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Indian Spiced Chicken with Carrots“Are you learning to cook?” Josh asked his brother, as he saw Hosh busy with Ma in the kitchen.

Hosh had an Ingredients List in his hand which read:

  • 1 Kg boneless Chicken
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Chili Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoon fresh Coriander leaves (chopped)

“I’m learning to make Chicken marinate,” he answered, “You can stay and remove fat from the chicken.”

“Yuk, it’s greasy,” said Josh, quickly vanishing around the corner.

“That’s why I buy boneless and skinless,” she retorted, “and that’s why your father is always grumpy when the credit card bills arrive. It’s a lot cheaper if you can remove the skin and debone it yourself.”

They made shallow cuts in chicken pieces and put them in a large bowl with all the ingredients together. They stirred the mixture well till all the pieces were coated well with marinade. The bowl was then covered and refrigerated overnight.

“Is this the only way to marinate Ma, or do you improvise in that as well?” asked Hosh happily.

“Life is so rich son, so full of options, that there is always scope to do anything in life differently. Learn this first, and then remind me next week to tell you more. Your Pa will most likely want Tandoori next week after eating this,” she said, as she busied herself with preparing dinner for the night.

Hosh couldn't resist checking it out on the internet before going to bed that night. "I'll pick a random one," he thought, "Just one." It was a short video by Chef Tips, and sure enough, he did it differently.

The next day, they barbecued, grilled and griddle fried the marinated chicken pieces on both sides until they were cooked.

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and the whole family was enjoying the sun as they barbecued in the back garden.

It was fun cooking together and eating leisurely, with light music and lots of laughter.

“Pass me the wine,” said Rosh, “Nothing adds flavor to chicken like a good marinade. Cook Tandoori next Sunday.”

Isha smiled as she passed him the wine and whispered to her son, “Don’t tell him we bought boneless skinless again!”

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