Friday, 21 August 2009

Spicy Dahi Murg (Spicy chicken in yoghurt sauce)


This particular curry dish was prepared by mom when we visited her last time in UAE. She served this curry along this curry with paratta and we loved it so so much that we stuffed ourselves like anything. When I asked her what was the name of the curry, she told me, there is no name as such. She just calls it 'Thairu itta chicken curry' (Chicken Curry in youghurt sauce). I asked her where she got the recipe from and she told me she just made it up by herself! I think this was her invention and dint know what to name it after all. So I myself named it Spicy Dahi Murg, hehe. I don't know if that name is apt for the curry after all....When I told my husband that I am going to name the dish dahi Murg, He just laughed and thought that name was funny....And headed for another suggestion to confuse me more.... He asked me " What's that green leaves you added in the curry?"...I told him it was coriander leaves.....He then came up with the name " Spicy coriander chicken" ..... I was not happy with that name so stuck with mine......ummmm.


I had made this recipe with different proportions and every time I made it, it tasted different!! I think it was my temptation to add lots of onions that made so much of difference in the taste. I had almost given up trying this recipe since I wouldn't get the exact taste that I was looking for. The other day, it was ready made paratta for dinner and when thinking of what to make for curry, this 'Dahi murg' started dancing in my mind and the taste of my mom's curry just forced me to give it another try again. And hurray! Got it finally. I dono where I have been doing wrong, probably adding more water to make some gravy to suit my husband's taste, or adding lot of onions to make more thick sauce. This is almost a dry curry I would say or a curry with very thick sauce. Follow the ingredients closely and the outcome will be really good.



Ingredients:
800 g chicken cut into medium size pieces
For marinade:
3 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder
4 tsp Coriander powder
6tbs (in 15ml tbs) Greek yogurt or any other thick curd
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp salt
Others:
1 medium size onion chopped thinly (150g,nearly 1 cup)
1" piece ginger,grated
7 large cloves of garlic,grated
3 tbs oil
1 tsp cumin seeds(jeerakam)
5 whole cardamom
5 cloves
2" piece of cinnamon stick
1/2 cup(loosely packed) chopped coriander leaves
1 medium size tomato (I once used 2 tsp of tomato puree when I ran out of tomatoes and it works fine.)

Preparation:
1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and apply it to the chicken.Mix well. Cover and leave it in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.
2. Heat a large saucepan and add oil. Add cumin seeds along with other whole spices. When the aroma comes,add in chopped onion,little salt, ginger and garlic and fry until the onion starts to turn golden in colour.
3. Add in the marinated chicken along with 4 tablespoons of water and mix well. Cover and cook in low flame until the chicken is almost cooked and the gravy is very thick.
4. Add in the chopped tomatoes and chopped coriander leaves and stir carefully. Cover and cook until done.
Pairs well with : Neychor, Neypathal (Deep fried rice pancakes with onion, coconut and fennel)
, paratta, puri, chappathi etc.

28 comments:

Parita said...

love your presentation and clicks have come out very clear

Anonymous said...

The chicken luks really yum....Will try it this ramadan ia.
Zeb

Faiza Ali said...

It has turned out really yummy and nice presentation.

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely pic...really looking delicious....will try this spicy dish soon..

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely pic...really looking delicious....will try this spicy dish soon..

Ann said...

What a jovial read shabs..I love to read you..Dahi murg is professional..ho,then coriander chicken comes..lol,whatever be the name,looks awesome and rich..and with your description,am drooling to check this..

Well,i tried your pola recipe..since vattayappam i try is different,jus wanted to see that..my daughtie has gone crazy..great recipe shabs..Happy Ramadan..

Zoyah said...

Hi Shabs!

I just noticed that you are following my blog! How cool, you're my first follower!

Had a look at your blog: wow, you are so talented and looking at it is making me super hungry!

It's nice to have a friend out there in cyber space!

Zoyah

ps - I think it's so cool that you're an engineer and that you can still have cooking as a hobby (it gives me confidence that I can do the same!)

Pavithra said...

Wow thats yummy curry.. nice clicks too.. since i dont eat chic will adopt this recipe in mushroom.. thanks for sharing shabs

KF said...

