Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Indo-Chinese Chicken Manchurian

Indo-Chinese Chicken Manchurian

Ask me my favorite childhood cuisine and without missing a beat, I would have told its Chinese and it had literally remained unchanged right into my adulthood, or I should rather say until I had the taste of Chinese thats served here in the US. So what I had been my fav all these year was "Indo-Chinese" which are immensely popular with Indians. Indo-Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. In India, people frequent Chinese restaurants which serves the spicy adaptations of Chinese food which has naturally evolved out from the marriage of Indian spices with classic Chinese recipes & cooking techniques.

You'll Need :

Boneless Chicken.... 1/2" pieces
Corn Flour... 1/3 cup
All-Purpose Flour (Maida).... 1/2 cup
White Pepper Powder 1/4 tsp
Water (approx) 1/3 cup
Salt... to taste.
Dried Red Chili.... 3-4
Onions, sliced.... 3/4 cup
Garlic Ginger Paste.... 2 tbsp
Green Chili, finely chopped... 4-5 no:s
Chili powder.... 1/2 tsp
Soy Sauce... 2 tbsp
Ketchup... 1 tbsp
Chili-Garlic Sauce.... 2 tsp
Ajinomoto(optional).... 1/4 tsp
Carrot Strips.... 1/4 cup
Bell Peppers.... 1/2 cup
Scallions (Sping Onions).... 2 no:s
Chicken Stock..... 3 cups
Salt.... 1 tsp
Vegetable Oil... 1/4 cup

Here Is How :

In a bowl mix maida, corn flour, salt and pepper by adding water to form a fine batter. Add the boneless chicken cubes into the batter and mix well. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the chicken cubes covered with batter until golden brown and cooked. Set aside.

Heat the oil in bottom heavy wok over medium-high heat. Add dried red chillies till they turn dark and stir-fry the ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and onion with a bit of salt till the onions look glossy. Now add the chili powder & stir for a minute and pour the sauce mixture of soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce, tomato sauce and chicken stock. Sprinkle ajinomoto (MSG) which give the food authentic Chinese flavour. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the deep fried chicken pieces and cook for 3 minutes till the chicken is fully cooked and absorbs the sauce. Simmer till the sauce thickens and becomes translucent. Add the bell peppers, carrot strips & spring onion and turn around a few times. Delicious Chicken Manchurian is ready to be served.

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