Browned Spicy Almond Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken breast, boneless, diced- 3 breasts
  • Black Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  • Red pearl onions or small red onions, cut lengthwise- 15
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 3 tbsp
To make into a coarse paste
  • Whole cardamom- 3
  • Whole cloves-2
  • Cinnamon stick- 2 inch
  • Dry Red chili- 3
  • Ground fennel- 2 tsp
  • Almonds, sliced- ½ cup
  • Water- enough to make a paste
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend the above mentioned ingredients to make into a coarse paste with enough water, may be 3 tbsp or so and keep aside.
  2. Heat a wide non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil and add black cumin seeds to it and saute.
  3. Add chopped red pearl onions along with salt and saute till it gets slightly browned.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes away.
  5. Add turmeric powder to this and saute for a minute.
  6. Now, add the coarse almond paste to the browned onion, also rinse the blender with little water and pour the water into the pan, saute till the oil starts to ooze out of this mixture.
  7. Add chicken and cover the pan with its lid and let the chicken cook in its own water.
  8. When the chicken has cooked well, remove the lid and stir fry till the chicken gets browned and all the water evaporates.
  9. Add chopped cilantro, ground pepper and salt, stir fry for some more time.
  10. This is a dry dish so there won't be any gravy, however this dry dish will not disappoint you.
  11. Adjust the spice level by increasing or reducing the amount of ground pepper accordingly.
  12. Serve with Plain Basmati rice and Raita.
Almond chicken stir fried with Basmati Rice
  1. Transfer the chicken to a separate dish.
  2. In the same pan used for cooking chicken (without washing it, as it has all the yummy flavors from the chicken buried in it) combine the chicken and rice depending upon how much you need and stir fry it for 2 minutes.
  3. Serve this with Raita.
Notes
Make sure to brown the chicken after cooking it, this enhances the taste of the chicken.
You could also increase the amount of almonds for more nutty flavor according to your wish.
Recipe by Cooking with Thas at http://www.thasneen.com/cooking/browned-spicy-almond-chicken/