Everyone thinks their mom is the best cook in the world. But my mummy is seriously yummy! And this is the proof! My mother Gulnar, came from Basra, Iraq to Karachi in 1965 and brought recipes the likes of which Karachi had never seen (well, maybe). Here's some of her signature recipes that should try. Some of them are my experiments and food experiences from around the world. You can check out the menu and order details on facebook.com/yummymummyandme

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Simplest Masala Chicken Ever

Don't panic - there is no need for a barbecue set or that special cut of chicken to make this chicken delight. Regular utensils and chicken cuts work.

You need:
1 large chicken (1.5kg) - cut into 8 pieces
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
4 tablespoons of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of red chilli powder
Salt to taste
2 cups of chicken stock

This is easier than you imagined. Mix together the ginger, garlic, vinegar, chilli powder and salt into a marinade. Rub the marinade over the chicken and let it rest for at least an hour,if not two.

In a large wok/karahi heat up 1/2 cup of cooking oil. A 'handi' or pot works well too if you don't have a wok. Add the marinaded pieces of chicken to the oil and keep stirring at a high flame until the chicken changes color. Once that's done, add 1/4 cup of water, lower the flame and cover the chicken. Allow it cook for ten minutes before checking on it. Uncover and raise the flame, stir the chicken around until it is cooked.

Remove the chicken from the wok. Add the leftover marinade to the wok and let it cook/fry for no more than a minute. Next add the chicken stock and let it simmer until it thickens. The gravy makes a nice addition to the chicken tikka - goes well with the naan.

Serve the chicken with naan and raita. My mum usually makes peas and carrots to go with it. And I add on the garlic fried potatoes.  And a big cold bottle of Pakola goes well with everything!

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