You know how all the crazy stuff you admired in your boyfriend, come back as worries about your son? That’s called payback. Your boyfriend lied expertly at home to hang out with you, made you laugh, rode super- fast, sweet-talked you into stuff and smoked stylishly.
Yuvan was about 4 when he defiantly withstood an entire evening’s gentle prodding and questioning, claiming he had not scribbled on his sister’s drawing. All of us knew he had. He has his grandmothers and aunts thinking they’re his favourite girl. They have no clue he has said the same line to all the women in the family. They each secretly buy him ice cream thinking they’re the closest confidante. He compliments me when I wear a saree. He says I look cute.
Last weekend he burped loudly.
I : “Ippadiya asingama yeppam viduvaange?” (How can you burp so nastily)?”
Yuvi: “Seri, cute’a vidatuma?.. koo” (Ok, Shall I burp the cute way?.. koo)
I laughed so hard.
Jagan is mostly amused to see a smaller, possibly niftier version of him practicing his antics. He is prepared. He says I shouldn’t expect anything else. I worry. I am not prepared for this.
Yuvan’s single most favourite order at restaurants is Chicken lollipop. He’ll not shy away from trying to order it in Saravana Bhavan also. That and biryani together make his favourite meal. When he was much younger and shorter, he stood up on his chair at the fancy schmancy burger place to get close to the waiter’s ear and told him “Biryani’ um pachadi’ um eduthitu vaange” (Bring biryani and raita). The waiter smiled in understanding.
I make chicken lollipop every few weeks at home because he loves them so much. When I ask him how the chicken lollipop tastes, he doesn’t just say “It tastes very good.”
He says “Did you make it amma? Really? It tastes so good, so much better than the restaurant lollipops”.
He does finish his plate. So Yuvan’s flattery and charm notwithstanding, these chicken lollipops are really lip-smacking and are as good as the restaurant fare. These chicken lollipops are incredibly quick and surprisingly easy to make. You really can’t go wrong with these. Let me know if you make these. I’d love to hear your story.
- 12 pieces Chicken lollipop
- 1 inch Ginger
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 3 Green chillies
- 1/2 cup Cornflour
- Oil for deep frying
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 Onion, chopped fine
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
- 4 tbsp Tomato sauce
- 2 tsp Soy sauce
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 tsp White pepper powder
- 1/2 tsp Sugar
- Salt to taste
- Grind together ginger, green chillies and garlic to a fine paste. Rub this paste into the chicken lollipops and set aside for 20 minutes or more.
- Heat a wok/kadai and add oil for deep frying. While the oil heats up, add corn flour to the marinated chicken and mix with your hands to coat all the pieces. Drop a few pieces of the cornflour coated marinated chicken into the wok without crowding the wok and deep fry until they turn golden. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate. Deep fry the rest of the pieces in batches.
- Once all the chicken is fried, heat a pan and add a tablespoon of oil. When the oil turns hot, add the chopped onion and garlic and fry until the onion turns translucent. Add tomato sauce, soy sauce and water and mix well. Add white pepper powder, salt and sugar and mix well. When the sauce thickens and starts bubbling, add the fried chicken pieces to the pan and toss to coat well. Once all the chicken pieces are nicely coated in the sauce, switch off. Serve hot. Enjoy!