Monday, January 23, 2012

Chicken in Cashew Paste

Ingredients :
Chicken : 1 kg cut into medium pieces
Cashews : 50 gms made into paste
Raisins : 10-12 pieces made into paste
Curd : ½  cup well beaten with ½ tsp garam masala powder
Dried whole red chili : 3-4
Green chili : 4-5 made into paste
Garlic : 10-15 cloves made into paste
Onion : 4-5 medium made into paste
Cream : ¼ th cup well beaten to garnish
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Green Cardamom - 5 pieces.
Cloves -5-6 pieces
Black peppercorns - 10
Cooking Oil
Ghee : 2-3 tsps
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
NOTE : Cashews and Raisins can be pasted together.
             Onion, Garlic cloves and green chili can be pasted together.
             Cinnamon, Cardamoms, Cloves and whole black peppercorns can be made into a powder in a mortar and pestle.
             No Ginger or turmeric needed.
Method :
Was the chicken thoroughly, pat dry, sprinkle some salt and set aside
Heat oil in a Kadhai.
Add the powdered whole garam masalas
Once they start to crackle, add the whole dry red chillies, sauté for 2 minutes
Add a little pinch of sugar
Add the Onion-Garlic and Green Chili paste to this, sauté till the raw smell goes away
Add the already salted Chicken pieces now, sauté for a while
Cover and cook till the Chicken is half way done
Add the Cashew-Raisin paste and stir well
Add the beaten curd with a pinch of garam masala powder
Cover and cook till the Chicken is tender and is done thoroughly
Add Salt to taste
Once gravy thickens as per your need garnish with beaten fresh cream and a few slit green chillies and serve hot with Naan or Paranthas

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