Monday, October 7, 2013

Baked Chicken & Veggies in Garlic Sauce

The women's magazine "Vanitha" has played a major role in transforming many a Malayali women into good cooks. Here is one dinner dish recipe from Vanitha, altered as per my family's taste.

Ingradients - for the Chicken Bake

To marinate
Chicken - half chicken, cut lengthwise
Soy sauce - 2 tbsp
Freshly crushed pepper - 2 tbsp
Mustard powder - a pinch
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - as per taste
Vegetables - Sliced carrot, beans, baby potatoes, baby corn, green peas, brocoli & cauliflower.

Marinate the chicken with soy sauce, pepper & mustard powder, salt & oil. Let the marinade sit for atleast 6 hours. After the specified time, roast the chicken on a tawa, 2 min on each side.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
Now arrange the roasted chicken and vegetables (sprinkle salt) in an oven proof dish and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1 hr. Turn sides after 30 min.

Steamed Vegetables

Carrot - 1/2 of a carrot, thinly sliced
Green peas (not the dried version) - 10-12
Beans - 4-5
Baby corn - 4-5
Cauliflower florets - 4-5
Broccoli - 4-5

Steam the vegetables until done. Sprinkle salt & freshly crushed pepper.

Garlic sauce

Garlic - 1 clove
All purpose flour - 1 tbsp
Soy sauce - 1 tsp
Tomato sauce - 1 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Freshly crushed pepper - 1.5 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp

In a heated pan, add butter. When it melts, add the crushed garlic clove and required salt. When the raw smell is gone, add all purpose flour and saute well. Now add soy sauce, tomato sauce, sugar, water, pepper and stir well to get a thick sauce. Adjust salt and pepper. The garlic sauce is ready.

Garlic bread

French loaf bread - 5-6 pieces
Butter - 2 tbsp
Garlic - 1 clove
Salt -  as per taste

In a non-stick pan, heat butter. Once melted, add crushed garlic. Once raw smell is gone, add the required salt and switch off the stove. Now take the bread slices one by one and brush the garlic infused butter onto the bread. Heat a tawa and keep the bread slices on the tawa with the buttered side down. Once it becomes crisp, turn each of them to the other side till they are crisp too. Switch off the tawa. 

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