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Lava Chicken



Chicken in a lava red curry. The redness is due to tomato puree and not any artifical colour.


Whole chicken -1 approx 800 grams (cut into 8 pieces)
Yoghurt-3 tablespoon
Chopped Ginger-1 inch piece
Chopped Garlic-6 cloves
Coriander powder-1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder-1/4 teaspoon (enough only to add flavor and not to make it spicy)
Cumin powder-1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
For the gravy:
Chopped Tomatoes-3 large ripe
Tomato puree-200 grams
Low fat fresh cream-200 grams
Butter-1 tablespoon
Coriander powder-1 teaspoon
Cumin powder-1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder-1/4 teaspoon (enough only to add flavor and not to make it spicy)
Salt and sugar to taste
Cashew nuts-50 grams (fried golden and then chopped up. The method to fry the cashew nuts: in a small pan, add some cooking oil about a tablespoon. Light the fire. When the oil heats up, add the cashew nuts and stir till golden. Immediately remove the cashew nuts to a plate and chop up. Remember if you leave the cashew nuts in the pan, the hot oil will keep roasting the cashew nuts and burn them.)


Get the chicken ready
The first step to create this delectable dish is to make the chicken.
In a pressure cooker, put the chicken pieces with all the ingredients (EXCEPT FOR THE INGREDIENTS FOR THE GRAVY). Mix well. You can also marinate the chicken for about 2 hours in the fridge which helps the chicken become tender. However, if you are short of time, you can cook it instantly also. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and switch on the heat source. Let the cooker come to full pressure (i.e. when the weight lifts and there is a whistling sound). Turn the heat source to sim and let the chicken cook for 5 minutes before turning off the heat source. Let the cooker cool on its own.
How to make the gravy
Meanwhile, take a wok, and put it on the fire. Add the butter. When the butter melts, add the coriander, cumin and the chilli powder. Let the mixture roast for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes soften up. Add the tomato puree and the salt and sugar. Gently keep stirring. As the gravy turns a nice thick red colour, add the fresh low fat cream. Stir well. Switch off the heat source.
In a microwavable dish, mix together the cooked chicken and the gravy together. Remember to add all the curry which may be there in the cooker as well. Add the cashew nuts. Microwave for 5 minutes so that all the ingredients are well integrated.
Your delicious chicken in a lava red curry with cashew nuts is ready to be eaten.
© Copyright Prasenjeet Kumar 2013

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