Mention noodles and Dinesh is doubly hungry…so is Agastya…they just can’t wait to be served. Rengoni on the other hand is not that enthusiastic about it and usually gives that ‘what’s so great about it’ look to the boys’ excitement. However, she loves chicken dishes so does’nt complain so much about it. Well, to speak the truth, I make it a point to make the kids have whatever is placed on the table. I’m well aware that everyone has their favourites, so they do get to have them…but I tell them to have some things simply because they are good for them. Recently, Rengoni does make it clear that she does not like a particular ingredient or dish but is having them solely for the reason mentioned above. She also questions if certain things are healthy and tries to categorise them. I try to serve them a variety of cuisines so that they get accustomed to a miriad of tastes. Who knows where they might have to end up!So far so good. I only hope that they continue to do so even when they grow up and spread their wings. I just hope I’m not compelling them so much that they would want to break free and take the wrong turn. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder as to what goes on in those little minds of theirs!!!
As for the recipes, here goes-
What’s needed for the capsicum chicken-
4 pieces of chicken breasts, deboned and cut into bitesized pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 capsicum chopped
2 pods of garlic, chopped
3 tblsp soy sauce
2 tblsp tomato ketchup
1 tblsp sugar
1 tsp cornflour
salt to taste
2 tblsp oil
Heat oil in a pan. add the sugar. When it begins to melt, add the onions and garlic and fry till translucent.
Add the chicken, soy sauce, ketchup and salt and cook till the chicken is done three-fourths of the way.
Add the capsicum and stir for a minute. Cook till the chicken is completely done.
Add the cornflour mixed with 1 tblsp of water.
The chicken will leave enough juice for it to be cooked in. When the cornflour mixture has been added, stir it for a minute as the gravy will begin to thicken.
Remove from heat and serve hot with the noodles.
200 gms rice noodles
1 onion, sliced
1 carrot, cut into strips
5-6 french beans, cut into diamonds
1C broccoli florets
2 pods of garlic, chopped
a handful of cabbage cit into strips
5-6 button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
4 tblsp soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Soak the rice noodles in hot water for 5 minutes. Strain the water completely.
Heat 3-4 tblsp of oil. Add carrot, broccoli, french beans, onion, garlic and stir fry for 3 minutes.
Add the rest of the vegetables and mushrooms and stir fry for another 4-5 minutes. Add the soy sauce and salt and pepper.