Wednesday 12 September 2012

Chicken Cigars / Mini Chicken Rolls

Chicken cigar is a tasty and crispy appetizer that can also be served as a snack. It looks like a big cigar and is just a bit longer than the forefinger, hence this name. Similar to rolls this has a crispy outer covering with tasty inner fillings. I have used ingredients that will normally available in any kitchen pantry. The filling I have used here reflects the Indian flavors so well and its just so good you can serve it as side-dish to accompany rasam, sambar, dal rice or poori too. You can also try it with fish or any other meat of your choice. Try this and you will definitely love this. Serve with any kind of chutneys or dips goes specially well with tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. Mine is the deep fried version you can also try baking this.  Instead of trying the same rolls try this for a twist. Now lets see the ingredients list and the preparation method. 


Makes 9 cigars
Preparation time - 25 to 30 minutes
  1. All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup 
  2. Chicken - 100 grams (Chopped into smaller pieces)
  3. Chopped big onions - 3 spoons 
  4. Chopped coriander leaves - 3 spoons 
  5. Garlic pods - 1
  6. Ginger - 1/4 inch small piece 
  7. Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon 
  8. Fennel seeds - 1/4 spoon 
  9. Red chilli powder - 1/2 spoon 
  10. Pepper powder - 1/4 spoon 
  11. Cumin powder - 2 big pinches 
  12. Salt - As per taste 
  13. Oil - For frying + 3 spoons 


  • In a bowl add Maida, Cumin seeds, Salt,  little Oil and make a smooth dough out of this by adding water, like you would do for making pooris and chapatis. Keep aside covered  for 15 minutes. 
  • Take 2 spoons of maida or all purpose flour and add some water and salt to it and make a thick smooth paste out of it. Mix well and set aside. 
  • Meanwhile in a blender add chopped chicken pieces, chopped onions, chopped garlic and ginger, chopped coriander leaves and blend well for a minute. Do not add water.
  • Now heat a pan then oil and after it heats up add fennel seeds and saute for few seconds. Then add the chicken mixture and saute well until the raw smell leaves. Don't even add a drop of water. 
  • The add all the dry powders, red chilli powder, pepper powder, salt, cumin powder and saute well. 
  • After 2 minutes remove from flame and set this mixture aside. 
  • Now take the prepared dough, dust little all purpose flour on the pastry mat or pastry board, place the dough on it and roll it well and flat using a rolling pin.  
  • The maida sheet should be not too thick or too thin. 
  • Now cut them into smaller rectangles and set them aside.  This will be the cover for rolls. 
  • Now take one of the prepared maida sheet and place a small amount of the chicken mixture on it, then roll the sheet. At the end of the sheet, spread the prepared paste and close the rolls so that it binds well. 
  • Now push the chicken mixture at the sides using your finger and seal the ends (just close the ends with a small ball of the paste) with this maida paste that you have prepared. 
  • Do this with the rest of the spread. 
  • Deep fry the prepared rolls until they turn golden brown and crisp. 
  • Serve with your favorite dips or sauces. 
  • For making money bags: With the remaining dough that I got from the irregular shaped rectangles and chicken mixture I made Chicken money bags. Flatten the remaining dough using the rolling pin into small circles and place a small amount of chicken filling in the center. Make bags by closing the ends and press well to form a money bag. Then rub a small piece of dough into thin string, wet the string with water and roll it around the neck of the money bag and press well. Either steam them or fry them or drop them into boiling water and serve after it gets cooked. I usually steam them and use them like wontons. 

TIP 1: While preparing the filling you must make sure not to add even a drop of water if you do so the rolls will not come out properly. 

TIP 2: Try to make the maida sheet (for the outer cover) thin but not too thin or else it won't be able to bear the filling and will tear easily. 

TIP 3: Since we are deep frying the rolls the mixture will come out easily through the side for this reason I have sealed it with the paste. The paste blends well with the rolls and gives a good look too. 

Crispy and delectable Chicken cigars are now ready!! Ignite with your favorite ketchup and enjoy!! Serve as starters or snacks!!

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  1. Enjoyed reading your punch line in the end :)
    The cigars and money pouches look inviting..

    1. Wow you got my punch :) Thanks Shobha ji :)

  2. What an idea. Awesome. Nice clicks.

  3. Delicious cigars...I am all ready for that money bags...cute..

  4. wow yummy recipe,luks delicious...

  5. I am ready to snatch your cute money bags. You punch on last line is awesome dear. Admire your ideas, ready to ignite those cigars soon.

  6. Hi Divya

    what a wonderful recipe and love the monkey bags, very different one. Also great step by step photos, kaalakurae... too good and i want to try them now... :D

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  7. they look great!! You have made them so well. Well done indeed.

  8. Delicious cigars....Wonderful clicks....Supera erukku....lovely....

  9. Very lovely cigars n money bags... Superb

  10. looking Delicious........ chicken cigars, nice clicks

  11. Wonderful recipe and nicely explained...i am off to kitchen.

  12. Absolutely mouthwatering and the step by step instructions make it so easy and tempting. Have to try this one. Have also +1 it:)

  13. Oh god ! y its tempting me like.... Wonderful clicks...

  14. Delicious and mouthwatering cigars. Wish I was there when you were preparing it.Lovely recipe.

  15. Really nice and I love ur pics!

  16. yo minnie from where did u pop up hehee

    oh great i m not a chicken person but divya that looks really lovely dish

    came to admire pics here *wink*


    1. Thanks Meenu :) Being a pure veg you have come to comment on a chicken recipe you are really encouraging :) Love you!!

  17. wow divy... semmaya kalakuringa... nice name for the rolls... i ll try to make it using veg..... Ha..ha..ha.. N LOVED MONEY BAGS N ROLLS.... VERY EXCELLENT CLICKS... jamaingo....

  18. woww..divvy..awesome..u r a very good cook...romba super

  19. Feel like grabbing some and having rite now,irresistible rolls.

  20. Super Divs...loved it to the core....yummy!

  21. Am vegetarian but these rolls totally hooked me up for like 10 seconds.. :D .. WOuld love to try them with Cheese or Paneer very soon. bbookmarked !!

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    1. Thanks Nupur :) Yeah do try with Paneer and cheese and please share your feedback after trying :) And will definitely participate in your event :)

  22. Looks very tempting...Loved the money bag,nice clicks!!

  23. Delicious chicken cigars and money bag. Diya.

  24. babe i subscribed to your posts, cant get enough of it :-)

  25. nice clicks dear.. loved the recipe as well ma..

  26. Too good, wish could have one right now...loved the step by step demonstration

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  27. Tempting Snack, made perfectly.

  28. Deliciosos puros son irresistible,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  29. these look so crispy and delicious!!!

  30. Hi divya, the cigars and money bags are awesome... Tempting to eat.... I watched u in sun tv kitchen galatta... Ur recipes are nice and u r thinking out of the box... Really superb... Pls clarify my doubt... Instead of deep frying this can we bake it in OTG if so pls tell me at what temp and how many mins it should be baked

    1. Hi Janani
      Thank you so much! :) Yes you can bake these but the fried texture is much better than the baked ones. Just bake at 200 degrees for 5 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Just brush the outside with beaten egg (like egg wash) to make it browner.


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