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Chicken meets Mustard Oil

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In many Indian households, there’s something special about chicken. It’s what you make when you want to celebrate or entertain important guests or simply indulge for a change. In this post, we look at a traditional Indian recipe that comes from the eastern part of India – an aromatic Chicken Curry that tickles the taste-buds in a very unique way because of the delicious Mustard Oil-based gravy.

The ingredients that you will require are:

  1. Chicken: A small or medium chicken cut into six regular pieces

  2. Mustard Oil: 3 tablespoon

  3. Coriander (Dhania) Seeds: one teaspoon

  4. Cumin Seeds (Jeera): one teaspoon

  5. Poppy Seeds: one teaspoon

  6. Tomato puree: 150 gram

  7. Onion paste: 50 gram

  8. Curry Leaves: one tablespoon

  9. Dried Red Chilli: 3

  10. Coriander (Dhania) Leaves: one small bunch, chopped

  11. Salt: to taste


Begin by dry roasting the coriander seeds, dried red chillies, cumin seeds and poppy seeds. Once they are lightly roasted, place them in a blender along with salt and prepare a fine powder.

Heat the Mustard Oil in a pan. When the oil reaches its smoking point, carefully add the chicken pieces and sauté. Next add the tomato puree, onion paste, the blended spices, some salt and the curry leaves. Pour in a bit of water and cover the pan; cook for around 10 minutes. When the gravy takes on a rich golden colour (because of the Mustard Oil), add the coriander leaves. After a minute or so, turn the flame off.

Your delicious Chicken Curry is now ready to be served. Serve it hot and have it with steaming hot rice.

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