It was ManTam’s 2nd birthday. I had a self-imposed rule of baking two cakes myself as I did on their first birthday. I don’t want them to complain after growing up saying “Ek cake se hi kaam chala liya”. Had they not been twins, we would have celebrated their birthdays on separate days and would have cut two separate cakes, right? When we have rest of the affair confined to a single day 😀 why not vest some extra energy in baking one more cake? Anyway, apart from the cakes we had Ghee Rice, Kosha Mangsho, and Payesh on the platter. Thought one more dish would make the main course complete. But was looking for something easy and delectable. Marinated chicken legs with a few ‘always present at home’ ingredients and placed in the refrigerator for more than an hour while the rest of the preparations were on. When one of the gas stoves was free, placed the marinated chicken in a kadai, spilling some oil on top of it, put the lid on, flame on sim and all you have to do is infrequent stirring. I did not know what to name this. My dear readers, its left to you. I had seen this recipe long long ago in one of the Kannada TV shows but didn’t remember the exact ingredients or the proportions. Just instinctual ingredients and eye ball measurements did the magic. Try it by varying the recipe (please don’t skip curd) if you like, but don’t forget to name it…
Chicken Legs – 4, make small slits all over
Curd – ½ cup
Ginger Garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder – to taste
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
Tomato sauce – 2 tbsp
Soya sauce – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Browned onions – ½ cup Optional
1. Marinate the chicken legs with all the ingredients except oil and keep in refrigerator for atleast an hour.
2. Place the marinated chicken legs in a kadai, add oil, cook on a low flame with lid on.
3. Due to curd’s presence, water would automatically ooze out sufficient for chicken to cook. No need to add water.
4. Once the chicken is cooked, increase the flame and cook till there is no water content left.
5. You may garnish with browned onions if you wish. Could be served as an appetizer.