To prepare this delicious chicken masala, gather the following ingredients:
500g boneless chicken, cut into small pieces
2 large onions, finely chopped
3 ripe tomatoes, mashed
1-2 finely chopped green chilies (adjust for spice)
3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 inch piece ginger, grated
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup of cooking oil or ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup water
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (for garnish)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder (as per taste)
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
Marinate the chicken pieces first. Add the chicken, yogurt, grated ginger, and half of the chopped garlic to a mixing bowl. Season with a little salt. Make sure the chicken is well covered by mixing well. To let the flavors to blend, cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Preparing the Spice Mixture:
In a small bowl, combine cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, ground black pepper, and a dash of salt. To produce a masala mixture, thoroughly combine.
Chicken Masala Recipe:
In a big, deep pan, heat the cooking oil or ghee over medium heat. Fry the remaining garlic cloves until they are coarsely minced and golden brown. Add chopped onions and green chilies to it after that. The onions should be cooked until tender and just beginning to caramelize.
Incorporating the Spice Mixture:
Pour the prepared spice mixture into the pan and turn down the flame. To keep the seasonings from burning, stir often. Cook the mixture for a few minutes until the oil separates and releases an enticing perfume.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and carefully add the chicken that has been marinated to the pan. Gently stir the luscious tomato gravy into the chicken pieces. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes, until it is tender and the seasonings are well distributed throughout.
Moving towards Perfection:
You can add water to the gravy to adjust the consistency to your preference. Cook the chicken masala on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes with the pan lid on. By doing this, the tastes will blend and create a rich and tasty dish.
Garnish and serve:
Turn off the burner once the chicken is cooked through and the gravy has reached the required consistency. To improve the flavor and freshness of the chicken masala, garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves. To experience this traditional Indian dish’s mouthwatering flavor in its whole, serve it hot with steaming rice, naan, or roti.
Try adjusting the amount of spice in the dish to your personal preference, and don’t be afraid to experiment with other flavors to make it truly your own. Take advantage of this excellent introduction to Indian cuisine and introduce the flavor of Chicken Masala to your home!