SMOKED CHICKEN WITHOUT GRILL OR BAR-B-QUE…!!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken (0.5kg)
  • Vinegar/ White wine
  • Salt
  • Coriander powder (1 teaspoon)
  • Pepper (1 teaspoon)
  • Oregano (optional)
  • Cashew Nuts (10-15 pieces)
  • Red onion (2 big ones)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green chilly (2 pieces)
  • 5-6 pieces of charcoal
  • Refine oil
  • Butter

 

Marinating steps:

  1. Cut thin slits on the chicken for the marination to go inside and make the chicken juicy and tender
  2. In a glass bowl, put the chicken followed by vinegar/white wine (3 teaspoon), salt (as per your requirement), coriander powder, oregano and pepper. Mix them thoroughly.

Tip: First always pour the acid, (vinegar here) to make the chicken tender and juicy.           And use a glass bowl to mix when you are dealing with citric juices.

  1. In a mixer grinder, grind the cashew nuts and put it aside in a bowl or plate or wherever it is convenient.
  2. Then, grind the onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies, a dash of salt and 1 teaspoon of oil. After the mixer is ready, add the grounded cashew nuts and give one more mix.
  3. Pour the whole mixer into the glass bowl where your chicken was and seal the bowl with the plastic wrap or a cover in the bowl to make it air tight.
  4. Keep it aside for 4-5 hours to get the perfect tenderness

 

Cooking steps:

  1. Open the lid or remove the plastic wrap after 4-5 hours. (If you kept it inside the refrigerator, make sure you took it out 5-10 mins before)
  2. Make some space in the center of the glass bowl and put a small steel bowl in the glass bowl.
  3. Now, take 2-3 pieces of charcoal and burn it on the gas stove. Once you are convinced that it’s hot enough, take them out and put it on that small steel bowl.
    Tip: You will know the charcoal is hot enough when u see that it is becoming red from the bottom. It’s a work of few seconds.
  4. Pour 2-3 drops of oil on the charcoal and cover the glass bowl again to let the smoke go inside the chicken. Keep it for 5 mints.
  5. In a frying pan, put 1 teaspoon of butter and wait for the butter to turn brown.
    Tip: Do not wait too long. Butter burns very easily and that will spoil the taste. This is just for the light brownish color.
  6. Now, lower the heat and put the chicken pieces. Cover the pan for 5 mints.
  7. Pre-heat the oven at 250-300 degree Celsius and put the chicken inside it for 30-35 mints. Keep a check so that it doesn’t burn.

Tip: you can pour the remaining marinate on the frying pan and mix the remaining           butter on the pan with it. When the chicken is ready, toss it with the marinate in the           frying pan.

  1. Once the everything is ready, repeat step 3 and 4 for the smoky flavor before garnishing
  2. Serve it hot with salad and chutney.

    comment if u loved the recipe….!!

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Do You Love Cooking??

“Do you love cooking? Why not apply control system in that process then?”, this was my question in my first viva in m.tech after a series of other questions I couldn’t answer accurately.  Yes, I am a m.tech student, specialization being control engineering. Yes, I am another jobless engineer from the group of thousands, or rather lakhs of engineers in India.

After coming for my master degree, I realized that I got my engineering degree for just fooling a few people with my twisted answers in the bachelors. I didn’t deserved it. I couldn’t even answer basic questions of my subject which lead me to think, why so many engineers are jobless or sitting in a call center or doing a job that is not even remotely related to engineering in India. It is like people are doing engineering just for the sake of the degree and not motivation or interest in it. And that is sad.

Anyways, I got lucky to meet this professor of mine, who made me realize that the knowledge you gathered is not restricted to a specific domain. You can expand your domain in all direction, go for interdisciplinary work and explore. You can bring your knowledge and your hobby together to create something new or as my sir says, “have wild ideas and try implementing them. you will not get a chance, once you go out of the academic world.”  He is the kind of teacher who can highly motivate you and give you a flavor of the real world and how it is functioning in the present time from the perspective of your subject. He is the kind of professor who will scold you from A to Z, but when you sit back and think, you will realize that you well deserved that scolding. And he is also the kind of teacher who will appreciate you but you have to earn it. And yet again, I got lucky that he chose me to be his student.

I love cooking and I can say that I cook pretty good. And that’s a feedback from the people who have tasted my food. So when my professor said, why don’t you apply control system in cooking, I got excited. “Why don’t you go and search the net and come to me if you are interested. That could be your final year project”, was his last line in the viva. I was so excited with the idea that I took out my phone and started searching for some papers of such kind right outside my viva room. My bachelor degree project was a boring case study type of work. Nothing innovative, nothing new. So, I was more than happy. I even started thinking for different ideas for my project and I was just in the first semester. Project will be starting from the second year. The very next day, I went to sir to talk about it. I told him what I found, he gave me a lot more ideas and I started downloading papers, attending workshops that was related to my topic. He was also there constantly encouraging me to move forward with the topic.  And here I am, at the end of my first year. I will be working on it from the next session and I am eagerly looking forward to work under the guidance of my professor. I hope I will be successful in achieving what I am aiming for.