Monday, October 25, 2010

Karahi Chicken

In India and Pakistan some of the dishes are cooked and served in a  ‘karahi’ (also spelled karai, kadai, kadahi or kadhai). For those who do not know a  karahi is a circular, deep, bowled dish and is similar in shape to a wok.It is usually made of cast iron but stainless steel, copper and non-stick versions are also available.

Karahi chicken is a popular dish all across Pakistan . Whether you dine in an upscale fancy restaurant or visit a road side vendor, this chicken dish is always on the menu.Karahi chicken is the only dish ( I know of ) that has countless versions .Basically it’s a tomato based clingy gravy dish but it is cooked in a number of ways with slightly different taste according to the ingredients added other than tomatoes.

I am sharing my version of karahi chicken that is easy , quick , robust , tangy  and off course spicy .With its exotic aromas of fresh ginger,freshly ground whole black pepper , red chilies , coriander and bountiful of tomatoes …this is one dish sure to tingle your taste buds !!

Karahi chicken -2



What you need :
  • Chicken : 12oo gms ( skinned ,cut and washed )
  • Onion : 2 – 3 ( medium , finely chopped )
  • GG paste : 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes : 500 gms ( chopped )
  • Turmeric : 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder : 1/2 tsp ( up to your tolerance level )
  • salt : 1.5 tsp ( up to taste)
  • Garam Masala : 1/2 tsp
  • Oil : 1/2 cup
Karahi Masala :
  • Whole Coriander : 2 tbsp
  • Whole Black pepper : 3/4 tbsp
  • Dried Red chili : 6-7 
  • Whole Cumin : 3/4 tbsp
Crush or pound all the ingredients using mortal / pastel .

Garnish :
  • Ginger : 1 inch piece ( chopped finely )
  • Fresh coriander : 2 tbsp ( chopped)

How To :
  1. Heat oil in a wide pan . Add onions and fry till they are lightly browned.
  2. Add in the GG paste and fry a little .
  3. Throw in the chicken and fry till its no longer pink .
  4. Add in salt , turmeric , chili and garam masala , stir and cook for 2 minutes .
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook (stirring in-between|) till most of the water ( tomato water ) dries out and the oil starts to ooze out a bit.
  6. Now add in your karahi masala , mix in and adjust seasoning .
  7. Reduce flame to very low , cover the pot and let gently simmer for about 10 minutes .
  8. Karahi chicken is ready . Garnish with Ginger and coriander.
  9. Serve with naan , chapati or boiled rice .
Note :
  • Instead of chicken you can use boiled mutton/lamb .
  • Vegans can try this with paneer(cottage cheese)/tofu/gobi(cauliflower).

Karahi chicken -1

1 comments:

meeso said...

Nice description, looks flavorful!

Related Posts with Thumbnails
 

designer : anniebluesky ( Modified by | Sadia Naseeb ): www.bloggeruniversity.blogspot.com