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.


  • 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

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


  • 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.


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


  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?

    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"!

    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.

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

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

    Hamaree Rasoi

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

  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).

    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.

  7. Chicken with tomato gravy looks superb and yummy.

  8. I think I should be able to work this one out. Chicken is nice and I love tomato as well, so I must try this!