Spicy Punjabi Chicken curry

Punjabi Chicken Curry

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NO butter, ghee or cream is required to make this super delicious and simple Punjabi chicken curry! It’s simply my quickest and easiest recipe for a chicken curry on a warm Saturday afternoon and this will be your go-to recipe from here on!

Ingredients:

  • Bone-in chicken pieces – 1 kg 
  • Turmeric – 1 teaspoon 
  • Red chilli powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin powder – 1 tablespoon 
  • Salt – 2-3 teaspoons 
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon 
  • Lemon juice – half a lemon 
  • Onions – 1 medium, finely chopped 
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium, pureed 
  • Cilantro – a handful, chopped 
  • Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves – 1 tbsp, crushed(if preferred)
  • Vegetable oil – ¼ cup 

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the chicken pieces for 30 minutes or overnight with 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon red chilli powder, 1 tablespoon coriander powder, ½ tablespoon cumin powder, salt, ½ tablespoon ginger garlic paste and the juice of half a lemon. 
  2. In a wide bottomed pan, heat ¼ cup of oil and fry the marinated chicken pieces on medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes until half cooked and golden brown. Remove the chicken and keep them aside on a plate. 
  3. In the leftover oil, saute onions until they’re browned lightly and add ½ tablespoon ginger garlic paste and stir well. Blend 2 large tomatoes until smooth and pour the puree onto the pan. Let it cook for 2 minutes and add ½ teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon coriander powder, ½ tablespoon cumin powder, 1 tablespoon red chilli powder and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix the masalas together and add in the fried chicken. Pour 2 cups of water and let the chicken cook on high flame with a lid on for 15-20 minutes. Check for seasoning and cook the chicken a little while long if you feel it is undercooked. Turn off the stove and garnish with cilantro and kasuri methi (I didn’t use methi here as I had already used some for my Dosakai pappu). The curry will reduce to a chunky and thick gravy which will be a perfect side for your rotis and pulao! Enjoy!
Punjabi chicken curry
Punjabi chicken curry with Dosakaya dal fry
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