Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Steamed rice with chicken

Saturday night dinner out was sorta like a tradition when we were small and there is this hotel in Trivandrum (where I'm from) called Horizon which was our favourite joint at that time. We used to go there every other week and had this standard fare we'd order one of which was, 'Steamed rice with chicken.'

Then we grew up, went to college and was too embarrassed for family dinners. The Taj and the Leela's set their foot in Trivandrum and Horizon was long forgotten, well at least my brother and myself did. On our visits back to Trivandrum, we always chose Taj or the newer hang outs over Horizon and always complained about the food. Horizon had the yummiest Chinese grub and my dad, till today, would only agree for a dinner out if it was at Hotel Horizon. We used to always argue with him saying we needed variety and what was so great about Horizon, any way.

I got the answer yesterday when it was pouring outside and one of those Horizon dinners came to my mind. I had this weird craving for some steamed rice with chicken and immediately called up home, in spite of it being 11pm in India. My mom had tried to recreate it at home quite a few times and even though it wasn't exactly the same, we were all mighty pleased with the outcome. Mom gave me the recipe and procedure and I created the Horizon masterpiece yesterday at home. All through dinner I kept telling Ro that the next time we head to Trivandrum, we are definitely going to Horizon and gorge on their tasty Chinese food. Dad, if you are reading this, I will never question you about Horizon ever again :)
For the marinade:
Chicken breasts- 300gms, cleaned and cut into bite size cubes
Dark sauce sauce- a generous dash
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste

Ginger- a fat 1 inch piece, julienned
Garlic- 4 big pods, roughly chopped
Carrot- 1 medium size, chopped in circles
Green chillies- 2, slit lengthwise
Chicken stock- 2 cups
Corn flour- 2 tsp
Spring onions- 3 medium size stalks, trimmed, greens and whites chopped lengthwise
Celery- 1 stick (optional)
Soy sauce- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- to taste
Salt- to taste
Oil- 1 tbsp

Basmati rice- 1 1/2 cups, cooked as per instructions, with enough salt
These chubby chillies are from my garden..well er, actually I now have a garden because I flicked a whole lotta plants from my cousin relocating to Aussie land ;)

Marinate the chicken pieces with soy sauce, salt and pepper and keep in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
In a wok, heat the oil and add the ginger, garlic and green chillies, sauté till they turn a light brown.
Add the soy sauce and let it lightly start to boil and at that stage add the sliced carrots and mix it all together.
Add the marinated chicken pieces and on high heat stir fry for 4 to 5 minutes till they become light brown.
Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook the chicken till well done.
Mix the corn flour with the stock and add to the wok.
Season with salt (check and then add) and pepper, stir well and cook on high.
Add half of the spring onions and celery (if adding) and continue cooking till the gravy thickens a bit.
Just before you take it off the flame, add the remaining spring onions, give one final stir and serve on top of the steamed rice.
Its a perfect Autumn meal I would say:)
Notes: Its OK if you don't have time to marinate the chicken for an hr...the 15 minute or so you take to prepare the previous steps is sufficient enough
I used 2 Maggi chicken cubes, diluted it in 2 cups warm water and used as stock. Veg stock is good enough
I didn't have so omitted it.
Be very careful while adding salt, because the stock and soy sauce may have enough and more. If its too much, reduce the salt that goes into the rice.
For a veg. option, use mushrooms and corn, but whatever it is add loads of spring onions which impart that particular flavour,

27 comments:

Kairali sisters said...

Wow ...I would definitely go for a bowl of this Nisha..Super. i love those chillies.....

Nithu said...

Looks so warm and tempting.

Kamalika said...

The snaps made me more hungry...too welcoming....

GB said...

Comfort food! There was something about Indian -chinese food wasn't there? :)

I like to make chicken manchurian now and then, just because we don't get those flavors in the west! :)

Tanvi said...

very yummy looking...and gorgeous clicks

aipi said...

Warm n comforting !!

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Pointblank said...

Ahaaa.... so u succumbed to the pressure eh? Good that u stuck on :)

Monet said...

A lovely and comforting recipe. I loved hearing about your trips to Horizon, and how you were able to recreate one of your childhood memories at home. Thank you for sharing with me!

Satrupa said...

Perfect for a cozy eve ..... luv the clicks too :)

Cheers n Happy Cooking,
Satrupa

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

Foodie Ann said...

hey Nisha...I m also from trivandrum....:)...but never been to Horizon though... BTW the pictures looks soo good...

Pavithra Srihari said...

Its pouring out here too and I really feel like eating something nice .. I just wish I could grab this bowl ..:)

jais said...

wow looks delicious n nice click too

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notyet100 said...

looks like a comfort meal,.

Priya said...

Wish to have some rice with chicken rite now..beautiful clicks,makes me drool..

Sushma Mallya said...

looks so yummy,nice clicks nisha..

Vandana Rajesh said...

This is such a good recipe for the cold...looks very good and lovely pics

Happy Cook said...

Ilove chicken dishes like this were the rice soaks up allthat yummy gravy. Looks delicous.

Fathima said...

Chinese food is always good... I love the version that we get India more than the actual chinese - meaning the Indianized version, may be it is my love for the Indian taste :-) This chicken dish is perfectly restaurant style!

Vrinda said...

Perfect pair,lovely....

Nitha said...

Looks like a perfect comfort food.. shall give a try for sure..

Suja Sugathan said...

Comfort food..I am definitely going to try this Nisha

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

Do I always need to tell you that as soon as I enter you site I get happy? The feel of your space is so refreshing :-) And love the recipe as usual!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

sometimes i do crave for briyani from my city, but i make sure when ever i go to India, i visit the hotel min twice, great recipe and and loved first two clicks, specially with stain material as background very chinky :P btw Nisha do you know how to use chopstick, for me learning how to use it is harder than physics :)

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Golly, that looks good! We have nothing to eat for dinner but I just remembered that I have frozen shrimp so I may recreate this in a shrimp version. It's been raining here too so this looks like the perfect comfort dish. Thanks for the fabulous idea.

PS: Failed samosas are no big deal. Mince meat and roti is quite possibly my favorite comfort food so it's a win-win :)

Yummy Team said...

This is such an awesome recipe, Nisha..Bookmarked to try!! and the pics are gorgeous as always..

Gulmohar said...

I will never say no to anything Indo-Chinese :-)I do crave for things from hotels back in India sometimes,too,esp from Hyderabad :-)This looks too good !

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Pics looks so good...like the chinese cloth you used!