Oil free…

by Sunita on May 9, 2008

Although I enjoy the beauty of all the seasons, I sometimes find it amazing as to how a spell of bright weather can uplift the hearts of so many. The gorgeous weather that I mentioned in my last post is still continuing. We’ve been enjoying unbroken sunshine for quite a few days now. The sky is clear with fair clouds floating like balls of cotton wool…the leaves and the flowers, swayed by the gentle breeze and glistening in the bright sunshine…the birds singing away to glory…ah, heavenly! Of course one has to deal with more inects, but hey, that’s a small price to pay !

As for the people, they seem to have come out just like the ants. Shorn of heavy winter wear (which, surprisingly, we’ve had to keep on till last week), our cycle path seems to be as busy as ever…talk about making hay while the sun shines :-)

Now let’s step indoors and into the kitchen :-) I made this oil free chicken curry quite some time ago and wuld like to share with you.

The curry has a rich gravy of yogurt and cashewnuts, so I decided to skip the oil. And since we liked the outcome,here’s the recipe…

What’s needed-

10-12 pieces of chicken, skinned(I used a mixture of various pieces from a whole chicken)
6-7 tblsp of plain yogurt
2 handfuls of cashewnuts, ground to a thick and slightly coarse paste with a few tblsps of water
1 tsp crushed red chilli flakes(more or less, as per taste.)
1 tblsp roasted and ground cumin
1 tblsp garam masala powder
a large pinch of saffron
2 C water (may need more later on )
3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1/3 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
a bunch of coriander, chopped( for garnishing)

How to-

  1. Rub the chicken with the rest of the ingredients, (except the coriander, of course)in a bowl and transfer to a pan.
  2. Place the pan over heat and bring the contents to a boil.
  3. Stir and cook covered over low heat till the chicken is done, stirring often in between.
  4. While cooking, if the gravy tends to dry out, keep adding little water gradually, as the chicken will leave its juices too.
  5. When the chicken is cooked completely, raise the heat and bring to a boil again for a few seconds.
  6. Remove from heat and garnish with the chopped coriander.
  7. Serve hot with rice or rotis/puris.

We had ours with roti and a fresh salad… and no, we didn’t miss the oil at all.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel May 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

Inspite of having no oil…the chicken looks rich and creamy….Love the pale colour as well…


2 Asha May 9, 2008 at 11:39 am

We don’t need to use much oil if we have a good quality chicken and right kind of spices, your dish really looks gorgeous. Time for me to try one of your’s!!:D
Have a wonderful Mother’s day, hugs to you. see you on Monday!


3 Sukanya Ramkumar May 9, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Hi Sunitha…
That was a lovely chicken curry… Looks YUM!….nice recipe to give it a try….


4 Asha May 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Made it right away Sunita! Gravy is gorgeous and fragrant, added some ginger too. Kids will be happy today! Thanks again, will link next week.


5 Shilpa May 9, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Wow…that surely looks wonderful. Its almost lunchtime and I am feeling hungry looking the that :)


6 ranji May 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

I love the idea of no oil…i also make some dishes that doesnt require oil but never made a chken dish without oil..thank u for sharing..it looks deliciosu.


7 sra May 9, 2008 at 4:43 pm

This looks gorgeous, must try and get some chicken on sunday just for this!


8 Cham May 9, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Oil free… that is more interesting, the curry looks very rich and creamy :) Tempting one


9 Divya Vikram May 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Lovely chicken gravy..looks rich n creamy yet with no oil!


10 Jaya May 9, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Sunita, I have to say that your photography is really entering the “next level”. Everything you make looks delicious and your love for food artistry and healthful eating so clearly permeates through in your (written and) visual imagery. Brava! I will definitely have to try this recipe!


11 Cynthia May 9, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Food porn at it’s best. I would imagine that the oil would not be missed at all here.


12 Suganya May 9, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I made a very similar cashew gravy. Boiled egg whites instead of chicken, of course ;) .

We had your aloo methi paratha y’day. It was unbelievably soft, tasty and filling. Thank you :)


13 Meera May 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm

are you kidding? No oil, you say? Wow!! That looks so delicious. A must try for me. bookmarked! Thanks for sharing.


14 Sandeepa May 10, 2008 at 3:13 am

No oil ? Thats neat
I am so bored of chicken here.


15 Lynnylu May 10, 2008 at 10:01 am

I love chicken curry and yours without the oil included will be a recipe I definitely will make.


16 Vani May 10, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Wow, that looks nice! Can’t believe there’s no oil there! :) Great idea of using yogurt & cashew paste to enhance flavor.


