What can you do on a rainy day? Tuck yourself into a warm bed and read a book? Or watch cricket on tv? Or go out and get drenched? There are so many more options.

What do I do on a rainy day? Put on the music system, go into the kitchen, and cook. Here is a recipe for a rainy day:

All Stir-Fry Chicken (or Paneer for vegetarians)


250 gm boneless chicken
100 gm ginger garlic paste
3 cm long piece of ginger
3 large capsicums (Shimla mirch)
2 large tomatoes
1 lemon (nimboo)
1 large onion
Half packet of tomato puree
Half teaspoon garam masala
Cooking oil
Salt to taste

Cut the boneless chicken into medium-sized cubes. Marinate it in ginger garlic paste for half an hour. Skin the ginger and slice into long slivers. Cut the capsicums and tomatoes lengthwise into long narrow pieces after removing the seeds. Cut the onion so as to form rings or half-rings. Extract juice from the lemon and keep aside.

Heat a little oil in a kadhai or pan and fry the onion rings until they turn dark brown. Keep aside.

Heat oil in another kadhai or in a non-stick pan, and fry the ginger until golden brown. Put in the chicken pieces and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add capsicum and stir-fry for 5 more minutes. Then add tomatoes and continue for another 3 minutes. Add garam masala and salt, mix well, and fry for 2 minutes. Now add tomato puree and lemon juice, and cook for 3 minutes. Finally add the crispy fried onion and cook for 2 more minutes. Serve hot with rice or roti.

The time for preparation is about 10 minutes and the time for cooking is about half an hour. For making a pure vegetarian dish, chicken can be substituted by paneer.