Sunday Special Lunch – A Family Tradition
What a Sunday Roast is to a traditional English Family Sunday Lunch is what the combination of Spicy Chicken Gravy and Jeera rice or layered Chicken Biryani is to my family . My sister and me have grown up eating these divine yet simple dishes prepared with great passion and with great efforts by my parents.Almost all the ingredients were freshly procured on Sunday morning and accompanying my dad to get the chicken was part of the whole excitement for me . It was my mum’s way of getting me out of her hair is what I learned years later 🙂
Last year when my husband and me decided to move to London , I was super delighted when my parents visited a few months later. My parents had promised they would cook us their Sunday special and my hubby would watch and learn they created these dishes.
I shall start with my personal favourite Chicken in thick gravy and Jeera Rice ,followed by Layered Chicken Biryani in the next blog post. Hope you will enjoy cooking up these yummies and creating happy family memories of your own.
Chicken in thick gravy-Ingredient List:
- Medium sized Chicken cut and deskined, usually available at any good butcher shop , ask for pieces suitable for a curry.
- 3 medium sized tomatoes and 4 red onions pureed together
- 1 Large bunch of coriander and 2 long green chillies pureed.
- Turmeric Powder
- Red Chilli Powder
- Garam Masala
- handful of finely pureed grated fresh coconut
- Ginger Garlic Paste
- Finely Chopped coriander to garnish
- Wash the chicken pieces and marinate with a large spoonful of red chilli powder and turmeric, a generous blob of ginger garlic paste ,sat and some puree of the coriander and chilli paste.
- Take a large vessel and on a medium add oil, when it is hot add the onion- tomato puree and sautee it till the colour turns a dark pink , add some ginger garlic paste ,salt , turmeric and 2 large spoons of garam masala.
- Then add the grated coconut puree and remaining coriander and chilly paste.
- Saute well and then add the marinated chicken .
- Add enough water to cover the pieces and enough to ensure good amount of gravy.
- Pressure cook for 3 whistles in a pressure cooker.
- Serve hot with steaming hot jeera rice and cucumber curd mix to balance off the heat.
As you will notice most ingredients are not accurately measured as would in a cake recipe , that’s because baking is really an exact science whereas curries especially this one function on judgement , it gets better with time , trust me , I have grown up eating this one 🙂