Delicious chicken cooked in a mild spinach based sauce. I fell in love with this the first time my mom cooked it for me.
- 1.25kgs chicken on bone (drumsticks or thighs)
- 1/2kg spinach, rinsed
- 125gms coriander
- 4 green chillies
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup pre-fried onions, blended to a paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 green cardamoms
- 1/4th star anise
- 3tspn Kitchen King masala (or any other chicken masala)
- 4tspn fresh ginger garlic paste (ratio 1:4 ginger to garlic)
- 1.5tspn coriander powder
- .5tspn cumin powder
- Salt, to taste
- 8tbspns sunflower oil
- Marinate chicken with 1tspn ginger garlic paste and 1/2tspn salt for 1hr.
- Boil chicken on low flame till half cooked, around 30mins.
- In another pot, boil spinach. Blend this with fresh coriander and green chillies.
- Heat oil in a wok. Add the bay leaf, cardamoms and star anise.
- After 30secs, add onion and fry on high heat till it turns pinkish.
- Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 3mins.
- Turn heat to low. Add kitchen king masala. Fry for 2mins.
- Add tomatoes, coriander powder, cumin powder, pre-friend onion paste. Fry for 5miins or till raw taste of masalas is gone.
- Add spinach puree, fry for 5mins.
- Add chicken, cover and cook till chicken is cooked through.
- Serve with fresh rotis!
One of my all-time-favourite dishes! Basmati rice cooked in a delicate but delicious lamb stock is an absolute treat! Thanks mum for this recipe 🙂
- 1kg shoulder or neck cut lamb (with bone), cut into 2 inch pieces
- 500gms basmati rice
- 250gms yoghurt, whisked
- 1tbspn red chilli powder
- 6tbspn fresh ginger garlic paste (1:4 ginger to garlic)
- 1/2cup pre-fried onions
- 2tspns Salt
- 3 medium potatoes, quartered and soaked in salted water for 30mins
- 12tbspn sunflower oil + extra to fry potatoes
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 black cardamom
- 10 black peppercorns
Spice bag (secured in muslin cloth)
- 4 bay leaves
- 10 black peppercorns
- 5 green cardamom
- 5 black cardamom
- 1tbspn coriander seeds
- 1tspn cumin seeds
- 1tspn khus khus (poppy seeds)
- 5 cloves
- 2 inch long cinnamon stick
- 1tbspn fennel seeds
- In a pot, boil lamb with 2.5cups water, 1tspn salt, all of ginger garlic paste and spice bag till lamb is cooked, around 1.5 – 2hrs. Retain the water/stock.
- In another pot, heat some oil and fry the soaked potatoes till they turn crispy on the outside (the potatoes won’t be cooked through at this stage). Set aside.
- When meat is cooked through, heat 12tbspns oil in another pot and add Tadka ingredients. Remove spice bag from the meat and squeeze the juice from the bag in the pot with tadka.
- Mix red chilli powder with whisked yoghurt and add to tadka. Cook for 5mins and add cooked lamb to this mix (without water)
- Add potatoes and rice to lamb. Cook till you can see oil coming out.
- Add remaining salt. Add 4 cups of lamb stock (add additional hot water if needed) and bring to a boil.
- Simmer rice for 10-15mins till stock has almost evaporated. Scatter pre-fried onions and mix very gently.
- Cover pot with foil and then put the lid on. Cook for another 10-15mins or till the rice is cooked.
- Turn off heat, remove foil, keep the pot partly covered with the lid and let stand for 10mins.
- Serve with a mixed salad or raita.
This is one of my favourite bhajis (greens). Although in most parts of the world, dill is used as a garnish, in India it is prepared as a dry curry. (Any greens prepared as curry is called bhaji). This is my mum’s recipe; It’s very simple and healthy and tastes splendid with sorghum rotis smeared with ghee.
- 1/2kg dill (called shepu in marathi), chopped
- 1/4cup yellow split moong dal, rinsed and soaked for atleast 30mins
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 3 big cloves garlic and 3 green chillies, ground to paste
- 1 onion medium, chopped
- Salt, to taste
- 3tbspn sunflower oil
- Heat oil in a wok, saute garlic till golden.
- Add onions and fry till they turn reddish. Add garlic and chilly paste and fry for couple of mins.
- Add dal and fry for another 2-3mins.
- Add dill, 1/2 cup water and stir. Cover and cook on low flame until lentils and cooked and most of the water is absorbed.
