I was getting bored with the chicken recipes which calls for garam masala. Not that I don't like the wonderful aroma of the spices which goes into the garam masala, I just love it and I use it wherever possible!
But I wanted to taste something different, something which smells different. And to add to it I was feeling lazy (always do!) so it has to be something easy too.
So thought of using Sambar Powder to make chicken! Does it sound weird? But believe me, the end product was yum!!
I used the sambar powder which I bought from Grand Sweets and Snacks, Chennai. I always have a packet or 2 of their sambar powder in my shelf. I don't use any other ready made sambar powder, if it is not the grand sweets' one, then I prepare it the way my mom does. For the kerala style sambar, with all veggies in it, it is almost always the way my mom prepares, without using the ready made sambar powder. Ok now coming back to our chicken recipe, here is how it goes.
1/2 Kg Chicken, cut into small pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, freshly ground
1 tsp pepper powder, freshly ground
4 tbsp Sambar powder
2-3 green chilly slit
Curry leaves and coriander leaves
- In a pan, saute the onions with a little salt till golden brown.
- Add the ginger garlic paste and stir till the raw smell goes.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, green chilly and pepper.
- Cook covered until the tomatoes are soft.
- Add the sambar powder and mix well. Keep stirring for 2-3 mins.
- Add the chicken pieces and mix well.
- Cover and cook the chicken for 15-20 mins or until the chicken is cooked properly keeping the fire in sim. No need to add water.
- Open the cover and add the curry leaves and coriander leaves and stir well. I added cashews also at this stage.
- Cook with the cover open until the water in the pan (from the chicken) dries up and the masala is dry.
- Squeeze the lime over the chicken and mix well and turn the fire off.
- Serve with rice.
- You could try this recipe with any Sambar powder which you have. For my Non-Indian friends who don't know what Sambar powder is, please watch this space and I will post about how to make Sambar powder soon!!!
- I feel we could do away with some of the ingredients above and still end up with a good dish. Could be the ginger garlic paste or the pepper or the lime. I haven't tried without these, but if you do, please let me know :).