In the beautiful, hilly state of Mizoram, Christmas is an eagerly awaited festival. With a Christian population of almost 87%, it isn’t surprising to see the state prepare for Christmas as early as late November. Santa Claus props, Christmas trees and other decorations line the streets, offering a celebratory mood all through December. One of the key parts of Christmas is food. In Mizoram, community meals are a big part of celebrating Christmas. Families, friends, and neighbours come together to cook elaborate meals laden with a variety of meat and vegetables. While most of the dishes consist of pork and beef, one much-loved chicken dish stands out – Kaukswe with Mini Chicken Bites.
Down below, we’re going to take you through an easy Kaukswe recipe that you can add to your Christmas menu! For all your meat requirements this Christmas season, check out our Merry Licious range! Enjoy the best deals on cleaned, cut, and always fresh meats & seafood!
What is a Kaukswe?
Kaukswe is based on the traditional Burmese recipe for Ohn no khao swe, a noodle-based dish. It is a mound of egg noodles onto which a rich, coconut milk curry with curried chicken bites, is poured over. You then get to choose from a variety of toppings — for instance: crispy, fried onions, salty peanuts — making this a comforting, DIY meal that everyone enjoys.
While this Burmese chicken recipe has been passed down to other North-Eastern states that share a border with Myanmar, this dish is primarily enjoyed in Mizoram. This is because, during the British rule, a chunk of the residents are said to have migrated to India from the Chin State in Myanmar.
No one Kaukswe recipe is prepared the same and all have a unique touch to it. Some families may enjoy it with a thicker gravy base, some may prefer extra spice etc.
Our Kaukswe recipe is easy and covers the basic requirements necessary to prepare a simple, yet hearty Kaukswe. You can always add in more toppings (for eg. peanuts, sesame seeds, chilli flakes).
This recipe will require you to prep the vegetables and herbs ahead of time. We’ve got you covered when it comes to the meat! Keep it simple with our Chicken Mini Bites, which are boneless, evenly cut pieces of tender chicken breast. For more Christmas recipes from around India, watch this space! We’ll be putting up diverse, traditional meaty recipes that are perfect for an unconventional, desi Christmas feast!
Heat some oil in a pan. When the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame and fry half of the thinly sliced garlic. As soon as they start turning brown, scoop them out onto a paper towel to soak up the oil.
Now fry half of the thinly sliced shallots. Keep them along with the fried garlic. Leave the oil in the pan.
Add the chicken bites to the pan and start frying them. Add more oil if you have to.
Once the chicken starts turning brown, add the curry leaves, grated ginger, and the remaining chopped garlic and sliced shallots. Fry this for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Add the chickpea flour, turmeric powder, and salt. Thinly slice the chillies. We added two green chillies and one red chilli to this mix. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Cook the egg noodles following the instructions on the package. Drain the noodles, and wash them in cold water. Leave it on a colander to drain the water. (Tip: Don't leave the noodles out for long. They'll go dry and stick to each other)
Add the coconut milk to the cooked curried chicken, stir well, and bring to a simmer. Cook on medium heat. If the temperature goes high, the coconut milk will curdle.
Add salt if required and take the pan off the heat.
Serve hot - place some noodles and a sliced egg in a bowl, with some finely chopped cilantro, and pour the curried chicken over it. Garnish with spring onions.
Provide all other accompaniments in small bowls - fried garlic, fried shallots, cilantro, chillies and lime wedges. For the perfect taste, squeeze some lime into your noodle soup just before eating.