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Chicken Masala

Chicken Masala
Chicken Masala .... Yummm....Try this chicken dish for sure .... Marinated chicken is stir fried and then added to an onion, tomato, yogurt and almond sauce

I have been recently trying to read up a lot on Indian cooking. There is immense comfort in going back to my roots ... the food I grew up with and love every bit of even to this day :) Some of the books that have inspired me lately are Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegeterian Cooking by Yamuna Devi and Cuisines of India by Smita Chandra. The latter one takes you on a guided culinary tour of India and explores regions and the history behind the food in each region. In this book, I stumbled upon the Masala Murgh Recipe which instantly became a favourite. The number of spices may seem overwhelming but the results are spectacular. I have adapated the recipe and changed some of the spice levels but the rest of the ingredients and methods are unchanged.


For The Chicken:
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/4 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, powdered fine
  • 1 bay leaf, crushed fine
  • 3 tablespoons besan (chickpea flour) or 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For The Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup yogurt, not low fat (I tried this with low fat and the results were good)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp whole fennel seeds
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 whole cardamom
  • 1/4 inch cinnamon stick
  • 10 raw almonds, powdered fine
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients for the chicken (except the chickpea flour and oil) in a large mixing bowl. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. To make the sauce, first thicken the yogurt. Line a fine mesh sieve with a coffee filter or 2 layers of cheesecloth, set it over a bowl and pour in the yogurt. Let it drain for 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. (I use store bought yogurt which is quite thick and so I had skipped this step and used the yogurt, trying not to use any of the whey in the yogurt container)
  3. Warm the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the fennel seeds and, after a few seconds, the chopped onions. Saute for about 5 minutes, until the onion s are lightly touched with brown. Lift them out of the oil, leaving behind as much oil as is possible. Combine with the tomatoes in a food processor or blender and mince well.
  4. Warm the remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bay leaf, clove cardamom, and cinnamon. After a few seconds add the powdered almonds. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the onion tomato mixture and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, until all the moisture has evaporated. Add salt and all the spices and cook for 5 minutes, until the oil appears around the edges. Now pour in the yogurt and water, cover, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. This sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated until needed.
  5. To cook the chicken, sprinkle the chickpea flour or cornstarch over the marinated chicken and mix in with a spoon. Warm 2 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Stir fry the the chicken until cooked through, crisp and golden - about 5 minutes for breasts, 8 minutes for thighs. Darin on paper towels, then fold gently into the warmed-up sauce. Serve immediately.
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Chicken Masala Chicken Masala Reviewed by Wanni Arachchige Udara Madusanka Perera on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Rating: 5


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