East Indian Chicken Stew

East Indian Chicken Stew
I love this simple, comfort food!

Chicken-4-6 pieces (1/2 kg)
Carrot- peeled and halved
Potato whole peeled – 1-2
Raw Green Papaya – Peeled and a big chunk/ quartered
Chopped Onion – 1/4th cup
Minced garlic – 1 Tbsp
Minced ginger – 1 Tbsp
Tomato chopped or pureed – 2
Curd – 2 Tbsp (optional)
Whole black peppercorn – 10-12
Coriander powder – 1 Tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 Tsp
Red chili powder – 1 Tsp (optional)
Whole Garam masala – ½ tsp (3 green cardamoms beaten, 2-3 cloves, 1 x 2-inch cinnamon stick)
Bay leaf – 1-2
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Butter – 2 Tbsp
Green chili whole – 1
Salt to taste
Water or vegetable stalk – 750 ml.
Chopped coriander for garnishing

Wash the chicken pieces with running water. Keep aside.
In a wok heat oil. Add bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.
Let it splatter and the oil will be aromatic.
Add garlic. Stir for 1 min then add onion. Stir fry till translucent.
Add black pepper and the chicken.
Stir it till the color of the chicken changes to white or till the moisture dries.
Add the dry masalas. Stir for 1 min and add the pureed tomato and curd.
Stir it continuously otherwise the curd will curdle.
Add butter, the cut vegetables and cook till the water evaporates and the masalas start sticking at the bottom.
Add salt and pour water and bring to boil.
Cook, it covered for 20 mins. In low flame.
Stir in between and check the salt level.
The veggies will be cooked and the color of the stew will become pale yellow.
The quicker method is to transfer the whole thing in a pressure cooker.
Cook it on a medium flame for 4-5 whistles.
It is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Note: You can omit all the spices and cook it with crushed black pepper, salt, turmeric, Add cooked chickpeas if you want. Still, it will taste great.
Best paired with steamed rice or with couscous.

Hi, friends I am back after a short break.
I was looking forward to sharing my dishes on this page and here comes a simple, healthy chicken recipe.
Its a stew popular in the household of the eastern part of India.
I must say that Indian cuisine varies from region to region, the use of spices, flavor and cooking method also varies so is the taste. I stay in Capital city of India but my roots are from eastern part and I love this simple, comfort food. Hope you also like it.
You need minimum spice like onion, garlic, ginger, tomato and whole garam masala or black pepper. Any part of the chicken, leg, thigh or wings, will do for this dish. Carrots, green papaya, and potatoes are a great combination.
It enhances the flavor of the stew and is healthy too.
Best for kids and suitable for Senior citizens stomach too.
If you cook it in a pressure cooker it will take hardly 15 mins.
Else cook it in a wok in slow fire.
My son stays alone in California and craves for home cooked Indian curry.
This is his best option for him and cooks it often because it takes minimum effort with the best result.

Prepared, tried and tested Reena Mukherjee

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