Lapchi Kai Chicken

Lapchi Kai Chicken

Being a foodie in Kolkata, you are bound to know and enjoy the small unpopular eateries in the city. Once you get hold of these hidden gems, there’s no coming back. A few years back, I got to know of a certain eatery in Chandni Chowk through one of my friends. Right opposite E-Mall, “Crystal Chimney” is the name of this tiny place with only 12 seats available at a time I guess. Now right from the first day, we only had Chicken Thai Rice and Lapchi Kai. We never had to order anything else, such is the love for this particular dish. I would really recommend this place and the Lapchi Kai. Here I tried to recreate the dish, and came as close as possible. So do give this “flavor bomb” a try.

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast

3 cloves of garlic

1 red chili

5 green chilies chopped

1 medium size onion diced

1 lemongrass chopped

6 lime leaves torn

2 tsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp of dark soy sauce

1 tsp cooking wine

Half a beaten egg

2 tbsps of corn flour

4 tbsps of flour

2 tsp black pepper powder

2 tsp of sugar

Salt

Method:

Butterfly the chicken wings and cut into 3 inch long pieces.

Marinade the chicken with the egg, rice wine, black pepper powder and 2 tsp salt.

Cover the chicken and marinade for 2 hours in the fridge. (At least for an hour)

In a bowl mix the corn flour and flour, season with salt and pepper and pour the marinated chicken.

Rub each chicken in the flour so that each piece has a good coating.

Deep fry the chicken in vegetable oil.

In a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and red chili with a pinch of salt into a coarse paste.

Heat oil in a wok, add the onion and sauté.

Add the paste and lemongrass and stir thoroughly.

Add the chicken, green chilies and torn lime leaves.

Add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, vinegar and sugar and mix well.

When everything in the wok is mixed completely, check seasonings and serve hot.

This chicken is full of flavors, it is crispy af, has the heat from the chilies and the fragrance from the lemongrass and lime leaves.

GONDHORAJ HORNY BULL

Gondhoraj Horny Bull

“Gondhoraj Lebu”, the name itself has its charm. The lovely aroma that spreads throughout the kitchen whenever you cut a slice of this wonderful lime is mesmerizing. It can take a boring Dal Bhat to a whole new level, such is the magical power of this little thing. I being a cocktail lover couldn’t stop myself from making a cocktail out of it! It is damn simple and takes only a few minutes.

Ingredients:

2 ounces of Tequila

5 ounces of Orange Juice

Half a Gondhoraj Lebu (aromatic lime found mostly in Eastern India)

Ice

Method:

In a shaker, add ice, tequila and orange juice and shake the mixture.

In a serving glass, drop some ice and squeeze the gondhoraj lebu.

Strain the mixture into the glass and stir lightly.

Rub the squeezed lime wedge around the rim of the glass.

Garnish with a gondhoraj lebu slice and serve chilled.

Now you’re making this at home, not in a bar, so I would suggest to go light on the ice, the drink is already being shaken with ice.

Sit on the couch and enjoy this with your buddies or alone, whatever suits you. Although its raining every other evening, the summer heat is already excruciating. This drink might give you the ultimate relaxation you are searching for.