Chicken Curry

Sometimes I feel like experimenting with my basic recipes – to see if changing an ingredient brings in a difference in taste? texture??. And then during the process of working with changing ingredients – it helps me learn what works and what else can be tried :). This time It was the absence of raw tomatoes that made me go for the tin of Hunts Tomato paste and work on my basic recipe (I just keep 1 can – before I get a chance to do my grocery – for just incase I need it moments). The tomatoes really worked and gave me a very nice smooth and tasty gravy!

Recipe source: This is a basic home recipe – no frills to it. I am sure it is out there in many other houses. 🙂

This is what you need:

– 2 tablespoons oil
– 5-6 chicken drumsticks
– 2 tablespoons tomato paste – (this one really works – if you want to give it a try) – if not then 2 medium-sized tomatoes – roughly chopped
– 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
– 1 medium onion – thinly chopped
– 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
– 2 green chillies (slit into half)
– 2 dry red chillies (slit into half)
– 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
– 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
– 1 teaspoon coriander powder
– 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
– 1/2 cup hot water
– 1/2 cup fresh cream/sour cream/milk/yoghurt
– 1/4 cup mint/cilantro leaves
– salt to taste

This is how you make:
Step 1: Take a medium-sized sauce pan (Non stick is good). On medium heat – heat oil and add cumin seeds/green chillies and red chillies. Add onions and saute till onions just start to turn brown – then add ginger garlic paste and saute for about 30 seconds. Now add the tomato paste and saute till for about 2-3 mins.
Step 2 – Now add: Turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder. saute till all these are mixed well with onions and tomatoes.
Step 3: Now add hot water and cook till the water boils (this really should be about a minute or so – since we are adding hot water). Now add salt. Do a taste test here and adjust as needed.
Step 4: Fold in Chicken and let it cook till chicken is tender. keep stirring occasionally.
Step 5: Once the chicken is tender. Add fresh cream and stir it on high flame – till it is completely incorporated. Now add coriander and fresh mint. switch off the heat. cover and let it rest for about 5-10 mins.

I really really loved the color and the texture of this gravy. Serve it with plain rice/roti or naan.
I am a fresh ingredients user – but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to use canned ingredients… all the more a good reason if they turn out this good. 🙂

If you are a vegetarian – you can use choice of any of your favorite vegetables or Tofu??

Enjoy! Have Fun….