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Friday 5 February 2016

Oil Free Bamboo Chicken - Araku Valley (Andhra) Special

          Here is a delicious, healthy and a traditional oil free appetizer that is quite popular among the tribals in Araku Valley (Andhra). The chicken is marinated and cooked inside a bamboo. It is then garnished with onion rings, coriander leaves and a dash of lime. I also sprinkled some fried onions too. This can be an absolute party meal showstopper. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare this exotic delicacy.

          Generally it is made over an open fire, but I was successful in making it in my kitchen over gas top. This particular dish has not been commercialized yet and is not found in any restaurants. 

          They are cooked and sold only by the tribals in the Araku region on the roadsides. Hubby dear was grateful enough to bring these special bamboos for me on his recent visit. Hence this experiment. So if you are able to get hold of a bamboo then do try this recipe.

  • 400 gms. chicken on bones
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. red chili powder 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. roasted coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium size bamboo
  • 1 banana leaf & foil to seal the bamboo
  • onion rings, chopped coriander leaves & fried onions to garnish

          Marinate the chicken with all the above mentioned ingredients starting from salt to coriander leaves overnight.

          Now stuff the chicken inside a bamboo and close with some banana leaves and foil. Cook on a medium flame on a gas top for 45 minutes by rotating on all sides.

          When done, wrap a newspaper around it so that it is easy to handle. Tap the bamboo to remove the cooked chicken. 

          Transfer to a serving dish and serve them, garnished with onion rings, coriander leaves, fresh chilies, fried onion and a dash of lime.

                               Marinate the chicken overnight.

                               Stuff the chicken inside the bamboo.

                                        Stuff with the banana leaves.

                                     Cover with a foil and tie it with a wire preferably.

                                Cook on a medium flame for 45 minutes.

                               Keep rotating them at intervals.

                                     When cool enough, remove the banana leaf stuffing.

                                            Cover with a newspaper.

                               Remove cooked chicken on a serving plate.

                Serve as appetizers with onion rings, chilies, a sprinkle of fried onions &
                lemon wedges.

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