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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Zero Oil Chicken Dish

All of us know that oil is used while preparing any dish to make it tastier. However, these days everyone has become quite health conscious which means always watching out for the oil content in our diet.

Cooking Chicken the Healthy Way

While trying to come out with a low oil content dish I experimented with a chicken preparation with not low oil content but with no oil at all. Yes, what I cooked was a zero oil chicken dish. This was many months back and since then I have cooked this dish many times with greater success (meaning better taste) everytime.

Recipe of Zero Oil Chicken

If you are interested you can try it as well. I am giving the detailed recipe below. This can be used for preparing this chicken dish for 2-3 people. For more or less people you will need to calibrate the proportions of the various ingredients accordingly.
  • Ingredients
    • Chicken - 500 gms, small to medium pieces
      • Spices in powder form
      • Lal mirchi (red chilli) - 1/2 to 1 tsp, as per taste
      • Kali mirchi (black pepper) - 1/2 tsp
      • Haldi (turmeric) - 1 tsp
      • Dhaniya (coriander) - 1 tsp
    • Namak (salt) - 2 to 3 tsp, as per taste
    • Tamatar (tomatoes) - 2, cut into small sized pieces
    • Pyaz (onion) - 1, cut into small sized pieces
    • Shimla mirch (capsicum) - 1, cut into small sized pieces
    • Adrak (ginger) - a little bit, crushed
    • Lahsan (garlic) - a little bit, cut into small sized pieces
    • Hari mirchi (red chilli) - 1 or 2, cut into small sized pieces
  • Cooking Steps
    • Take 200 ml water in a non-stick pan and bring it to boil
    • Mix all the spices in water and let the water boil for another 5 mins
    • Mix the tamatar, pyaz, shimla mirch, adrak, lahsan, hari mirchi in the spicy water. Let the whole thing boil, covered with a lid, for 10-15 minutes or until the water dries up a little bit
    • Mix the chicken now and let the whole thing cook for 20-25 mins, covered with a lid
    • Remove the lid and keep on cooking while continuously stirring the dish, for another 5-10 mins
    • The dish is ready to be served now.
Enjoying Chicken the Healthy Way

Hope you would enjoy this dish. The trick which makes this dish work is that chicken already has high fat content which ensures the taste is just right. That is a bad news in some sense since the zero oil chicken dish is unfortunately not fully fat free.

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