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Sunday, August 22, 2010

BAKTHIARI CHICKEN BBQ :)






Barbecue chicken Bakhtiari is a unique lemon (Citrus) flavored charcoal essence Farsi style BBQ recipe, which is commonly served during iftar in traditional and modern day Iranian homes. In our household, owing to schedules, we don’t get to spend much of iftar time at home together. So when we could, we make it extra special by cooking things up all together in the kitchen and then serving and enjoying it later at iftar. You may also use this BBQ recipe for lamb and beef. Alternatively, you could also put the chicken in parts onto skewers if you like. Commonly this BBQ dish gets served with traditional fluffy Iranian style rice cooked with a slight zesty taste of saffron. I must also apologize to all my dearest Malaysian cyber friends for not using Bahasa Melayu (my mother-tongue) when writing this up, as several of my non BM speaking friends have requested for this recipe as well, and in particular dearest Abby, I thought might as well just put it in English for all :)

Serves 5 (*leftovers can be made into sandwiches )

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken wash and dry.

For the marinade:
1 liter freshly squeezed lemon juice (I use the citrus variant)
Slices of lemon to rub on the chicken
4 table spoon of finely ground saffron (mixed with lemon juice)
4 large onions, finely chopped
8 cloves garlic, finely mashed
1 spoon full of thyme finely pounded
1 spoon full of rosemary finely pounded
a few strands of saffron finely pounded
4 table spoon of Dijon mustard (I prefer Dijon, but just any kind of mustard will do)
Salt and pepper to taste

How to make BBQ chicken Bakhtiari:
Mix the finely grounded saffron with the lemon juice until it is a thick consistency then add to the rest of the marinade ingredients and mix well.




Rub the chicken with the slices of lemon to tenderize the skin then cover chicken with the marinade and leave in the fridge overnight or for 12 hours roughly. The Dijon mustard which is particularly strong and pungent would usually be able to seep into the fowl flesh structure faster than any other kind of mustard I have tried with before.Try not to rub any salt on the chicken’s outer skin as salt under heat would produce dryness, try rubbing the salt inside and within the chicken’s inner section instead. Then pour melted ghee and rub over chicken skin so that it becomes crispy under heat.

Put the chickens on metal dish (or metal skewers) and cook over a medium-hot charcoal grill or a hibachi. But I just use my kitchen oven as it has the ability for an even and near mesquite quality roasting, and basically I prefer electric over charcoal nowadays. Dress cooked dish with grilled tomato, potato and bits of fresh mint leaves.




Farsi rice has always been known to be almost totally starch free and aromatic. I have included below a simple recipe. Only that I have added ghee to the recipe for taste. Originally butter would be use instead of ghee but my kids prefer ghee over butter and so I substituted the two.

Properly wash the Basmathee (4 cups) in tap cold water and drain. In a skillet add 5 spoon full of ghee/butter and 1 or 2 tea spoon of sugar and fry for a couple of minutes. But do not let the sugar turns to brown; suffice for it to just melt over as we would want the rice texture to be yellowish and slightly golden later.

In a small bowl add 1 or 2 tea spoon of finely grounded saffron with lukewarm water and mix well then add in the uncooked rice. Immediately boil the rice with mixture, let it cook then add in the ghee and sugar which you have fried in the skillet earlier. The taste should ideally be very rich and creamy, slightly neutral in sweetness (not totally bland or sweet) and slightly saffron smelling. The color should be slightly yellowish resembling gold. That’s it, serve for iftar. Enjoy! :)




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15 comments:

ijayuji said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

Salam kak del! kita dtg pagi2 niiii nmpk ayam yg kena panggang2 ni mmg kta suke, ada itam2 dia tu lagiiiiii kita suke! nmpk sedap pulak, masuk list :D

hana said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

salam del.. adehhhh.. geram haku menengoknyerrr! padahal br semalam me`ayam`!! eh del... mana mak ko? ckp ngan dier aku tunggu kat simpang ampat! hahahahaa

Jane Lister said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

salam aleikum & hi all! yes thanks for putting this one up in english del :) i am trying this with turkey just like what abby is probably doing. yes maybe some rosemary brown sauce too for some luster and shimmer to it later. would the instant rice variant be okay for this? the ones off supermarket's shelf's? thanks :)

izahdaut said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

sangat mengancam betul ayam nihh..da dapat membayangkan bau dan kesedapannya..aduii bayang je la nampaknya...

ain said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

salam del...nampak very tempting ciken del tu. wajib kena try nih!!

deeTha H said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

salam kak,
waduh ayam tu menggoda iman...
buka puasa masih beberapa jam lagi...
hihihi

kayteeze2 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

Wow ! Bestnya ! Cantik dan sedap!!Kat sini kak tie tak tahu di mana nak cari saffron.. mahal tu...

anymz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

salam Del,terliur nya akak nengok ayam mu itu..dah habis membakar kueh baru akak nak membakar ayam lak..kihkih

inahar ali said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

salam deliah..perghh!!! x tahan tgk ayam nih..termiss sudaaaa!! akak mmg suker banget menu2 timur tengah nih..mmg meliurkan!! waduh kempunan sehh...

blogresipi.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

Aduhhh sedapnye!!! bakar sekor2 lak tu... buat ratah sampai sahur pun boleh ni.. hehe

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

Hi dearie, hru doing??? WOW sedapnyeeee BBQ Chicken tuh..looks fab! Bet it tastes yumm too....;)

Selamat Berpuasa ya! :D

kak ina kl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

wah memang menggiurkan tenguk ayam panggang ni..mustard tu boleh guna yang lain tak?

Ummi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

Salam Del, waaahh tengok ayam tu kan...akak terus rasa nak tukar menu..hahaha..pd hal rancang nak masak sotong masam manis nih..adeyyy, terliur tgk..

Nuridah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

Salam Deliah,

waduh mmg tergoda betul tengok ayam ni...tengok ayam ni gebu sangat dan menyelerakan gitu...knur nak sebelah badan ayam tu..hihi.

~~DAPUR KECIL KU~~ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply]Best Blogger Templates

menarik aje ayam ni mcm ayam rosemary pun ada next time nak cuba msk ayam ni