Saag Chicken

Delicious chicken cooked in a mild spinach based sauce. I fell in love with this the first time my mom cooked it for me.

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  1. Marinate chicken with 1tspn ginger garlic paste and 1/2tspn salt for 1hr.
  2. Boil chicken on low flame till half cooked, around 30mins.
  3. In another pot, boil spinach. Blend this with fresh coriander and green chillies.
  4. Heat oil in a wok. Add the bay leaf, cardamoms and star anise.
  5. After 30secs, add onion and fry on high heat till it turns pinkish.
  6. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 3mins.
  7. Turn heat to low. Add kitchen king masala. Fry for 2mins.
  8. Add tomatoes, coriander powder, cumin powder, pre-friend onion paste. Fry for 5miins or till raw taste of masalas is gone.
  9. Add spinach puree, fry for 5mins.
  10. Add chicken, cover and cook till chicken is cooked through.
  11. Serve with fresh rotis!

Dry Chicken Curry

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 ūüôā

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add whole spices and cumin seeds and wait till aroma is released, 1-2mins.
  2. Add onion and chilli. Fry on medium heat till onion is really soft (about 45-60mins). Stir regularly.
  3. Add ginger and garlic paste and cook for 3-4mins.
  4. Add rest of the ingredients (except chicken and fresh coriander) and fry till masala is cooked, around 15mins.
  5. Add whole chicken thighs and fry (flipping once) till both sides turn white.
  6. Add 2 cups boiling water to almost cover the chicken. Bring to boil.
  7. 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)
  8. 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)

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Chicken Korma

I made this curry for the first time a few weeks ago and it turned out really good! Even my sister (who has assumed the role of food critic while I stay with her in Germany) approved the dish. The ingredient list might be long but once you’ve gathered what you need the method is very straightforward.

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Marinade

  • 1kg chicken on the bone
  • 5tspn Chicken Korma Masala
  • 1tspn coriander powder
  • 1tspn cumin powder
  • 1/4cup yoghurt

Whole spices

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 2inch cinnamon stick

Sauce

  • 1tbspn ghee
  • 1tbspn sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5tbspn fresh ginger paste
  • 1.5tbspn fresh garlic paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2cup pre-fried onions
  • 1tbspn tomato paste
  • 3 green chillies (optional)
  • 1tbspn kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • salt

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients for marinade and keep aside for couple of hours. (If you don’t have Korma¬†masala, substitute with 1.5tspn coriander powder, 1.5tspn cumin powder, .5tspn turmeric, 2tspn paprika)
  2. Heat ghee and oil, in a wide and deep frying pan, on medium heat.
  3. Add the whole spices. Fry for 1 minute till aroma is released.
  4. Add chopped onions. Cook on medium heat till onions are soft and golden brown in colour, around 30mins-45mins.
  5. Add ginger and garlic paste and fry for 5mins.
  6. Add chicken with marinade and cook for 15mins, turning over chicken pieces once.
  7. While chicken is frying make a paste of the tomatoes, pre-fried onions, tomato paste, chillies and 3/4cup of water.
  8. Add paste to the chicken and bring to boil.
  9. Lower heat, cover and cook for 50minutes.
  10. Crush kasuri methi in palm and add to the sauce, stir through. Cook for another 5mins.
  11. Remove from flame and let sit for 15mins.
  12. Serve with naan or rice.


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