Sunday

Pahari / Pahadi Chicken

Chicken pieces sauteed with ghee and light spice, then simmered in yogurt with mint and cilantro!

Pahadi Chicken (3)


This is one dish that is not for the calorie conscious, but since I tilt a little to that category I’ve used less amounts of yogurt(whole milk yogurt). But when you make it for the first time,  use excess amounts of ghee(clarified butter) and yogurt :-)
I’ve been preparing this since couple of years and all my friends love it! The name of this dish explains that it is from the hilly areas (pahadi cuisine/kumaoni cuisines), those belonging to the Himalayan plateau. I had found this simple recipe while googling(years back), so I don’t know the exact source to mention here, but I've made my own changes to suit our taste!
For vegetarian version, substitute chicken with paneer(Indian cheese) and serve this dish with naan or pulav/pilaf!!!


Ingredients:
1 cup chicken, cubed
1 cup plain yogurt, whipped(can be increased upto 3 cups)
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped
1 tbsp ghee(clarified butter) + 1 tbsp for garnish(optional)
2 - 3 green chilies, chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
5 cardamoms, slightly cracked
5 cloves
3 in cinnamon, broken
salt to taste

Preparation Method:
1. Heat ghee in a pan and add the whole spices, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and sauté till a fragrant smell.
2. Add in the green chilies and sauté.
3. Add the chicken pieces and sauté/roast on high heat till they are almost starting to get brown. Add in the ginger garlic paste and sauté for few more minutes

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4. Add in the chopped mint and cilantro leaves, whipped yogurt, salt and let it simmer till the chicken is cooked.
5. Once cooked, can add more whipped yogurt to get gravy like consistency.
6. Remove from flame, garnish with additional ghee and mint leaves
7. Serve with Nan bread or pulav/pilaf.
 Pahadi Chicken (5)
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Serves: 1 - 2

18 comments:

Tina said...

Sounds great....

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Denufood
This dish is very new to me and I am going to try it. I am curious to know about the origin of this dish. I will be travelling in the Indian Himalayas next week ( Kumaon) and let me see if I can locate the origin of the dish.
Thanks for sharing

prasu said...

lovely dear...........totally new and feel like trying it soon.......

Spice said...

Nice & easy recipe.....love cilantro & mint

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what an interesting name,sounds really good,will surely try this chicken soon..

Suparna said...

pahadi dishes are ussually very flavourful and aromatic,the dish looks great, paneer would be a good alternative to try this recipe :)
Thanks :)

Priya said...

SUch a new dish, feel like having rite now..delicious dish...

Malar Gandhi said...

That sounds very unique and nice. I am die hard fan of chicken...this is too good:)

kothiyavunu said...

oh yum,New to me...That looks and sounds so good! fabulous ingredients.

Palidor said...

Looks delicious! I love all the spices you used. I would definitely add more ghee or butter! Who cares about calories, anyway? ;-)

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey nice recipe and is very simple prepare...m trying it now...i love pahadi chicken dishes as i had tasted some of them.This vl also be very tasty.

SE(Denufood) said...

hey all...try this recipe..its simple and very tasty!!
@ushnish..I would love to know more recipes from you..once you are done with your trip
@palidor..ya thats why i mentioned to be very generous, when we make it for the first time atleast !!!!

Kanchan said...

I love these Chicken varieties in your blog. This one is very interesting one, I can feel the mint + chicken aroma here too :)

Dolly said...

Your Pahadi Chicken looks awesome. Beautiful Presentation.

Joanne said...

One of the things that I love most about your blog is that almost all of the food is new to me, and it is all so appealing! I LOVE cilantro and this yogurt sauce sounds divine. Paneer cheese is also up there on my list of favorite things. What a great dish!

Sarah Naveen said...

Thats an interestingly new recipe with chicken..Sounds gr8 and looks soo yummyy..
First time here..You have a cute space with yummy recipes..

Gulmohar said...

I know that pahadi dishes are very flavorful and like my friend says, will take you right into Himalayas...:-)This sounds delicious ...

Silpa said...

Hey i love this dish. one of my fav...

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