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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Monday, March 7, 2011

Chicken Toast

Recipe No: 212
This is my version of the famous Chinese appetizer ‘Shrimp Toast’, made with Chicken. Generally this is deep fried and if anyone has fried Bread before, you will know how it will absorb Oil like a sponge. So I decided to shallow fry in a pan, but definitely you can bake or grill.
Ingredients                                           Serves 8
  • Skinless, boneless Chicken….........200 grams
  • Shortening/Dalda/ Margarine…..1 ½ Tablespoons
  • Green/ Spring Onion/ Scallions….1 (Chopped fine)
  • Ginger chopped fine………………....1 Teaspoon
  • Green Chilly chopped fine………….1 Teaspoon
  • Beaten Egg……………………………...3 Tablespoons
  • Corn Starch……………………………..1 Tablespoon
  • Salt…………………………………………1/4 Teaspoon
  • Bread……………………………………..6 Pieces (I used whole Wheat)
  • Sesame seeds…………………………..1 Tablespoon
  • Oil as needed
Method of Preparation
  1. Chop Chicken finely. Once almost chopped, add the Shortening and chop it together until it  blends in with the Chicken.
  2. Add Spring Onion, Ginger, Green Chilly, Egg, Corn Starch and Salt and mix well.
  3. Divide this mixture into 6 portions and spread each portion evenly on a slice of Bread.
  4. Sprinkle some Sesame seeds on top and repeat this process with all the pieces of Bread.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of Oil in a pan on medium low heat and place two slices of Bread each with the Chicken side down.
  6. Once the Chicken is cooked and the top browns slightly, turn it over and let the bread side crisp up.
  7. Once the Bread is crispy, take it out of the pan; drain the excess Oil by placing it on a paper towel; remove the sides of the Bread; slice each piece into 3 or 4 lengthwise (depending on the size of the bread) and serve hot with ketchup.
Notes:
  • Frying, Grilling or Baking, place the Bread with the Chicken side down, first on the pan so as to keep much of the juices of the Chicken away from the Bread, thus preventing it from becoming soggy.
  • Do this dish only in medium or medium low flame; otherwise it will brown the bread fast without making it crispy.
  • Do add more Oil in between batches if necessary.
  • Don’t cut the edges of the Bread before frying as it will give some sort of a support  while frying.
  • If the Oil factor is okay with you, then do keep fry. (I should say it will make the Bread really crispy and tasty.)
 





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

5 comments:

Priti said...

Very interesting n looks yum

Priya said...

Thats a truly a fabulous toast, chicken toast looks inviting..

Vimitha Anand said...

That looks really yum... Love it

sojo said...

U r posting all this when Iam observing the Lent... looks lovely (feel like Iam sinning) anyways will make for the rest of my family this friday (when they are all at home!!!)

Sarah Naveen said...

That looks so perfect n yumm Asha!!!

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