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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chicken Curry....just like my Moms:)

Childhood memories are amazing...a place...a smell...can take you back to your favorite time in childhood. For me, back the, Sunday morning started with "Rangoli" ( Hindi songs playing on the TV)  and then later the aroma of warm spices filling the air...with my moms special blend of spices for the Chicken Curry. Sunday was usually 'non veg' day and chicken was the most frequent Non veg item.
I made this curry the very same way my mom used to make with a little bit of difference here or there...

2 Cups chicken cut up in small pieces (I used boneless)
2tsp Yogurt
1tsp Chicken curry masala ( store bought/ homemade blend)
1/2tsp red chili powder
1/2tsp turmeric
Marinate the chicken with the above spices and keep in refrigerator for 1/2 hour.
Then cook in pressure cooker for 2 whistles/ or you can cook in the gravy itself and boil longer till tender.

2 Onions sliced
3/4 cup fresh coconut grated/ or I used 1/2 cup coconut milk+ 1/4 cup dry coconut powder
1 tomato chopped
1tsp Coriander seeds
1tsp Sesame seeds
1tsp Chicken curry masala
1tsp red chili powder
1/2tsp fennel seeds
2 cloves garlic
small piece of ginger
1tsp Shah jeera/cumin
1piece cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1tbsp oil

Cilantro for garnish

1) Heat 1 tsp oil. Fry the sliced onions till golden brown, add the grated coconut and fry till golden. (if using dry coconut+ coconut milk, don't add milk at this point)
2) In a blender add the fried onion+coconut mixture, tomato, sesame, fennel, coriander seeds, ginger-garlic and blend into a smooth paste.
3) Heat the remaining oil, add shah jeera, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and the pureed gravy.Fry for few mins.
4) Add the cooked chicken, rest of the spices,salt and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 mins.
5)  Serve hot along with Chapati/ Rice or my favorite any kind of 'crusty' bread to soak up that spicy curry!!


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