It happens sometimes that we think of cooking a dish and suddenly realize that some vital ingredients in cooking the dish are not available. So we are forced to make the dish replacing some ingredients and adding some more. These twists and turns finally come up with a recipe which help sprout a new dish, Thanks to such situations where we venture new recipes and make out a different dish.
This Minty chettinad style chicken is no exception. The tomato puree is replaced by yogurt and to make use of the mint leaves bunch, I decided to add them and give a different flavour to my chettinad style chicken.
1/2 Kg of Chicken, bone in, Skinless, cut into regular chicken curry size pieces
1 Tbsp Sesame or Olive oil
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
4 - 5 Red Chillies broken into small pieces
8 - 10 Curry leaves
1 big Onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
1/2 + 1/4 cup Mint leaves chopped
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1/2 tsp Home made Garam Masala
1/2 cup Yogurt
a pinch of Black Pepper Powder
Salt to Taste
To cleaned chicken add turmeric, little of each red chilly powder, garam masala, pepper powder and salt, keep aside.
In a skillet, heat oil and add the fennel seeds , wait for the aroma and then add red chillies, curry leaves and fry without burning.
Add Onions and fry till translucent
Add ginger garlic paste and fry till rawness is gone.
Now add the marinated chicken pieces and mix well.
At this time add the chopped mint leaves and fry along with the chicken for a minute or two.
Add Yogurt and keep stirring.
Add garam masala and mix.
No need to add any water as we are making a semi dry version here.
Roast the chicken till done and the masala mixture leaves oil.
Add remaining mint leaves mix for a minute and remove from heat.
Serve hot with plain rice, rasam or sambar