Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chicken Pudinewala

Chicken Pudinewala

My mom created this recipe during one of her visits while I had a crazy work day on Sunday. We had lots of mint and she used whatever spices she could find. This curry tasted delicious. When I asked her what's for dinner on phone from work, she said - chicken curry. I told her after tasting the curry, that just chicken curry doesn't do justice to this delicious creation so I named it "chicken pudinewala"!

Chicken Pudinewala
Minty Chicken Curry
1 lb chicken tenderloins, cut into small pieces
Marinate with 1/2 of ground green paste*
1/3 cup yogurt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Grind to a fine paste*
1/3 cup mint leaves
4-6 garlic cloves
2" ginger
1 cup cilantro
1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp oil
1 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
3/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/2 of remaining green paste

1/2 tsp Clove powder
1/8 tsp Nutmeg Powder
2 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Kachcha Masala
2 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp Ginger Powder
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

You will also need
1 cup coconut milk
salt to taste

5-7 mint leaves, cut into thin ribbons

1. Grind green paste using mint, cilantro, lemon juice, ginger & garlic.
2. Marinate chicken with half of about paste, turmeric powder and yogurt. Set aside in the fridge till ready to use at least for 1/2 hour.
3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onions. Saute for 5 minutes. Add remaining green paste. Saute for 5 minutes. Now add tomatoes. Saute again till tomatoes are mushy.
4. Now add marinated chicken. Saute for 5 minutes. Add all the spices. Saute again for 5 more minutes.
5. Add 1 cup water. Cover and let it cook till chicken is soft. Add more water if needed.
6. Add salt to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add coconut milk. Simmer till desired consistency is reached.
7. Garnish with mint ribbons.

Note -
1. Use fresh mint for this recipe.

Gardening Tip -
When you buy fresh mint from the grocery stores (I buy it from the local Indian stores or Farmers market as it's cheaper than the supermarkets), immerse the mint stems in a glass of water. In about 2-3 weeks, the stems will grow roots. You can plant those stems and grow your own mint. You can actually skip this step and plant directly into the soil. But in my opinion, water immersion method has a higher chance of survival.

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