Isha teaches her son how to simply, quickly and safely marinate chicken or fish and flavor the dish consistently.
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“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 chicken skin and debone it yourself.”
They made shallow cuts in chicken pieces, and put them in a large bowl together with all the ingredients. They stirred the mixture well till all the pieces were coated well with marinade. The bowl was then covered and left refrigerated overnight.
“Is this the only way to marinate Ma, or do you improvise in that as well?” Hosh asked 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, and busied herself with preparing dinner for the night.
Hosh couldn't resist checking out other Marinating Recipes on the internet.
'I'll pick a random one,' he thought. 'Just one!'
It turned out to be a short video by Chef Tips, and sure enough, they did it differently.
The next day, they barbecued, grilled and griddle fried the marinated chicken pieces on both sides, until they were all cooked.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and the whole family was enjoying the sun, as they barbecued in their 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 sideways to her son, “Don’t tell him we bought boneless and skinless again!”
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