The following is from my dear friend, Sabrina, who was my accomplice in so many things in Paris, including many, many meals of delicious Indian food. I was usually in charge of the Saag/Palak Paneer and chai.
She just sent me the following--her first addition to the blog! Have fun!
Here are some easy recipes and you can thank my mother for them!
Chicken 1 kg
Garlic 11/2 pods
Ginger 1 piece
Curd/ Yogurt 1/2 kg; 2i/2 cups
Salt 1 heaped tsp
Pepper , turmeric 1/2 tsp each
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
Mix the chicken with curd ( beat the curd so it is smooth) and add the following: oil or butter; ginger/ garlic (in paste or pieces), ; turmeric; salt; nutmeg; pepper; red chill powder( if you want it spicy) coriander (powder or whole), cardamon (powder or whole), cinnamon (powder or whole)
Leave this to marinate for about 4 hours in the fridge or even overnight. The longer you marinate it , the better. Make sure you make small cuts in the chicken pieces so the marinade can soak in. The chicken could be boneless or with bones but should be in small pieces.
Cooking: Heat some oil in a pan, and add the marinade and cook till the chicken is tender and the water has evaporated. Voila! Curd Chicken is ready :)
Eat the curry with some basmati rice.
If you really want to be fancy, then you can add a third dish : Raita- Take some curd, beat it and add chopped tomatoes , salt and pepper. The curd normally has a cooling effect if the chicken is spicy.
If you want to show off, then you can make Zeera Aloo or Cumin Potato which is also very easy to do. Boil potatoes, peel the skin, and cut into small square pieces. Then in another dish, heat some oil, and add cumin and garlic. Let that cook, and then add onions and cook. Add turmeric and salt and pepper. Then add the potatoes and mix. Garnish with coriander.
You don't need any special ingredients except the turmeric & coriander powder ...which should be readily available at the local grocer. The others (cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg) should be readily available anywhere. If you cant find coriander powder, you can use fresh coriander.
So now your meal is: CURD CHICKEN; BASMATI RICE; RAITA; ALOO ZEERA
Enjoy cooking! Hope it turns out well :) Send me some photos!