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Dhaba Chicken Curry

  • ACTIVE: 25 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD

"You will find this curry at practically all of the dhabas [roadside restaurants] that line the highways in northern India," says Sanjeev Kapoor. "Economical and tasty, it gives you a taste of simple Punjabi cooking."

video Video: Sanjeev Kapoor demonstrates how to toast spices

  1. 3 onions, coarsely chopped
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  4. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  5. 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. Pinch of ground cloves
  10. Pinch of ground cardamom
  11. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  12. 1 cup tomato sauce
  13. Four 6-ounce chicken breast halves on the bone, skinned
  14. Salt
  15. 1 cup water
  16. Garam masala, for sprinkling
  17. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  1. In a food processor, chop the onions. Add the garlic and ginger and process until they are finely chopped.
  2. In a medium, enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the vegetable oil. Add the coriander, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and cook over low heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the onion mixture and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the turmeric and tomato sauce and simmer over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with salt and add them to the casserole. Coat the chicken with the sauce. Add the water, cover and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, turning a few times, until the chicken is white throughout, about 10 minutes. Season the chicken curry with salt.
  4. Transfer the chicken and sauce to a serving bowl. Sprinkle garam masala on top, garnish with the cilantro and serve.
Serve With Basmati rice or naan.

Suggested Pairing

Baking spice–scented Beaujolais.