Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chicken a la Whiskey

Today I made up a new recipe for chicken. If this already exists then that is purely coincidental. Anyway here I will describe how to make it. I will call it "Chicken a la Whiskey".

What you need.

Chicken: 2Kg
Onion: 500gms
Mushroom: 250gms
Garlic: 70gms
Ginger: 5-10 gms
Chili: to taste
Carom seeds: 2 tsp
Fennel seeds: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 2 tsp
Asafoetida: 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon: 1/2
Olive oil: 3 tbsp
Whiskey: 8 tbsp (I used single malt Glenfiddich 12, you can try replacing this with white vinegar or any other whiskey or may be red wine)
Green cardamom: 6-7
Cloves: 9-10
Coriander seeds: 2 tsp
Garam masala: 1 tsp
Cooking oil: 200ml
Curd: 125 gms
Salt: to taste

Now to start with, chop and clean your chicken and then marinate it for at least 1 hour in 4 tbsp whiskey, 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp of asafoetida. In the meantime chop up the onions, garlic, chili and ginger in small pieces. The garlic and ginger should not be too small. Also slice up the mushrooms in thin slices.

Heat the cooking oil in a large container(big enough to hold all the ingredients) and then put the carom seeds, fennel seeds, broken up cinnamon, green cardamom (both seeds and the skin after separating the two), cloves and chili in the oil. Fry in moderate heat till the spices become light brown and then put the ginger and garlic. Fry these as well till it becomes light brown. And then add finely chopped onions and 1 tsp of salt.

At this stage at the coriander seeds and fry till the onions become light brown. Now, add the sliced mushrooms along with 1 tsp of garam masala, 4 tbsp of whiskey and 125 gms of curd. Cook this mixture for 5-10 minutes.

Now it is time to add the chicken and do not throw away all the liquid that collects at the bottom of the vessel in which the chicken was being marinated. Put this liquid in the container as well. Mix the ingredients well and cover the container till the chicken is fully cooked. Add salt to taste and you are ready to serve "Chicken a la whiskey".

As an after thought you can also add cream instead of curd and use only olive oil and no cooking oil. I guess that will also taste good.

*tsp: tea spoon
*tbsp: table spoon

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