Nisha's Friday night fakeaway
Why not treat yourself to a fakeaway with Nisha’s gunpowder chicken!Delicious crispy strips of chicken served with a homemade tomato chutney - it's tastier, cheaper and healthier than your favourite fried chicken takeaway...and still finger licking good!
2 large chicken breasts, chopped into 2cm pieces
4 tsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
Juice of ½ lemon
1 egg, beaten
380g gram flour/chickpea flour
Vegetable oil, for deep frying
1 large red chilli, finely sliced
½ red onion, finely sliced
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
¼ tsp salt
Generous sprinkle of chaat masala
Cheats tomato chutney (2 cups of tomato ketchup and 1 cup chopped coriander leaves and 4 cloves of garlic, blitzed)
Cheats Raita (1 cup yoghurt, 1/3 cup mint jelly, 1/2 tsp cumin powder and a pinch of salt, mixed together)
1. In a mixing bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the garlic, cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice. 2. Add the beaten egg to the chicken and mix well. Take the chicken and toss in the gram flour, ensuring it is fully coated and knocking off the excess.
3. Heat a deep fat fryer to 180C or set up a saucepan over a medium-high heat with about 4cm of oil. You know the oil is hot enough when you drop a small amount of batter into it and it floats to the surface. Fry the chicken in small batches for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Carefully remove the chicken using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
4. Once all the chicken has been fried, put in a large mixing bowl and toss with the red chilli, red onion, fresh coriander, the salt and chaat masala. Serve immediately with the tomato chutney and raita.