17 sra May 11, 2008 at 9:24 am

Sunita, I made this today – doubled the recipe and it worked very well. It even looked exactly like yours. Thanks, will try this with paneer next.


18 farida May 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm

This sounds and looks like a great chicken curry. I like it that you skipped oil since it would make it greasy. I make chichen curry from time to time, but your recipe is different. I like it and I think I’m going to give it a try sometime. Thanks!


19 Sagari May 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm

chicken looks soooooo delecious and rich sunitha , love the color and creamyness too


20 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Thanks…the richness of the geravy made me skip the oil in the first place :-)

I’m so glad that you liked the recipe and more so that you tried it too…it’s really nice to receive positive feedbacks. Hope you had a nice mothers day too…in the UK,as you must know, it is usually celebrated three weeks before Easter :-)


21 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Thanks..we liked it too :-)

Thanks..do give it a try :-)


22 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Thanks…actually we can really skip the oil in so many dishes :-)

You are most welcome…really glad that you enjoyed this recipe :-)


23 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Thanks :-)

thanks :-)


24 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Oh my! You’ve got me all blushing now…but seriously, thank you so much for the pat on the back..i think we all need it at times…do give this reipe a try and i hope you enjoy it as much as we did :-)

Thanks dear…and no, the oil wasn’t missed at all :-)


25 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Yes, this is a very versatile recipe…really glad to know that you enjoyed the parathas…they have become one of our favourites too :-)

no kidding :-) …do give it a try :-)


26 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm

sandeepa, not a drop…the richness of the gravy was enough :-)

thanks…do give the recipe a try sometime :-)


27 sunita May 11, 2008 at 7:50 pm

there is indeed not a drop of oil in this recipe…the gravy did not allow us to miss it at all :-)

thanks…glad that you like the idea…do give it a try at your leisure :-)

thanks dear…it was a rich gravy indeed :-)


28 Sig May 12, 2008 at 4:16 am

Wow, it looks so creamy and delicious… I am bookmarking it, it is a must try recipe… Thanks Sunita!


29 sunita May 12, 2008 at 8:28 am

thanks…do give it a try…hope you had a lovely weekend :-)


30 Alison May 12, 2008 at 11:31 pm

I made this dish tonight, and it was wonderful, with a nice depth of flavours. You’re right, one doesn’t miss the oil at all, and I think I may try the same method with other recipes.


31 derina May 13, 2008 at 6:20 am

Hi Sunita! I’m planning to try your recipe. Just wondering, do I add in the 2 cups of water when marinating the chicken? Also, is this approximately for 1kg of chicken?


32 sunita May 13, 2008 at 8:38 am

Glad you tried the recipe and liked it…and yes, the gravy is very versatile :-)

Yes, the 2C of water need to be added in the first step itself, along with the rest of the ingredients…and the chicken was just a little less than a kilo…hope this helps…do let me know the results :-)


33 kittie May 13, 2008 at 10:21 am

This is a gorgeous recipe – perfect for mid-week curries!

I have a big piece of firm white fish to use at home – do you think this would translate well into a fish curry??


34 Roopa May 13, 2008 at 11:12 am

Hi sunita:) coming here after long time,how have u been? :) you have posted a lot of nice recipes, this chicken curry without oil is superb! just what I was looking for:)


35 sunita May 14, 2008 at 8:02 am

Thanks…if you want to use fish, i would suggest that instead of mixing the fish in the rest of the ingredients, cook the gravy for a few minutes and then drop the fish into it. This is because fish takes much less time to cook than chicken…hope this helps :-)

Hi! Nice to have you back…we are well, thank you…hope you’re enjoying your new home and of course the bigger kitchen :-)


36 Hijabi Apprentice May 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm

OMG! **Swoon and Faint**


37 Purnima May 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Thks for this post, Sunita, my family enjoyed this dish a lot!! On my today’s post…thanks to you!


38 sunita May 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm

hijabi apprentice,
Let me fetch the water ;-)

You’re most welcome..glad that you and your family enjoyed the dish :-)


39 derina May 16, 2008 at 9:58 am

hi sunita! thought i’ll let you know that i just made this tonight and it was YUM! took some time to reduce the gravy but it was so easy to make! Thanks!!


40 sunita May 16, 2008 at 10:50 am

You’re most welcome…glad you enjoyed it…


41 Vishnu January 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

This is such a superb recipe I ever seen… I am bit too late to see this… Just tried this and it was superb. Even its very healthy as there is no oil. Thank you for such a nice recipe


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