Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chicken in Tomato Gravy


Back After Another Break.

Is anybody reading this post? Is anybody following my blog? If not, I will not blame anyone for giving up on me. These long breaks are bound to irritate the readers. I am very, very sorry. I guess I can be forgiven as I have some health problems which, well ……. Instead of going into the details of my chronic health problems, I would like to share with you something that I put to together even as I was coming to terms with my health problems.


I had some pieces of boneless boiled chicken in my freezer; I had often noticed that my mum while boiling chicken also threw some whole black pepper corns for some added flavour , I had also done the same. Seeing this boiled chicken I recalled that mum had once made something with boiled chicken, tomatoes and green bell pepper (see picture below) which was quite tasty.

I have made something similar but instead of chopping the tomatoes I pureed them. Without wasting much time I will go on to the recipe. Unfortunately my measurements are not precise for I have no idea how much the boneless pieces of chicken weighed. I guess you can adjust the measurements.


Ingredients:

  • 100-150 grams (approx.) boneless, boiled chicken
  • One and a half tomatoes - pureed
  • One onion
  • One green bell pepper (green capsicum). This is optional
  • A teaspoon (approx) ginger paste
  • Half teaspoon garlic paste
  • A quarter teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder to taste
  • About a teaspoon of coriander and cumin mix powder
  • Salt to taste

Caution:
Before I go on to the method I would like to caution you that all the measurements given above are approximate. 


Method:

  • Boil the boneless pieces of chicken with whole black peppercorns and do not discard the stock.
  • Chop the onion preferably into slivers.
  • Chop the bell pepper. I did not use bell pepper but in this particular dish I would prefer to chop it lengthwise.
  • Heat some oil in a vessel of your choice and fry the chopped onion till the pieces are golden brown.
  • Add ginger paste, garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander and cumin mix powder. Fry the spices well.
  • Add the chicken pieces along with the stock. Add salt to taste and bring to a boil.
  • Add the tomato puree.
  • Cover and cook for a while.
  • My mum taught me to add the bell pepper a few minutes before switching off the flame, for bell peppers tend to soften very quickly.
  • Add a dash of sugar to balance the flavours and offset the sourness of the tomato puree.

Serve hot and enjoy.


23 comments:

  1. YUMMO..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering..I have bookmarked it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  2. Arre, ham kya mar gaye hai kya? :-)
    I am a vegetarian and thus this is not my recipe, but I think one can make this thing with tofu as well, no?

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    1. As dustedoff has suggested you can definitely substitute it with paneer and maybe tofu but as for the latter I cannot vouch for the taste, you see I have never eaten tofu.
      And most important - since you are a Hindi film blogger- "Mare tumhare Dushman"!

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    2. I think it should taste fine, because the difference between the taste of paneer and tofu gets masked by the dominant flavours of the tomato, ginger, garlic and spices.

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    3. Well I guess that answers Harvey's question.

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    4. Thank you Madhu and Shilpi!
      Will try it out with tofu. I don't get paneer here so easily, tofu is more accesible. Will surely tell you how it comes about.

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  3. Shilpi, I have paanch phuran at home. Do you think you can pass on to me a good veg. recipe for that.

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    1. As for the panch phoron Harvey, yes I do plan to post some recipes - as you know when 'kambakht' time permits.

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    2. Looking forward to you paanch phuran recipes!
      Wishing you that the time clouds pour more time rain in your yard!

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    3. Tumahre mooh mein ghee shakar or shall say clarified butter and sugar in your mouth.

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  4. I am still around, and do read your blog. Do not worry about breaks in blogging, I take even longer ones.
    We make a similar recipe quite often, did you try making it with red bell peppers ? They really add a lot a flavor.

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    1. Thanks Samir for the encouragement and I guess I should try it with red bell pepper.

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  5. Simply yummy looking chicken in Tomato gravy. Wish I was there to get a taste of it.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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    1. Glad to see your comment Deepa, you would be most welcome.

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  6. Of course, we read your blog, Shilpi. I check it everyday (really!) to see if you've posted anything. This recipe sounds very similar (almost exactly the same) as something my mum-in-law makes (and which I've learnt from her), except that instead of chicken, she puts cubes of paneer in the dish.

    (P.S. Harvey: That's a suggestion for you. If paneer can taste good in this, so can tofu).

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    1. Oh I am so glad this is so encouraging. Actually I was planning to suggest that chicken can be replaced with paneer but it slipped my mind, you see I was so eager to post it.

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  7. Chicken with tomato gravy looks superb and yummy.

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