Chicken And Rice

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Now that, we’ve started our business and Jose is working from home, I’m faced with a repeated question all the time, especially from my girlfriends. They all want to know how we manage to spend so much time together under the same roof and still be cordial ;)

Though me and my friends believe that we are women with evolved attitudes and thinking, there are still certain things that we can’t get rid off, some may call it stereotype behaviour, but we consider it as just “comparing notes”.

I’ve noticed one of the things that usually comes up is the general reaction to a long holiday. It seems while holidays are appreciated, there is a limit. After a few days of merrymaking, most (there is always exception) girls (I live in La La Land and there are only girls there, no women!) prefer it when their boys (both big and little ones) and girls (lil) are headed to offices and schools. That’s when the girls can freely get back to whatever they need to.

I’ve also noticed that this is one point I don’t have common with them. Because even if Jose is at home, it doesn’t affect my daily routine much. Yep, there are changes here and there, not epic level changes though.

But there is one epic level change… I need to cook lunch almost every other day! It doesn’t mean we didn’t have lunch when he was working. I used to have some dinner leftover and I packed him a tiffin. He doesn’t like to carry around a big bag, so his tiffin was a very compact box and I made the most use of it, if I’m being completely honest, I actually exploited that opportunity!

He likes rice and I used to make some one pot variety rice. I used to call it “thatippu rice” and I became an usthad (master) of it. I used to cook some rice and keep, added different proteins, veg and masala for each day and lunch was done! When it comes to rice, I tried all permutations and combinations with veggies and meat.

So, the only major change of us starting business is I miss those simple tiffin days. These days I’ve too cook a regular lunch, with rice and two or three curries!

Apart from that we are doing ok or so I think. I know, I know… there are two sides to every story, but since it’s my blog, you can have only my side ;)

Coming to this recipe, I made this Chicken and Veg Rice, when I was in no mood for an elaborate lunch. There was some leftover of this and that and I put everything together and lunch was ready. This recipe is super easy to customise, there is no set ingredients, you can add anything you’ve in hand. You can use Chicken, Beef, Mutton, Pork, Fish, Prawns, Egg or just veggies. You can add more or less veggies as per your liking. You can add any herbs and spices of your choice. This is just one sample recipe, feel free to play with it :)

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Here is the recipe…

Heat oil in a wide pan. Add chopped onion and crushed garlic. Cook till it begins to brown, no need to brown it…

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Add julienned carrot and green peas. Cook till it’s done…

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Add chicken pieces, salt and pepper. Mix well…

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Add cooked rice and gently mix everything…

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Add butter and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Serve hot…

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Chicken and Rice
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Chicken And Rice

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Servings: 1 -2
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Cooked rice (refer notes)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups Boiled/Roasted/Grilled Chicken (refer notes)
  • 1 small – medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1 piece Garlic (crushed)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup Carrot (julienned)
  • 2-3 tbsp Peas (I used frozen peas)
  • 10 gms Butter
  • 1-2 tbsp Chopped coriander/mint/parsley leaves
  • Oil – Sunflower / Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a wide pan. Add chopped onion and crushed garlic. Cook till it begins to brown, no need to brown it. Add julienned carrot and green peas. Cook till it’s done. Add chicken pieces, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add cooked rice and gently mix everything. Add butter and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Serve hot

Notes

I’ve used Basmati rice for this recipe. But you can use any regular rice which you use for your daily cooking like Sona Masuri.
I used grilled chicken in this recipe. You can use boiled or grilled or roasted chicken. You can also use leftover chicken from any curry. You can also sub chicken with mutton/beef/pork/prawns.
In this particular recipe I didnt use any seasoning other than salt and pepper. If you are using plain boiled chicken, you can add some curry/meat/chicken masala or any seasoning powder you like.
You can also add a scrambled egg to make it more wholesome.
You can add any veggies of your choice like mushroom, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, capsicum, celery, spring onion etc;
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