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Badami Murgh Masala

Badami Murgh Masala
Badami Murgh Masala
  • Prep time
  • Cooking time
  • Serves3 Person(s)
  • CategoryNon-Veg
  • Cuisine TypeIndian
  • Good for Lunch , Dinner
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About this recipe

There are times wherein you just want to dig in some rich food yet not have that strong Indian spice flavors hitting your palette. That's when I like anything Mughlai Mughlai food typically uses dry fruits either as whole or as a fine ground paste as the main base for the gravy, that takes the consistency of the dish to an altogether different level. Its rich, rolls over your palette with its smoothness and completely satiates your desire for deliciousness. What better way to use some blanched almonds and freshly brought chicken? Other than cooking it the Mughlai way ofcourse :)

Ingredients for Badami Murgh Masala

  • 500gms - Chicken (preferably boneless & deskinned)
  • 1/2 cup Curd
  • 20-30 almonds soaked overnight, deskinned
  • 1 tbsp of Poppy seeds
  • 3 Green cardamons
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6-7 sprigs of Mint leaves
  • 3-4 sprigs of Coriander leaves
  • 3 Whole green chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp of Black Peppercorn
  • 1/4 tsp of Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for cooking

How to cook Badami Murgh Masala

  1. This is smooth, creamy dish with the high notes of Almond and Mint - does require a wee bit of prep work but the taste is soo much worthy of it all
    Badami Murgh Masala
  2. Put the blanched almonds and poppy seeds in a grinding jar
    Badami Murgh Masala
  3. Grind it into a fine thick paste by adding little water and set aside
    Badami Murgh Masala
  4. Fry the chopped onions, until golden brown and blend it to a fine paste as well
    Badami Murgh Masala
  5. Onion paste
    Badami Murgh Masala
  6. Heat a non stick kadai/wok with some oil and add the whole spices
    Badami Murgh Masala
  7. Next add the finely ground onion paste
    Badami Murgh Masala
  8. Once the raw smell of the onion paste disappears and the oil starts to seperate, add ginger garlic paste
    Badami Murgh Masala
  9. In a blender, grind the mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies, whole peppercorn and cumin seeds to a fine paste
    Badami Murgh Masala
  10. Add this paste to the cooked - fried Onion paste in the wok
    Badami Murgh Masala
  11. Mix both the blended pastes well and cook till the oil starts to separate on a low flame
    Badami Murgh Masala
  12. Once the paste is cooked , add the chopped chicken pieces and stir to coat them
    Badami Murgh Masala
  13. The chicken will start to shed its water content, add the spice powders -turmeric & coriander powder and salt to taste. Incase you find the spice levels are low, you may add some more pepper powder
    Badami Murgh Masala
  14. Close the lid and cook for 10mins to simmer, add the curd and stir well. Until the chicken is almost cooked
    Badami Murgh Masala
  15. Continue cooking for another 5 mins on a closed lid and finally add the Almond paste and Garam masala powder
    Badami Murgh Masala
  16. Cook on a medium flame until the chicken is tender and the consistency starts to thicken.
    Badami Murgh Masala
  17. Serve hot with Nans/Parathas
    Badami Murgh Masala

Notes

  • Do not overcook the chicken after you add the almond paste as this will thicken the gravy instantly and may start to stick to the bottom - preferably use a non stick wok to avoid any burning of the curry
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