Mint Chicken

mint-chicken CHICKEN WITH MINT

Serving: 4 persons
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes



Ingredients

1 kg of chicken, skinless and boneless and cut into very small pieces
5-6 large sized onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup of mint leaves
2-3 tbsp of finely chopped cilantro
4 fresh green chilies
3-4 cashew nuts
3-4 raisins
4 tsp of ginger-garlic paste
3 tbsp of tomato puree
1 tsp of red chili powder
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
4 cloves
4 cardamoms
1 inch of cinnamon
Salt to taste
5-6 tbsp of cooking oil



For Tomato Puree

2 fresh ripe tomatoes
1 tbsp of chopped onion
1/2 stalk of celery
1 sweet pepper
Salt and pepper to taste




Method

Tomato puree

Take all the ingredients for the puree except the seasonings and simmer till they become soft. Pass through a sieve. Add salt and pepper to the puree and mix. Pour the mixture in a small bottle, firmly screwing the cap. Now process in a bath of boiling water for about 45 minutes. Keep aside for later use.

Chicken

Wash the chicken pieces thoroughly under running water. Keep aside in a bowl, covered. Grind together the green chilies, the mint leaves, the cilantro, raisins and the cashew nuts with a little water to form a fine paste.

Make sure that there are no lumps. Mount a deep-bottomed frying pan on medium heat. Add the cooking oil and when the oil is heated add the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to the oil. Add in the chopped onions to the oil and fry till they become translucent. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for about 2-3 minutes before adding in the tomato puree. Mix together all the ingredients and let fry till the oil begins to separate. Now add in the mint-coriander paste to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the red chili powder and salt and stir.

After a while add the turmeric powder and when the oil begins to separate add in the chicken pieces. Combine well, cover the pan and let cook for 20 minutes. In between remove the lid of the pan, stir the chicken to avoid charring. After 20 minutes remove lid and check if the chicken has been cooked through. If required add 2-3 tablespoon of water and cook for another 1-2 minutes. When done, remove from heat and serve hot.

Hot Tip: You can serve margarita with this spicy chicken dish.



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