Ingredients for the chicken kurma-
1 kg chicken, skinned and cut into desired pieces
1 and 1/2 C plain yogurt
1/2 C cashewnuts and 3 tblsp poppy seeds, soaked together in a little water for 10-15 minutes
2 tsp tomato puree
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 inch piece of ginger,crushed
paste of 1 onion
a few strands of saffron soaked in 3 tblsp of warm milk
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 bay leaves
1 whole red chilli
1tsp cumin seeds
3 cloves, 1 small stick of cinammon and 2 pods of cardamom
salt to taste
4 tblsp cooking oil
How to -
Marinate the chicken with the yogurt, garlic, ginger,turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilli powder and 1 tblsp of oil for half an hour.
Blend the soaked cashews and poppy seeds into a paste and keep aside.
Heat the rest of the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, whole red chilli, cloves, cinammom and cardamoms. When they splutter, add the onion paste and stir it till the water begins to evaporate. Add the tomato puree and stir for a minute.
Add the marinated chicken with all the marinade, season with salt and cook covered on medium heat.
When the chicken is done three-fourths of the way, add the cashew-poppy paste and the saffron milk. Cook covered till the chicken is done thoroughly.
Add the garam masala powder, stir for a minute and that’s it.
The dish does not need any extra water and is cooked in it’s own juices.The saffron adds a nice flavour and the poppy-cashew paste forms a nice thick gravy…goes well with rice and rotis, although we prefer the latter one.Add a plate of fresh vegetable salad and enjoy…