Saturday 3 March 2012

Birthday Special : 2-in-1

When a teary-eyed Octavia Spencer stepped on stage to receive the Oscars for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role, humankind sat up & took notice. Rebellion took a new face. The face that  human rights activists have been relentlessly striving to bring to the forefront. The face of equality, of the acceptance that all human beings are born equal. And are entitled to similar, if not the same, things in life.

                                                                                                                                               We have a champion of human rights in our home. Kopal. When others believe in giving money to charity, Kopal believes in being fair to her cook. When others think nothing of employing children in their houses, Kopal admonishes her maid for making her child work & inspires her to send her to school, instead. Where somebody else would love a job with no work & lots of money, Kopal loaths a role that is such. It's not often you hear a youngster say,'they are paying me for doing nothing,' & look for a role more rewarding albeit with less remuneration. 
                                                                                                                                          From heading the designing team of one of the best labels in the country to being the only bahu of the family who drives a Honda City, Kopal is the exemplary modern woman. A no-nonsense exterior with a funny bone that is only for friends to see, Our Lady typifies the emerging face of the multitasking modern woman of the 21st century.

                                                                                                      Spencer immortalized the black Help, Minnie, who is fearless against the whites, & is known for her fried chicken! What better way to wish our activist with what another excels in! As we sing Happy Birthday for Kopal, let's take a took at what's cooking for her too. A delicious 2-in-1 fare. Clear Soup & Fried Chicken.
1. Chicken drumsticks- 4
2. 2 pods of garlic
3. 6-8 peppercorn
4. 1 small tomato-cubed
5. 1/4 capsicum- cubed
6. 1 tsp chopped coriander
7. 1 egg- whisked
8. 2 tbsp cornflour
9. 1 1/2 tbsp bread crumbs
10. 1 tsp garlic salt(OR grate garlic in the whisked egg)
11. Salt - to taste
12. Red chilli powder- as preferred
13. 1tsp butter - for the stew
14. Refined oil- to deep fry chicken
                                                                                                                                            How to:
1.  In 1tsp butter, put peppercorn, garlic cloves & salt & fry for 2 mins.

2.  Add the chicken drumsticks, tomato, capsicum & chopped coriander & saute for 3-5 minutes on high flame.

3.  Add 3 cups water & pressure cook till one whistle.
Remove the chicken drumsticks from the stew & keep aside. 

Mash the rest of the ingredients in the stew, strain & serve as Chicken Clear Soup.

Chicken Soup for the Soul! Yum! Piping hot. Sprinkle some pepper powder if you like it hotter!

4.  As the birthday guests enjoy the soup, get cracking for the fried chicken.

Whisk the egg with a pinch of salt. Grate a pod of garlic in it if you do not have garlic salt.

5.  Mix cornflour, breadcrumbs, red chilli powder in a brown bag. [Also garlic powder, if you are using it]
     Put the boiled chicken drumsticks in it, roll the mouth of the bag & give it a good shake to coat the drumsticks evenly in the mixture.
                                                                                                                                              6.  Deep fry the chicken drumsticks till golden brown.                                    


Remove on absorbent paper to soak excess oil.

Serve hot with French fries & ketchup.

Watch The Help if you haven't already. If you are a humanitarian, you will feel for the underdog. If you are foodie, you will learn to make fried chicken! As Minnie says, Fried Chicken just tend to make you feel better about life....

Happy Birthday,Chots!

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