I am wondering how should I start this post. Most of the time, these days my head is really blank. There has been a lot happening – good and ugly and my thoughts are all muddled up in that process, not knowing which way to think and keep my mood. But one thing I know – that what is destined, good or bad, will surely come our way, come what maybe. Sometimes thinking that way makes sense more than becoming tensed about what is going to come. I keep telling HD that we have always been relieved of the tensions we face, so maybe we just need to stay positive and hope that everything will settle, InShaAllah. Having said that, winters are slowly sweeping in and is releasing a very laid back air in all. I find it hard to do anything, forget about cooking. Even though I love the climate, the laziness which comes along with it can be overbearing at times… 🙂
We all have some easy curry up our sleeves that is taken out when you absolutely have no mood to cook. This chicken curry is such a curry for me. I know chicken will be eaten, and if I need to just get the cooking done, then it is definitely this curry. The beauty of the curry is that there is no sauteing involved. I can term this curry as the easiest chicken curry in the world, at least for me! Hehe… what more, it is cooked entirely in the pressure cooker.
Umma would add all ingredients into the cooker and then nicely squeeze it with her hands. She would say that it brings out the flavor when sauteing is not done. I totally agree with her – that massaging with our hands does release something into this curry, that won’t make you feel you haven’t done any precooking. I don’t even add any water into the curry – there would be just chicken stock. But I have mentioned in the ingredients, since many of us do need some curry to dunk the chapathis or soak the rice.
The funniest part is that when I cook this curry at home, the girls and HD really enjoy it and it leaves me marveled as to how such an super easy recipe is what is always welcomed with open arms. I have made this so many times during weekdays but it is appearing on the blog only now. It gets cooked at night and I feel lazy to click, but then when I got a chance to be lazy on a Friday, I thought, better to cook it along with ney choru and post it on the blog as soon as possible. Do pin this up in your “I don’t feel like cooking” board, so that you know what exactly to make when you feel lazy. 😉 Off to the recipe…
- 500 gm chicken pieces, cleaned and drained
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 tomato, minced
- 1 green chilli, minced
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 heaped tsp coriander powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
- ¼ tsp fennel powder
- ¼ tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Salt to taste
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- Curry leaves or coriander leaves for garnish (optional)
- Add the ingredients from onion to salt in the pressure cooker. Rub the mixture well by hand, crushing the onion and tomato well.
- Add the chicken and rub in the mixture well. Add ¼ cup of water.
- Pressure cook for one whistle on high and then on simmer for five minutes. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
- Open the lid, sprinkle in the garam masala and add the leaves if using for garnish. Serve hot with chapathi or rice.