Recipe

Dhaniya Chicken Curry

April 21, 2009

The mini Basu princess is a month old. A tiny terror. Unsurprising given her fine genetic pool.

Let’s just say motherhood is much like cooking a biryani, naked, on a patio, in the middle of a blizzard.

Still, I’ve had plenty to keep me going. My personal favourite is the card that reads: “When I grow up I wan to be a total bitch, just like my mother”. A close tie with the one featuring a designer-clad mummy whispering “Gucci, Gucci” into her stroller.

Oh and the bottle of yet-to-be-opened gold-encased limited edition Armand De Brignac champagne.

Mini Basu is sampling the delights of Baby Dior, the farmer’s market and the cultural hotspot of South Bank. While I snatch precious moments for a spot of shopping, beauty sleep and cooking.

Thank God for quick Indian cooking.

My first recipe back had to be a light and healthy chicken curry steeped in fresh coriander – Dhaniya Chicken Curry. It took care of dinner. Suitably impressed visitors. And launched my comeback in half an hour.

Here’s to life’s next phase…

PS = Thanks SO much for all the wishes, emails and love you’ve sent my way. Mini Basu will wield a wooden spoon as soon as possible.

 

Ingredients

Feeds 2:

  • 500gm chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • Half tsp chilli powder
  • Half tsp turmeric powder
  • Half tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp natural Greek (thick) yogurt
  • 15gm fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

dhaniya-murgh

Skin the chicken and marinate it in the yogurt, chilli, turmeric, ginger and garlic pastes. I did this in between painting my nails and baby stuff in the morning and left the chicken out covered with some clear film.

When you’re ready to cook, bring the oil to heat over a high flame in a small pot. When it’s sizzling, fry the chicken with the coriander powder for 10 minutes until evenly brown all over. Add half a cup of hot water, lower the flame to a gentle boil, cover and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes until the chicken is well cooked. You’ll know it’s done because the meat will separate from the bone on the drumsticks.

To finish, chop up the coriander leaves and stir into the chicken along with the salt. It should have a light, moist curry. Perfect to mop up with some readymade naan and a serving of thick yogurt.

 

Comments

45 Responses to “Dhaniya Chicken Curry”

  1. indosungod Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Congratulations! dear Mallika and Hugs to Mini Basu. I bet she has you all wrapped around her little finger.

    As for the chicken, just the right dish for any successful comeback!

  2. Pooja Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Heeeeeeeey, you’re back! Congratulations to the new parents. Do you think you’ll share just a tiny picture of the little one with us? (I’m a sucker for baby pictures, so sue me.)

  3. Anita Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Congratulations on your wee one! Loved your description of motherhood…! ;-) The chicken curry dish looks wonderful – I will have to try it!

  4. yash Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I smiled at the witty cards.

    And the chicken recipe sounds really simple too. gotta try that out sometime!

    congratulations for the little girl. baby pics? pleeeez?

  5. Kavya Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Congratulations Mallika…Lots of love to the mini Basu princess :) This is from one of your silent readers/admirers!!!!

  6. Asha Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:01 am

    YAAAHHHHOOOO!!! Welcome to blog World to Ms.Basu and so glad you are enjoying the mommy tiara, M!

    LOL @ the cards, great friends you have! ;D

    Chicken of course is a welcome change for you, enjoy. As always best wishes from me! :)

  7. Wendy Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:15 am

    See motherhood has not diminished your sense of humour. You really do crack me up. Welcome back. And welcome to the world to Mini Basu!

  8. Happy Cook Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Congragulations with your little one.

  9. notyet100 Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    welcome bck,..so its a gurl child…congrats,…;-) now ur posts gonna be more interestin with baby stuff nd all,…btw whts her name,..??

  10. Mandira Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations Mallika, can’t wait to hear many more adventures of Mini Basu. :) and a great recipe for a successful comeback too!

  11. Cindy Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    It’s great to have you back, Mallika. Welcome to your little lady!

  12. Bharti Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I missed your wicked humor! Congrats on your doll and welcome back!

  13. Mary Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations on your wee one!!!! Yahoooo. And a fantastic new post/recipe! Rock on.

  14. Silvara Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Congrats on the mini Basu! :D

    Hope everything went well!! Great comeback recipe – will make it in the little princess’ celebration :D

  15. Jenn AKA The Leftove Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Welcome back Mallika! It is so great to hear from you and to hear about the little one! Congrats again – big hugs!

  16. tbc Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Congratulations, Mallika! :-D
    It is so nice to have you back.

  17. rinku Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Hey Mallika,

    Welcome back! Mommyhood takes a little getting used to, but is wonderfully rewarding!

    Rinku

  18. sra Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 1:20 am

    So it’s a girl! *Doing happy jig* Excellent! Welcome back, Mallika, and best of luck to you both! Enjoyed reading the post.

