Spicy Chicken Curry with Onions
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4 Servings
  • Chicken – 800 gms, whole chicken cut into medium size pieces
  • Onion – 2, large
  • Ginger – 2 inch piece
  • Garlic – 8 to 10 cloves
  • Green cardamom – 3
  • Mace – 2 strings
  • Nutmeg powder – ¼ th tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper/Red chilli powder – 1 & ½ tsp
  • Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash the chicken pieces well and season with salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the chicken pieces on medium-high until they are golden brown.
  3. Take them out of the oil and keep on a kitchen tissue.
  4. Chop the onions finely. Chop the ginger and garlic cloves.
  5. Heat oil in wok. Add the green cardamoms and sauté for few seconds.
  6. Add the chopped onions, ginger and garlic. Fry them for 5 mins.
  7. Add the mace strings and nutmeg powder. Fry the mixture till deep brown.
  8. Now put off the fire and let the onion mixture cool. Then transfer the mixture to a blender/mixer jar and blend it to a smooth paste. If you have a hand blender, you can do the same in the cooking pan itself, no need to transfer it to mixer jar and even you don’t have to wait for it to cool down.
  9. Transfer the onion paste back to the wok and put on medium heat.
  10. Add the turmeric and cayenne pepper/red chilli powder and sauté on high heat. Add a splash of water if the spices start to stick.
  11. When the spices starts separating the oil, add the chicken pieces. Sauté well so that the masala coats the chicken well.
  12. Now add one cup of water [warm water is preferable] and bring to boil on high heat.
  13. Simmer and cook covered till the chicken pieces are cooked through.
  14. When done, check the consistency of the gravy. If you want a thicker gravy, boil it on high heat for a minute or two or until your desired consistency is reached.
  15. Remove from fire and serve with hot Basmati rice.
Recipe by Flavor Quotient at http://www.flavorquotient.com/2013/04/spicy-chicken-curry-with-onions/