Sunday, May 12, 2013

Yogurty Chicken

There is a particular cosmetic counter in a mall here where I buy cosmetics of a particular brand. What is very common about the cosmetics stores in India and here is the sales girls at the counter just try to shove products in your hand, so you go there to buy a regular face cream and you come back home buying a host of other things that you didn't have any plan of buying, credits to the marketing ability of the girl behind the counter who with her sweet smile and convincing but pushy marketing skill sell you products that you have no need of. While shopping in the malls in Kolkata many a time I have had experience of a sales woman coming behind me and showing me this and that dress of her choice to convince me how good that would look on me. Now I have been seeing myself on the mirror for years and I have little if not much sense of what I look good in and since in a mall the dresses are all over the place in front your eyes, you really don't need any help in choosing a dress for yourself unless you are very confused and ask someone for help. But it's really annoying when the girls don't leave you alone to pick your choice.



In US, thank God, you can shop your clothes at your own free will without a sales girl trying to shove a dress in your hand, but can't say the same thing while you go shopping for cosmetics. So as I said in the beginning, I buy cosmetics of a particular brand in a mall here and now every time I go there to buy the face cream, she shoves something or the other in my hand so persuasively that I can't say no. I have this problem of not being able to say no to people from childhood. Though not as bad as I was before in saying no, now I manage to utter the negative word once in a while but in front of someone being so pushy with her sweet smile and warm hospitable behavior, I simply find myself dumb and so out of the feeling that I would disappoint her if I don't buy any of the products she is trying so vehemently to sell, I end up buying cosmetics that I had no plan of buying while entering there.


I am sure many are there like me who similar way get influenced by the marketing skill of the sales girls and buy things not needed. I wish I would know how to evade the extra unnecessary purchase without disappointing them.
Back to the recipe, this is a very simple yet fantastic preparation of chicken. Make sure to cook it using butter. The buttery flavor boosts up the taste to a great degree.

Ingredients                                                          Cooking time: 1 hr. 30 minutes

ü  1 1/2 kg chicken (on the bones)

ü  700 gm. yogurt

ü  2 tsp. garlic paste

ü  1 tsp. ginger paste

ü  Onion juice extracted from 1 large onion

ü  1 tbsp. onion paste

ü  2 large onions (julienned)

ü  4 tbsp. cashew nuts paste

ü  6-7 green chilies (chopped)

ü  1 tsp. methi or fenugreek seeds

ü  Salt to taste

ü  4 tbsp. butter


1) Marinate chicken with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, onion juice and onion paste. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

2) Heat butter in a wok. Add fenugreek seeds and wait till it begins to crackle.

3) Add julienned onions and fry till onion turns translucent.

4) Add chicken along with the marinade. Cook covered for 30 minutes on medium low heat.

5) Add cashew nuts paste, green chilies and salt. Cook covered again till chicken is cooked through.

6) Serve hot with pulao or rice.


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