Saturday, 15 February 2014

Chicken in a Spicy Onion Gravy

Chicken is not a favorite in our household but with not many options available to explore apart from seafood (not my favorite), it gets included in our weekly menu. While there are thousands of recipes available to make the bird a delicious meal, today I decided to go by my instincts and put whatever spices and ingredients I can grab at hand. The dish turned out extremely yummy and so easy to make. It goes very well with either rice or roti.

500 gms chicken, washed and cleaned
4 medium onions, finely sliced
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp garam masala powder
2-3 slit green chillies
2 each of cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves
Salt to taste
1 tbsp mustard oil

Cut the chicken into small pieces. In a pan, heat the oil and add the whole garam masala and cumin seeds and let it crackle. Now add the sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for 2-3 minutes. Now add the dry spices and fry till oil separates. Add the chicken pieces till it gets nicely browned. Cover and cook till the chicken is half done on medium flame. Now remove the cover and add the tomato puree. Stir till everything gets mixed well. By now, the gravy should be a nice red in color. The juices from the onions and the chicken provide enough gravy for the curry. However, if you should require more gravy feel free to add water. Add salt as per taste. Finally, add the sugar and garam masala powder. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and freshly chopped onions. Serve hot with rice/roti.

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