Sunday, 25 November 2012

Chicken Masala

I think the Punjabi's make the best chicken! No offences to the rest...but to Indian pallatte , just like a Fish Curry is to South India,Chicken is to the North...The Great Punjab! Punjabi's love their food...a perfect example of Live Life King Size!
Probably this explains the popularity of punjabi dishes in restaurants! They can add their own magic to the vegeterian food too...Be it the palak paneer,Methi Mutter Malai,Koftas or Rotis ,Naans and Paranthas!
So heres adding a special magical Punjabi touch to your Sunday Chicken Curry!

Its spicy , tangy and just delicious to enjoy with your rotis or parathas and rice!
I have coupled it with Laccha Paratha....a Layered or Pleated paratha,thats simply crisp and yummy!

300 gms chicken,cut into pieces
1 large sliced Onion+ 1 small finely chopped onion
1 medium chopped Tomato
5-8 cloves Garlic
1 inch Ginger
1 slit Green Chilly
8-10 Cashewnuts
2 tsp Red chilly powder
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Chicken Masala
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cream
Chopped Coriander for garnish
2 tbsp Oil

For marinating the chicken:
1 tsp Red Chilly powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1/2 tsp Salt

Mix together all the ingredients for marination and rub them to the chicken pieces.
Keep aside for atleast 1-2 hours.

Heat 1 tbsp Oil in a kadhai and add cumin seeds. Now add sliced onions and fry till lightly browned. Add cashewnuts and fry. Add ginger and garlic and fry for a min.
Now add chopped tomatoes and 1 tsp water and fry till the mixture becomes pulpy.
Now add 1 tsp red chilly powder and green chilly and fry for 1 - 2 mins.

Cool and finely grind the mixture.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pressure cooker and add the finely chopped onion. Fry till translucent and add the chicken and mix. Add 1/4 cup water and pressure cook the chicken for about 2-3 whistles.
This step ensures the chicken is cooked and nice and juicy.However,you can avoid this step and directly add the chicken after frying the ground masala.

Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add the ground paste. Fry on medium flame , till oil seperates out.

Mix 1 tsp red chilly powder,turmeric powder and garam masala in 2-5 tsp water and add this paste to the pan. Fry for 1 min.
Add the cooked chicken pieces along with the water and salt and mix.

Add chicken masala and fry. Add more water if the gravy is too thick.
Cover the lid and cook for 2-3 mins on low flame.
Finally add the cream and simmer.

Transfer in a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander.

Serve hot with parathas or naans!
For making Laccha Paratha,refer the link below:


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