This is a simple chicken curry recipe that I make for M. She has since months started having chicken curry.
The compliment that I shall always remember is the answer to my question about her favorite food…”Mommy, I love the chicken curry that you make”
Here is the recipe for Chicken Curry
6 Chicken Thighs or drumsticks
1 and 1/2 cup of red onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 inch of garlic piece grated
1/4 or lesser of tumeric powder
1/4 of jeera powder
3 time 1/4tsp chilli powder
4 times 1/4tsp coriender powder
3 times 1/tsp of chicken curry powder ( Sanjeev Kapoor )
1/4 cup coconut milk
Preparing the chicken
This is to tenderize the chicken. Cut the defrosted chicken thighs into about 2 inch pieces or drumstick defrosted. Pat with paper napkins if it has lot of liquid from the defrosting. Add salt ( 3 tsp ) and half of lemon. If you can leave the chicken with the salt and lemon for about 1 hr, the chicken be soft and break easily. Recommended but not necessary.
This is the first part and set aside.
The making of the dish
In a deep pan, add in oil ( olive or sunflower or any other ) and heat. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, add in the onions.
Saute the onions for about a minute or two. Add in the minced garlic and grated ginger. Saute until, the onions start turning brown at the edges. It is time to add in the spices to the pan.
The sequence….The tumeric first, the chilli powder next, the coriander next, the jeera and then the chicken masala. Saute this for a few seconds, it should be smoke but should get cooked with the onion saute. The oil and the spices should look together, blended.
Time to add the chicken. Just dump the chicken pieces into the pan.
Mix the onion spices and the chicken together such that the chicken pieces are coated with the spices. Cover the pan.
The chicken is cooked for 20-25 minutes on timer, checking the chicken very 10 minutes for sufficient liquid for the chicken to cook.
At the end of the 20-25 minutes, turn off the heat and add in the coconut milk. This adds in the creamy taste.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Something green .
Let it sit for 20 minutes or so before serving.
Additional Ingredients that can be added to modify the recipe
- Tomato – After the spices are added, add in a small tomato ( tangy/sour in taste )
- Pepper about 1/4 tsp along with the spices for a peppery flavor