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Chicken Kasha

As a kid mine and my brother's favorite food used to be chicken. My mom is an excellent cook and my dad rarely cooks but his chicken is one of the best I have ever had. Over the years I have tried and tested different measurements to achieve the same taste, even though I have never been completely successfully, still I got quite close and here is my version of chicken kasha. 
Chicken Kasha has a very spicy and thick gravy and is really enjoy with roti, poori, naan and also with rice.

Ingredients:
  1. Chicken: 2 lbs cut into small pieces
  2. Onion: 1 large thinly sliced
  3. Ginger garlic paste: 2 tbsp
  4. Garlic: 2 cloves crushed
  5. Tomato: 1 large chopped
  6. Salt: to taste
  7. Turmeric Powder: 2 tbsp
  8. Red Chilli Powder: 1 tbsp
  9. Coriander Powder: 1 tbsp
  10. Cumin Powder: 1/2 tbsp
  11. Whole garam masala: 4 cardamon, 2 cloves, 2 inch cinnamon 
  12. Bay Leaf: 2
  13. Green chilli: 2 whole
  14. Oil: 2-3 tbsp
Procedure:
Marinate the chicken with 1tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp oil and about 1tsp salt (keep in mind the amount of salt you add at this point, so that you can adjust salt in the masala).
Let it marinate for 30 mins. 
In a deep bottom pan take rest of the oil and heat it.
In the same pan fry the marinated chicken for 5 - 8 minute or till the chicken is almost cooked thorough and changes color golden brown. Remove from heat.
In the same pan add bay leaf, 2 cardamon, 2 cloves and 1 inch cinnamon stick.
Add the sliced onion along with a pinch of salt and cook till the onion is translucent . 
Add the red chili powder and cook for 2 mins.
Add the crushed garlic and cooked for 1 min.
Add the ginger garlic paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
Add the chopped tomato, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt as per taste, cook till the tomato is cooked through and mushy.
Keep cooking the masal till oil oozes out, it would be about 5-7 mis.
Add the chicken, green chilli to the masala and mix till all the chicken is nicely coated with masala.
Cover and cook, stirring occasionally,  till the chicken is cooked through. 
Crush together the rest of the whole garam masala and sprinkle it on top of the chicken and mix well. 
Enjoy the chicken kasha with some roti, poori or dal rice. 
It tastes divine with lochi or poori. Well that would be quite lavish but is a great menu for a dinner party.
If you like potato in your chicken, its always an option. For that as you finish frying the chicken, fry the potato cubes and add them to the masala along with the fried chicken.
I hope you enjoy this yummy dish.

Till then Happy Blogging
Rakhee

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