Thursday, 10 January 2013

Chicken Fry !!!!


It took quite a lot of time for me to decide my second post. My first post as you all read was a non veg dish. I dint want to post a non veg recipe again. When I looked back to ma recipe collection, I couldn't resist looking at ma chicken fry. Am droooling :-P

There is a story behind this dish. Arun's favourite menu is chicken fry.When ever I buy some chicken and ask his suggestion to know what to cook, He always tells me, '' Hmmmmmm anything is fine but you please fry at least some pieces of chicken for me". I registered it in ma mind that Chicken fry is his weakness. From then on wards I always see to it that I fry some pieces for him. Okay, let's come back to the story again. Whenever we are invited for a meal at friends or relatives place, chicken fry will be one of their specially served dishes. Usually most of them would be just spicy n soggy outside and plain n raw inside. I really hate that. Moreover, I am little conscious of gaining weight, so I did not want the chicken to get completely cooked in the pool of hot oil. Therefore, I decided to try it in a different way.

 I was quite self impressed coz the chicken was getting fried exactly the way I wanted it to be.I finally decided to take a snap of it n save the dish up for lunch. It was during the period when I had to go for knitting class. Just before leaving to the class, I went back to ma kitchen to have a look at ma chicken fry again. "Well done Ritu. You are a chicken fry specialist", I appreciated myself. With a smile on ma face, I left for ma class. During the entire session of ma class, I was thinking about the fry and the appreciation that I would get from Arun when am back home. "Would have Arun reached home for lunch?", "Would he have tried ma chicken?", "Will he be liking it?" - All these questions couldn't make me to concentrate in the class. I was feeling the class even more longer than the regular sessions. I managed to get back home soon. As soon as I opened the door I ran to the kitchen again to gaze at ma chicken fry. I saw the chicken container kept on ma rack, cleaned and washed. "Where would have Arun kept the chicken?". I searched ma fridge and ma kitchen counter. No it is not there. I called up Arun to know if he had come home for lunch. He told me, "Yeah". What all you had with the Rice? "I had moru kachiyathu, thoran, mezhukkupuratti and yeah Chicken fry and it was adipoli (colloquial term used in malayalam to mean 'superb'). I hung up the call only to realize that he finished up the entire chicken fry and not a piece left for me :-(.  But do you know, I was immensely happy to realize that he 

loved it. Too much that he even forgot me. I couldn't stop laughing. I thought I'll not tell him coz he'll feel bad. Evening when he was back home, I asked him again, "Did you like the chicken?'' "Yeah very much", he told me. Evening when I served the dinner , he asked me, "Where is the Chicken?" I couldn't stop laughing again but I managed to control and I asked myself, "My boss !!! This is the same question I asked myself in the afternoon n it took me very long to realize where it had gone". I just gestured him that it is over. I still have not told him this incident. Now, it is a public secret :-p. 


So guys that was the story. From then, whenever I cook this recipe, that funny incident brings smile on ma face.

Now it is your turn to cook this juicy chicken to make others forget you :-P

Come on! try this and have fun!!!!!

RECIPE FOR CHICKEN FRY:
Ingredients

  1. Boneless chicken : 300 g
  2. Garlic : 10 
  3. Ginger : 1'' piece
  4. Kashmiri red chilly powder : 1.5+ 0.5 tbsp
  5. Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
  6. Garam masala powder : 1/2 tsp
  7. Vinegar : 1 + 1/2 tbsp
  8. Water : 1/2 cup
  9. Curry leaves : 1 sprig
  10. Refined oil : 1 tbsp + to deep fry
  11. Salt to taste.


Method

  1. Grind the garlic and ginger to smooth paste.
  2. Take the cleaned chicken in a thick bottom vessel.
  3. Add the ginger & garlic paste, chilly powder, turmeric powder, vinegar, 1 tbsp of oil, salt and 2 tbsp of water to it.
  4. Combine the ingredients well with your hand. 
  5. Refrigerate the marinated chicken for an hour.
  6. Pour 1/2 cup of water in to it and cook till the chicken is cooked 3/4th on a low flame .
  7. Take off the chicken from the vessel, add 1/5 tbsp of chilly powder, garam masala, 1/2 tbsp of vinegar and curry leaves. (You can also add the left over broth from the vessel if any).
  8. Combine the ingredients well with your hand
  9. Deep fry in oil till the chicken turns into little darker than golden brown. 
  10. Drain the excess oil.
  11. Serve hot.

Enjoy!!!!

Ritu J. Rose

NOTE:
  • Marinated chicken can also be kept in the freezer for half an hour. This coats the masala well into the chicken.
  • Cooked chicken pieces should not be too watery. Just enough masala only should cover the chicken or else chicken will not be fried evenly.
  • Precooking before frying not only impregnates the chicken with spices but also requires less frying time in oil. This reduces the absorption of oil and hence is more healthy than the regular chicken fry.
















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