Chicken Chalna RecipePrep Time : 15 Minutes : Cook Time : 20 MinutesRecipe Category : Side Dish | Recipe Cuisine : South IndianServes 6-7
To Dry Roast & Grind
To Saute & Grind
- Dry Red Chilli 4-5 no.
- Coriander Seeds 1 tbsp
- Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
- Black Pepper Corns 2 tsp
- Clove 6 no.
- Cinnamon 2" stick
While Grinding the above sauteed ingredients add handful of fresh mint and cilantro and grind it to a smooth paste.
- Oil 2 tsp
- Fennel seeds 1 tsp
- Poppy Seeds 1/2 tsp
- Whole Cashew Nut 4 or 5 no.
- Onion 1 big
- Ginger 1' piece (peeled, roughly chopped)
- Garlic 5 fat clove(peeled and chopped)
- Green chilli 3 or 4 no.
- Tomato 1 small(chopped)
- Mint 4 or 5 leaves
- Cilantro 2 stems(chopped)
- Oil 1/2 tbsp
- Cardamom 2 or 3 no.
- Bay leaf 2 no.
- Chicken 1 and 1/2 lb
- Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
- Chicken Masala Powder 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Few Mint & Cilantro finely chopped
- Coconut Paste 1/2 cup
First heat a pan and dry roast all the spices under the heading "To Dry Roast & Grind" in medium heat and then allow to cool for a while and grind it to a fine powder and keep aside.
Then heat oil in a kadai, when it is hot add fennel seeds, poppy seeds and allow to splutter, then add onion, ginger, garlic, cashew nut,few mint leaves and saute for a minute or two.
Allow this mixture to cool for a while, then grind it along with some fresh mint and cilantro(this is to get the gravy dark color and also fresh mind/cilantro gives wonderful flavor and taste).
Now heat oil in a pressure pan, when it is hot add cardamom and bay leaf fry well and add the ground onion-cilantro paste and cook in medium heat until the oil separates on top.
And then add 1 cup of water and mix well and bring it boil.
That's it..Flavorful Chicken Chalna ready. Allow the pressure to cool down, then open the lid give a gentle stir and serve hot with Parotta or Idli/Dosa.
For Coconut Paste - Take 1/3 cup or 1/2 cup shredded coconut and grind it to smooth paste along with some water and use it in the recipe.
You can also use coconut milk(3/4 cup).