make a wonderful lunch box filler.

All gone!!

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{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

1 musical December 8, 2009 at 12:10 am

Lovely pictures, all of them! Good luck with the move, hope it is not too stressful. The sunset picture is so vivid, as if from another world…..nature slowly unfolds her colors onto the canvas that is the sky and a moment is created that goes beyond words!


2 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Thanks S. And yes, the sky, it is like a canvas , with different pictures on at every moment !


3 Mona December 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

Good Luck with the move Sunita! The wraps look super delicious!


4 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Thanks Mona


5 Ujwal December 8, 2009 at 1:24 am

Good luck with your new house Sunita.. those wraps look delicious :)


6 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Thabks Ujwal, and yes, the wraps were yum :-)


7 Madhuram December 8, 2009 at 2:24 am

All the very best with the move Sunita.


8 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Thanks madhuram :-)


9 Rosa December 8, 2009 at 4:40 am

Nice skies and lovely wrap! Moving isn’t always that easy…




10 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Thanks Rosa. And no, moving isn’t easy; even if it’s just a few streets away :-)


11 veena December 8, 2009 at 5:12 am

hey sunita…. the wrap looks delicious.. i would probably try it this weekend…. and good luck with the moving…


12 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Thanks Veena, so give the wrap a try :-)


13 Suparna December 8, 2009 at 5:16 am

Hey Sunita, I love the way you made tandoori chicken without an outside grill….
The wraps look delicious too…
Thank you for the recipe !



14 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Suparna, the oven is my friend :-)


15 Barbara Bakes December 8, 2009 at 5:24 am

Such a lovely post! I wish you wonderful new memories in your new home! The wrap looks like a fabulous lunch!


16 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Thanks Barbara, we’re looking forward to it too :-)


17 Ivy December 8, 2009 at 5:46 am

Wow, moving just before Christmas isn’t the best period but I wish you and your family all the best and create many more new and happy memories in your new home. The tortilla sounds delicious.


18 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Thank you for your wishes Ivy; hope you are keeping well :-)


19 Sarah, Maison Cupcake December 8, 2009 at 7:12 am

That looks like a tasty weekend lunch. Good luck with the move, at least if you are not going far away you do not have to wrench yourself from any nice friends you have made locally.


20 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Yes, leaving friends is the hardest part; in fact that was the first question the kids asked :-)


21 Meeta December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

all the best with the move!! hope it goes smoothly! the wraps look grand sunita!


22 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Thanks dear Meeta, fingers crossed :-)


23 Mowie @ December 8, 2009 at 8:23 am

All the best with the move hon! Yummy looking wrap too =) x


24 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Thanks dear Mowie :-)


25 Happy Cook December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

Wr^p looks beautifull.
Good luck with the moe.
I wish we moved , we have beenliving in the same place for almost 19 yrs.
Then if i think about all the work, then i prefer to stay here itself :-)


26 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm

19 years! Now that is a very long time F; I’ve never lived in one place for that long1


27 Latha December 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

Oh sunita i can almost feel your emotions on the move. Good luck with the packing, unpacking and settling down. You’ll be in the same neighbourhood that’s glad news.


28 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Thanks latha, yes, we’ll still be around :-)


29 nags December 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

Absolutely adore the first picture of the wrap. I am yet to learn how to make the background look dark with all focus on the food. Amazing :)


30 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Nags; use a dark background :-)


31 George@CulinaryTravels December 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

Good luck with the move.

The wraps look mouth watering, such a lovely recipe and utterly fabulous photography too :)


32 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Thanks George :-)


33 CurryLeaf December 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

All the best on the move.Wishing you more and more recipe ideas and wonderful experiences at the new place.


34 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Thank you


35 Nirmala December 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Wow lovely! Yah I can understand how to take out the roots and move to a new place would make us feel! But again I believe the new house is going to bring you moe happiness and love! This is a lovely wrap. I love the juicy and crisp chicken pieces as is than in the wrap :)


36 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Thank you dear Nirmala :-)


37 Priya December 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Fantastic wraps..looks tempting..Happy move and all the best, waiting eagerly for new dishes from ur new kitchen..


38 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Thanks Priya; we’re looking forward to the move too :-)


39 alka December 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

congrats on your new home! moving is an adventure, especially if its near by, because you “think” you can move alot by yourself and then hire movers to do the rest, but once the actual move starts happening, and the aches, pains and tantrums start.. ahh.. but once everything settles in, its bliss :) wishing you all the best in your new home and an easy move!


40 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Lol, Alka, looks like you’ve ”been there” before. I think we’ll need all the wishes we can collect :-D


41 Bong Mom December 8, 2009 at 3:06 pm

All the best on the move Sunita and wish you the greatest moments in your new home


42 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Thank you, dear Sandeepa :-)


43 Sayantani December 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

moving house is too much of work, you must be stressed a lot. happy moving! the wraps look great…a quick and filling dinner.


44 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Trying not to think too much about it; though it is hard not to ;-)


45 Nithya Praveen December 8, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Good luck with the new house Sunita…..the pics looks wonderful as always!


46 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Thank you Nithya :-)


47 Neeta December 8, 2009 at 7:18 pm

All the very best for your move…..and we are moving too,
from London to Henley-on-Thames :-)
I’ve just nominated you for the Honest Scrap Award,
details on my blog….
Thank you for your inspiration and support….
Love xxx Neeta


48 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Thank you Neeta, for your wishes and for thinking of me :-)


49 Munni December 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Amazing pictures … yummy wrap too. Moving is no doubt stressful, no matter how far or near. All the best.
Cheers !!!


50 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Thanks Munni :-)


51 Su-yin December 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm

You have such a beautiful view from your old place! Good luck with the move, I personally hate packing as I’m so OCD that I have to label and number each box… so it ends up taking me forever to finish! :P


52 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Thanks Su. yes, the views from the window is really stunning; am going to miss it so much.


53 Bethany December 8, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Good Luck Sunita! And now when you’re moved in and settled can i come over and have this wrap?! Looks so good. I wish I didn’t stop by your blog so late into the night… I’m off to bed hungry now!


54 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Thanks sweetie. And of course, you can come over :-)


55 malluspice December 9, 2009 at 3:50 am

a move is painful yet so filled with excitement. I can understand how u feel, with my family just settling in after the move. good luck.


56 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for those wishes :-)


57 Pam December 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I just found your website on a comment you made on Neeta’s site. Your blog is beautiful! I enjoyed reading this post and I plan on making the wraps tonight. It is difficult leaving a home filled with memories. I’m sure the new home will be just as sweet.
Your photography is beautiful. I look forward to exploring your site.


58 Sunita December 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Hi Pam, welcome to my world; glad you’re liking it here so far. And yes, do make those wraps.


59 Jeanne January 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm

What a lovely post. I dread the day that my father finally moves out of my childhood home – all the memories locked up in that house could fill an ocean. But I know the new house will be the source of much joy to you! Love the wraps – mmmmm!


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