Friday, 22 February 2013

Grilled Chicken Drumstick

College days! That wonderful days phase, absolutely light-hearted fun with friends, those delicious road-side Chaat and Bajji's, the numerous trips to the ice-cream parlour. Those were great times indeed... How I miss all that fun now... Yes we do eat out a lot more now (read every day lunch at cafeteria), than in those days, but the fun factor is completely missing now. Meal-times are nowadays just barely to survive and energize ourselves, a mundane, drab every day task. But there are certain foods that bring back such loving, fond memories. For me the chicken drumstick is one such dish.

The entire gang from college went to a nice up-class restaurant for a change from the mess food. We ordered some wonderful starters and soup. Some of us were very fond of chicken starters, and we ordered a plate of chicken drumsticks. When the plate arrived, all of us pounced on it and then pulled back with the same urgency. It was so hot that we realized we could not hold it and eat immediately. It was too greasy too.  So a couple of us, reached into the tissue holder, wrapped the drumstick bone with the tissue and started devouring it. A few others who saw us do this, started teasing us "Eh, Peteru... look at that, ivanga kaila saappida maataanga (look at these little missy's they will not use their hands)". That is what we all do in college don't we?
When there was a bag of chicken leg pieces in the fridge and I had just purchased my Samsung Convection oven, I wanted to try out the grill function. That is how this dish came about one Saturday evening and ofcourse it brought back some fond memories from college. I miss you, girls!

Chicken drumsticks - 10
Ginger paste - 1/2 tbsp
Garlic paste - 1/3 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Thick Curd  - 2 tbsp 
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt - to taste
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp

Oil - for grill
Wash and clean the chicken legs. 

Mix all the masala ingredients in a bowl; Drop every  leg piece in the mix and cover it thoroughly with the mixture and place aside. Marinate the chicken pieces for an hour or more at room temperature. If leaving it for longer, refrigerate the marinated chicken pieces. 

Cook the marinade mixture and the chicken pieces without adding any more water. When the chicken is cooked until soft, add a few drops of oil and let the masala mix dry up, coating the chicken leg pieces. 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Place the pieces on the roasting tray, brush some oil over the pieces and grill for 15 minutes. 

If the chicken is tender enough, you can use the microwave + grill mode for 15 minutes and directly cook the chicken and grill at the same time. You can skip the cooking part above. 

Serve hot with chutney. 

The blend of spices was perfect and the chicken was cooked perfectly. The little one and the elders at home enjoyed this dish.

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Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious grilled chicken drumstick.

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