Monday, January 24, 2011

Chicken Masala

How many of you have just opened the fridge door and stared into it for a long...long....really long time and didn't have a clue what you were doing there in the first place , this dish just came into my mind while staring at the fridge . I just had some chicken breasts in the fridge and some of the usual stuff and tried out this dish , well what do you know it came out delicious . It was easy to prepare and cooked pretty quickly too . This can eaten with chappathis and can also be made into sandwiches too, so here goes.....


500 gm boneless chicken
6 green cardamoms
2 cloves
1 inch pc of cinammon stick
2 bay leaves
3 whole red chillies
2 tsp coriander seeds
saffron  a pinch dissolved in 2 tsp warm milk ( optional)
1 large onion chopped finely
1 large tomato chopped
2 green chillies chopped
ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
2 tbsp oil


Heat the oil in a pan and add the chicken pieces on high heat for about 5-6 min and set aside
In the oil add the whole spices and when they start to crackle add chopped onions and saute till brown .
Add ginger and garlic paste and red chilli powder .
Add chopped tomatoes and cook till it turns into a thick paste.
Now add the chicken , green chillies and saute till chicken is cooked .
Add saffron if using any  and stir.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.


Since saffron is very expensive I sometimes make a fake one and it is pretty easy and almost does the work , it is 1/4 tsp of turmeric mixed in  1 tbsp of rosewater and 2 tbsp of milk .

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