Baked chicken with Red Wine

When I got my oven for the first time, I spent some time in baking cakes. After some failure and some success I became a bit confident to try my own recipe. It was like a new toy to me, always experimenting something with the oven. My first attempt to cook chicken in the oven was a total disaster, so let’s not talk about that and keep our discussion limited to the success stories.

And please keep that between you and me, will you?

One day I decided to experiment something with chicken and red wine. Now that was really really tasty, and so I’m going to pen down the recipe here. You are always welcome to suggest things that can enhance the goodness of this dish.

Baked chicken with red wine

Baked chicken with red wine

  • Things needed :
  1. Chicken breast fillets ( cut into small to pieces )- 400 g
  2. Red wine – 6 tbsp. I used Castillo De Mureva Gran Reserva Valdepenas 2007 . I am no wine connoisseur, but I felt that a medium bodied red wine with fruity/spicy notes, like the one I used, would be appropriate for the dish
  3. Onion – 1 large : chopped into rings
  4. Garlic cloves – 3-4 : chopped thinly
  5. Garlic paste/ Garlic powder – 1tsp. If you are using garlic paste make a very fine paste of it
  6. Red bell pepper – 1/2 : chopped thinly. I used red bell pepper for the colour, you can always use bell pepper of your choice
  7. Green chilli – 3-4 : slit lengthwise
  8. Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. Salt – as needed
  11. Cooking oil – for greasing the baking tray
  12. Coriander leaves : chopped for garnishing
  • How to cook :
  1. In a bowl take the chicken pieces. Add salt, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, garlic paste/powder, red wine, chopped garlic. Rub the chicken pieces with all the ingredients very well and marinate for 1 hour
  2. Preheat oven to 190 °C/ 375 °F/ Gas Mark 5
  3. Grease the baking tray lightly with little oil. Put the chicken pieces in the baking tray and dress with little marinade. Do not use all the marinade, reserve some to soak the onion rings
  4. Bake the chicken pieces in oven for 20 minutes or till the chicken pieces are almost cooked
  5. In the meantime soak the onion rings and green chillies in the remaining marinade
  6. While baking if you see that the chicken pieces are becoming dry, baste with little marinade
  7. After the chicken pieces are almost cooked, add the onion rings and green chillies along with the remaining marinade in the baking tray and bake further 15 minutes or till the chicken is fully cooked. Be careful not to burn the onions. Take a look at the picture provided, the final dish should look like it

Remove from oven and garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with your favourite drink! Let me know if you think further improvement can be made.

Spicy Fried Prawn

Prawns fried with some basic spices make an ideal accompaniment to a drink. It can be cooked very quickly and needs some basic ingredients.

 

Spicy fried prawn

Spicy fried prawn

  • Things needed :
  1. Prawns – peeled and deveined : 300 g
  2. Onions – 2 medium : chopped thinly
  3. Green chilies – 2 : slit lengthwise
  4. Garlic cloves – 4-5 : chopped thinly
  5. Red chilli flakes or coarsely ground red chilli – 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  7. Salt – as needed
  8. Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Method :
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and add the finely chopped garlic. Fry till they become light brown
  2. Add onion and fry for another 3-4 minutes until onions become golden
  3. Add washed, peeled and deveined prawns in there and sauté for 4-5 minutes
  4. Add salt, chilli flakes/coarsely ground red chilli, turmeric powder and mix well
  5. Don’t add water and stir now and then to avoid sticking to the bottom of the frying pan. Continue until prawns are cooked

Remove from heat and enjoy with your choice of drink! 🙂

Egg and Potato Chop ( Dim ar Aloor Chop )

These are wonderful Indian snacks. There are many variations of these, both veg and non-veg. In West Bengal you can always find a “hole in the wall” or a mobile stall cooking and selling different versions of “Chop”, yes..we call these “Chop”. I’m not sure what you’ll call these, but you can always try one and you will not regret, I am sure. Of course in these “chop shops” the hygiene and ingredients used  are questionable, though I never got sick even after consuming many of them!

I am so fond of these, that in order to prevent me from eating those unhygienic ones, my mother used to cook chops at home, and to me they are even tastier!

These chops are generally deep-fried, so when I am cooking I thought of making them healthier too. So instead of deep frying, I baked them, and trust me – they were really delicious!

I will be including both potato chop and egg chop in the same post.

