March 22, 2014

Fresh, light and effortless ~Pudina Murg Masala / Mint Chicken Masala~

How often have you fancied the idea of breaking away from the conventional and just drifting along with the flow? A lot many times? Quite a few times? or Occasionally? 

Whatever your answer may be, you will concur that the heady rush in flowing with your instincts totally trumps the comfort of the known by about hundred thousand times (or well maybe more!!).At some time or the other, we all have been guilty of holding on to the tried and tested in our mundane humdrum of daily routine. But on occasions, when we are presented with the time and opportunity to try something new, I believe we should grab it and hold it as tight as we possibly can.

Well! before I confuse you too much (or lead you into believing that I am nuts!), i will be deft to specify that this is about a new recipe I am talking about that I created in my kitchen while playing around with ingredients.

On one fine day a few weeks back, while ready-ing up the chicken for marination- all I knew in my mind is that I did NOT want to go the usual route (i.e. load it with the spices and masala). I imagined it to be a significantly quick cooking and light dish which can be used both as an appetizer as well as a side dish. An idea struck when my attention was drawn towards the fresh bunch of mint from the farmers market lying on the counter. There in a jiffy, the mint was in the mixer bowl with a bunch of Thai chillies and then right into the marination bowl. With a sprinkling of a very few other spices, the chicken was kept to rest along with its flavorful companions in the refrigerator for about 1-2 days before I took it out again for the main dish.

Without much ado, here’s the recipe for this flavorful, minty chicken gravy that has so fascinated both me and my husband, that I have already made it for the third time in a matter of two weeks!!

                           ~ Pudina Murg Masala / Mint Chicken Masala~

A fresh and light chicken gravy that's distinctly aromatic with mint on a canvas of sweetened onions and tangy tomatoes. A very quick and easy way to bring out the royal flair albeit the effort! 
*Served here with fresh homemade appams.

For marination:
1 bunch Fresh mint
4-5 Thai green chillies (Alter the quantity based on how spicy the chilies are and how spicy you would the dish to be)
1 inch piece Ginger
4-5 Cloves Garlic
1 T  Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Salt

1 lb of Fresh chicken cut into cubes

3 T Oil
1 pinch of Whole spices (2 cloves, 1/2 inch Mace, 1 Cardamom)
2 C Finely sliced Onions
1 C Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Red Chili powder
1 1/2  tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Jaggery/Sugar
Salt to taste

1. In the bowl of a mixer, add all the ingredients for the marination and make a fine paste. 

2. Toss the chicken pieces with the marinade and keep in the fridge (for ~ 1 hr to 2 days).

3. In a saute pan over medium high heat, pour the oil.

4. Once the oil heats up, add in the whole spices. Wait for the spices to be fragrant.

5. Add in the chopped onions and fry till they are light brown in color (~ 4-5 mins).

6. Then mix in the tomatoes and the spices, cook till the oil separates.

7. Now finally add in the chicken and toss till cooked well (~ 7-8 mins).

This is one recipe you HAVE to make, to understand how flavorful chicken gravy can be without an overdose of spices. It becomes the perfect accompaniment for rice/roti/appams etc. on any given day - if you are in the mood for some playing around. At the end, I was very content that I played with my ingredients and ended up with a recipe I am going to treasure for quite sometime.

So fear not! Go ahead and have fun with your ingredients :)


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