Easy Chicken Curry
We have chicken about twice a week and its usually a dry dish we can can have with dal rice. I prefer quick stir fry dishes than the ones with a rich curry. But sometimes I really want gravy, to dunk some bread in it and enjoy the soggy goodness. On such days I usually cook something like this dish. Its very easy to prepare, using basic everyday ingredients. It's looks rich, but is actually a very light and flavorful curry.
1 whole chicken, about 2 lbs, cut into small pieces
1 big onion, sliced
5-6 red chilies or to taste
3 big garlic cloves, grated
2 tbs ginger, grated
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tbs garam masala
1 tbs kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves), crushed
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsps coriander powder
2 tbs yogurt
salt to taste
big squeeze of lime
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbs oil
Mix the yogurt, grated ginger and garlic, turmeric powder and salt and marinate the chicken in this mixture for atleast 30 mins.
Heat 1 tbs oil in a pan, add the red chilies and fry for a few seconds. Then add the onions and saute until golden. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft and mashed.
Grind this mixture into a fine paste.
Heat the remaining oil on medium heat. Add the dry spice powders and heat for a few seconds. Add the ground paste and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the chicken and kasoori methi and mix well. Add about half a cup of water and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat, cover and cook until chicken is tender. Adjust the seasonings and the consistency of the gravy. Squeeze some lemon juice into the curry and mix well. Remove from heat and serve hot.