So your mom is going out of town and you are expecting guests at home? Ordering food is easy but the best way to win your guests hearts is by preparing the food yourself. If it were about ordering, they could instead visit a restaurant. They say cooking is an art which can be mastered only by a few. But we say that following a recipe step by step in correct proportions can also help you master the art. Here are the two easiest chicken recipes any beginner can make.
Easy Tasty Chicken
Ingredients needed – Chicken pieces (as per the qty you want), cooking cream (preferably soji for beginners), mustard, salt, pepper, provincial herbs (optional), olive oil and any one tasty vegetable
Method – Cut the vegetable in little pieces. Boil water and place the vegetable into it until it is tender and cooked. Meanwhile cut the chicken into small pieces. Put olive oil in a large pan and add salt as per taste. Put the chicken pieces into the oil and patiently wait till they take the golden color. From top add provincial herbs – this is not compulsory, just optional. Then keep your chicken aside. For the cream, put the cooking cream in a bowl, the qty should be according the qty of the chicken. Add mustard and salt to taste. Mix the finished product with the chicken and you are done.
Ried Rice and Pepper Chicken Ingredients needed – Fried rice – 1 cup rice. 1 chopped carrot, 8 chopped beans, 2 tbsp soya sauce, 2 tbsp vinegar, salt as per taste, 1 tbsp pepper powder, 2 tbsp of oil. Pepper chicken – small chicken pieces, 2 tbsp cornflour, 1 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp soya sauce, 1 egg white, 1 cup oil, 1 chopped onion, 1 green pepper, 5 cloves garlic and salt to taste.
Method – Cook the rice and keep it aside. Take oil in a pan and heat it. Add beans and carrots and keep sautéing until half cooked. Add salt, pepper and soya sauce, vinegar one tsp each. Mix all of it well. Add rice to the pan and again mix well. Then add the leftover soya sauce and vinegar and mix well. For the pepper chicken, marinate the chicken for 30 minutes. Mix 1 tbsp cornflour, vinegar, soya sauce, egg white, salt and pepper to the chicken and keep it aside. Then fry the chicken in oil and keep it aside. For the sauce, add 1 tbsp oil, fried garlic slices, and onion. Fry until it is translucent. Add capsicum and mix until tender. Then add the fried chicken, salt, pepper, soya sauce, cornflour and vinegar. Close the lid and cook in slow flame. They are best cooked if you have meethi angeethi cooktops as the flavors are retained within dish. When you notice the sauce thickening, put off the flame. Garnish well with chopped spring onions and garlic.
So, the next time you have guests unexpectedly in the absence of your mother; show them that you are a great cook!
Angeethi is a stove having a container full of live coals and covered with a thin metal top or a grill on which the food is cooked. It is a brazier used usually for cooking in North India, Pakistan and Nepal. In an angeethi, the heat is generated by burning coal. It has glowing charcoal but no flame. The angeethi design is now being improving by the application of modern technology.
Lava rocks replace coal
In meethi angeethi cooktops, coal has been replaced by lava rocks. It has a cast iron burner that can be filled with lava rocks or it can also be used a regular gas burner. When the lava rocks are heated, they work as coal. They don’t produce smoke or ash. So they eliminate the disadvantages of coal. They bring all the benefits of the traditional angeethi like slow cooking, retention of all the juices and flavors of the ingredients, no burning of any part of the food, improved taste and flavor. They reduce the fat and oil content in the food and thus can be good for the patients of diabetes and high blood pressure. Such cooking keeps the nutritional values of the food intact as also its mineral and vitamin contents. The lava rock receptacle is covered with a grill or a cooktop on which meat pieces, fish or vegetables can be put and cooked or grilled.
One angeethi burner
Some manufacturers are now offering meethi angeethi cooktops with one of the three, four or more burner being a meethi angeethi lava rock burner, thus trying to support the best of traditional cooking methods. They promise even and consistent heating, and better barbecue results without the smoky flavor. The lava rocks are durable and the gas stove has a one-year warranty. The gas stove has sufficient space to allow simultaneous use of all the burners for cooking and grilling without causing any inconvenience. The stainless steel body has a toughened glass top. The nice-looking, smooth-functioning knobs are made of bakelite. The manufacturers also offer a single=burner meethi angeethi exclusively for grilling or barbeque cooking.
Not too much of competition
Various manufacturers now offer a four-burner gas stove, including one lava rock meethi angeethi burner, at prices of Rs5000, Rs6000, Rs7000, Rs8000 and Rs9000. The deliver may take about five days and the online shops levy charges for home delivery. Only a few manufacturers are supplying right now and there seems to be hardly any competition. But its popularity in many states in India and Pakistani is bound to attract more manufacturers soon.
The meethi angeethi is good news for people who still remember the cooking in their childhood on coal angeethi and wish that they get the same taste again. The new angeethi may not be as good as the old one, but it is as close as one can get to the old style. That should be good enough. It will make it possible for many people to fondly recall the old times over grilled kababs or crisp golden toasts and have a nice time, once in a while.