When the hubby made a puppy face and asked “can you make chicken gravy with rice today please?” It did melt my heart, but I couldn’t help remembering the horrendous disasters I had with a simple chicken curry.
The next few words out the husbands mouth “Ask mom how to make it” and then I was more determined than ever to make a chicken curry of my own, I was determined to make it as tasty as I could…
And yes, my determination did yield some spicy fruit…
Me: “is the curry good?”
Husband: “Yes, Yummy!”
Me: “Great, so my recipe worked…”
Husband: Stares at me and asks “u dint ask mom how to make this?”
Me: “Nope” and I give a toothy smile:-D
½ kg chicken (preferably chicken thigh)
2 tbsp curd
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp salt
Juice of half lemon
Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and rub it through the chicken and let it marinate for 20 minutes.
3 Tbsp oil
1 green cardamom
½ inch cinnamon
5-6 black pepper corns
3 green chilies slit into half (adjust according to heat tolerance)
3 medium sized onions,
2 medium sized tomatoes
3 tbsp ginger garlic paste
3 tbsp freshly grated coconut
1 tsp coriander powder
1 ½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp roasted cumin powder
½ tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
1 bunch coriander leaves
Cut 2 onions into slivers and keep aside. Roughly chop one onion, 2 tomatoes and puree in a mixer (Food processor) and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan; add the chicken pieces and fry for 5-8 minutes till they turn light golden brown. Take out the chicken keep aside. In the same oil, add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns. Sauté for 1 minute, add the onions fry till translucent ( About 4 minutes ), then add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for 4 minutes ,add in the coconut and fry for another 3-4 minutes. Now add the onion and tomato puree, half bunch chopped coriander and fry till oil starts separating. Add in the cumin, coriander and chili powder and fry for 2 minutes. Add 2 ½ cups of water cover and cook for 10 minutes. Then add in the chicken pieces, salt, cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes, till the gravy thickens. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with Rice or roti.
Note: If using chicken breast, fry the chicken till 80 % cooked and add cook the chicken in gravy only for 5 minutes. Cooking the chicken breast in tomato sauce tends to make it rubbery.