Sunday, May 18, 2014

Murg Salan- Pakistani style chicken curry

Salan is a pakistani dish with gravy- a curry if you will . Salan can be made with lamb, beef, chicken or vegetables. There are a variety of ways to make salan . This is my own recipe after I have essayed a few of them. I have adjusted the ingredients until I ended up with something that I really like. It is very easy to make, a basic curry but so flavourful . You may fry your onions ahead of time and use when required. Salan can be served with chapati , roti or naan.

Here is the recipe

1 kg chicken legs and thighs
1 Tbs of crushed garlic to marinate chicken
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1 cup of yoghurt
2 large onions sliced
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 Tbs of ginger paste
2 Tbs of garlic paste
1 Tbs of crushed green chillies

Salt to taste
1 tsp of red chilli powder
2 tsp of kashmiri chilli powder if not available use regular paprika powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp of nutmeg powder
1/4 tsp of mace powder (optional- also known as Javetri)
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 cup of oil

Clean chicken and marinate with salt and 1 Tbs of garlic and pepper powder and set aside
Heat oil in a pan
Add sliced onions and fry until brown
Once onions have turned into a nice golden brown colour add cumin seeds and fry
Now add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste and mix well
Add chicken to the mixture and keep stirring until all pieces have been coated in pan
Add all dry spices except for garam masala (red chilli powder, Kashmiri or paprika powder, Turmeric powder, nutmeg and mace powder )
Add yoghurt and keep stirring
Add around 2 cups of water and mix well
Allow to cook on medium high covered
Cook until gravy is to the consistency of your liking (some people like a dryer sauce- in that case cook longer )
Once gravy has reached the required consistency , add garam masala and adjust salt

Serve hot with chapati