Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Chicken with baby potatoes.



I found this recipe a few years ago on youtube and it fast became our favourite go-to dish. It is super easy, super simple and super quick. Not to mention super tasty. (a lot of super there but you get the basic idea, don't you?) You don't have to be an expert to get good results, just a little attention to details and voila you can put up a dish in front of your family that they will love.

When I first got married, man, I was a terrible cook. Terrible I tell you. My poor husband was at the receiving end of my horrible cooking but bless him, he never complained. Alhamdulillah! I got lots of help from youtube and a few people who could cook. So, I want to share my tried and tested recipes with you guys. I ain't one of those people who don't share their recipes. I mean why do that? why? why?
Enough with the rants and let's get you started.

Ingredients:

Dried Red chillies 2-3 (if I remember correctly the original recipe called for 9 chillies, i couldn't feel my tongue for days afterwards. So, go easy on the chillies, you can always add them later if you like)
Pepper corn 1 tsp
Green cardamom 5
Cloves 6
Almonds 9
Cinnamon stick
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
( you are going to dry roast the above mentioned ingredients)

 Chicken 500 Grams
Salt 1 tsp
Oil 1/2 cup
Onions 1 (finely chopped)
Baby potatoes (if you don't have those at hand use any type of potatoes)
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Coriander seeds (crushed) 1 tsp
Yogurt 1 Cup

For garnishing:
Coriander leaves (optional)
Mint leaves (optional)
Green chillies 2-3
Ginger in julienne cutting for garnishing

Directions:

Dry roast the red chillies, cardamoms, pepper corn, cloves, almonds and cinnamon till the almonds start changing colour. Add the cumin seeds at the end or else they will burn. Once these are dry roasted, put them aside to cool down before you put them in a blender to make a coarse powder.

Clean and dry the chicken. Marinate it for 2 hours with the mixture you prepared in the previous step.

Now take a pan and heat the oil. Fry the finely chopped onion till it is golden brown then add the chicken, salt and crushed coriander seeds (You will have to make a judgement call here depending on the type of potatoes you are using, If you are using baby potatoes or a kind that cooks really quickly add them after your chicken is half done, or else you will end up with chicken with mashed potatoes) I like to fry the chicken till it is golden brown and then add the rest of the ingredients.

Add the yogurt, turmeric and the green chillies. Give it a good stir and cover to cook on medium heat.

You can adjust the gravy according to your taste. Garnish with ginger and green chillies.Serve with naan/chapati or rice.


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