You know, I really believe there is only one way to cook any dish: YOUR way :D. Cooking is really an art and I hate recipes that gives very precise instructions on what exactly to add, at what time and by what amount. Then there is no room for creativity.
This recipe, is inspired from a childhood recipe back at home in Assam. I obviously had forgotten about it and I had asked my brother about it. He had sent me a Whats-app audio message for the same and I twisted the recipe a little bit and made my own version of it.
So, here it is, a “CHICKEN MASALA” recipe without tomatoes, without marinated chicken and without fancy powdered spices.
1. Take a bit of garlic and ginger, some pepper and cumin, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried red chilly and fresh green chilies in a vessel and soak it for 10 minutes. Then boil the same for 5 minutes and make a thick paste of the ingredients and keep aside.
2.Take cut pieces of chicken, wash it clean and boil in sim for around 3-4 minutes and strain the water and keep aside.
3.Add oil in a frying pan. Add a bit of sugar (this will add that rich color to the dish as we are not using any powdered fancy spices). Add finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add both kinds of cardamom and bay leaves and fry for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the paste made in Step 1 and add the cut potato slices. Add salt and turmeric powder to taste.
5.Add chicken to the pan (since it is already cooked for 3-4 minutes in Step 2 we are good) and cook in sim for 15-20 minutes. You may eat it dry with flat bread or make it into a thick curry and have with rice. I kept it dry and had with rice along with long lemons from Assam 🙂
Hope you enjoyed it and will make your own version of it soon 🙂