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Kay's House of Treats: Ginger Chicken Pakistani Style

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ginger Chicken Pakistani Style

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It's a simple day and it calls for a simple recipe. This Ginger Chicken, Pakistani style is probably one of the easiest recipes I know. All it requires is the standard Pakistani cooking arsenal of onions, tomatoes & masalas stirred & cooked together. But what creates the delicious medley of flavors in the dish is the finely julienned ginger added right at the end with a heaping handful of fresh fragrant coriander.

Ginger Chicken Pakistani Style
Ginger Chicken Pakistani Style
Serves 6 people
Ingredients:
3 tbsp oil

1 tsp finely minced/grated ginger or 1 tsp ginger paste
1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp garlic paste
3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric (haldi)
2 tsp coriander powder (sukha dhania powder)
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp red chilli pepper
1/2 kg chicken, divided into 8 pieces. Alternatively, you can also use boneless chicken, cut into 2 inch pieces.

2 tbsp tomato ketchup or 1 tbsp tomato puree/paste
2 inch knob of ginger, finely julienned (keep extra for garnish)
1 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped (leaves & stalks both)

Method:
1. Heat oil in large pan on medium high heat.
2. Once oil is hot, add freshly grated ginger/ginger paste and garlic paste and saute for 1 minute till the flavor comes out.
3. Add onions and saute till light golden (about 5-7 minutes). Keep stirring so that the onions don't burn.
4. Add chopped tomatoes along with the rest of masalas (turmeric, coriander powder, salt & chilli powder). Keep stirring till the tomatoes thicken and becomes a jam-like consistency.
5. Add the chicken along with 1/2 cup to 1 cup water and let it cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes then turn it on low-medium till chicken is tender. It will take approx. 15-20 minutes for boneless chicken, whereas chicken with bone will take about 30-40 minutes. Once the chicken is ready, you should see the masala oil on top of the tomato gravy. 
6. Approximately 5 minutes before the chicken is done, add tomato ketchup/tomato puree.
7. Add about 90% of the julienned ginger on top of the dish, and let it cook for a minute then take it off heat.
8. Garnish with fresh coriander and the remaining sliced ginger. 
9. Serve with naan/chapati or fresh steamed basmati rice. 

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