This week I had to rush over to Chicago to help my sister who was quite ill. After a couple of days of good rest she was feeling back to her old self again. To cheer her up I decided to make her favorite chicken lollipops. This is the first dish she eats when she visits India and oders it every other day from our neighborhood store "Tasty Bites". This Indian influenced chinese dish is very very popular in India. The original idea for this dish came from our friend Amit who made this once for us and it was delicious. I din't have his recipe so I searched online and combined a couple of recipes to make this dish and it was perfect. Although making the lollipops can be a pain, once in the groove you can get it done quite fast. Makes a really popular appetizer with kids and adults.
1 large package fresh chicken wings
6 pods garlic
one inch piece ginger
6 green chillies (not the very hot ones)
1 tblsp soya sauce
1/2 tblsp red chilly sauce
1/2 cup all purposeflour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp red food color
salt to taste
Oil to fry
To make the wings check out the first half of this youtube video. The recipe in this video is for some other type of lollipop but the method to make the lollipops is well depicted and easy to follow. Each wing, makes two lollipops.
Once the lollipops are ready, add them to a bowl. In a grinder finely chop ginger, garlic and green chillies. Add to the chicken. Add all remaining ingredients. Mix well. Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Heat oil in a pot. Deep fry the marinated lollipops. Serve hot. You can see how much my little nephew enjoyed it.