The good thing about having a new kitchen is getting that opportunity to splurge on new kitchen gadgets and tools. Since my old pans and pots are no longer suitable for my new induction stove, FF became quite understanding and even indulging when it comes to my culinary shopping spree .Who needs Prozac when you can go shopping?!
I have been eyeing Le Crueset Products for years now and since I could get as much pots and pan as my cabinets could swallow, I went out and end up buying 5 of these sturdy, cast-iron babies. A skillet , a grill pan, a small dutch oven , a wok and a braiser .
Since I love cooking things with sauces, this brasier became my favourite . One of the first dishes we enjoyed using this pan in this Biryani recipe. Since the heavy cast- iron retains heat and looks quite pretty, it went from straight the oven into the table.
The food stays hot and the dish looked attractive and appetising as it is. The best part is, instead of using a pot and a serving plate, FF got less dishes to do, . It made him sated and happy.That's three wins for the Babbling spoon and her Favourite Fork.
1 whole chicken, about 1.5 kgs. skin removed and cut into serving pieces
Marinade: salt, 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
1 tsp. garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Chili powder
Spices: 3 cardamon pods,
5 cloves, 1 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick
6-7 medium size onion, sliced thinly
oil for deep frying
500 g Basmati Rice, soaked for 1 hour
2 bay leaves, 1/2 tsp. cumin seed, salt to taste, 1 tbsp. Ghee
3 tbsp. ghee
a cup of coriander leaves
a cup of mint leaves
1 green chili ( more if you like it hot)
3 bay leaves
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
2 tsp. chilis powder
1tsp. garam masala powder
1 cup curd
1 cup water
juice of 1 lime
pinch of saffron dissolved in 3 tbsp. milk
2. Heat vegetable oil in a pan. Fry onion until golden brown and crispy.
8. Stir in half of the chopped coriander and mint into the chicken. Sprinkle a good handful of crispy onion over the chicken.
Serve hot and dig in, literally speaking!