Sweet & Spicy Chicken Curry with Spring Onions

Chicken cooked with spring/green onions in sweet and spicy masala !

SweetSpicy Chicken
“No”, I am not adding any sugar or honey in this recipe, nor is it any version of chinese or indo-chinese recipe.It is the use of spices like fennel seeds, star anise, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, cardamom and cinnamon, all the spices that are used in desserts and impart a sweet flavor to a dish. I was actually craving for a something sweet, but didn’t want too, as had enough of tea and coffee with sugar for the day! And I wanted something spicy too and so this combination !
So this dish came off my imagination to include all the sweeter spices, and use of curry leaves for tempering. Curry leaves along with green onions & tomatoes also impart a kind of sweet flavor to the dish. Toasting of fennel seeds along with other spices accentuates the aroma of this dish that will fill the room! Do expect to hear from someone, “What's cooking ?”. Substitute chicken with paneer for vegetarian version.Sending this to RV and Sunita’s  Think Spice- Think Poppy Seeds

1 lb chicken ~(500g), cubed
4 cups spring onions, chopped (separate some whites) (optional or use regular onions)
1 tomato, chopped
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1/8 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp oil
1 strand of curry leaves
salt to taste
Dry roast and grind
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp poppy seeds
2 in cinnamon stick
5 – 6 green cardamoms
2 – 3 cloves
1 star anise
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black peppercorns

                                       some of the spices used
Preparation Method:
1. Combine chicken with ginger-garlic paste, chili powder, salt and turmeric and let marinate for 5 – 10 minutes or more.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add in the curry leaves, whites of spring onions and marinated chicken and sauté for few minutes. Add in the tomatoes and and remaining spring onions and sauté for few mins.
3. Add the finely ground masala, some water and let it cook for 10 – 15 mins.
4. Remove and serve with Chapati/Naan.

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2 - 4

Note: Add more tomatoes and regular onions if you need more gravy or gravy like consistency.


Tina said...

Chicken curry looks delicious.....

Jhonny walker said...

This looks next venture...already bookmarked!

Cham said...

The chicken looks very tempting- the sesame seeds should give a nice nutty taste!

Sushma Mallya said...

mouthwatering chicken curry....looks awesome and surely would have tasted great as its a very nice recipe...thanks for sharing

Ushnish Ghosh said...

This dish looks great! Spring onion and the roasted spice containing star anise and fennel hmmm I can get the aroma right now
Have a nice week end

Priya Suresh said...

Wow chicken curry looks fantabulous..

Palidor said...

What a great combination of spices! I didn't know that certain spices could impart a sweet flavor to a dish. Looks fabulous and I will have to try it.

SE said... try it..i am in love with the aroma of fennel and anise...

Spice said...

Nice recipe....yes u are right these spices do give it a sweet kind of aroma, I specially like to chew that cinnamon stick but i don't use poppy seeds.

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey nice combo of sweet spices...this dish vl surely taste gr8

Unknown said...

Oh, Those look fantastic and it sounds so yummy. I'd love to try some..:)

Deepa G Joshi said...

hey SE the dish looks yummy..but sadly I am a vegetarian. Will try substituting chicken with Paneer.Very good presentation..

SE said...

hey deepa, being vegetarian is good too..thats why I always mention the substitute in chicken recipes..may be some days will make the vegetarian version of those recipes and post!

RV @ Food for 7 Stages said...

Slurp..... Mouthwatering Curry

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