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.

Khichdi-Indian Comfort Food

Kichdi (pronounced kichery) is an Indian rice dish made from rice and lentils. It is commonly considered to be India’s comfort food and it’s probably one of the quickest Indian meals to make. For being so simple I find it surprising at how tasty it turns out everytime its made. Read on:

Serves 2

What we need:

2 tbsp butter
1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
1 black cardomom
1 tbsp grated ginger
1/2 cup rice, washed
1/2 cup of moong dahl, washed
1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
2 tsp salt
5 cups water

How we do:

  • Heat a pressure cooker and add the butter
  • Add the cumin seeds and cardomom. When begins to sizzle, add the ginger
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes until light golden
  • Add the rice, dahl and water. You can also pop in the salt and haldi
  • Taste the water to see if it has enough/too much salt. Adjust accordingly
  • Mix everything together
  • Close the pressure cooker. Cook on high heat and let the pressure build.
  • Once it does, reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes
  • Now, remove from heat and let it to cool on its own allowing all the steam to escape. Then carefully open the lid.
  • NOTE: If you do not have a pressure cooker, follow the above steps using a pan and once everything is mixed together let it cook on medium heat for 20 minutes until dahl and rice are very soft.
  • BALLE BALLE! You’re done. Best served with yogurt, diced cucumbers and tomatoes and a sprinkle of coriandor. Oo and mango pickle!