- Adjust salt and serve with fresh rotis!
This is another of my favourite curry recipes. Actually, if I put something on the blog they are invariably from my favourite list. It might be time consuming to make this dish but it is very straightforward.
I’ve called this dish Dry Chicken Curry coz I was in the mood to eat a dry-ish curry that day and the name just stuck. Besides, most of my recipes are experiments so I usually have random names for them. Nevertheless, the taste is what matters and the recipe is on the blog for a reason 🙂
- 5tbpsn sunflower oil
- Whole spices (1 bay leaf, 2 inch stick cinnamon, 5 cloves, 10 peppercorns)
- 2 tspsn cumin seeds
- 2 very large onions, finely chopped
- 5 green chillies, chopped
- 1 heaped tbspn of fresh ginger paste
- 1 heaped tbspn of fresh garlic paste
- 1/4 tspn turmeric
- 3 tspn coriander powder
- 1.5 tspn of paprika
- 1 tsp of chicken masala (optional)
- 1/2 tspn of salt
- .6kgs boneless chicken thigh
- Handful of fresh chopped coriander
- Heat oil in a large pan. Add whole spices and cumin seeds and wait till aroma is released, 1-2mins.
- Add onion and chilli. Fry on medium heat till onion is really soft (about 45-60mins). Stir regularly.
- Add ginger and garlic paste and cook for 3-4mins.
- Add rest of the ingredients (except chicken and fresh coriander) and fry till masala is cooked, around 15mins.
- Add whole chicken thighs and fry (flipping once) till both sides turn white.
- Add 2 cups boiling water to almost cover the chicken. Bring to boil.
- Turn heat to medium and cook chicken, without covering pan, for 1hr15mins (or till chicken is almost cooked). Add more hot water if needed, in 1/2 cup increments, while the curry cooks. Break chicken pieces as they are getting cooked (or leave whole if you prefer it that way)
- Add coriander and cook for another 15mins. (If you want a drier sauce like below, turn up the heat so the sauce dries up a bit)
This is another of those dead easy recipes and you won’t have to spend more than 15mins on the prep work. It’s perfect as a side dish to meat curry or a dry veg curry (called sabji) but you could also eat it as a main dish if you prefer something light.
- 1.5cups masoor dal (red split lentils)
- 16 cloves garlic, sliced
- 4tspn cumin seeds
- 30-40 curry leaves
- 2 green chilli, slit
- 1tspn turmeric
- 2tspn salt
- 2tbspn ghee (you can use oil instead but ghee gives the dal a wonderful buttery flavor)
- Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. When hot, add cumin seeds.
- When seeds start crackling add chilli, garlic and curry leaves and cook till garlic is golden.
- Add dal, turmeric, salt, 4.5 cups of hot water and stir to mix.
- Get everything to a quick boil, close the lid on the cooker and simmer for 10mins. Turn off gas and let the pressure reduce on its own (usually 15-20mins).
- Open the lid, adjust salt and enjoy!!
This is one of my favourite meals! It not only delicious but very healthy and it’s super duper quick making it an ideal mid-week meal. I hardly spend more than 10minutes on prep work and I usually cook a big batch and freeze meal-size portions which comes in handy on days where I want to be extremely lazy (and still eat well).
- 1.5cups Black eyed beans, soaked in water for 8hrs (or overnight)
- 4tbspn sunflower oil
- 1.5tbspn cumin seeds
- 2tbspn coriander powder
- 1tbspn paprika powder
- 1/4tspn turmeric
- 1.5tbspn fresh ginger paste
- 1.5tbspn fresh garlic paste
- 3 green chillies (optional), chopped
- 3 small tomatoes, chopped
- 200gms frozen spinach
- 1tsbpn salt
- 4cups hot water
- Make a spice mix by mixing 4tbpsn of water with coriander powder, paprika, turmeric, ginger paste, garlic paste and salt.
- Heat oil, on medium heat, in a pressure cooker. Once hot, add cumin seeds.
- When seeds begin to crackle, add the spice mix. Cook for 4-5mins, stirring regularly, until raw flavor of spices is gone.
- Add beans, green chillies, tomatoes, frozen spinach and the hot water. Bring to a boil, close the lid of the cooker and let the pressure build up.
- Turn the heat to low and cook for 10minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 20-25minutes till the pressure is released (the beans will still be cooking during this time).
- Open the cooker, adjust salt and serve with roti or rice!
1) If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can either use canned beans or if you are using dry beans then adjust cooking time accordingly.