1 small chicken, cut into 10pieces (approx. 700g)
4tbsp onion paste
12 baby onions, cut in half
3tbsp refined vegetable oil
1tsp ginger paste
1tsp garlic paste
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
150ml yoghurt, whisked
2 sticks of cinnamon
6 green cardamoms
4 whole red, dry roasted chilies
1 heaped tsp dry roasted coriander seeds
3tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
½tsp turmeric powder
½tsp garam masala
1tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
Heat oil in a pan. Sauté the baby onions until golden brown. Remove and set aside. In the same oil, fry the bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamoms, peppercorns, cloves and dry red chilies for 1 minute or till fragrant. Add the onion paste and sauté for 3-4 minutes or till the onion paste looses its raw smell. Make a paste with the Kashmiri Red chili powder and turmeric, add to the pan and sauté for 30 seconds; add the garlic and ginger. Stir continuously. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes or tomatoes are tender. Place the chicken and the browned baby onions in the pan with the yoghurt, salt and sugar. Stir and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minute. Add the roasted coriander seeds. Stir well. Simmer on a moderate heat for 20 minutes. Sprinkle over garam masala, coriander and lime juice just before serving.
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