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Spicy Tangy Kadhai Chicken


Spicy Tangy Kadhai Chicken

Spicy Tangy Kadhai Chicken



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Chicken cooked in spices, jaggery and tamarind. It is absolutely lip smacking.


  • 1 chicken cut into 10 pieces

    For the powder:

    1 Tbsp black peppercorns

    1 Tbsp fennel (Saunf)

    1 cinnamon stick

    For the marinade:

    2 tsp oil

    2 Tbsp spice paste

    2 tsp red chilli powder

    2 tsp coriander powder

    Salt, to taste

    1 tsp turmeric powder

    2 tsp pepper-fennel powder

    3 1/2 Tbsp tamarind extract

    Juice of 1/2 lemon

    1 tsp jaggery

    For the spice paste:

    1 tsp red chilli powder

    1 tsp turmeric powder

    Salt, to taste

    1 tsp coriander powder

    1 tsp cumin powder

    2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

    For the stir fry:

    1 tsp oil

    1/2 onion, diced

    1/2 red bell pepper, diced

    1 green chilli


    2 tsp oil, to sear the chicken

    Spring onions with greens, to garnish

    Ginger, julienne to garnish

    Lemon juice, to top


For the powder:

Dry roast black peppercorns, fennel and cinnamon. Grind it in a mortar and pestle.

For the spice paste:

Mix all the ingredients together.

For the marinade:

In a pan add 2 tsp oil and 2 Tbsp spice paste. Saute. Turn off the heat.

Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, turmeric powder, pepper-fennel powder, tamarind extract, Juice of 1/2 lemon and jaggery.

Marinate the chicken with this marinade for 30 minutes.

For the stir fry:

In a pan add oil.

Add onions, bell peppers and green chilli. Saute for 2 minutes. Keep aside.

Main preparation:

In a pan add oil and sear the chicken from both sides.

Add 1-1 1/2 cup water. Cover the pan and cook the chicken for 25-30 minutes.

Add the stir fried vegetables. Stir well.

Garnish with spring onions, julienne ginger and lemon juice.

Serve with steamed rice or paranthas.

Key Ingredients: chicken, black pepper, fennel, cinnamon, vegetable oil, red chilli, coriander powder, salt, turmeric, tamarind, lemon juice, jaggery, onion, bell pepper, green chillies, spring onion, ginger, cumin seeds