Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Keema-Matar

This dish is in my list of comfort food. My memories of this dish is always associated with fun times. My Ma (with some help from my Dad) would always make this when we went for day trips to the beach or even to the Zoo. Keema-Matar with Pooris and boiled eggs - these were a constant presence. As a special treat we were allowed to have Coke and then this feast would end with a generous slice of home made Marble Cake.
K had been having a stressful couple of weeks and I wanted to make something special for him. I was lucky to find ground chicken in the grocery store and I decided to surprise him with this dish. Looking at the smile on his face was worth the time spent in the kitchen. :)

1 lb ground chicken (you can use ground Turkey too)
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 large onion, finely chopped
1" ginger, finely grated
4 pods of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 potato, cubed
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tbsp yogurt
3/4 cup water
Salt to tate
Oil

To garnish

Handful of chopped coriander leavs
1 hard boiled egg, sliced

Heat oil in pan. Add cumin seeds and the dry red chillies. When the seeds begin to sizzle, add the ground chicken. Cook till the chicken is evenly browned. Remove from heat and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onion. Cook till the onion begins to turn brown. Then add the garlic and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the chopped tomatoes. Add turmeric powder, red chilli pwder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Cook till the tomatoes are cooked and the oil separates. Now add the browned ground chicken. Cook till the chicken and tomato have mixed together (about 10 minutes) stirring frequently. Add salt, yogurt, water and the potato. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer till the potato is cooked (about 20 minutes). Now add the peas and garam masala powder, and cook for another 5 minutes.

Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and sliced hard boiled egg and serve with Roti / Paratha and Raita. Enjoy !!

4 comments:

Manjula said...

Wonderful recipe. I always do the curries with this kind of masala, but never tried it for chicken. Actually never tried ground chicken. This recipe goes into my TODO list on the refrigirator. Thanks

Lakshmi said...

so beautifully you decorated, looks so delicious.

Asha said...

Looks beautiful, just like Indian Chili! YUM!!

Vani said...

That looks delicious! First time visiting your blog. Good recipes. Nice work!! :)