Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pepper Chicken with roasted peanuts




Pepper chicken is a lip-smacking chicken dish that requires minimum ingredients and can be made within 40 minutes. Roasted peanuts add an extra flavour to the natural hotness of peppers. It can be taken like an appetizer or with french breads and tortillas.

Ingredients:                                                          Cooking time: 40 minutes

1 kg boneless chicken (diced)

1 or 2 medium sized onions (finely chopped)

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

6-7 green chillies (chopped)

2 tsp black pepper powder (Grind peppercorn into fine powder. The taste of the dish depends on the quality of the pepper.)

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tbs of roasted peanuts

1 tsp mustard seeds

White oil for cooking

salt to taste

Preparation:

1) Heat the oil in a frying pan. Toss mustard seeds into the smoking oil and saute for 1 minute till the seeds start crackling. Then add the onions and fry them till brown.

2) Then add ginger paste, garlic paste, salt, pepper powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and saute for about 2 minutes.

3) Now add the chicken pieces and green chillies. Stir a little to mix chicken well with the spices. Now put the lid on and cook covered on medium heat till chicken is cooked. Add boiled water into the mixture if required to prevent chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Dont overdo water as the preparation requires dry gravy.

4) When chicken seems cooked, add the roasted peanuts just 5 minutes before taking the dish off the heat. Serve hot.

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