Friday, September 16, 2011

Macaroni Chicken

This recipe has been my children's favourite for a very long time. Everyone at home loves pasta especially this particular one which I use to prepare during special occasions.However I do not disappoint the children when  they request for this dish  once in a while. I have been making this with beef for quite sometime .So this festive season ( Eid) I decided to  prepare this specialty using  chicken.My Children refer to this as 'Mama's Macaroni'


A packet of macaroni (500 gm packet)
1 1/2 lbs chicken  (a little more or less will not make a difference)
2 large onions chopped
4-5 green chilies (remove seeds if you prefer less spicy)
A small pod of garlic
1 inch ginger (or a little more)
1-2 teaspoons of Cummin seeds
1-2 teaspoons of curry powder
1-2 teaspoons pepper or according to your palate
Salt to taste
1 Maggie cube (chicken flavor tastes good)
1 cup thick Coconut Milk

For garnishing;
Coriander leaves

Boil the macaroni with a little salt (drain it and set aside). Wash & cut the chicken into medium sized pieces. Boil the chicken with 2-3 cups of water- with a little pepper & salt. Once done, remove the bones and  set aside (don’t throw the excess liquid).
Pound the ginger, garlic, green chilies & the cummin seeds (set aside).

In a large pan, heat 2-3 tablespoon of ghee/butter, stir in the chopped onions and when it begins to get soft & translucent, put in the rest of the pounded ingredients (garlic, ginger, green chilies & cummin seeds). Keep on stirring it you get that aroma (don’t let it brown).

Put in the curry powder and the pepper and give it a good stir. Add the boiled chicken  with the excess liquid into this sautéed mixture and cover the pan with a lid & cook for 10 minutes. Next add the boiled macaroni. Mix in the Maggie cube. Cover and cook for further 10-15 minutes. Pour in, the cup of coconut milk and add salt. (Remember the Maggie cube is already salty, so add salt only if it’s necessary)  Let it simmer for a while .

Then transfer this cooked pasta into a baking dish.Grate a small tin of cheese on top of the pasta and bake in a hot oven until the cheese begins to melt.Remove from oven & garnish with chopped coriander leaves (optional)

 (P.S. You can adjust the spices according to your taste bud.)

Serves about 6-8 persons

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