Mmmmm! my faaaavourite….

by Sunita on December 5, 2007

…say Rengoni and Agastya whenever they like something, even managing to raise their thumbs up…at such times, Dinesh goes all quiet… says he was too busy relishing… and I can’t help, but smile. Well, it all sounds so much better than the fiddling with the food, and Rengoni’s very diplomatic “I don’t like it , but I’m still eating…” and Agastya’s straightforward “I don’t like this…” and Dinesh’s “It’s fine”…of course I know it’s not…

But, let’s leave the disappointing moments and concentrate on the highs…the ones which receive the thumbs up and which makes my spouse go all quiet. Let’s talk about a certain chicken curry which brings smiles around. However different kinds of chicken curry I’ve made, this is one of those which has never failed me with family and friends alike…and it doesn’t take ages to prepare, either. It has a rich, thick gravy…one of those dishes that can be relished and indulged once in a while.

This time, we had it with some jeera (cumin) rice and some fresh salad and it was bliss. It was more like a treat really…we’ve been on a high recently…the kids seem to doing quite well at school ( a big sigh of relief !!!), as per their respective teachers … we had the dreaded parents evening yesterday… and to show a little appreciation , made this ‘faaaavourite’ chicken curry of theirs…a way of giving them the thumbs up. Without more ado, here’s the recipe for the chicken curry in a saffron- yogurt gravy

What’s needed-
8-10 medium sized pieces of chicken, skinned
1 and 1/2 C of plain yogurt
a pinch of saffron strands
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 whole red chilli
3 cloves
1 inch stick of cinnamon
3 pods of cardamom
1 tblsp sugar
a paste of 2 large onions, 1 and 1/2 inch piece of ginger, 5-6 pods of garlic
1 tblsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
chilli powder(according to the level of heat tolerance)
1 tbls tomato puree
1 tsp garam masala powder
6-7 tblsp of oil
salt to taste

How to-

  1. Mix together the yogurt and saffron in a bowl and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep pan.
  3. Add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, whole red chilli, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
  4. When the seeds begin to splutter and the spices leave their aroma, add the tblsp of sugar.
  5. When the sugar melts into a nice caramel colour (take care not to burn), add the onion-ginger-garlic paste , along with the turmeric and cumin powders and fry, stirring constantly over medium heat till the oil rises to the top and the whole mixture is not watery any more.
  6. Add the tomato puree and stir for a few seconds.
  7. Add the chicken, season with salt and cook covered, stirring now and then, till the chicken pieces are very nearly done.
  8. Add the saffron-yogurt mixture to the chicken, stir and simmer till the chicken is done completely and the gravy thickens.
  9. Add the garam masala powder, stir for a few seconds and remove from heat.
  10. Garnish with a little chopped coriander and serve hot with rice/rotis/pooris/naans.

As I mentioned earlier, we had our’s with some cumin rice and some fresh vegetable salad…and there were smiles all around. Now, did someone say, “mmmmm! my faaavourite…”? :-D

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shilpa December 5, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Saffron and chicken? thats a very interesting combo.
I understand the satisfaction we get when our family likes what we cooked. No matter how good or bad the dish is, if they like it, thats the best feeling :) .


2 bindiya December 5, 2007 at 4:29 pm

nita ,would love to have a bite of this, loos divine.


3 bindiya December 5, 2007 at 4:30 pm

sorry that was looks divine hehe ,havent seen ur loos yet!


4 Seema December 5, 2007 at 5:03 pm

Nice dish, looks mouthwatering!! Yes, its a sense of satisfaction & happiness we get when our families enjoy our cooking:-) Does it happen always, no :-(


5 Sandeepa December 5, 2007 at 5:24 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…it is great. *thumbs Up* :)


6 Mishmash ! December 5, 2007 at 5:55 pm

The richness really shows up in the pic and jeera rice goes well with such dishes….my easy resort on weekends :)



7 Suganya December 5, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Those bowls are darn pretty.


8 bee December 5, 2007 at 6:46 pm

love the new header!!!


9 Mansi Desai December 5, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Looks liek you are addicted to using saffron in gravies after the success of your event Sunita:) nice one…I love the creamy gravy!


10 sunita December 5, 2007 at 8:09 pm

shilpa,yes, it is indeed a very nice feeling indeed…and saffron goes very well with chicken…try it.


11 sunita December 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Bindiya, thanks…would love to offer you a real bite.


12 sunita December 5, 2007 at 8:13 pm

seema, thanks…and yes,it doesn’t happen always :-(


13 sunita December 5, 2007 at 8:15 pm

sandeepa, :-D DD


14 sunita December 5, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Shn, thanks…it is nice combo indeed…one of our favourites :-)


15 sunita December 5, 2007 at 8:18 pm

suganya, thanks…I had forgotten that they did still exist in a corner of my kitchen :-)


16 sunita December 5, 2007 at 8:19 pm

mansi, I have always been so addicted…have been making this curry regularly since the last three years :-)


17 Dhivya Karthik December 5, 2007 at 9:27 pm

hey ur header luks grand..! I like it..shows ur luv for nature photography along with food! 2 in one..was that ur intention ? ;-)


18 Anh December 5, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Sunita, thanks for the recipe! I will try this out for sure!