Here goes the recipe:

Mashed potato

Picture 1: Mashed potato

Egg chop : 1 half egg, 1 half mashed potato

Picture 2: Egg chop shapes, before coating : 1 half egg, 1 half mashed potato

Potato chop shapes, before coating

Picture 3: Potato chop shapes, before coating

Cornflour mixture

Picture 4: Cornflour mixture

Egg chop shapes, after coating

Picture 5: Egg chop shapes, after coating

Potato chop shapes, after coating

Picture 6: Potato chop shapes, after coating

Egg Chop

Picture 7: Egg Chop

Potato Chop

Picture 8: Potato Chop

  • Ingredients :
  1. Potato – 3 ( large )
  2. Eggs –  3 ( hard boiled, peeled and cut lengthwise into halves )
  3. Onion – 1 ( large ) : chopped thinly
  4. Green chilli – 6-7 : chopped into ringlets
  5. Coriander leaves – a small bunch : chopped roughly
  6. Red chilli powder/flakes – 2 tsp
  7. Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Salt – as needed
  9. Breadcrumb – 6-7  tbsp ( more may be needed )
  10. Cooking oil – 2 tsp
  11. Cornflour – 3 tbsp ( more may be needed )
  • How to cook :
  1. First boil the whole potatoes so that they can be mashed easily. After draining the hot water keep the whole boiled potatoes for cooling and drying. After they are dry, peel them and take in a big bowl
  2. In that bowl add chopped green chillies, chopped coriander leaves, salt, red chilli powder/flakes, cumin powder, chopped onion and mash them very well. Please make sure that they make a good tight shape if you try to make one with your palm, this is the main part of cooking chop, if the shape break or is unstable then it will not make a good chop. You can leave the mash in refrigerator for a while to get the perfect tightness.  Take a look at the picture provided (ref Picture 1)
  3. Now to make egg chop, you need to take one half of one egg in one of your palm and take a handful of the mash in another hand and give it a half-egg shape to fit in the half egg that you holding in one of your palm. Please take a look at the picture for a clear understanding (ref Picture 2)
  4. To make simple potato chop, you just need to take a handful mash and shape it like given in the picture (Picture 3)
  5. In a small bowl take 3 tbsp of cornflour, 1 egg and 2 tsp cooking oil and beat them very well to make a runny paste like shown in the picture (ref Picture 4). It should not be too tight or too runny
  6. Spread the breadcrumb in a tray
  7. Take one chop in your hand and dip it into the cornflour mixture to cover it’s all sides. Then roll it over the breadcrumb very well so that they cover all the sides of the chop. Then again you dip it into cornflour mixture and again roll over the breadcrumb to get a solid cover for the chop. You can do this “dip-and-roll-over” thing once, if you think the coating is enough. Repeat this process for the rest of the chops
  8. Now pre-heat oven to 180 °C/350 °F/Gas 4. In a baking tray put the chops in rows and bake for 40 minutes or until they become golden brown. Turn them over from time to time in order to bake all the sides very well

You can always experiment with chops using your creative mind, adding this or that and such things!

Enjoy with raw onion, green chilli and tea!

Chirer Pulao

This one I learned from my mother. This is a very easy to cook and healthy snack. Go through this post to know how it is cooked.

Chirer Pulao

Chirer Pulao

  • Ingredients :
  1. Beaten rice ( Chire/Poha) – 100 g
  2. Onion – 1 (medium). If you want to make it a complete vegetarian dish then you may skip onion
  3. Ginger – 2 teaspoon(minced)
  4. Raisin – one fistful
  5. Cashew nuts – one fistful
  6. Peas – one fistful
  7. Almond – one fistful
  8. Carrot (cut into julienne)  –  one fistful
  9. Capsicum (cut into small thin stripes) – one fistful
  10. Green Chili – 2 (cut into ringlets)
  11. Sugar – 1 1/2 tablespoon
  12. salt – 2 1/2 teaspoon
  13. Garam Masala – 1 teaspoon
  14. White oil – 1 tablespoon
  15. Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 teaspoon. This item is optional
  • Preparation :
  1. Wash beaten rice(chire/poha) with water and make it soft. But don’t make it too soft that it starts to disintegrate
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan. Throw in onion pieces and fry well till they turn pink
  3. Add minced ginger and the rest of the vegetables ( carrot and capsicum) and toss well
  4. Add salt and sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add the soft beaten rice(chire/poha) and mix well
  6. Add raisins, cashew nuts, almonds, green chili, peas and cook for a minute
  7. Add garam masala and mix well
  8. You can add a teaspoon of ghee for the scent, but this is optional
  9. Remove from heat and Chirer Pulao is ready to be served

If you like/dislike or if you have any suggestion let me know. Happy Cooking 🙂