What is that one thing you really like to cook often? Like on a weekday? I will have to say chicken as I simply love experimenting with this meat. Chicken tastes good no matter what cuisine you want to experiment with. Infact, it tastes good to me even if it has just been boiled with a little salt. I remember stealing tiny pieces of freshly boiled chicken that my mum used to prepare for some dish.
When we were in Mumbai I used to have a designated day for chicken - Wednesday. I would plan our meals for the week in such a way that on Wednesdays we would have chicken in any form - on the bone, boneless or minced/ground. Sometimes I would roast a whole chicken
and serve it with simple steamed or stir fried veggies. Most times we liked to have the chicken, semi gravy type with rice in the afternoons and then with chapathis in the evening.
I have tried to continue the same tradition here and so I generally bookmark chicken recipes and pin up the recipes on my kitchen pin board. I came across this recipe in J.B. Lobo's Home Encyclopedia, the Konkani version and although I was skeptical at first about the outcome, was rather pleased with it. The recipe called for a lot of shallow frying and although you can see the pieces coated with a little masala in the pictures, by evening the chicken had absorbed all of it and what remained were beautifully dry pieces of chicken. Yummy!
Unfortunately I couldn't get the best shots of this dish as we were ravenously hungry and just wanted to gobble it up. Chicken Pepper Dry is something you can try on a boring weekday when you want to make something easy and not elaborate. This dish goes very well with chapathis or piping hot rice and tomato saar
(watery tomato & pepper soup) or any kind of dal (check the recipes here - daliso saar
, panchmel dal
For more chicken recipes (dry dishes, without gravy) - check the links at the bottom of this post
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Chicken Pepper Dry
Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Serves 4
- 1 kg chicken
- 1 small onion finely sliced
- 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
- Juice of 1/2 a lime (approx 1 tablespoon), divided
- Salt to taste
For the masala:
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 fat cloves of garlic
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 big onion
1. Cut the chicken into medium sized pieces, wash and allow to drain on a colander for 5-10 mins. Transfer into a large bowl and marinate it with salt to taste and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Keep aside till required.
2. Grind the coriander, peppercorns, cumin, tumeric to a fine powder and then add the ginger, garlic, onion to make a very fine paste. Add water only if required. Remove the masala into a bowl and retain the masala water from the grinder.
3. In a heavy based pan heat the ghee/oil and fry the sliced onions till golden brown. Add the ground masala and fry on a medium-low heat till the raw smell of the onions vanishes and the masala leaves the sides of the pan.