Jujeh Kebab (Chicken Leg with Cranberry Pilaf) - And A food lover's dream comes true



Self pamper -- Yes that is what I call it. What more do you want from life... You get an extra off from office that too on a Monday for sweating out some weekends in office, some successful series of turnovers and a happy management.. 

Yes, I want some more..  a good plate of nicely cooked juicy chicken served with a small portion of fluffy rice, sunshine, fresh air and your favorite author's latest bestseller which is lying on your book shelf desperately howling to be explored.

Now the dish has to be simple .Isn't it.. And why I call it Jujeh Kebab because this is what my favourite restaurant George@Camp serves only on Tuesday and Thursday. Didn't I tell you it was a Monday.. That's why I had to dig into my pantry and took out a piece of nice chicken leg and some dried cranberries and then took the audacity and risk to lay my hands in experimenting something new which I would have never dared to had it been any other day.. Some things are best left with experts !!



What You Need for the Chicken

A nice big piece of chicken - give some nice deep cuts
Some 7 to 8 tomatoes chopped very finely
2 onions chopped very finely
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
Tandoori Masala 1 tbsp
Garam Masala 1 tbsp
Lemon juice about 1 tbsp
Oil about 1 tbsp
red chili powder - according to the heat you can take
Some mint leaves chopped
Some parsely leaves chopped

Heat Oil in a pan. Add ginger garlic paste. Let it cook, next add some onions and cook till it turns brown. Next throw in tomatoes, spices, herbs and let it cook till tomatoes are almost cooked and there is no raw smell left in the pan. Nothing tastes bad than a curry in which tomatoes are not cooked properly.
Finally, add the chicken piece, lemon juice, salt to taste and quote it nicely with the tomato gravy.
Add half cup water and let the chicken cook in a low to medium flame.

What You Need for the Rice:

1 cup basmati rice soaked in water for 10 minutes
1 tbsp ghee
Some whole spices like cloves, green cardamom, bay leaf and a small cinnamon stick.
Some chopped dry fruits like almonds and pistachio
Some dried cranberry
Salt to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
Uses a pressure cooker to cook rice. Throw everything into the pressure cooker starting with ghee followed by whole spices followed by rice and finally dry fuits, cranberries and salt to taste.
Add 2 cups of water and cook on high till you hear 2 to 3 whistles.
Thats is all you need to cook rice.

Enjoy your meal. For serving, take a small tomato and char it on flame. It taste so tamatoeee..!!!

And the effect is absolutely charismatic without masking any flavours 


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