Chicken Ghee Roast (Hirva / Green Masala)

By now if you have seen couple of my last posts, there is always a post every few days with this tasty and flavorful green masala, yes its my favorite. The use of green chilies, ginger, garlic and cilantro is my most favorite combination/masala that I regularly use for rice or non-veg preparations. It is also called Malvani Hirwa Masala based on the region it is most famous for. Malvan is a town on India’s West Coast and most of the konkani food specializing in seafood and/or chicken recipes heavily use this mixture.
I have another ghee roast recipe here with regular chili powder and tamarind. The one posted below is using the green masala and it tasted just awesome. With the flavor and aroma of the green masala, the dish goes best with rice flour roti/ghavne.

2 full cups chicken (~ 2 lb)
2 tbsp yogurt
4 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
whole masala (1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp pepper corns, 5 cloves, 5 cardamoms, 2 in cinnamon)
1 tsp coriander seeds powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 lemon-juice
salt to taste
1 cup cilantro/coriander leaves
4 in ginger
8 cloves of garlic
4 green chilies

Preparation Method:
1. Grind the green masala (garlic, ginger, green chilies, cilantro) to a coarse paste.
2. Marinate the chicken with green masala, yogurt and salt. Leave it for 15 –20 mins
3. Heat ghee in a deep vessel. Add the whole masala and sauté. Immediately add the marinated chicken and saute for few minutes.
4. Add the remaining marinade, coriander powder and cumin powder.
5. Close lid and let it cook till ghee separates from the sides.
6. Garnish with chopped cilantro, lemon juice and serve with chapati/ghavne/nan/rice.

Preparation Time: 25 mins
Serves: 3 – 4


Joanne said...

You can keep posting recipes with this ingredient combo for as long as you want cause I love it!

Ginger and cilantro - so good.

Sushma Mallya said...

Flavourful and ghee roast but never tried with green masala...

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said... fav....lovely green color...yum.yum

Priya Suresh said...

Yummyilicious chicken ghee roat, looks tempting..

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

very new 2 me, yummy recipe.

Bergamot said...

The chicken looks nice & juicy bursting with the flavour of green chutney. Nice recipe

RV said...

Malvani Hirwa Masala looks like a awesome concoction. Yummilicious curry.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I had also made green chicken last weekend. chicken looks very delicious. I tried to post my comment here yesterday also but I think there was some problem ...

Hamaree Rasoi

Unknown said...

Wow flavourful chicken

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear SE
How are you?
I dont know , why I am missing your posts...I just came to your blog to see whats there..and I missed at least 4 of them...anyway...I wont miss them I will keep visiting and cooking your dishes.
Very nice that the raw mango season is over..I will concentrate onn your other great dishes...this one to start with...and the dal and the spinach one too,
have a nice weekend

Unknown said...

Chicken n ghee sounds interseting

green food powder said...

Green masala is a nutritious ingredient to be added to the dish.

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