Yes! I know... it's been forever since I posted anything ( 5 weeks to be precise!)... but in my defence.... my maid disappeared overnight!
She was there one day... helping clean the house, chop the veggies and take care of inhuman piles of ironing... and gone the next!
Little do most people truly understand the role a good maid plays in the life of a woman.... and if you're Indian, married and have grown to depend on the one person who is actually more useful than your husband around the house on weekends ... you're world gets literally turned upside down when they're gone....
So anyway, now that things have finally gotten under control... Vineet cooks and I clean... (hehe... )... on the weekends that is. His stints in the kitchen are becoming more successful with every passing weekend, and one of Vineets recent master pieces... and believe me I'm not exaggerating when I say 'master piece'.... has been an out-out desi chicken... marinated in spiced yoghurt and stir fried with sliced onions, curry leaves and green chillies... alongside some steamed rice and dal.... its pure perfection! :)
- 300 g Boneless Chicken breasts
- 3-4 tbsp plain Yoghurt
- 1-1/2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste (fresh!!)
- 1 tsp Red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp freshly cracked Black pepper
- 1 tsp Garam masala
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- Salt, to taste
For the stir fry:
- 2 tbsp Olive (or vegetable) Oil
- 1 large onion, finely sliced
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 dried Red chili
- 1 green chili, slit
- 5-6 Curry leaves
- 1 small bunch Coriander, chopped
- Lime wedges
1.) Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts. Cut into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl.
2.) Whisk the yoghurt along with the rest of the marinade ingredients. Pour over the chicken. This marinade is very thick, so dont worry if it seems sticky-ish when mixed with the chicken. Cover and set aside for atleast an hour... two hours is ideal.
3.) Heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Add the cumin seeds, dried red chili and curry leaves. Stir fry for a few seconds. Add the marinated chicken pieces. Stir to mix and cover till almost cooked - about 12-15 minutes.
4.) Uncover the pan and add the sliced onions and slit green chili. Stir fry with the chicken for a minute or two till the onions are cooked through.
5.) Garnish with the chopped coriander and squirt a wedge of lime. Serve immediately along with some plain steamed rice and dal, or with roti's and raita. Yum! :)