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Tangy Tamarind Chicken Curry

>> November 30, 2010

Chicken is such a versatile meat that it can imbibe a variety of flavors. The frequent use of chicken in our kitchen demands new recipe once in a while. I thought of a spicy change and ended up adding some tamarind paste, and the taste was awesome. Tamarind gives a mild sourness, a little sweetness and a very good consistency to the gravy. 

the recipe

Chicken – 1200 -1400 gms
Onion – 2
Green chilly – 2 small
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Coriander leaves – 1 + 1 medium plants
Chilly powder – 1 ½ tsp (adjust to taste)
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Roasted coriander powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Tomato – 2 medium
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 -3 tbsp
Tamarind – 1 ½ to 2 tsp

 Ginger – 1 ½ inch piece
Garlic – 10 cloves
Garam Masala – 1 ½ tsp

the method

Wash the chicken and keep it aside. Grind the ginger, garlic and garam masala (3G paste) into a fine paste (add some water to grind).

Heat oil and add the chopped onion. When light brown add the 3G paste, curry leaves and green chillies and sauté till the water content is evaporated. In medium heat add chilly, turmeric and pepper powder and stir till lightly roasted. Stir in the tomatoes and roasted coriander powder and stir till tomatoes are soft. Chop one coriander leaf plant and add to the masala. Add the chicken pieces and salt. Mix well. Add half cup water and cook. Add more (1/2 cup) water if required. Dissolve the tamarind in ¼ cup water and make a pulp. Strain it. When the chicken is almost done pour the tamarind pulp and chopped coriander leaves (from 1 plant). Simmer for five minutes. Serve with rice. It is irresistible.

Please do not try this recipe if you have gastric problems. The use of tamarind and green chilly is likely to increase heart burn.

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Dr.Sameena Prathap
November 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

Hey Roshan,

Thanx for the beautiful entries dear...:)Lovely combo of tamrind and chicken...:)



Shobha November 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

That looks interesting..the addition of tamarind.....never made it this way .. will try it out.

asiya omar November 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM  

Adding tamarind is really different,looks delicious.

Jaisy James November 30, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

adding tamarind is new t me looks yummy next time will try ur recipe

Kurinji November 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

Addition of tamarind is new to me, will try soon.

Priya November 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM  

Yummy,thats a wonderful looking chicken curry, adding tamarind sounds too interesting, cant wait to try..

Prathima Rao November 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

This dish looks too tempting...even for a veggie like me ;) Glad to be following u now...

Sushma Mallya November 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

ALl entries are lovely :)....chicken curry looks yummy:)

Hamaree Rasoi November 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

I have never tried adding tamarind in any of my chicken dishes. so this sounds spicy and tangy..

Hamaree Rasoi

S.Menaga November 30, 2010 at 7:01 PM  

சிக்கனில் புளி சேர்த்து செய்வது வித்தியாசமா நல்லாயிருக்கு...

Kairali sisters November 30, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

Recipes sounds very interesting, i never added tamarind to chicken..Looks yummy Roshan!!

Swathi November 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

Tamarind chicken looks delicious. Nice one.

Ananda Rajashekar December 1, 2010 at 1:10 AM  

never had chicken combo with tamarind ,,,,sounds yum!

Biny Anoop December 1, 2010 at 3:36 AM  

Thats new to me;tamarind with chicken...looks good and yummy.

Krishnaveni December 1, 2010 at 4:27 AM  

interesting recipe, looks great

Suja Sugathan December 1, 2010 at 4:36 AM  

Delicious spicy chicken curry,adding tamarind sounds great,will surely try this.

Pushpa December 1, 2010 at 4:42 AM  

Flavorful and tangy chicken curry,yummy.

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