  19. Ritika Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Congratulations :D, and it’s sooo nice to have u back. Not a day passed without me checking to find out if u are back. Yeah.. a pic of mummy basu with princess basu would be great.

  20. sandeepa Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Congrats dear Mallika and a huge welcome to Mini basu with the rattle errrrr wooden spoon
    That sums up motherhood pretty nice :)

  21. Aru Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Mallika, I’ve enjoyed your website and recipes for months. Each recipe that I tried has been a resounding success, so thanks a million—I love your recipes and wit and I just wanted to let you how glad I am to see you back. Welcome back and Congratulations. I look forward to being more of a regular with my comments.:-)

  22. Aru Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Mallika, I’ve enjoyed your website and recipes for months. Each recipe that I tried has been a resounding success, so thanks a million—I love your recipes and wit and I just wanted to let you know how glad I am to see you back. Welcome back and Congratulations. I look forward to being more of a regular with my comments.:-)

  23. mystic Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Yay, you are back!! Congratulations!

  24. harshika Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    hey Mallika,

    Many congratulations for your little one…i hope you are having a blast being a new mommy!! Well done,

    Love
    Harshika
    Dubai

  25. char Says:

    April 26th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    This looks and sounds beautiful. I love cooking desi food, but most of the time theres so much oil used, this stuff is perfect- its like all the taste without all the added calories from excess oil! my parents use sooo much oil in their cooking! It’s a pakistani thing i guess!Will have to try this, i’m just recently on a healthy eating kick- wish me luck!

  26. kathryn Says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Oh congratulations Mallika. So lovely to hear that your bub is in the world and you are all well . . . if somewhat shell-shocked. And of course you’ve come back with a corker of a recipe. You’ve never needed quick Indian cooking more I suspect!

  27. Pavani Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Well, sure missed you and the blog a lot! Welcome to this roller-coaster world of motherhood! There is no feeling like it in the world!
    As always, cracked up at your jokes. Glad you’re back and a big big hug for the tiny tiny princess!
    Take care!

  28. Pavani Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Well, sure missed you and the blog a lot! Welcome to this roller-coaster world of motherhood! There is no feeling quite like it in the world!
    As always, cracked up at your jokes. Glad you’re back and a big big hug for the tiny tiny princess!
    Take care!

  29. Mary Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Popping back to say that I had a chance today to make this recipe, and it was fantastic. Eaten with great enjoyment by everyone in the household. Thank you for another winner! You rock! Enjoy your little one.

    btw: please tell me that your cookbook will be available in the States when its published! Please!

  30. LiberalFoofie Says:

    April 30th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Welcome back- Congratulations! Glad to hear there’s a princess to keep you company in the kitchen.

  31. Leshar Says:

    April 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    congrats !!

  32. Mekhs Says:

    May 6th, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Yay! You’re back! Seeing your updated site really made my day!

  33. Ann@CookingtheBooks Says:

    May 7th, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Congrats and welcome back, Mallika. Your daughter is a princess — and you are the Queen of Indian Cooking! xxxx

  34. Angelica Says:

    May 7th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Looks delicious! Will try it out this weekend!!

  35. Cat Says:

    May 10th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I made this last night!! So simple and sooooooo tasty…thanks for a great recipe again.

    Oh and a heartfelt congrats on your new arrival!!

  36. deeba Says:

    May 12th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Congrats darling on the mini Basu princess…love what I see in the future with a tiny hand weilding spoons!! Did I miss a picture? xoxoxo

  37. Elisabeth Says:

    May 15th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Babes, you have a babes. Well done!

    And blogging like a dream four weeks into new motherhood.

    Much love to you, Mallika and your husband,
    and welcome, beautiful baby princess.

    XXX

  38. Elisabeth Says:

    May 15th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Babes, you have a babes! Well done!

    And blogging like a dream only weeks into new motherhood.

    Congratulations to you both
    and welcome beautiful princess Basu.

  39. Coffee & Vanilla Says:

    May 21st, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    What a great site! Just discovered it today! Congratulations on your baby girl.
    Margot

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  41. Nzl Says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Mallika.. you are a life saver..
    I just moved to the US from India.. had never made an attempt to learn to cook back home. was missing home food so badddd..!! googled ‘easy indian cooking’ and voila..! I am acting like a big chef these days!! thank you!

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    July 9th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Congratulations on your little princess! And thanks for posting a lot of cooking tips and easy recipe!

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  45. Preethi Says:

    December 3rd, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Hello..I just stumbled upon your website. Thanks a ton for this super amazing recipe. I made it last night; It was done within minutes, tasty and satisfying despite being such a simple dish. This going to be one of my “Last resort” dishes.

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