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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jeera chicken (Patel ground style)

Ingredients (for jeera chicken):
3-4 medium onions, chopped
2-3lbs chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
15 cloves of garlic, 1 inch piece of ginger, 10-12 hot green chili’s: throw these in a small chopper and pulse

1/2 cup of cumin seeds
4tbs oil
5-6 cloves
2-3 pieces of cinnamon
2 tsp ground coriander,

2 tsp ground turmeric,
ground cayenne to taste
3 (14.5oz) cans organic tomatoes
salt, to taste
One bunch fresh cilantro, chopped finely

1) Take a large pot and add the oil to it, set it on medium heat
2) Add the cinnamon and cloves as soon as the oil warms up a bit
3) Add all of the cumin seeds, fry till seeds are golden brown

4) Add the onions and fry until golden brown
5) Add the chili’s, garlic and ginger mixture and fry for at least 5 minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic
6) Add the ground turmeric along with the ground coriander and ground cayenne, fry for 4-5 minutes
7) Add the three cans of tomatoes, lower the heat just a little and let this mixture simmer, you want most of the liquid from the tomatoes to evaporate at this point

8) Add the chicken and cilantro, stir to combine...cover your pot, let the chicken simmer on low for about 45 minutes, making sure you give it a good stir every now and then
10) Add salt to taste
Serves: approximately 4-5 people.

Tip: Paneer is a great subsitute for chicken, this dish would taste just as good with paneer

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