Roasted Afghani Cream Chicken

We’ve had guests round this week from India and in true Mamma Sawhney style, preparations began a couple days before hand and a plethora of dishes were made. I was made in charge of preparing the chicken dish so I decided to go for Afghani Chicken. I’ve only ever eaten this dish in North India, once in Jaipur and more recently this past year, I ate  it in this small little Punjabi cafe called Sandoz in Karol Bagh, Delhi.  It was amazing!  Regardless, I did a little research on it when I got back and I came up with this recipe. This is definitely one of those recipes that should be saved for special occasions. Result was succulent, creamy, rich chicken-major emphasis on the rich. But in the best way. Recipe shown below serves 12. You can either divide by how many servings you want it to yield or use http://www.easysurf.cc/recipe.htm.

Serves 12:
3 baby chickens, pre portioned and skinned
6 tbsp heavy cream
6 garlic cloves
3″ ginger
1 1/2 lemons
4 tsp kasturi methi (fenugreek leaves)
6 tbsp white pepper
3 tsp black pepper
Pinch citric acid (optional)
9 tsp salt (or according to taste)
2  tsp garam masala
1 tsp cardamom powder
3 tbsp roasted cashew nuts
2 tbsp almond
3 tbsp olive oil
2 handfuls coriander, chopped

  • To make the marinade, add all of the ingredients listed excluding the chicken) into a food processor. Grind until a coarse paste has formed.
  • In a bowl add the chicken and mix in the paste. Mix well.
  • Marinade for at least 4 hours (overnight is preferable).
  • Preheat oven 170 C/ approx 340 F. (I used a convection oven).
  • Place the marinaded chicken into an oven proof dish that has a lid.
  • Add the chicken to it and secure its lid.
  • Cook for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and carefully turn over the chicken. Let the other side cook for 30 minutes.
  •  You are good to go. Enjoy.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is probably one of the most popular Indian Non Veg dishes. It is generally made at my house when we have dinner parties as an appetizer or as a Summer dish with a side salad.  The basic ingredients for making tandoori chicken are a certain set of spices, yoghurt, lemon and coriander. However, whilst prepping my chicken last week, half way through I looked in the fridge and realised there was no yoghurt to be seen. Nada. So after panicking and a fair bit of rummaging in the fridge, I decided to use milk instead, just to at least help bind all the spices together. I was anxious when I pulled it out of the oven. But the end result? Spicy, flavorful succulent chicken. Pops even said he liked it better than how I usually make it.  So I think this is going to be my new recipe. Also as you can see, the chicken is not red; I opted out usng the red colouring that is usually added. I guess  you can call this ‘unsterotypical tandoori chicken’? All in all this recipe is super easy and super healthy! Have a looky:

Serves 4-6

What we need:
1 whole chicken, skinned and portioned
1 tbsp grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 lemon
3 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp tandoori masala
1/2 tsp elaichi powder
1 tbsp milk
handful fresh chopped coriander
3 tbsp olive oil

How we do:

  • In a bowl add the chicken and all ingredients listed above and mix well.
  • Marinade and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. (If you are in a rush, you can cook it immediately, it’s just the longer you let it marinade, the more flavorful the chicken will be) .
  • Preheat oven at the maximum temperature and cook for 10-12 minutes on each size.
  • Balle Balle!! Best served with salad and naan/chappati.


Chicken Masala

When I decided to make Murgh Masala (Chicken Masala) I was pretty excited but also kinda nervous as I was cooking for the family which meant  I was cooking for Dad who fancies himself as a bit of critique when it comes to non vegetarian dishes. Regardless I got to cooking, and to make a long story short, Dad essentially compared my dish to my Mum’s cooking so yeah I was pretty happy to say the least!!!
So yes, do try it out. Let me know how it goes. It’s a nice creamy masala  but without the calories as I use yoghurt instead of cream so you can sneak in the extra chappati or two into your plate. Check it out y’all!

Serves 4-6

What we need:

1 whole chicken, pre portioned and skinned
1 black cardamom
6 whole pepper corns
1  1/2 onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp ginger, grated
3 tsp salt
1  tsp garam masala
1 tsp haldi
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tin plum tomatoes
4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 4 (optional)
3 tbsp yoghurt
handful fresh coriander, chopped
4 tbsp olive oil

How we do:

  • Heat the oil in a non stick pot on medium-high heat. Add the cardomom and peppercorns. Once they begin to sizzle, add the onions.
  • Stir constantly for 5-7 minutes. Once they turn a slight golden colour, add the garlic and mix well. Now add the ginger and mix again.
  • Now add all of the dry spices and mix. Add the plum tomatoes at this point and mash well.
  • When the oil separtes from the masala, add the chicken pieces to the masala and stir on high heat for 10 minutes.
  • Within 10 minutes, you will see water forming in the pot. Then add the lid and stir every 2 minutes until the water reduces.
  • Add the peeled potatoes at this point (optional).
  • Add 1 cup of water and cook on low-medium heat for 30 minutes with the lid on, checking and stirring it every 5 minutes.
  • After half an hour, the meat should be soft and tender. At this point add the yoghurt and let it cook for 2 minutes. Turn the heat off. Add the fresh coriander and 1/4 tsp garam masala.
  • Put the lid back on and leave it for 10 minutes
  • BALLE BALLE! You’re done! Best served with hot chappatis or basmati rice.