Mom’s Fried Chicken

This recipe evokes pleasant childhood memories of mom’s cooking, something every child takes for granted until he or she is deprived of it. Memories of mom cooking batches of fried chicken in a futile attempt to fill the basket. Futile because, as soon as a crispy mouth-watering batch materialized, it would be engulfed, steaming hot by me and my brothers. Especially my youngest brother would always manage to pop one or two in his mouth before we were shooed away by mom. While the guests ( for whom mom was cooking) would secretly wish for another morsel, we would smirk around with the contented knowledge that it would not happen simply because we had managed another successful coup called – mom’s fried chicken coup. I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. I make it occasionally for my kids like my mom did with the exception – no more mom’s fried chicken coups allowed!

Ingredients

The ingredients are for 10 drumsticks.

  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 inch by 2 inch ginger
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • diced coriander/cilantro leaves ( optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ( add more according to your taste if needed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • all-purpose flour or maida
  • breadcrumbs ( it can also be made at home by grinding dried bread)
Instructions

Step 1.  Remove skin from the drumsticks.

Chicken drumsticks with skin removed

Step 2.  Mash the garlic and ginger in a sandwich bag and add to the chicken.

Garlic and ginger

Smashed garlic and ginger

Step 3.  Add the chilli powder and salt.

Chilli powder and salt

Step 4.  Squeeze the lemon into the chicken.
Step 5.  Marinate the chicken in refrigerator for at least two hours for the flavor to seep in.
Step 6.  Whisk the egg in a separate bowl and add to the marinated chicken just before you are ready to fry it. You can also do the rest of the steps and store in the refrigerator and fry whenever you want but according to my mom the fresher the breaded chicken the crisper it gets. So try it out and decide for yourself.

Egg added to the marinated chicken

Step 7.  Add a little all-purpose flour just enough to dust the chicken. This will make the chicken ready for the breadcrumbs. Otherwise, the chicken will be too wet and when breaded, will become soggy.

Dusted with all-purpose flour or maida

Step 8.  Bread the chicken using breadcrumbs.

Coat with breadcrumbs

Step 9. Now the chicken is ready to be fried. Add oil to a deep pan just enough for the chicken to be halfway in the oil so as to shallow fry the chicken which is a little healthier than deep-fried chicken.
Step 10.  After the oil is the right temperature ( the test is to sprinkle breadcrumbs and if it sizzles and rises to the top, the oil is ready, if it sinks, you need to wait), add drumsticks to the oil and reduce flame from high to medium ( please make sure the oil is still bubbling). Fry for about 5 minutes and if the chicken is nicely browned, turn to opposite side and fry for another 5 minutes. When done, pierce the middle of the drumstick with a fork and pull apart the flesh to make sure it is well cooked.
Mom’s chicken fry is now ready to be devoured with some yummy french fries and vinegar tossed onion rings and tomato.

Shallow fry the chicken

Chicken browned on both sides

Enjoy the yummy crispy mom’s fried chicken with french fries and vinegar tossed onion rings and tomato!

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Cholesterol Lowering Breakfast – Oatmeal with Flax

Ingredients

1) 1/2 cup oats (quaker brand, non ground)
2) 1 tsp sugar
3) a pinch of salt
4) 1/4 cup fat free milk
5) 1 tbsp flaxmeal ( ground flaxseeds)

Instructions

Step 1. Add ingredients 1,2 & 3 to a microwaveable clear bowl.

Step 2. Add water to half an inch above the contents.

Step 2: Add water to half an inch above the contents.

Step3. Microwave for 2 minutes. Keep an eye on the bowl as the oatmeal may rise and overflow if the bowl is not large enough. When done, take the bowl out and stir the contents.

Step 5. Add ingredient 4 and stir. Keep stirring if the contents are too hot to ingest.

Add 1/4 cup of fat free milk to the oatmeal.

Step 6: When the oatmeal is at the right temperature (slightly warm) add the last ingredient and stir until the flaxmeal is not visible.

Caution: Do not stir for too long or the oatmeal will become lumpy and gooey.

Tips:To make this meal more palatable, you can add chopped almonds, walnuts, sliced apples. But add these only after the oatmeal is at the right temperature for you to eat or else it will lose the crunchiness which adds zest to the meal.

This is how it finally looks! Oatmeal with flax, sliced apples and whole almonds.

Enjoy your breakfast with the knowledge that this meal will soon start working in your intestines and help you purge not just the intestinal contents but the bad cholesterol known as LDL as well. The fiber in the oats and flax will bind to the LDL cholesterol and send it out of your body. To know more about cholesterol lowering foods please visit my blog. I will be updating my blog frequently.

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