19 Rajitha December 6, 2007 at 12:13 am

i could not help laughing at ur husband’s reaction ;) husband adds in too much of pickle or eats really less and tells me i am really not hungry today…and proceeds to take apart the pantry and fridge for goodies to eat ;)


20 Kribha December 6, 2007 at 12:18 am

Looks sooo yummy. I will try it for sure. Thanks for sharing.


21 sunita December 6, 2007 at 9:00 am

dhivya, thanks dear…and yes, you’ve guessed my intentions all right :-D


22 sunita December 6, 2007 at 9:01 am

anh, you’re most welcome…do give it a try…


23 sunita December 6, 2007 at 9:03 am

rajitha, :-D …sometimes even Dinesh eats less than he should and does the raiding bit very subtly…


24 sunita December 6, 2007 at 9:04 am

Kribha,you’re most welcome…do go on and give it a try.


25 Rachel December 6, 2007 at 1:04 pm

That’s a nice meal out there! fresh looking green sald as well! Comfort food!


26 sunita December 6, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Rachel, thanks…we did enjoy the meal :-)


27 Deborah December 6, 2007 at 3:57 pm

I think the reason I enjoy cooking and baking so much is for those moments when you can tell that the recipients loved the food!!

My husband claims that he is not a curry fan, but I think he would really like this. I might just have to test it out on him!!


28 KayKat December 6, 2007 at 4:13 pm

That gravy sounds awesome, got to try it with veggies! And those bowls rock :)


29 sunita December 6, 2007 at 5:20 pm

deborah, I ditto you on that…as for the curry, hope it will convert your hubby :-)


30 sunita December 6, 2007 at 5:22 pm

kaykat,do try it…should be nice with veggies as well…as for those bowls, they are quite vintage…as like many other things, I had forgotten about them :-D


31 Cynthia December 7, 2007 at 12:37 am

Sooooo, when can we have a meeting so that you can make this dish for me? :D


32 musical December 7, 2007 at 2:35 am

Think spice: think saffron :) . Lovely looking dish there. The “my favorite” comment from the kids rings so true and reminds me how i was as a kid :-D . Btw, the new header looks really beautiful!


33 sagari December 7, 2007 at 5:36 am

beautiful pictures and ckicken looks soo good


34 sunita December 7, 2007 at 11:46 am

cynthia, oh! I’d looove to make it for you anytime sweetie….soooo, when are you coming over :-D


35 sunita December 7, 2007 at 7:40 pm

musical, thanks…childhood is pure bliss, isn’t it :-)


36 sunita December 7, 2007 at 7:42 pm

sagari, thanks… glad you dropped by…


37 keith hillman December 8, 2007 at 12:56 am

Hi – I’m a chef on the south coast of the UK and I just wandered into your site. It’s wonderful!


38 Pravs December 8, 2007 at 1:13 am

that looks like a yummmmmmy chicken dish. Want to just dig in, if you don’t mind :)


39 sunita December 8, 2007 at 10:24 am

keith, thanks and welcome to my world…glad you like my humble space…


40 Sig December 10, 2007 at 12:32 am

mmmmm… my faaaaavvorite too… :) I love the look of this chicken curry Sunita…


41 Happy cook December 10, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Oh how come i missed this post. The chicken looks delicious. I am sure if i make this at home i will too get a thumps up.
Saw Cinamon in the ingridient list, mmmm should try them and post it to you :-)


42 sunita December 10, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Sig, I’m smiling :-) …try it…I’m sure you’ll love the taste as well (I hope :-D )


43 sunita December 10, 2007 at 7:37 pm

happy cook, better late than never…do try it…looking forward to your cinnamony creation.


44 Shella December 20, 2007 at 5:26 am

Hey a big thumbs up from me to you!! It looks awesome, n I feel the saffon would blend so well with the gravy you’ve created. Looks delicious


45 fiesta April 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Your pictures are beautiful. What camera are using? It looks as if a professional photographer took with perfect lighting. Great blog .keep up ur goos work..


46 Alison May 20, 2008 at 12:37 am

Sunita–I made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious. The whole family loved it, and polished it all off. I’m trying to figure out why it’s so very,very good. Is it the saffron in the yoghurt? The caramelised sugar at the beginning? Whatever the secret,it’s a fantastic dish.


47 sunita August 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Thanks,and yes, the saffron goes really well in this gravy :-_)

Thank you…i use Nikon D40.

You’re most welcome…glad you and your family enjoyed it…as fir the secret, i guess it’s all that you’ve mentioned , put together :-D


48 shayma January 30, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Sunita, you have some lovely recipes here, i am really curious to know and learn more about Assamese cooking- please keep those recipes coming. these spices- the zeera, haldi, zaafran with chicken and yoghurt and just luscious in this dish. really a winning combo. i look forward to visiting your blog again. best wishes for a happy new year, shayma


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