Hai,Thank u for ur comment.I liked ur blog and this chicken looks delicious!! Will visit again,

Pravs said...

wow, i like the color you got for the chicken...makes it look so delicious. Pic has come out so good. Thanks for coming by my space.You have so many interesting recipes i would love to try sometime. Being from malabar..feel happy to see more of familiar recipes :)

Zareena said...

Hey Shabs...Ramadan Mubarak!!!u'r pic makes me droool ....For sure wud try this
Zareena

Maria said...

Ramadan Kareem Shabs!! chicken looks yummy!! I like this kind of chicken curry coated with thick gravy. mouthwatering pic too :)

Shabs.. said...

Parita, thx for the compliments. All the credit goes to the sunlight
Zeb, thx deary...try and let me know how it went.
Faiza, thx.
Sushma, Thank u...let me know once u try it.
Ann, Thank u. I know that Im not good at writing...although!...Im happy u like pola recipe, we like it like anything... Happy Ramadan to you too...
Zoyah, thx for stopping by.
Pavithra, i dono how this is going to work out for mushroom. Once u try out let me know, i would love to give a try as well.
KF,thanks....
Pravs, come again.
Zareena, try and let me know how u liked it.
Maria, Ramadan Kareem to u too....thx for remembering me...and thx for ur comments.

umelbanat said...

This dish looks very very yummy...we have an indian restaurant near my home that serves very tasty dishes....but I think it's time for me to start trying some of your recipes ...they look so GOOD!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks lovely... I make mine in a similar way, but it doesnt look so great...

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello, even though I am on holiday, I couldn’t help logging on into my blog and that’s when I noticed that you had visited my cottage and had left a sweet comment for me. I just had to stop over your blog to thank you personally and to let you know how much kind comments like yours inspire me. You have a fascinating blog, full of interesting posts and lovely photos you also have a new follower…me. I will stop by your blog upon my return.

♥ Hugs ♥

Duchess

Shabs.. said...

Umel banat, u can ry this curry and hope u will like it...

Home cooked, I dint feel mine looks so good as well until you all told me. We dont feel our dish so great. Im sure urs wud look great too.

Duchess...Thanks so much....U had made my day!!Thanks for following too...:)

Varsha Vipins said...

wow..just grt dear..This sounds so simple,but looking at the dish it looks awesome..like a thick chicken tikka..have u added any color..or is it the kashmiri chilli?nyways superbbb

Shabs.. said...

Varsha, thx dear...I dint add any colour, its the Kashmiri chilli and tomatoes that gave the colour:)

Humaira said...

This sounds sooo delicious!

Reflections said...

I'm always on the lookout for new chicken curry recipes...this sounds good & looks great. Will be trying it out:-))!!!!!

Saju said...

hi da, njaan inn thante dahi murg and special chicken fry undaken. just finished the dahi murh now have to do the chicken fry..enik oru prob..my curry came like a gravy athra thickness kanunuilla thanteth pole..evideyan thett patti enn ariyilla..but it taste really good. i think i will cook it for some more time and c..just couldnt help myself from leaving a comment

Shabs.. said...

Hi saju, thx for the feedback....vellam onnum add cheythillalo? pinney enginyaa gravy kittiyathu....well, if u have gravy, just open the lid and boil at the end when chicken is fully cooked. Take care not to overcook the chicken. I have'nt made it in sometime...my husband needs lot of curry and since this is a thick one, he asks me to add water(and spoil it)....lol.....and i hate to add water to this one:)

Chef de Cuisine said...

this was the first dish of urs tht i tried, n it turned out YUM! i had increased the water by 2 tbsp (hd to feed 5 ppl), n it was still good..

Shabs.. said...

Chef de cuisine....thx alot for the feeedback....m glad u liked it....:)...

aysha said...

hi...... this looks really interesting. Can i check, is it black cardamoms you used, or green?
Thanks

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Such a different and lovely recipe. Tried this two days back for a dinner get together and the entire bowl was empty before I even realised it. Never had that happened before ! I also added a tinge of eastern tandoori masala while marinating the chicken (I guess, because my cooking instinct said to do so!) and the flavour was amazing.Thanks..

Shabs.. said...

@gayathri....thanks for the feedback...i am glad u liked it:)

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