Monday, February 1, 2010

Chicken Curry - 1

    Curry as you know is any vegetable, fish or meat in a gravy.  And chicken curry can be made with different gravies. The difference between the gravies are the ingredients used to make them.  I would call the most basic one to be of onion and tomato.  The variations from the basic is when consistency and richness is changed by addition to the basic.  Fesh cream, coconut milk, cashew nuts ground to a paste, spinach or other leafy vegetables pureed or poppy seed paste etc to name a few. We will continue to update our blog with the variations in future.

  I am sharing the tomato and onion gravy spiced with curry powder and garam masala today.  By curry powder here I mean  coriander powder, paparika, turmeric.  'Garam masala' is a blend of whole spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and fennel seeds.  Then again there are many more spices which are added and deleted as per taste and cuisine.

   I will share the way I make garam masala in my next post.
Chicken Curry
   The timings below are all approximate and even the powders mentioned are how I like it.  Depending on your tolerance towards the spices add and subtract.  Remember, thickening of the gravy is from the onions, tomato and coriander powder make your variations keeping this in mind.  At home we like the curries to be so spicy that it hits our senses so to speak. 
Chicken Curry
Ingredients:
Chicken             - 1 pound
Onions               - 2 medium
Garlic                 - 1 whole chopped coarsely it yields around 1/4 cup
Ginger                - a big piece when coarsely cut yields 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Chilli powder      - 1 tbspn
Black Pepper     - 1/4th tspn
Coriander           - 3 tbspn
Garam masala    - 1 1/2 tspn
Tomato              - 2 medium size ones that you get on vine and which are sour
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup packed chopped fine
Oil                      - 4 Tbspn (use according to your convenience as long as you can saute the onions golden brown)
Salt                    - 1 tspn or as per taste (use your judgement use half and only remaining after tasting)
Chicken Curry
Method:

1.  Saute onions till translucent and starting to turn golden
2.  Add ginger,garlic and saute
3.  Add all the powders and saute till oil leaves the pan or if you are using less oil on a low fire make sure you cook the powders till the raw smell leaves
4. Add tomato chopped and saute and stirring make sure oil leaves pan before you add chicken. The moisture from the tomato allows you to see the oil seperating so wait patiently and do this process on medium low
5. Add the washed clean and dried chicken and mix well.  At this point on a medium low heat again let the chicken cook until you see water leaving the chicken. Stirring intemittently.
6. I would cook the chicken in  its own water for approximately 20 - 30 minutes or until all the water has dried up and the chicken is cooked in its gravy.
7. Once the water has dried add 1/4th to 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir
8. Let the water combine well to make a thick gravy


Notes:
1. I make sure the chicken cooks on the stove on a medium low fire for 30-45 minutes.  This ensures we recommended cooking time for poultry is reached as well as the spices have permeated the meat.
2. Kashmiri chilli powder available in Indian stores are less hot compared to the paparika.  As such you may opt for this chilli powder to keep the color and consistency and keeping the curry mild.

Contributor: Sunitha

40 comments:

  1. beautiful click!!! looks really tempting!!!

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  2. I love paprika too, gives a great color without adding heat for kids. Love the pics, and the chicken recipe, must try.

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  3. excellent clicks...Curry looks superb!!!

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  4. How will i resist that bowl of chicken curry!!looks so yummy and mouth-watering:)

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  5. As usual outstanding clicks...i'm getting addicted to ur site and ur introduction parts are very impressive...

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  6. Love the drumstick and love the presentation.

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  7. I am so glad you are giving us the base of most curry dishes. By starting there, I can follow you post and learn how to make some of my favorite dishes. Many thanks...

    This all looks so good.

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  8. I wish I am ur neighb. Gosh looks fantastic the chicken!

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  9. ask 1000 people to make the chicken curry and will get 1000 recipes !!! so much to change and vary !!! btw..chicken looks delicious..lovely snaps !!

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  10. Though i dont eat chicken but the presentation is really good:)

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  11. Beautiful pics. Looks very tempting :)

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  12. Great pictures! This is always a simple favorite in our house :)

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  13. I tried ur blueberry muffin recipe it is awesome....posted in my blog...chicken luks very tempting..nice clicks too...

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  14. looks lovely.... staple in our house too...

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  15. Oh Yum! Your chicken curry looks so amazing! I love all these pics, such a fantastic presentation! I've been searching simple Indian curries for such a long time, I have to say your recipe is one of the best recipe that I'll definitely give it a go very soon. Can't wait to see how you make garam masala!!!

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  16. yummy and delicious! Loved reading about your curry description and what photos! You sure do magic through your lens :)

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  17. Gosh...that's really awesome...such a lovely presentation and delicious curry :)

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  18. A Big Thank you and Warm Hug for dropping by my blog :). Your pics are sooooooooo great. Eagerly awaiting for the garam masala recipe.
    Simi
    itsallaboutfood.wordpress.com

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  19. So tempting... love the deep red color of the curry and as usual great click!

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  20. wow gorgeous & very very tempting pics...looks absolutely delicious..

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  21. Fantastic and tasty chicken curry!

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  22. mmm...mouthwatering!! nice click dear..

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  23. The pictures were good and the presentation was also great.

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  24. recently I also cook curry, but I cooked dhal curry, your curry look yummy too.

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  25. I am a veggie so dont eat chicken but I must compliment on your awesome clicks.Very professional.

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  26. Yummmmmmmmmmm!!!omg, ur clicks makes me hungry...

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  27. instructions about the masala powders and the consistency are well precised!!!chicken curry looks fantastic, Mmmm, eye-catching pictures!!!!

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  28. Dear Namitha and Sunitha,

    please do collect the award I have for you !!!

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  29. yummm , looks delish. gorgeous photoes.

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  30. Spicy and simply superb....Kothivarunundu sharikkum...

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  31. Lve you pics and that curry looks so so delcious and love the thick gravy.

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  32. chicken curry loks yummylicious...

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  33. Spicy and yummy curry,liked the color of the gravy..yummmmm

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  34. Awesome clicks....chicken looks yumm.

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  35. wow sunita this chicken gravy luks very very tempting n spicy...yummm...loved ur recipe, nice one.nice clicks 2

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  36. veendum kothipichu..awesome pics..:)

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  37. what a beautiful click and lovely presentation... chicken curry looks spicy and delicious

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  38. I was searching for chicken curry recipe and thought to prepare it in new style. While searching your blog I came to this post. Your version is good and the method is also good. I saw this prior but forget to bookmark it.

    I combined your version and the chicken curry from blog "Kothiavunnu.com" and prepared it.

    I cooked the chicken first and then did the remaining process. Since there was recipe index so it was easy to find.

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