5 Recipes Every Cook Should Know

[tps_header]Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned cook, you’ll want these recipes in your back pocket. Here are 5 recipes that should be in every cook’s arsenal :[/tps_header]

[tps_title]1. Simple Chicken Soup[/tps_title]

Recipes Every Cook Should Know
Recipes Every Cook Should Know

(serves 4)

  • Ingredients :  Carcass and bones from one 2 kg roast chicken, 4 cups chicken stock, 2 medium carrots (sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds), 2 celery stalks (sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices),  1 medium onion (chopped), 1 bay leaf, 1/2 cup white rice, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, salt to taste.
  • Directions
    1. Put the bones and carcass from a leftover chicken (they can be in pieces) in a large pot. Cover with the stock and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Skim any foam or fat from the stock with a ladle as necessary.
    2. Remove the bones and carcass with tongs or a slotted spoon; set aside to cool. Add the carrots, celery, onion and bay leaf to the stock; bring back to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are about half cooked (they will still have resistance when tested with a knife but be somewhat pliable when bent), about 10 minutes. Stir in the rice (to keep it from sticking to the bottom), and cook until the grains are just almost cooked, 10 to 12 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, when the carcass and bones are cool enough to handle, pick off the meat, and shred it into bite-size pieces.
    4. When the rice is done, add the meat to the broth and simmer until warmed through, about 1 minute. Stir in the parsley, and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste. Serve hot.
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Siddharth Ranadive

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