Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Fiery Red Chicken Curry
Cooking time required: 30 mins
Cost of preparation: 110-120 rupees
For marinate: Chicken pieces(500 gms), ginger garlic paste (1 tsp), mustard oil ( 1
tsp), yogurt ( 1 tbs), salt, turmeric.
For the gravy: Potato (1 large), Onion( 1 large), tomato( 2 nos, medium), cumin seeds (1/2 tsp), coriander seeds( 1tsp), cinnamon ( 1 inch ), green cardamom (2 pods ), star anise ( 1 no ), javitri/mace ( 1 flower), cloves ( 3-4 nos), bay leaf ( 2 nos), whole red chillis ( 4-5 nos ), sunflower oil ( 4 tps), mustard oil( 2 tsp), Kashmiri lal chilli powder (1 tsp), ginger garlic paste (1 tbs), turmeric (1 tsp ), salt ( to taste ).
For tempering: Cumin seeds ( 1/3 tsp), fennel seeds ( 1/3 tsp).
Pre-cooking: Marinate chicken pieces with ginger-garlic, yogurt, turmeric, salt and
mustard oil. Set aside for 1 hour.
Cooking: Cut the onion and tomato into two halves. Transfer to a pressure cooker with a little water and boil for 3 whistles . Allow to cool down .Drain away the excess water and mash the onion and tomato. Do not throw this water.
Cut the potato into 4 pieces , fry for 3-4 mins and keep aside.
Heat a pan. Add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamon, cinnamon, mace and star anise. Dry roast for about 2 mins. Grind into a fine powder in a mixer grinder.
Heat the sunflower oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin, fennel seeds, bay leaves and red chillis followed by the mashed onion and tomato. Cook for 3 mins.
Add the ginger garlic paste and salt. Fry the paste for about 5 mins.
Add the marinated chicken pieces along with the roasted spices and kashmiri lal mirch powder and cook for 10-15 mins with the lid open. Keep stirring in between.
Add potato pieces, 2 cups hot/warm water, salt if required and allow for 1 whistle.
Keep aside till steam is released. The chicken should be just tender and not overdone. If it is still not done, cook for another whistle.
Serve with white rice .
Note: Use spicy whole red chillis for making the curry really hot and Kashmiri lal mirchi to give it a lovely red color.