Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Chicken Fry Masala


Chicken fry masala is a semi-dry preparation, with soft and juicy chicken bursting with flavours and is one of my favourite chicken preparations. Since chicken is cooked initially with water, it becomes really tender absorbing all the moisture and frying them later on gives it a completely different flavour. Adding curry leaves and green chillies at the end boosts the flavour of this dish and that heavenly aroma retains even after you dish out the chicken. This recipe is a modified version of special fried chicken that I posted a while ago. I simply gave it a twist by cooking the chicken further in an onion based sauce. It is simple to prepare and tastes too good. It pairs well with almost anything you can think of – rice, paratta, any roti/bread varities, biriyanis etc.

Note: You may adjust the spiciness by increasing or cutting down amount of chilli powder. These days I use a mixture of paprika and Kashmiri chilli to cut down the heat of my dish. I sometimes add just paprika to include green chillies in the dish. Adding green chillies along with curry leaves at the end boosts the flavour of this dish.


Ingredients:

800g Chicken cut into medium size pieces
6 large garlic cloves finely chopped (2 ½ TBSP)
1” thick piece of ginger finely chopped (1 TBSP)
1 Tbsp chopped curry leaves
3 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
½ cup water

For the Masala:
4 tbsp coconut oil/vegetable oil
2 large onions thinly sliced
1 large tomato sliced
1 twig curry leaves chopped
2 green chillies (slit lengthwise) - optional
¼ tsp garam masala
A pinch of salt
Coriander leaves to garnish.
Little ginger and garlic reserved from the marinade

Preparation:

1. Clean chicken and marinate it with Chilli powder, paprika, turmeric, chopped curry leaves, salt, chopped garlic (reserve ½ TBSP for masala) and chopped Ginger (reserve 1 tsp for masala). Cover the bowl using a cling film and refrigerate for a minimum of half hour.

2. Cook this marinated chicken along with ½ a cup of water until chicken is cooked, and smothered in spicy sauce. If there is more liquid, boil it off keeping the lid open until 2-3 tablespoon of cooking liquid is left in the pan.

3. Tip the cooked chicken with sauce into another bowl. Keep the sauce pan back on heat and add oil.

4. When oil is hot enough, add sliced onions with a pinch of salt (Addition of salt cooks the onions faster). Sauté until it starts to turn golden. Add the reserved ginger and garlic and sauté all until onion turns golden. Add sliced tomato and stir. Tip in chicken along with cooking liquid and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes go just soft. If the dish goes really dry here, add few dashes of water.

5. Add in chopped curry leaves, chillies and garam masala. Mix well and cook for further 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot along with chappthis, pooris, parattas, rice, biriyani etc.

33 comments:

Satya said...

hi shabs,
chicken fry masala looks delicious and tasty...i am sure chicken lovers will become crazy if they taste ur dish...

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Guna's kitchen said...

mouthwatering chicken fry... very delicious, tempting , nice color and good presentation too....

Nitha said...

chicken adipoli aayittunde.. sherikkum kothi varunnu..

Suhaina said...

Adipoly,... looks so yummy with all those masalas coated over the chicken ... I am feeling hungry now.. can u pls pass me that bowl. wonderful clicks too.

Suhaina said...

Adipoly,... looks so yummy with all those masalas coated over the chicken ... I am feeling hungry now.. can u pls pass me that bowl. wonderful clicks too.

Fajeeda said...

i used to make in the same way dear.........very nice.....

Bergamot said...

The chicken fry looks really delicious.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I've got to say, I really love your blog. I love all the indian food--which I cook a lot of. I could learn a lot here :). As for this particular dish, I think my husband would absolutely love it. Its making me hungry just looking at it
*kisses* HH

Priya said...

Fingerlicking and mouthwatering chicken masala..

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Wow.Mouthwatering Chicken curry.Nice recipe dear:)

shifa firoz said...

yummm.. i can smell the chicken fry here! :)

Sayantani said...

My husband likes dry chicken preparations. bookmarking this. looks very tempting.

Pavithra said...

Beautiful shabs.. the pictures are perfect dear.. I love the recipe too. I think I can adopt this one for mushroom+ soy chunks.. will let u know the result.

Foodie Ann said...

The first picture looks stunning...Nicely styled...:)

Varsha Vipins said...

one of ma fav's..n ur pics are so beautiful Shabs..:)

arthi said...

First time here..Nice blog..chicken looks really tasty..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Shabs
Wonderful dish indeed. I liked the detailed description of the process and feeling confident to make it soon.
Have a nice day

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Yummy one, chicken fry masala looks super yummy and mouthwatering.

PranisKitchen said...

thats a delicious chicken dry curry.. sure the coconut oil give nice aroma .. good one shab

Parita said...

Stunning pictures dear! Lovely!

Sarah Naveen said...

I love this....Chapati de koode best :)..nice clicks too

s said...

It looks absolutely mouthwatering....

Shifa said...

hi shabs...how u doing? its been a long time na....me was a bit busy wt work n all....
so how's ur life going? eager to hear more from you....
by the way which is ur cam?
my e-mail add: shifana.au(at)gmail.com

Reshmi Ahmed said...

Hi Shabs, this is my first time visit here....lovely blog u have and wonderful mouthwatering recipes ....iam following u :)

Fajeeda said...

hi dear thrs an award waiting for u in my blog come and collect it....

Indu said...

Hi Shabs ,

Can i cook this with boneless chicken ? Would anything change ?

Nitha said...

Please collect your award from my space ...

Sarah Naveen said...

Dear,
Please collect an award from my blog

Shabs.. said...

Hi indu, I have always made it with chicken on bone. I guess boneless also should work fine with this recipe, i thnk they get cooked fast as well. Let me know
if you are trying it out.

Love,
shabs.

kothiyavunu said...

Hey shabs, hope your doinf fine.:) I have gone out of gear and cant track on time my favorite blogs. Before I cd open your other posting I am here..as always chicken fry looks awesome dear.

Slateum Pencilum said...

Hai Shabs..
Just back from lunch with Chicken Fry Masala and Poori. It was superb.Hubby couldn't take hands off the chicken plate.
Thanks for sharing and this is going to be a part of our favorite chicken dishes

Thanks,
April

Shabs.. said...

Thanks april, for ur lovely feedback!

ambily robin said...

dear shabs

i am in love with many of yr recipes...as a beginner it did help me a lot n this chicken dish is one of my favourite...have tried yr prawns biriyani n vegetables in coconut gravyn many more.....thanks
keep going

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