In the last one year I have discovered that some of the most delicious meals require minimal fuss and time to prepare. My belief was reconfirmed today when I made the following for our dinner. The credit for its discovery goes entirely to my aunt (bua) who gave me the recipe of a dish that help me tide over a lazy evening without compromising on taste; one which while scored a hundred per cent on providing satisfaction was abysmally low in fat. Coupled with bruschetta (which I improvised upon by using regular slices of bread) and good old nimbu paani was a complete winner. The drink was an oddity given the low temperatures we are experiencing in London but the apartment was warm and toasty and we didn’t mind the cold tangy drink, which worked very well with chicken and bread.
a) Olive oil: 1 tbsp
b) Chilli flakes: 2 tsp
c) Mixed herbs: 4 tsp
d) Salt: to taste
e) Juice of one lemon
a) Chicken: 750 gms
b) Olive oil: 1 tbsp
a) Marinate the chicken for an hour.
b) Heat oil in a frying pan and fry chicken till almost done.
c) Further cook in oven for between 5-7 minutes. Check if it is done after five minute. If not, cook for another 3-5 minutes.
I know I couldn’t believe it either when it came out sizzling in all its goodness and giving off a heavenly fragrance.
While the chicken is cooking prepare the bruschetta or something like that. I didn’t have any thing fancy like a ciabata so settled for simple slices of bread. Spread a bit of butter on one side and toast it in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Mix diced onions, tomato and cucumber with salt, pepper and olive oil. Take the toasts out and rub them with garlic. Top the slices up with the veg mixture and cheese. Pop the toasts back in the oven and heat it till the cheese melted and spread.
Ta da! Your dinner is ready! Do give this a try when you can. There’s no reason why you should not enjoy a great meal even when you don’t feel like making too much of an effort. And it’s better than a take away any day.