As someone who loves a good meal, cooking one, came to me as a natural passion. I belong to a family where meal times consisted of not just food, but also noisy conversation centered around the events of the day and discussing the menu for the next. (ah yes, we are a greedy lot! )

For the most part of my life so far, my contribution in the kitchen was assisting mom and my duties were limited, to chopping veggies and laying the table. Then along came the great Indian wedding, and I was suddenly the queen of my very own kingdom. My curiosity about this magical world, coupled with an enthusiastic sous-chef (my husband, Vineet), led me to take on the challenge of preparing meals on a daily basis, and not succumbing to the convenience of hiring a cook.

This blog is a product of my experiments with food (not all are life threatening :D) for my fellow culinary enthusiasts - especially the newly weds and hungry bachelors and is dedicated to the women who've inspired me in the kitchen;
Aji (s),Ma and Nigella Lawson.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sukha Chicken - A Vineet Special !

Yes! I know... it's been forever since I posted anything ( 5 weeks to be precise!)... but in my defence.... my maid disappeared overnight!
She was there one day... helping clean the house, chop the veggies and take care of inhuman piles of ironing... and gone the next! 
Little do most people truly understand the role a good maid plays in the life of a woman.... and if you're Indian, married and have grown to depend on the one person who is actually more useful than your husband around the house on weekends ... you're world gets literally turned upside down when they're gone....

So anyway, now that things have finally gotten under control... Vineet cooks and I clean... (hehe... )... on the weekends that is. His stints in the kitchen are becoming more successful with every passing weekend, and one of Vineets recent master pieces... and believe me I'm not exaggerating when I say 'master piece'.... has been an out-out desi chicken... marinated in spiced yoghurt and stir fried with sliced onions, curry leaves and green chillies... alongside some steamed rice and dal.... its pure perfection! :)

Ingredients: For marinade (For 2 delicious portions)
- 300 g Boneless Chicken breasts
- 3-4 tbsp plain Yoghurt
- 1-1/2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste (fresh!!)
- 1 tsp Red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp freshly cracked Black pepper
- 1 tsp Garam masala
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- Salt, to taste

For the stir fry:
- 2 tbsp Olive (or vegetable) Oil
- 1 large onion, finely sliced
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 dried Red chili
- 1 green chili, slit
- 5-6 Curry leaves
- 1 small bunch Coriander, chopped
- Lime wedges

1.) Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts. Cut into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl.

2.) Whisk the yoghurt  along with the rest of the marinade ingredients. Pour over the chicken. This marinade is very thick, so dont worry if it seems sticky-ish when mixed with the chicken. Cover and set aside for atleast an hour... two hours is ideal.

3.) Heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Add the cumin seeds, dried red chili and curry leaves. Stir fry for a few seconds. Add the marinated chicken pieces. Stir to mix and cover till almost cooked - about 12-15 minutes.

4.) Uncover the pan and add the sliced onions and slit green chili. Stir fry with the chicken for a minute or two till the onions are cooked through.

5.) Garnish with the chopped coriander and squirt a wedge of lime. Serve immediately along with some plain steamed rice and dal, or with roti's and raita. Yum! :)

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