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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Garlic Chicken Masala - a variation

This is not a Garlic Chicken preparation but Garlic Chicken Masala(an Indian Version).For Garlic lovers,a tasty South-Indian preparation of this masala is given here.For an Indian Garlic Chicken preparation,try the same recipe avoiding tomato(use tomato puree instead) and curry leaves.U may find it odd to accept the following truth.My father used say that Non-veg dishes shd not be dined outside but u can taste the Vegies that r done away from home since the N-Veg Dishes are prepared at home well-cleaned and done.So,try avoiding N-Veg Dishes done outside as much as possible.Enjoy cooking at home.This recipe may seem long but can be done easily in 18-20 mins cooking-time.This serves 4-5 nos.Strict Vegetarians.can try this recipe with Soya Chunks or Mushrooms thereby reducing the spices and using Subji masala for chicken masala powder. Enjoy ur Meal!.Bon Appetit!.

Garlic Chicken Masala - Chicken Masala prepared with garlic and other spices


    300 gms boneless chicken pieces - cleaned well and cut into 1 1/2 inch size pieces
    10 garlic pearls -chopped fine
    1 big onion - pasted  with  1 big tomato
    1/2 tsp garam masala powder
    1 1/2 tsp Aachi or any good chicken masala powder
    1/2 tsp ginger paste
    1 1/2 tsp garlic paste(don't add more)
    1/2 tsp white pepper powder
    a pinch of turmeric powder
    1 tbsp cashew paste (optional) or 1 1/2 tbsp coconutmilk powder(don't dissolve it)
    1/2 cinnamon stick,2cloves,2 green cardamoms,1/2 tsp saunf,1/2 tsp maze - all crushed
    2 tsp refined oil + 1/2 tsp butter + 1 tsp pure coconut oil
    3/4 tsp salt  or to taste
    1/2 tsp lemon juice(don't add more)
    1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
    few fried curry leaves
    few fried onions and Garlic(finely chopped)
    250 ml water


    1.Marinate Chicken pieces in 1/2 tsp garlic paste + 1/4  salt  for 15 mins
     2..Heat ghee in a pressure pan,add chopped garlic pearls and saute it for 30 secs.Take a spoonful of garlic and keep it aside for garnishing later.
    3.Add 2 tsp refined oil and saute 1/2 cinnamon stick,2cloves,2 green cardamoms,1/2 tsp saunf,1/2 tsp maze - all crushed.Add curry leaves and a tsp of chopped coriander leaves and saute it for 20 secs.
    4.Add pasted ginger and 1 tsp garlic paste paste and stir it well for a min in good flame.Add 1/2 tsp Chicken Masala  and saute this for 30 secs
    5.Add onion -tomato paste(or chopped onions- Saute till the chopped onions become slightly golden brown in colour and add chopped tomato after a min).
    6.Add the marinated chicken pieces,the remaining 1/2 tsp Chicken Masala  and a spoonful of.chopped Coriander leaves.Stir it for a min or 2 so that the chicken pieces blend well with the spices.
    7.Add water and 1/2 tsp salt and mix it well and pressure cook upto 4 whistles.Leave it for 10 mins for the pressure to be released.
    8.Open the lid and add the cashew paste or the coconut milk powder, 1/2 tsp white pepper powder and the remaining 1 tsp coriander leaves.Stir it carefully for 2 mins.Turn off the flame.
    9.Sprinkle 1/2  tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp coconut oil on top.Garnish with chopped garlic and fried onions .
    10.Serve this aromatic Garlic Chicken Masala hot with steamed rice , Bread or Indian breads,etc,.

 If U r not using Chicken masala, u can  add 1 tsp  Chilli powder + 1/2 tsp coriander powder + 1/4 tsp cumin powder + 1/4 tsp turmeric powder here in this recipe.