Thinking of ginger…

by Sunita on November 21, 2007

There are days when time hardly passes by… and then, there are days when the moments just whizz by. For the last couple of days, we’ve been experiencing the latter to a great extent. Well, with two active kids, time goes by quickly anyway…so speed that up some more and you have these last couple of days of ours.

Now, don’t worry, I’m not going to regale you with all the gory details … but jump to the recipe, which is that of ginger chicken. Being extra busy has meant that I have had to compromise on the presentation front..but rest assured, the taste department was just fine…no compromises here. And I know that it tasted good , because my harshest and most honest critics(read D+R+A) were too busy devouring their meal than engaging in chit chat. Nowadays, whenever Dinesh goes exceptionally quiet during a meal, I know everything is fine…in fact the quieter , the better :-) As for the other two, they did manage to give two thumbs up… so without more ado, here goes…

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What’s needed-

9-10 pieces of chicken thighs, skinned
5 glasses of water
1 large onion, chopped
3 tblsp of finely chopped ginger
5-6 spring onions, chopped
1 and 1/2 C chopped closed cup mushrooms
2 tblsp of oil
3 tblsp of vinegar
1 and 1/2 tblsp of tomato puree
4-5 tblsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
4 tblsp of cornflour
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to-

  1. Boil the chicken in the water along with a little salt and pepper and the chopped onion till the chicken pieces are tender and the water reduces to nearly half (about 3 glasses)
  2. Remove the chicken from the stock and tear away the flesh from the bones. Save the stock.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan.
  4. Add the chicken strips and the ginger and fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the spring onions and mushrooms and fry for a few seconds.
  6. Add the stock, along with the tomato puree, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce.
  7. Mix the cornflour with a little stock and add to the rest.
  8. Adjust the seasoning and simmer over low heat till the sauce thickens, stirring now and then.
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That’s it…remove from heat and serve hot with rice or noodles…we had ours with some stir fried rice….yum…and as I said earlier, there was silence at the eating table…the silence which I love ;-)

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As you must have guessed already, this also goes to my event…

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha November 21, 2007 at 10:43 pm

LOL! When the kids shut up and start eating, that means you won!
Ginger chicken sounds yum and looks delicious! I will try of course. I am baking a whole Chicken in clay pot tomorrow morning!:))

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2 sunita November 21, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Asha,it really does, doesn’t it?…and is your recipe going to follow…being greedy here:-)

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3 musical November 22, 2007 at 1:05 am

Ofcourse, D+R+A had to love this dish, with all the wonderful ingredients you used, including your love :) . I am keen to make the mushroom curry with this recipe, those mushrooms in the picture are too enticing to ignore :) .

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4 Puspha November 22, 2007 at 2:34 am

Looks super duper good!!!!

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5 Prema Sundar November 22, 2007 at 4:11 am

looks very nice Sunitha…The colour of the gravy and with the rice nearby… my mouth is watering.

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6 Nags November 22, 2007 at 4:13 am

looks yummy. i am looking at making something for your event. catch is, i am not a ginger person. of course, i like the flavour but i wanted to make something that’s mostly gingery.

have a couple of ideas in mind, even if simple :)

pics looks yummy, Sunita :)

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7 sunita November 22, 2007 at 7:37 am

musical,t was really nice, if I may say so myself…and of course,don’t ignore the mushrooms and go ahead and try it :)

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8 sunita November 22, 2007 at 7:38 am

pushpa, thanks…glad you dropped by…

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9 sunita November 22, 2007 at 7:39 am

prema,thanks…wish I could hand some over :-)

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10 sunita November 22, 2007 at 7:41 am

nags, thanks…and don’t worry…simple recipes are the best…send them in whenever you can..no pressures at all.

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11 Sia November 22, 2007 at 9:10 am

LOL suni… I ask krish 3-4 times to make sure that the dish tastes good;) i cant bear the silence:D
is that purple cabbage in stir fried rice? pics are gorgeous as usual.

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12 sunita November 22, 2007 at 9:25 am

Sia, I used to ask so too…but now, after all these years , I know better :-) …and you guessed right.

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13 bindiya November 22, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Superb recipe and quick too, must be really yum with the rice!

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14 Happy cook November 22, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Delicious ginger chicken.
Yeah in my place my hubby is the best critic. I know he is always honest when it come to say good or bad about the dishes i make.
Here too when the food is good it is very quiet in the table.

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15 Rina November 22, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Perfect yummy combo. Love the pictures.

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16 sunita November 22, 2007 at 4:44 pm

bindiya, thanks…we did enjoy it a lot.

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17 sunita November 22, 2007 at 4:45 pm

happy cook, thanks…don’t you love that silence :-)

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18 Anonymous November 22, 2007 at 5:57 pm

wow!looks good,this is what is going to be cooked this weekend here!:)
paati

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19 Rachel November 22, 2007 at 6:08 pm

the pics are a proof of the food having tasted yumm. at my place it’s just the opposite..silence means the food is so-so…

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20 sunita November 22, 2007 at 7:40 pm

Paati, thanks…hope you enjoy your meal as much as we did:-)

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21 sunita November 22, 2007 at 7:41 pm

rachel, thanks…earlier I used to worry about that eerie silence too…not any more :-)

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22 Roopa November 23, 2007 at 7:57 am

wow the picture looks divine :)

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23 sunita November 23, 2007 at 8:52 am

roopa, thanks…glad you dropped by.

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24 Kribha November 23, 2007 at 9:40 am

Nice recipe using ginger. Once when i ordered ginger chicken in a restaurant they gave me chicken tikka masala topped with juliennes of ginger. Absolutely no ginger flavor in that dish. But this looks so good and I bet it tasted great too. I can see the proof when I read everyone ate it quiet and giving thumbs up to it. Nice entry for the event.

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25 sunita November 23, 2007 at 3:58 pm

kribha,thanks…your account of having ginger chicken is really amusing…

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26 Cynthia November 24, 2007 at 3:04 am

How creative this recipe is.

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27 sunita November 24, 2007 at 11:05 am

Cynthia, thanks…haven’t seen you around for a while now…

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28 Eskay November 25, 2007 at 3:24 pm

amazingly yum!

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29 sunita November 25, 2007 at 5:37 pm

eskay, thanks…nice to have you over :-)

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30 Andrea November 30, 2007 at 4:58 pm

I love ginger with chicken, and that looks so yummy!

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31 Revathi November 30, 2007 at 6:02 pm

I am going to turn in the entry today evening, please let me in.

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