Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday cooking with Rohit - Chicken Curry

Today is my first post in the Sunday Cooking with Rohit series. And today he made one of the yummiest Chicken Curries I have ever eaten, at home or in restaurants!!! 

You want to know how he made it?

Here's the recipe

Ingredients :
Tsp = Teaspoon
Tbsp = Tablespoon

Chicken - 750 gm

For the marinade : 
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 Tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 Tsp
Kanda Lasun Masala - 1 Tsp (This masala is readily available in Indian food stores or you can make it yourself. Recipe here) If you cannot buy or make it, you can substitute it with some spicy red chilli powder and some Garam Masala.
Cumin Powder - 1 Tsp (optional)
Coriander Powder - 1 Tsp (optional)

For the Masala :
Cooking Oil - 1/2 Tbsp
Onions - about 1 cup sliced
Cinnamon - about 2" long
Cardamom - 2
Peppercorns - 10-12 (lessen number if you want less spicy)
Star Anise - 1
Mace (Crushed) - about 1 Tsp
Dry red chillies - 2 (Use only one if you want less spicy)
Coriander seeds - 1 Tbsp
Poppy seeds - 1 Tsp
Cumin seeds - 2 Tsp
Black Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp
Fresh Coconut (grated) - 3 Tbsp
Dessicated coconut - 1 Tbsp
Red Chilli powder (kashmiri) - 1 Tsp (for color)

For the gravy :
Cooking Oil - 2 Tbsp
Bay leaf - 1
Onions - 1 cup Chopped
Tomato - 1/4 cup Chopped
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 Tbsp
Red Chilli Powder (kashmiri) - 1 Tsp
Kanda Lasun Masala - 1 Tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 Tsp (optional)
Coriander powder - 1 Tsp (optional)
Kasuri Methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) - 1 Tsp
Fresh Cream - 2 Tbsp
Dry dessicated coconut - 1 Tbsp (optional)
Fresh Coriander - 1/4 cup - finely chopped


Start by marinating the chicken.
Mix all ingredients into a paste and apply it to the cleaned chicken.

 Cover and let it sit for at least an hour.

Making the Masala:
1. Put some oil in a pan to heat.
2. Add all the spices and the dry red chilli and cook till they brown. (DO NOT ADD the red chilli powder now)
3. Add the sliced onions.

 4. Saute till the onions soften.

5. Add the grated fresh coconut and the desiccated coconut and saute till it starts to brown. 
6. Add the red chilli powder and saute for one minute. 

7. Remove from heat and blend it into smooth paste. 

Optional Step : Dry roast the Desiccated coconut till it turns golden.

Making the gravy:

1. In a hot pot, pour the oil and let it heat. 
2. Add a bay leaf and chopped onion. Saute till it starts turning golden brown. 

3. Add ginger garlic paste and tomato. Saute till oil starts to separate. Do not worry if your pot looks a little burnt. It will go away once you add the chicken. 

4. Add the red chilli powder, kanda lasun masala, cumin powder, coriander powder and the kasuri methi. Add the masala paste. Add a mittle water and stir it for a minute. 

5. Lower heat, cover and cook for another minute.

6. Add half of the chopped coriander, give it a good stir, cover and cook for another minute.
7. Add the marinated chiicken and stir thoroughly to make sure that all of the chicken is coated.

8. Cover and let it cook till the chicken is cooked. 
9. After about 10 minutes you will see that the chicken will start oozing some water. Add salt to taste and warm water to thin the gravy. 

10. After the chicken is cooked, add the fresh cream and the roasted desiccated coconut. 
11. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with rice or roti. Add a dash of lemon juice before you serve.

If you do make it, do let me know how it went. If you have any problems, feel free to ask questions.

Enjoy your meal!!!


P.S. The spices listed above in "For the Masala" will be used repeatedly in making of Indian recipes. They have a pretty good shelf life too. If you buy more than you need, you can store them in the freezer in ziploc bags.


  1. I so love the recipe....will definitely make it....thanks for sharing shruti n rohit

  2. Luv the receipe...surely going to try it out.Shruti thanks for sharing the receipe n u r really lucky
    Looks so yummy

  3. I can appreciate why Indian food is expensive to enjoy in a restaurant. There is so much preparation and ingredients! I hope to try this one day. It looks delicious!

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious! I'll make a list of the spices I need for next time I go to the big town and then I can try it out. We love Indian food. Thank you :-)

  5. This looks fabulous. It seems only fitting I show it to my husband to make. I wouldn't want to take over in the kitchen. Thanks Rohit.

  6. this is new to me but truly an interesting recipe...great post!!


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