Mughlai Chicken – Authentic Hyderabadi Style !!

I have seen Nigella Lawson cook Mughlai Chicken in one of her cookery shows a week ago on tv. It was a sort of fusion she adopted.

The true hyderabadi blood in me…couldnt stop me from posting the original recipe for this all-time favorite dish of mine !! Now you should forget calories while making this 😉

So here are the Ingredients :

8 medium sized pieces (about 800 grams) of chicken

2 tablespoon(s) yoghurt

2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee) / butter / oil

1 small cup of fresh cream

4 medium onions finely chopped

1 teaspoon(s) hot spice mix (garam masala) powder

2 bay leaves

salt to taste

finely chopped fresh coriander leaves to garnish

To be ground :

½ teaspoon(s) turmeric powder

2 tablespoon(s) cashewnut bits soaked in some water

4 whole dry red chillies roasted

1 tablespoon(s) each of poppy and cumin seeds roasted

½ teaspoon(s) nutmeg grated

1 teaspoon(s) blade of mace 1 teaspoon(s) each of red chilli powder and black peppercorns

1″ piece cinnamon broken

2 cloves

2 green cardamom(s) pounded

Preparation :

Fry a small portion of the chopped onions in a little hot clarified butter (ghee)/ butter / oil till they are well browned. Now, let it cool and grind it along with the ingredients to be ground to a fine paste. Mix this paste with the yoghurt, rub it onto the chicken pieces and marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Heat the clarified butter (ghee) / butter / oil in a heavy bottomed pan till hot. Add the bay leaves and fry for a few seconds. Add the remaining chopped onions and saute on medium level for about 3 minute(s) or till the onions are light brown in color. Add the chicken pieces , garam masala and salt to taste. Cover and cook on low level for about 25 minutes or till the chicken is fully cooked. Pour in the cup of fresh cream generously !! And garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves!!

You can also add soaked almonds, finely chopped and sultana’s if you like it sweet and spicy !!

This goes well with Indian breads, Jasmine rice or just rice cooked with salt, bayleaves, cloves, cinnamon , ginger garlic paste and lime !!


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