10/2/10

Basic Chicken Stock



It happens to me all the time ...Taking a break from blogging is easy, getting back into the blogging mode really takes time. Before every vacation I feel excited about all the possible things I would like to blog about after coming back, till date it has never happened :) 

Nevertheless, while I am still struggling to get out of this, I thought may be I could share a simple recipe of how I make my basic chicken stock, may be some soup made using that would do the trick, may be I could post about the soup as a follow up. Well, though the later two still seem distant, let me tell you how I make the stock...

Where I live (in the suburbs)  we don't find halal chicken stocks at the stores (I mean the desi grocery where we buy our halal meat), so I usually make my own. I think a good stock can add loads of flavour to any thing you make out of it  and it sure is a very good thing to have in your pantry / fridge.  

Tender stalks of cilantro

I take 1 cup uncooked bones of chicken, its OK if they have some meat on it, you could shred it and use it in your sandwiches or soups. Add 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns,  one small onion chopped, 2-3 green cardamoms, 1/2 " stick of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 3 and half cups of water and cook on high uncovered for a few mins. Chop off the tender stalks of a small bunch of cilantro/coriander and add it to the stock. Season it with salt and let it cook until it reduces to half or a little over half. Your Chicken stock is ready to use. 

To store, let it cool and then store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 15 days. You can also freeze it in ice trays and store it for up to a month. I don't keep it that long and use it within a week in all possible ways, soups, rice, dal, to knead parathas,  curries, etc... etc. 

The recipe is pretty simple, I don't add the veggies or spices or even oil, which makes it very versatile and pretty basic, hence the name. 

By the way, Ramadan was the best part of the year as always and I thank you all for your Eid wishes. 

See you soon !

Update:

I am trying to catch up with all the new visitors to my blog, for those who did care to comment I add you to my Fellow Bloggers List. If you don't see your name in the list, plz, plz, plz let me know. 

Thanks!

10 comments:

Priya said...

Very useful post, thanks for sharing..

Treat and Trick said...

Welcome back dear, looks simple but really tasty since a lot of items going in for making this stock..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Welcome back dear after a long time with a useful post....I agree it's hard to switch back to blogging once the link is broken. But I'm sure you will keep on posting delicious dishes in intervals:-)
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Gulmohar said...

Good to see you back :-)Never have the patience to make the stock at home, But if I ever try it, will definitely use your recipe :-)

Biny Anoop said...

Very useful post...sometimes basic recipes r the best share...the ritz with topping is gr8 as well....i remember the toppings i used to make on monaco biscuit back home....sometimes ended up with the strangest combo....
Biny

Rumana Rawat said...

Very useful post

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Rahin
I was about to send you a mail to find out if you have stopped eating , I mean stopped cooking ...hummm you were holidaying..thats great...First of all let me thank you for this nice chicken stock recipe .....I shall use it with all Indian style dishes requiring the stock.
I feel good reading your comments at my Biriyani blog....Try the recipe fast , if you want a radical change in Biriyani taste ...the fragrance of only black cardamom and clove coupled with Hing and KewaDa water and a dash of safron and hell of a lot of Coriander powder make it unique.
Will be going to Saudi for few days next week..feel sad, that I will never be able to see the Caba , (being a non-muslim and no religion...)..Doesnt matter I have the blessings of Allah always with me .
Dusshera greetings to you and family .
have a nice weekend

Rahin said...

Hi All ! Thanks for dropping by, Its always good to c u :)

Things have been really busy past few weeks, but I am hoping to get back to blogging soon :)

Welcome to Lazzat Biny, I will blog roll you asap:)

Ushnish, I cannot wait to try the biryani ...I am looking fwd to making it this eid may be ...hope you have a good trip to Saudi :)

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Rahin
How are you?
Eid Ul Ada Mubaraq to you all and I am sure you all are ready for a great celebration.
have a nice week

Rahin said...

Thanks Ushnish