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Garam Masala which is a hindi word where garam means hot and masala means spices. It is a basic blend of spices very common in india and other South Asian cuisines. The spices in a garam masala differs according to region and personal taste. Basically the common ingredients are black peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, whole cloves, green cardamom seeds, black/brown cardamom seeds, dried bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Garam masala is pungent but not hot as chilli peppers.

This highly aromatic seasoning serves as an all-purpose blend in Indian cooking, seasoning non vegetarian and vegetarian dishes . Often it is sprinkled on the top of dishes towards the end of the cooking process to preserve its special flavor.

You can get garam masala in every grocery store these days but I like to make my own masala at home which allows me to control the ingredients  according to my taste . Garam masala is like any other recipe. It is very easy to put together and once you do it you are not going to get the packed ones from the stores.

Freshly ground garam masala can be stored for up to 3-4 months in an air-tight container in your pantry.

Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon black pepper corns
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 6 large black cardamom
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 2  cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves

 Method:

  • Heat a skillet and carefully dry roast all of the above ingredients on low flame. Stir once in a while.
  • Once the spices are roasted, turn off the flame and let it cool.
  • Once cooled, grind them all together to a fine powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder.
  • Store in an air-tight container in your pantry and use as needed.
Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Recipe Yields: 6-7 servings
 
Chicken Curry with Fingerling Potatoes
 
This time I had made this chicken curry with  chicken drumsticks/leg pieces and Fingerling potatoes. Fingerling potatoes are smaller than regular potatoes and they are finger like shaped. I like this cute looking pototes and it also tastes good in any curry. I do not remove the skin of potatoes coz as in the skin is very thin and tender. It really compliments the flavor of chicken when used in this curry. You can use any small potatoes but do not peel the skin, believe me it taste wonderful with the skin, really unique.  So, here goes the recipe for the same.

Chicken Curry with Fingerling Potatoes

Chicken Curry with Fingerling Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 Chicken drumsticks/ leg pieces, skinless
  • 6-7 fingerling potates, slit vertically, just in two pieces
  • 5 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small plum tomato, large cubed
  • 3 small dried bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1  teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1  teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoon oil

For marinating:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  • Remove the skin of chicken drumsticks/leg pieces. Marinate them with the ingredients mentioned under marination.
  • Heat oil in a large dutch oven, add garlic, ginger, red chilli flakes, onions , cinnamon sticks and bay leaves. Cook until onions are reduced in quantity and slightly golden brown.
  • Add cubed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste and cover the lid. Cook until oil seperates from the masala.
  • Add chicken leg pieces and cook uncover for 5-10 minutes on medium high heat. Stir in between so that it do not stick to the bottom.
  • Add water to make some gravy and cover the lid and cook until the chicken is no longer pink near the bone, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve hot with basmati rice and enjoy.

Chicken Curry with Fingerling Potatoes

Chicken Curry with Fingerling Potatoes

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