Karahi / Kadhai /Kadai Chicken

Recipe: Chicken pieces sauteed with ginger, garlic and cooked in tomato sauce !

While I am writing this post, we are having the first snowfall of the season!!!!!!! Everything is starting to get covered in the white snow blanket, the actual start of the winter and holiday season. 
Well coming to the recipe, Kadhai Chicken means chicken cooked in a skillet or wok. I just cook it in a vessel or pan! The difference between Moghlai and Awadhi cuisines is the use of spices. Moghlai cuisines uses lot of spices and heavy use of cream/yogurt/paneer while the Awadhi cuisine(Lucknow) uses just few spice ingredients and a slow cooking process. I got this recipe from one of our friends whos relatives belong to Lucknow and she mentioned to me that this recipe is basically prepared with ginger garlic, pepper flakes, that’s it but lot of oil. Well, I am not going add a whole lot of oil so made it up with some spices to replace for some amount of oil. May be next time when I take a picture of the exact recipe minus oil, will make for another post !

1/2 tsp cumin powder(optional)
1/2 tsp coriander powder(optional)
1 tbsp of red pepper flakes
2 tsp red chili powder
1/8 tsp turmeric
salt to taste & lemon for garnish(must)
   1 1/2 lb boneless chicken, cubed (~ 750 gms)
   3 tbsp yogurt
   1 tsp lemon juice
   6 tbsp ginger garlic paste
   4 – 6 large tomatoes, chopped
   1 tbsp oil
   2 tbsp oil (add more if preferred)

Preparation Method:
1. Combine chicken pieces with yogurt, lemon juice, salt and ginger garlic paste and marinate for 10 – 15 mins or more.
2. Cook the tomatoes in a tbsp of oil, some salt until all the moisture is evaporated and oil starts to leave from the sides.then keep aside. (This step can be skipped and tomatoes can be added to step 3 if preparing a small batch)
3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadhai (skillet/wok) and saute the marinated chicken till it slightly starts to get brown. Add red pepper flakes and saute for another min.(The chicken has to be almost cooked during roasting)
4. Add the cooked tomato sauce, chili powder, turmeric and let it cook for 5 – 10 mins more. Add salt if required.
5. Remove from heat and serve with nan. (garnish with thinly sliced bell pepper(i did not have) and lemon juice)


Preparation Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4 – 6

Note: One can skip the step of making the tomato sauce and add the tomatoes  after sautéing of chicken. However making the sauce helps while preparing the larger quantity of dish.


Silpa said...

yummy. i jus love anything chicken.. kooks so delicious

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey one more good chicken recipe...this luks so yummy...tasty chicken recipes are coming up in your blog these days..awesome...i will try all, as i love chicken:-))

SE said...

@Siddhi..yes i need to clear some of my drafts..many of them..thats the reason..

Namitha said...

Another tasty chicken dish...yumm:-)

Ashley said... quick chicken recipes! Thanks for sharing!

Tina said...

This is ma fav....Exellent clicks and presentation...

Unknown said...

This is one of my fav..i have one waiting in my draft folder..:)
this looks abslty yummy!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Eye catching colour and looks too good...

AJ said...

Dear SE,
It was a fabulous way to have some quick great tasting chicken.
During marination i added some pepper and turmeric too..
Not sure if that changed the taste too drastically.. however what was cooked was liked by many..



Urmi said...

I liked your blog very much. As I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter. You are welcome in my blogs.
I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Kadai chicken looks yummy and delicious.

tasteofbeirut said...

This is a great recipe that I am going to use because the technique is simple and straightforward and the flavors are bold. Thanks!

Deepa G Joshi said...

hey looks nice..I am a vegetarian though who eats eggs;)Nice snaps..

SE said...

@babli..thanks for stopping by..
@ Abhijit..I hope you enjoyed it too..and thanks for reminding..i did add turmeric to it, will add that to the list
@kothiyavanu..will look forward for ur version..
@sush,gul, deepa,jaumana,silpa and all..thanks for stopping by and for wonderful comments!

Priya Suresh said...

Mouthwatering dish, makes me hungry...fantastic kadai chicken..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear SE
This is a new recipe for me. I am not going to skip step 2. I am sure frying tomato separately then mixing , will make lots of difference from the original taste , isn't it?
But as long as someone hasn't tasted what you cooked, no one will know the difference :-).
Thanks for sharing

Joanne said...

Yet another fantastic dish out of your kitchen! I have so many bookmarked that I can barely keep up. I love ginger. It has to be one of my favorite spices. Fabulous.

SE said...

@ushnish..the step is good to follow if making a large batch of cooking

Cham said...

Droolworthy chicken- It is very invinting!

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