Home-style Chicken Curry

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It is another one of those oxymoronic days in Vienna; when it looks so sunny that one wouldn’t for his life believe it’s a freezing -6 degrees outside. Well, at the moment I have have no complaints, since I am cooped up in my warm apartment wondering what to whip up for lunch. As I look up, I see them dishes from breakfast waving at me almost as a reminder to give them a shower but right now all I am gonna do is scowl.

I have the whole day to myself since the Husband is working on a crazy deadline and in all probability will not be home for a while. This means that I will whip up a lazy lunch, maybe some stir fried veggies and rice, get a good hour of my afternoon siesta, hit the gym, roam around in this gorgeous city dressed like an eskimo, may be get my plants at home a new friend, make a short visit to the Indian store around the corner, while watching the world get ready to welcome the weekend. It is so fascinating to watch the expressions on the faces on the street change as you get closer to the weekend. The droopy sides of the lips on a Monday morning are never to be seen on a Friday. The sober nude lip colours are almost always replaced by gorgeous reds and pinks; it is almost like every single soul on the road gets an added spring in their step.

I was blown away by how seriously people here take their weekends. Nobody works on a weekend in this part of the world and that left me with my jaw on the floor, since I come from the legal fraternity in India where people seem to have forgotten as much as what day they are on. People do make a lot of money, but at the end of the day, apart from the occasional debaucherous splurge on alcohol, when do they get to spend it with joy, as a treat to themselves for having laboured so hard right through the week? Maybe never?

Here, the sights on the streets or even in a supermarket on a Friday evening keep me charmed. You see youngsters grabbing packs of beer, women stacking up on groceries for the weekend, the lone guy who roams around looking as confused as I would in a calculus class, old couples checking out bottles in the wine section, kids in a frenzy upsetting everything within their reach. It looks like they all have their own plans, sweet in their own way, but that one thing that strikes me as common on all their faces is the undeniable happiness.

As creepy as it may sound, I have always, ever since I was a child, taken to watching people and their expressions, wondering what it must be that they would be thinking. Some people look delighted, may be they just got a bonus or a pay hike at work; some people look excited, maybe they are getting ready to go out on a date with someone they’ve had on their mind for a month now; some people look passive, maybe the day gifted them with a yelling at work or maybe got told off by a spouse for their lack of tidiness; some people look low or forlorn, maybe they have a financial crisis to deal with, maybe they are dealing with death, a heartbreak; and I wish I could go tell them it’s all right and that things just have a miraculous way of falling back in to place and that time heals all wounds.

Okay, getting into business.

Today, I have yet another insanely easy recipe for you to help you have a happier weekend. It is my go-to recipe for the easiest chicken curry on the planet. This is a nice and thick, medium spiced gravy that is bound to make you feel at home if you have it with a few round, soft chapatis or with a bowl of hot white rice. A lot of you have been mentioning that you are rather stoked about how easy my recipes are. That’s the point, trust me. Each and every one of us have that palate that is most tingled with flavours only a home cooked meal can offer. I intend to share recipes only fit for beginners, since that is the bunch I want to cater to, since well seasoned chefs would not by any means need me to spoon feed them with my versions. Haha. So here goes.

Things you will need:

  • Chicken- 500 gms (cut into small pieces)
  • Onions- 2 large
  • Tomato- 1 large
  • Chilly powder- 1 tbsp
  • Corriander powder- 2tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp
  • Cashews- plain, unsalted- 7-8 soaked in water for 15 mins
  • Mustard seeds, dried red chillies, curry leaves- for tempering

How to go about it

  1. Grind the onions and tomato in a mixer grinder to form a nice smooth paste.
  2. Heat 2 tbsps cooking oil in a wok and once hot, temper the mustard seeds, dried chillies and curry leaves.
  3. Add the onion and tomato paste to the wok.
  4. Add some salt to it and keep sautéing till the water content is lost and the oil starts to leave the edges. (Add more oil if required during this process)
  5. Add the powders to the wok at this stage and keep sautéing for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the cleaned chicken to the mix and stir well so that all the pieces are evenly coated with the gravy.
  7. Add half a glass of water and mix well.
  8. Keep the wok closed till the chicken is cooked well.
  9. In the meanwhile, make a paste of the soaked cashews after adding 2 tbsps of water.
  10. Once the chicken is cooked well, add this paste and mix well.
  11. Check the salt, and keep the wok closed for another 3-4 minutes.
  12. The gravy would have thickened by now.
  13. You chicken curry is done.

Wasn’t that just supremely easy? Enjoy your happy weekend meal! 🙂

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