Fried chicken

Lahori Chargha. Fried chicken is my absolute favourite thing in the world and this one is Lahori. So you can imagine how much I love it. It is first steamed then briefly fried. The inside is soft and the exterior is crisp. The fragrance is soooooo special that you have to experience it to understand what I mean. It takes very little effort to make and looks fabulous. I love recipes that you can marinate overnight because that means half the work is already done. You can serve it with any veg at all.
Ingredients: 1 whole medium chicken with slits cut in 1 tsp each ginger and garlic paste 2 tsp salt (or to taste) 2-3 tsp chat masala 1 ½ tsp red chilli powder ½ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp garam masala ¼ cup Greek yogurt Juice of one lemon Shan Chargha Lahori masala to taste (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together and rub into the chicken really well, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Before cooking, truss the chicken. I don’t normally pin the wings but I do tie the legs together. Then steam the chicken for 35 minutes. Make sure the water in the steamer does not touch the chicken at all. Now heat enough oil in a wok to cook one side of the chicken (see video). Handle the chicken very carefully as it’s cooked now and may break. Fry one side of the chicken for 3 -4 minutes on medium heat until golden brown. Then turn it over and fry the other side in the same manner. Untie the legs and serve with any vegetables you like. Please see video for what I served it with.
Notes: 🔸 I didn’t have a steamer so I used a steel colander to do the job. Just put ½ an inch of water in the pan and put your colander on top. Don’t let the water touch the colander. Cover securely with a lid. 🔸 The marinade should be more spicy than normal for this as the double cooking method takes the edge off the spiciness. 🔸I use Greek yogurt as thinner yogurt just slides off and doesn’t stick. 🔸 I used tongs to grip the chicken and a spatula to help me turn it over while frying. If you get a good grip on it then turning will be easy.

Fried chicken
Fried chicken
Fried chicken