Chicken mandi recipe
Mandi ya kuku
• 2 cups rice (basmati) soak for 10 minutes
• 2 pcs whole chicken thighs (thighs & drumsticks)
• 1 large onion – chop or cut in to lines
• 1 tbsp. ginger and garlic paste
• 1 chicken stock cube
• dried fruits (I used almond)
• 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
• 1 tsp coriander seeds
• 1/2 tsp whole black pepper
• 4 cardamom pads
• 2 pcs cinnamon sticks
• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
•1 tbsp Curry powder
• 1 chicken stock cube
• salt to taste
• 5 tbsp. cooking oil
• 1 tbsp. paprika powder (optional)
1. In a dried pan, toast the almond for 2 to 3 minutes, keep them aside
2. Toast the whole spices on a low heat for 2 minutes or until they start to release a strong aroma, allow to cool for 1 minute. Transfer into a blender, blend until completely powder
3. Divide the spices into 2 equal parts, I will use the 1st part straight, keep the 2nd one aside for later use
4. Mix 1st part of spices with 1 tbsp. of cooking oil or lemon juice and a pinch of salt until paste, apply it on your chicken and marinate for 15 to 30 minutes
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5. In a pan add 3 tbsp. cooking oil and fry the onion for 2 minutes, add chicken pcs and cook them 2 to 3 minutes each side, add enough water to cook the chicken
6. once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the pan and keep it aside.
7. In a chicken broth, add 1 tsp of ginger and garlic paste, chicken stock cube and 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder. Measure the chicken broth before adding the rice to make sure it is not too little or too much for 2 cups of rice. Now add rice and cook on a medium heat until the rice is done, add dried fruits on top and cover on a low heat
NOTE; you can add a pinch of salt if required.
8. Meanwhile, take the 2nd part of the spices, mix with 2 tbsp. of oil or lemon juice, add paprika powder or yellow food colour if you like, make a paste and apply it on a cooked chicken. Bake or grill it for 15 to 20 minutes.
9. when the chicken is ready, place them on a rice pan.
10. Fire up a small sized of charcoal on a cooker plate or gas stove, once its glowing place it in a small bowl and put it in a mandi rice pan. Drop 1 tsp of cooking oil and cover immediately to trap the smoke. Allow 2 to 3 minutes to pass and its ready.
11. Serve and garnish with coriander leaves.
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