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Ganesh Raj's Pepper Chicken Curry


Ganesh Raj's Pepper Chicken Curry

Serve this dish with with cucumber raita and basmati rice.

Watch Raj make his meal here.

Serves 3 people

 Ingredients
Chicken - 400-450 gm, cut into medium size pieces

For Marinade
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt

For Masala
Onion - 2 med-large, sliced
Ginger & garlic - 2 to 2.5 tsp each, grated/crushed
Green chilli - 1 to 2, slit lengthwise
Whole Black pepper - 11/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chicken/meat masala - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Soya sauce - 1 tsp
Tomato sauce - 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil
Salt

For Raita
2 cups Greek Yogurt
1 large cucumber (half grated and half chopped)
1/2 - 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
Few sprigs of cilantro
Salt to taste
Chilli powder/ground pepper for garnish (optional)

Method

Curry

1. Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces with salt, pepper powder & lemon juice. Crush the whole black pepper (do not powder).
2. Heat oil in a pan & add sliced onion. Let it brown. Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic, green chilli and curry leaves. Let it cook till the raw smell goes, around 3-4 mins. Add crushed pepper, turmeric powder, garam masala, fennel powder and chicken/meat masala (if using). Mix well. Cook for another 2-3 mins. Add soya and tomato sauce/ketchup. Mix well.
3. Add 1/4 cup water and salt and mix well. Add marinated chicken pieces. Combine everything well and make sure that chicken pieces are coated with masala. When chicken starts changing the color add 1/2 cup water & mix well.
4. Let it boil. Reduce flame and cover and cook it till the chicken is done. Check in between, give a stir and add more water only if required.
5. Once the chicken is done, remove the lid, add some curry leaves and continue cooking for another 5-7 mins on low flame, just to roast it a little more.
6. Remove from fire. The dish will get a darker shade once it rests.
7. Garnish with onion & lemon/lime.

Notes
I strongly recommend using crushed pepper in the masala for the flavour and taste. Be careful while adding salt, since the chicken is already marinated with salt and salt comes from soya sauce too. I suggest you prepare this dish in advance, so it helps the flavour to settle in.

Raita

1. Add the yoghurt along with the spices in a bowl.
2. Beat well until it becomes smooth.
3. Add the grated cucumber and mix well then add chopped cucumber along with coriander.
4. Mix well and serve.

 


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