Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Red Chilly and Soy Chicken/ Chicken 007!!!

Recipe No:4


When I came first to US some of my husband’s friends made a request to make a spicy chicken dish. So I made this spicy red chilly and soy chicken that I used to see my mother in law make. Accidentally it was a bit too spicy then but because of the taste most of them ate to their stomach full! They called this dish ‘Chicken 007’ and so do me from then onwards!!!
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Ingredients                                             Serves 6
  • Chicken (without skin) cut, washed and drained…1 kg
To marinate the Chicken
  • Red Chilly powder…….3/4 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder……..!/2 teaspoon
  • Salt……………………………3/4 teaspoon
To saute
  • Onion cut into thin long slice………4 cups
  • Red Chilly powder……1 ½ -2 teaspoons
  • Ginger-Garlic paste….3 Tablespoons
  • Dark Soy Sauce…………3 Tablespoons
  • Garam masala powder...1 teaspoon
  • Vegetable Oil...............6-7 Tablespoons

Method of preparation
  1. Marinate the chicken with the ingredients given in the marinade section and keep aside for 1/2 hour.
  2.  In a large pan add 2 Tablespoons of oil and saute the Onions till it gets golden brown. (Instead of this you can also use fried onions.) Remove it from the pan and keep it aside.
  3. In the same pan on high heat, add 3 tablespoons of oil and fry (shallow fry) the chicken pieces. (If you are using a good nonstick pan then you won’t need more than 3 Tablespoons of oil. If not you may need a bit more oil) you don’t have to fry it till done. A small brown color will do.
  4. Remove the fried chicken pieces from the pan and keep it aside.
  5. Put the heat on low and to the same pan add 1 Tablespoon of oil and add red chilly powder. Saute it till the raw smell goes and fried a bit, taking care not to burn.  
  6. Add the ginger-garlic paste to the chilly powder and saute again till the raw smell goes.
  7. When the raw smell is gone add the fried chicken, fried onions and two cups of water and let the chicken cook till done and the gravy is thickened for about 30 to 40 min. Make sure the heat is on medium.
  8. When the Chicken is cooked add soy sauce and homemade Garam masala. Check the seasoning at this point and adjust the salt. Let it boil for another minute or two and then switch off the stove.
This goes well with any sort of white rice, Pulav or Roties. Frying the chicken and onions can be done ahead of time and stored in the fridge till you are ready to do the rest. As everything is fried, it will stay good outside the fridge for a long time. This makes it very good for taking on outside gatherings or tours,if you prefer homemade food.

 




 Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…..

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2 comments:

litmus said...

chechi this chiken curry is super..i tried thanku

Unknown said...

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