Being a bunch of hyperactive people that we are, the small but lively group from Assam in Bahrain, do get together quite often to, observe festivals of our motherland with fervour, attend and participate in events, go shopping, watch movies or simply talk and eat or eat and talk endlessly. We talk on all kinds of possible or impossible subjects under the sun and if you attempt to make sense of all of them, you are venturing into uncertain territories. Good luck!
In one such recent eat and gossip meet at one of our friend’s place, as usual we were at our animated best and the discussion veered towards eating healthy. Assuming the position of master of good food and moral high ground, I was talking about someone who I know of having this unhealthy habit of drinking coke with lunch and dinner, all the while happily sipping on to my soft drink based cocktail; so much for an irony. As if that was not enough, a silly question was hurled at me by someone asking how can, one have coke with rice, I mean how can someone sane can possibly mix coke with rice and eat. Indeed, how, how?? Everyone burst out into a loud laughter and had good fun at her expense for saying that in the heat of that moment or what I said in Assamese being lost in translation, but I have to try hard to forgive myself for not only thinking about a dish on that crazy idea but executing it too.
The very next day bought some chicken thighs and tried making out this crazy dish. My housekeeping lady said I’ve gone mad trying to execute a crazy idea. Later once the chicken was ready everyone just couldn’t stop asking for second and third serving.
While I was busy preparing for this crazy dish my girls were too busy making their Father’s day cards and goodies. This was a perfect platter for the Father’s Day!!
Stay tuned for the vegtarian version for this recipe.
INGREDIENTS (For sweet sour and spicy coca-cola chicken)
- 1 kilo chicken thighs or wings
- 1 big coca-cola can
- 1 tsp black pepper powder
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 tbsp tabasco sauce
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 2-3 pods chopped garlic
- Salt to taste
- 2-3 tbsp oil
DIRECTION for coca-cola chicken
- Pre heat the oven high at 240 degrees.
- Take the chicken pieces in a large bowl. Pour some oil, and season with some salt, pepper, and chili powder. Now arrange the pieces in the baking tray lined with silver foil, and put into the oven for about 45 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
To make the sauce
- In a large bowl take the cola, brown sugar, pepper powder, chili powder, tomato paste, soy sauce, corn starch, chopped garlic, tabasco sauce. Combine all the ingredients well .
- Pour the prepared sauce mix in to a sauce pan over medium heat. Once the sauce starts boiling lower the heat. At this point add salt and lemon juice. let it simmer for a couple of minutes stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens.
- By now the chicken should be ready. Once done remove from oven. Carefully with a thong remove the each pieces and dip it into the sauce and place it in another baking tray lined with a foil. Once all the pieces are done put the tray of sauce coated chicken back into the oven for another 10 minutes for that perfect glaze.
- You can server as an appetizer or accompanied with some delicious black bean cilantro rice.
INGREDIENTS for black beans coriander garlic rice
- 4 cups cooked rice( I used basmati rice)
- 1 small onion
- 2 pods garlic
- Half a large bunch of coriander leaves
- 2 cups cooked black beans but not over cooked and mushy( one can also use kidney beans or rajma)
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp oil
DIRECTION for black beans coriander garlic rice
- In an electric chopper chop the onion, garlic and coriander leaves.
- Heat a large size pan or a wok over a medium heat with some oil. Once the oil is hot enough add the chopped onion, garlic and coriander mix. Saute it for 2-3 minutes or until the raw smell of the onion and garlic is gone. Now add the cooked black beans, season it with salt and stir for a minute. Finally add the cooked rice gradually and combine well until the flavor of coriander beans has been evenly mixed with the rice. Serve hot