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RECIPE: Chicken Ala Kiev

7 Sep

I made this recipe a couple of days back for a very special family reunion on the joyous occasion of Eid. There’s something very gratifying about cooking for the people you love; it’s like a way for you to pamper them. I confess, I do get a bit cranky in the kitchen, but that’s only when I end up getting stuck over there for the whole day, as opposed to just for the cooking and preparation time. Thankfully, when my family enjoys a meal I cook and compliments my effort… all is well again :).

So here’s the recipe for the dish I made. I served it with A LOT of mashed potatoes and spicy rice. Personally, I would’ve preferred serving it with buttered rice with peas, but had I spent more time in that kitchen, I would have ended up spoiling more moods than my own.

I love (and hate!) the part where you cut the chicken. Love it because that’s when you see the beautiful, lemony butter ooze out. Hate it because, it’s the moment of truth. What if the chicken is undercooked – chef’s biggest nightmare! Another thing I love about this dish is how clever it is. Whenever I make Stuffed Chicken Breast (a family favourite), I have to make two gravies… a peppery, mushroom gravy, and a sweet, pineapple gravy.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love cooking gravies… but you know, I like saving time. Unlike a the traditional stuffed chicken with cheese and spinach stuffing, Chicken ala Kiev already has butter inside, which essentially means that you don’t need to cook a gravy to go along with it. You can eat a piece of perfectly fried chicken, without the fear of it being too dry… that’s the dream… well, at least one of many :P!

Chicken ala Kiev

Preparation time: 90 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


For the chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts – slit horizontally to create a broad. flat fillet
  • Peppercorns – coarsely crushed
  • Lemon juice of 1 lemon
For the stuffing
  • 2 cups salted butter – softened
  • 3/4 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 clove garlic – crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the coating
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying


  1. Prepare the stuffing by mixing together all the ingredients. Take a butter paper/aluminium foil and place a heaped tablespoon of the stuffing on it.  Roughly create 3-inch rectangular fingers with the stuffing, and put it in the freezer.
  2. Rub the chicken breasts with the pepper and lemon juice, and flatten the fillets while being careful enough not to tear them.
  3. Once the “butter fingers” are hard, place them inside the chicken fillet, and wrap carefully, ensuring that the butter is not visible from any side. Try to minimise touching the butter too much; it’ll start melting. Once the butter is properly tucked inside the chicken, put the chicken pieces into the freezer.
  4. Once the chicken is properly frozen, coat the chicken parcels directly onto the cornflour. Then, dip it in egg, and coat it with breadcrumbs. Once the breadcrumbs soak the egg, dip the parcel in egg once again, and again in breadcrumbs. This ensures that the stuffing it properly sealed. Chill parcels until you decide to fry them.
  5. Fry them on medium-low flame, until slightly dark golden brown, and serve with creamy mashed potatoes :)!
Bon Appétit !

Andaa-Daal Fry

22 Jul

Rising inflation poses a great threat to many of the large food businesses all across Pakistan. However, like many cities Lahore has a large presence of Dhabbas where one can find cheap,yet high quality food which is rather comforting in nature. Close to Jinnah hospital, in faisal town Lahore, one can gorge upon the very famous Andaa-Daal Fry. This simple dish made with channa daal and a nice infusion of egg is served with tandoori roti and is further accompanied with fresh salad and mint chutney. Madinah hotel is just one of the many Dhabbas that sells its version of the dish and it truly is a treat for any food lover who is looking for a low budget yet tasty dining experience.

Hygiene is not something that the sellers of this dish pay special attention too since the regular customers come from a humble background who are not likely to pay attention to such things. For those people who are particular about it, they should rather not venture into having the dish altogether. You might come across people who advice you to reinvent this dish at home but my suggestion to you would be otherwise. I don’t know why, but for some odd reason the taste a plate of Andaa-Daal fry holds at a dhabba can never be matched at home. The low hygiene environment, the cooking environment in general all sum up to give this simple dish a royal touch.

So, the next time you happen to be in faisal town, i would suggest you to drop by the Madinah hotel and do try this delicious marrige of daal and egg. Only after tasting this beautiful dish can one truly understand how comforting and satisfying can the most simplest of dishes be in life.