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Chicken Pakora

This recipe for chicken pakora is desi flavored infused and it is my very own recipe. It is just like normal pakoras but made with chicken and with a different technique and some extra ingredients. When I made it last year in an Iftar party, my guests loved it; the chicken was flavorsome, tender and juicy.

ingredients:

  • 1.5 kilo chicken, cut into small pieces, tikka cut with bones
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic & green chilli paste
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 tbspn vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tspn black pepper
  • ½ tspn chicken powder
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander seeds
  • A generous pinch of carom seeds
  • 1 tspn roasted crushed cumin seeds
  • A generous pinch of kasuri methi (crushed between palms)
  • ½ tspn garam masala powder
  • 1 tbspn crushed anar dana (pomegranate seeds)
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes & powder
  • A pinch of yellow food color
  • 4 tbspns besan, chickpea flour
  • A pinch of baking powder
  • 1 tspn levelled corn flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tspn yogurt
  • Oil for deep frying (2 cups vegetable + 2 cup mustard oil)

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, marinate chicken in salt, red chilli powder & flakes, lemon juice, ginger garlic & green chilli paste, vinegar, chicken powder, black pepper, carom seeds, cumin, food color & garam masala and keep aside for 40 to 50 minutes at room temperature or overnight in refrigerator.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the remaining ingredients (except oil) and add it to the marinated chicken. Mix and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix and heat both the oils to 180 degrees Celsius and fry chicken pieces in batches for 7 – 8 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with mint sauce, imli sauce & ketchup.

Chicken Salad filled Croissants

Chicken salad filled croissants is a beautiful addition to your tea table or Iftar table or any potluck. It is gourmet style yet easy crowd pleaser which will make you look like pro chef 😀

Ingredients

  • 12 mini croissants/ 6 large croissants
  • Few rocket leaves/ coral lettuce leaves (if rocket leaves are not available)

FOR CHICKEN

  • 2 chicken breasts, large size
  • 2 tbspns olive oil
  • Salt to taste   
  • Cracked black pepper, a generous pinch
  • Red chilli flakes, a generous pinch
  • ¼ tspn mustard powder/ 2 tbspns Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon

FOR CHICKEN SALAD

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • A pinch of icing sugar
  • A generous pinch of cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tspn mustard powder
  • 1 tspn hot English mustard
  • A generous pinch of table salt
  • Few green sprigs of spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tbspns chopped celery stalks
  • 2 tbspns chopped cucumber

Method

  1. Wash, clean and pat dry chicken breasts. Thaw them with meat hammer until they are 1.5 cm in thickness.
  2. Mix everything given for chicken in a bowl and marinate chicken for good 40 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Heat a grill pan, brush some butter and grill chicken breasts for 5 minutes per side.
  4. Remove from the grill and let it cool.
  5. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, mix all the sauces and spices with a whisk. Mix in the veggies.
  6. Shred/ cut the grilled chicken and add it to the mixture.
  7. Cut the croissants from the middle lengthways to fill in the filling but not till the end.
  8. Stuff in a rocket leaf and 1.5 tbspns of chicken mixture (in mini croissant) or 2 rocket leaves and 3 tbspns of chicken mixture (in large croissant) in each croissant.
  9. Arrange all the croissants on a platter and serve.