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3 small OR 2 medium onions
1 medium- small size chicken
1 teaspoon cumin seeds(sabat/safaid zeera)
½ teaspoon chili powder(lal mirch powder)
¾ -1 teaspoon salt
1tea spoon coriander powder(pissa hua dhania)
7-9 cloves OR 1½ table spoon of garlic (lehsan k 7-9 joay ya 1½ Tbl spoon)
1 inch OR ½ table spoon ginger (1 inch ya ½ Tbl spoon adrak)
1 ½ habanero chili or green chilies(habanero / hari mirchain)
1 ½ teaspoon tomato paste
¾ to 1 cup water,
fresh coriander (hara dhania)
5 cloves (laung)
½ teaspoon whole black paper(sabat kali mirch)
1 black-cardamom(kali/bari ellaichi)
1 inch cinnamon (dar chini)
1 tsp cumin seeds
How to make Chicken Curry
Brown sliced onions in oil in a pressure cooker, when they turn pink add 1cup water and give pressure, for 3-4 min
Meanwhile crush ginger, garlic and green/habanero chilies in pestle and mortar it will be 2 table spoon after crushing.
Grind the garam masala in grinder to make fine powder.
Now open pressure cooker and dry the water and when oil starts to separate then add chicken.
With chicken add cumin seeds,turmeric, chili and coriander powder, salt and ½ tsp freshly ground Garam masala.
Add freshly crushed garlic, ginger and crushed habanero/green chilies and roast it well.
Cook covered so that it is cooked from inside, mix and roast it well.
No need to add water because when chicken is washed it retains little water in it which will be enough to cook it.
Roast it till all the water is dried, then add tomato paste, mix and roast well.
Then add ¾ to 1 cup water to make the gravy.
Bring it to boil well. Add fresh coriander and turn the heat off.
This curry has a thick and rich gravy; appealing to eyes and good to taste.
This chicken curry recipes goes well with pulao for serving the guests.
Never use ready made garam masala, always grind it fresh.
Don't replace tomato paste with fresh tomatoes, it will change the taste of the dish absolutely.
Chicken is eaten very eagerly in Pakistani food culture. Since chicken is easily available, costs lower than beef and meat and comes with big bunch of food options.
There are many varieties of chicken curries such as chicken green curry, chicken red curry, chicken butter curry and tomato chicken curry.
You may also be interested in chicken tikka masala recipe.