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The Chicken Kitchen!

By on November 22, 2012

Food is the elixir for the soul”. A view endorsed universally. “Chicken is the elixir for the Indian soul”. I guess that too would be a view endorsed by all Indians. For an average Indian, chicken provides that heady experience of not only being a treat to the eye but a filling and scrumptious meal. Any non vegetarian gourmet would go gaga at the number of recipes that the Indian palate as to offer.  The Indian recipes for chicken have found favour among gastronomes world over and they simply crave for the mouth watering Tandoori varieties, Curries, Tikkas and Gravies. What endears a chicken lover to these delights is the sheer variety of base curries, spices and tastes that the Indian chicken recipes have to offer. Catering to every mood, every occasion and every type of individual taste foibles, the chicken delights by our Indian chefs have undoubtedly made it a favourite among the foodies.

“Chicken Tandoori” a word that has long since wormed its way first into the hearts of the people as well as into the Oxford English dictionary is testament to its universal appeal. Cooked in mud kilns or “Tandoori bhattis”, the charcoal embers provide a fine roasted texture to the chicken as well as keeping the inside soft and supple. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and seasoned with the spice mixture tandoori masala. This Indian chicken recipe varies from being moderately piquant to a fiery red hue by addition of various condiments. Its widely eaten cousin, the “Tikka” is a ubiquitous favourite at parties and gatherings. It too follows the same marinated process and is cooked by skewering it and allowing it to roast in the tandoor bhatti. And no party/ a dhaba dinner is complete without the sinful Chicken butter masala. Any party and food lover would swear by this Indian chicken recipe.A rich creamy north Indian dish, the rich gravy is a combination of tomatoes, butter, cashew nut paste and cream and added to this is the irresistible delicate flavour of chicken.

 And not only the north South India has too taken to various chicken recipes and have customised according to their regional preferences. The Chicken Chettinad cuisine of Tamil Nadu is famous for its use of a variety of spices used in preparing mainly non-vegetarian food. The dishes are hot and pungent with freshly ground spices adding to the overall taste. Then there is the South Indian Curried Chicken where generations of South Indians have smacked ther lips for the curried chicken with poppy seeds, turmeric, cashew nuts, and ghee.

Another Indian chicken recipe that elicits delight among the chicken lovers is the Chicken Afghani. Borrowing from the Afghan style of cooking, the use of cream and cardamom coupled with the garlic paste for marinating, lends a smooth and rich texture to the chicken. It slides off the tongue and is appreciated by food connoisseurs and the crowd alike.

Then there are some rare but tasty Indian chicken recipes like the Chicken Vindaloo(Titillating flavor of mustard with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, vinegar and brown sugar) Chicken Bok Choy(This entrancing dish has chicken fillet cooked with fresh Bok Choy in soya sauce, rice wine and chilies.) Chicken Malai Curry(A rich flavor of coconut, curry mixture, mustard, spices paired with chicken).

And this is just the top of the “Indian Chicken culinary iceberg”. Local preferences, mixtures of various spices and influence from various places from the globe are all adding to the changing dynamics of the Chicken recipes. For all the food lovers who have grown up feasting on the Indian Chicken recipes and delights, the wide variety of menus that our country has to offer is the perfect experience to eat to their hearts content. After all the Indian chicken menus are all simply “finger-lickin good”.

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