Thursday, 15 October 2009

Fried Chicken and Bicuits

This was another experiment and it did turn out quite well. I'm working on the biscuits, but these are pretty good too.. have a go..

For the fried chicken:

2 whole chicken, cut in 4 pieces each
a bowl of water, with a tbls salt

1 cup of flour, mixed with 1 tsp salt and white pepper and 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup of bread crumbs, mixed with 2 cups plain cornflakes, crushed
2 eggs, whisked together with 2 tbls soy sauce, 2 tbls chili sauce, 1 tbls ginger garlic paste and 1 and half tbls white vinegar. Use less vinegar if the one you have is very strong.

Do this:

1- jab the chicken pieces a few times to and dip them in the salt water. Leave for an hour at least

2- keep the flour, breadcrumb/cornflakes and egg mix in separate bowls

3- take the chicken out of the water, and dip, as is, in the flour. Shake to remove excess and dip it in the egg. Again, take it out of the egg mix and flatten it in the cornflake/breadcrumb mix, patting carefully to coat all over. Place the coated pieces on a plate and let stand for half an hour, at least.

4- fry in moderately hot oil, until crispy and done. To chk for that, insert a sharp knife in the thickest part of the chicken. If the juices that flow are clear, the chicken is done. Otherwise, it needs more time. I suggest keep it in the oil another 5 minutes after this check.

(alternately, you could pre-boil the chicken pieces, for 7 to 10 minutes, thereby reducing frying time and also to be sure it will be done. Follow the rest of the procedure as is)


Dont have any pictures for these as time was running short and I had no time to take snaps. In fact, I didnt even have enough to take a decent picture after they were baked.. gobbled up by hungry children :) But will make them again and repost inshallah. For now, just the hows..

Lightly mix together, preferably with a fork, 2 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 70 gms salted soft butter. As soon as your mixture is crumbly, add only enough cold milk, to make the dough hold. Not more, otherwise they will not be fluffy..

With the help of two tablespoons, plomp a biscuit on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake in preheated oven - preheated for 10 minutes at 200 and baked at 190 for around 10 minutes, according to your oven and its temperatures. Really are worth a try. Quick to make and very tasty.. Serve with:

Garlic Mayo

by mixing together 1/2 cup of mayo, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp white pepper powder, dash of salt and 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced.

Healthy Sheesh Kabab

Api was telling me that these are called 'falscher Hase' in German.. how small the world is! We all experiment with things - ingredients and food stuff.. and somehow, it all ends up almost similar. Anyway, this is my version of "what-to-do-with-extra-veggies-kabab" :)

You need:

1/2 kilo mince meat
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup flour
1 small carrot, grated
1 small green paprika, grated
1 small potato, grated
1 medium onion, yet again, grated :)
1 small piece of ginger, finely chopped, and 3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 egg
1/2 bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped

1 full tsp ground coriander and cumin each
1 level tsp black pepper
1 level tsp salt, or as per your taste
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp red chili - optional

This is what you need to do:

1- process the mince twice in the processor so it is really fine, yet not a paste. If your mince meat is already finely minced, then just once. You want it fine, not paste-like

2- fry the veggies in very little - preferably olive - oil, so they get soft

3- let them cool down a bit, and then add them, the egg, the spices, coriander, the breadcrumbs and flour to the meat

4- the mince should be dry yet moist enough to form. If it does seem to dry, add a tablespoon yoghurt. But it shouldn't be, really

5- let the mince rest for at least half an hour, an hour is better. Form your kababs, where you can do as you wish - sheesh, burgers, round kababs.. anything..

6- again, let them rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Then shallow fry.. and serve with whatever suits your fantasy :)