Lemon chicken :)
My mother's best friend gifted her a gigantic lemon from a trip to somewhere. So this lemon smelled nice, looked nice and was used by me (rather usefully if I may add) to make deliciously yummy lemon chicken. When I had first eaten lemon chicken in Kolkata I was actually under the impression it's made from lebu( lime). Well not quite, because lemon and lime are entirely different. So my afternoon experimentation went on well despite a sore throat and bad cold. My version of the lemon chicken is very quick to make and easy and can literally be prepared in minutes.Of course it's not very similar to versions you might find online but it tasted just swell!
1.Marinate the chicken for some time in ginger garlic paste and lime juice. Stir egg yolk and cornflower in a separate bowl.Then add this coating to the pieces of chicken and fry it well in oil.If you want to avoid deep frying then just boil the chicken a little before the frying bit.Wait till it turns golden brown.
2.Keep in mind that it always helps to have boneless chicken and preferably not huge ones. So you can dice them up into neat little cubes or strips.
3.Keep the fried pieces of chicken aside to drain any excess oil. P.S- At this juncture you might want to just have the fried chicken by itself because it is so delicious.But keep in mind that the lemon gravy will taste as good!
4.For the lemon sauce you will need lemon, I am stating the obvious here I guess. Beat out the pulp, not literally of course. Then add cornflower, sugar, salt, ajinomoto, into the pulp of the lemon and make it into a thick gravy. Stir it well inside your frying pan and for the gravy no additional oil is required.I used sugar free instead of sugar and it tasted just fine. If your lemon is too sour then a good amount of sugar is recommended.
5.Pour out the gravy on the fried chicken and garnish it the way you want it.Trust me, it tastes yum and is really easy to make.
6.You might add other fancy things to the lemon gravy but I'm not sure what, so find that out for yourself.
I personally felt that the lemon chicken would have gone better with fried rice but we are a family of chowmein lovers.This is simple stir fried Chinese noodles with lots of veggies and very easy to make.
P.S:The entire lunch combination was quite good.As a cook just starting out,I think I'll give myself brownie points on today's lunch.