December 15, 2010

Chicken Curry with Green Peppers..

The weather outside is frightful, but i feel so delightful....:))
Ah... one of the comforts of the winter is the warm kitchen.. the same kitchen that used to swelter me in the summer is now a warm hearth, making me find reasons to be there and cook even if there is food in the fridge. (Its 23F outside.. a scant -5 Celsius and I am so glad to be at home and not working outside.)

As Nigella Lawson said in her book, "How to be a Domestic Goddess"(A must flip through for all you aspiring goddesses)" I've always thought that bad weather has its compensations, most of them culinary." The book has pretty simple recipes for a starting off baker and more than that it is jolly wonderful to read her take on each recipe.

So I don't need another cookie or another cake, but that's what I feel like making.. if they don't have bread, let them eat cake.. but to stay practical, I opt for a chicken item instead...curry today..with peppers..and lots of onions..though not a gravy based curry..more a cry.

Yet another spicy chicken curry.  It's your regular chicken curry but with bell peppers added to it to change the taste. Green peppers have the best taste, but yellow and red peppers are good too, they add a sweetness to the dish if you like that.

You will need:

Chicken-1 ½ lb, (700gm) cleaned and cut into small pieces.
Onions-2 or 3 medium sized ones sliced finely
Bell Peppers-2 green ones sliced thinly in strips( or use a mix of red, green and yellow)
Tomatoes-1 chopped into dices.
Hot Green chilies - 6 slit
Ginger–Garlic coarsely ground – 2-3 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice-1 tsp
Red hot chili powder- 1 1/2 tsp (more or less as per taste)
Coriander powder-2 tsp
Garam Masala-1/2 tsp
Black Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Coriander, curry leaves- each a small handful, chopped
Salt - to taste
Oil-4 tbsp

Wash the chicken and lightly toss it with lemon juice and rinse again. Drain well onto a slotted drainer. Marinate with the turmeric,half the red chili powder, salt and lemon juice.
Heat the 2tbsp oil in a large shallow pan and add onions. When they are slightly transparent, add the peppers and continue sauteing. Add the slit chilies and curry leaves and stir. When the peppers wilt, remove most of the onions, all the peppers and keep aside.

Add ginger and garlic to the remaining onions, and saute.  Add more oil if the mix looks dry. When the raw smell goes, add the tomatoes, remaining chili powder, coriander and saute till the tomatoes soften. Then add the chicken and cook uncovered on medium heat for 3-4 minutes till water comes out. Do not add any water: it will prevent the spice powders from getting cooked. Then cover and cook 10-15 minutes. The amount of time depends on the size of the chicken pieces. Smaller pieces cook faster.

Add more salt if needed and then add the pepper and garam masala. Check to see if the chicken is cooked. Now add back the onions and peppers sauteed earlier to the chicken and stir well. If there is no water, add 1/4 cup water and cook it covered for five minutes to let the flavors blend.  Add the coriander leaves last, after switching off the flame. Let it rest covered for a while before serving.


Radhika @ foodfor7stages said...

It is sheer bliss to have chicken curry with piping hot rotis or rice on a chilly winter evening.

Anjum said...

Umm mouth watering dish perfect for this winter

Kairali sisters said...

This is a nice curry.I love chicken and green peppers, so both together..Yummy!!

Biny Anoop said...

I love this combo and is a winner always.

Shaheen said...

Looks yummy! Must try it soon. Thanks for the receipe

J said...

It is a sort of jalfreize-ish curry. Perfect for -5C...we will experience that tomorrow..brrr!

notyet100 said...

curry looks yum,perfect for winters,.

Julia said...

We love chicken curry in summer or winter but it is much better when the nights are cold and dark. We're having a veggie curry tonight as there is unfortunately no meat in the house. :)

Sathya Sankar said...

Curry looks delicious with the green peppers, perfect for a cold weather !

lan said...

you are in a jolly mood shaheen which itself was fun to read:-) curry looks delicious.

Myra said...

Very good choice,and very few ingredients,so no excuse,not to try it!!!!!!
kitchen here i come -:)
yours Myra x

LR said...

Thnx for the recipe..will surely try..

Torviewtoronto said...

chicken curry looks delicious

Kitchen Boffin said...

looks quite yummy.. like to try this some time..

MR said...

will have to try this one1 HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Alana said...

Nice! Happy new year to everyone, and a great 2011!

Reema said...

This is a wonderful curry dish with Chicken, thank you so much for this recipe, it came out awesome and my husband has become a fan! He loves it!! and I do too!!

Anonymous said...

nice receipe