Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Kuch Bhi" chicken !!

When I had tried making so many varieties of chicken, almost every weekend, I love to try more new recipes. I asked hubby dearest what would be for lunch and he said "chicken".. I asked him what to make so he replied "kuch bhi".. Nothing came to my mind but when this question was repeated thrice till the lunch times and I got the same reply.. I finally declared.. Okay now I'm going to make "Kuch bhi".. and he replied.. yeah that's exactly what I said, make "kuch bhi".. and so originated this "Kuch Bhi" chicken curry !! Threw in literally whatever ingredients I saw or laid my hands upon and trust me it turned out real delicious.. !!

My weird ingredients:

Chicken: 250 gm (now this is requirement no. 1 right)
Yoghurt: 1/2 cup (or more or less.. this is kuch bhi chicken, remember?)
Salt to taste (please pay caution here)
Kasoori methi: only 1 tsp. (more will make it bitter so.. )
Amchoor: 1/4 tsp. (more in case you want it very sour)
Pao bhaji masala: 1 tsp. (yes you read it right !!)
Black pepper 1/2 tsp. (add how much you wish but balance out on other spices)
Lemon juice: 2 tsp. (or more/less)
Cooking oil: 2/3/4/5 tsp. (how much you wish, whichever oil you wish)
Asafoetida: I added a pinch (but you can add more, about 1/4 tsp.)
Onion seeds: 1/2 tsp. (more/less ?? )
Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp (please pay caution here, otherwise it will be a bitter kuch bhi chicken)
Cinnamon sticks: 1 inch (guess this would be enough)
Bay leaf: Just one will do !
Ginger-garlic : 3 tsp. (Three options: a) ginger-garlic paste b) grated c) crushed)
Dried red chilli: 1 (or more if hot curry is required)
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp. (not more !)
Onion: 1 (chopped/ sliced/ crushed: #yourchoice )
Tomato: 2 (chopped/pureed #againyourchoice)
Mint powder: 1/2 tsp. (or mint leaves)
Green chilli (chopped): 1 (or as many as you like)
Desiccated coconut: 2 tsp.
Coriander powder: 1 tsp. (or coriander leaves)

This is exactly how I did it:
  1. Marinated the chicken in some of the random ingredients: yogurt, salt, kasoori methi, amchoor, pao bhaji masala, black pepper, lemon juice. Kept it aside while I collected more random ingredients to be added to my chicken.
  2. Heated oil and looked at what can be added first. Added asafoetida, onion seeds, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon and bay leaves (and I added all this in random order).
  3. While this was spluttering, I put chopped ginger, garlic dried red chilli and mustard seeds to my mortal-pestle and crushed them all together. Then decided to add this to the pan. 
  4. Decided to chop onions and added to the pan and let everything brown a little, but I remembered the flame to be medium all the time. 
  5. I was left with few ingredients so threw in tomatoes, mint powder and green chilli. Sprinkled a little salt and waited to see what dish was about to unfold in a while.
  6. When the tomatoes began to soften, I added the chicken, coconut and coriander powder. Mixed everything and added a cup of water. Covered for about 15 minutes.
  7. Removed cover and turned off the flame. Served to my favorite specimen in the laboratory: meaning served to hubby dearest, little fear, little hope. And he tasted and said: Wah Taj !!
Kuch Bhi Chicken is a hit and in demand again !! Yayyyyy !!! 


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