I know, I know, it has been quite a while since I last posted, my bad. The Durga Pujo hangover lasted quite long, but I won’t use that as an excuse, my lazy ass is to be blamed for this. I promise to keep posting on regular intervals from now on. Now coming to the post, like every other Indian boy in his 20s, my plan for “The Goa Trip” is still a plan, made every year and postponed every year. But if you can’t go to Goa, Goa can come to you right? No, it can’t, that’s a false hope, but Goa’s food can, if you’re ready to make it. So here is the recipe of my Grilled Chicken Xacuti.
2 Chicken Breasts
1 large onion cubed
1 tbsp. of chopped onion
5 cloves of garlic chopped
1 inch of ginger chopped
A handful of coriander leaves with stems intact
2 green chillies
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup of grated coconut
2 tbsps. of poppy seeds
2 tsps. of cloves
1 tbsp of black peppercorns
2 tbsps. of coriander seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste.
In a frying pan, dry roast the grated coconut, poppy seeds, cloves, peppercorns, coriander seeds, red chillies, cinnamon stick and star anise.
In a blender, add the onion, garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, green chillies, the dry roasted masala and lime juice and blend into a fine paste. Add a little water to make it really smooth.
Add 1/3rd of the paste to the chicken and some salt and marinade the chicken for at 4 hours.
Grill the marinated chicken in the oven or grill.
In a wok/ kadai, heat 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil.
Add the chopped onions and fry till translucent.
Add the rest of the masala and sauté.
Add turmeric and salt.
Add two cups of warm water and put the heat on medium low.
Add the chicken, and simmer till the gravy is of the desired consistency.
Check seasonings, slice the chicken and serve with some hot rice.
Like I said earlier, my Goa plans keep getting postponed, but the hills keep calling, and like last year’s Shillong trip, I’m back to the hills, this time to Sikkim with my buddies. I’ll post about the trip, almost every detail, and of course the food. If not during the trip, then definitely after I return. My journey starts today, so until next time, happy eating guys!