Recipe : Chicken , Red Lentils and Green Beans in One pot recipe adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's Quick and Easy Indian Cooking.
For 4-5 people
500g chicken pieces ( with bone in) I used half of one whole chicken, jointed and skinned.
2 bay leaves ( use curry leaves if not available)
6 cardamon pods, ends slit off ( kaafooru tholhi)
3 cloves ( karanfoo)
1-2 inch piece of cinnamon ( fonithoshi)
2 dried red chillies, cut in half
1 cup red lentils ( rai mugu)
1/2 tsp tumeric
3 cups water
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 garam masala ( home made or shop bought)
juice of 1/2 lime
100g green beans, stringed and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 tsp cumin seeds ( dhiri)
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp ground coriander ( kothanbiri)
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tomatoes roughly chopped
Place chicken in a bowl, with garam masala, pepper, chilli powder, a pinch salt and lime juice and mix well.
Heat a large pan , with about 2-3 tbsp oil, add bay leaves, cardamon, cinammon, cloves and dried chillies and fry 1 minute.
Add chicken and sear the chicken pieces, dont crowd the chicken, if pan is not big enough to hold the chicken in one layer add in batches. Once the chicken is seared but not cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Remove any excess oil from the pan, dont throw away the whole spices , leave them in the pan. Add the lentils ,that has been washed and drained, 3 cups water, tumeric and bring to boil and simmer , half covered till lentils are almost cooked.
Return the chicken to the pan along with green beans, cover and cook till the chicken is cooked though, add a about 1/2 cup water if you feel the gravy is too thick. Taste add salt to taste.
While the chicken is cooking, in a separate frying pan , heat a little oil about 2 tbsp, add the cumin seeds and fry till they start to pop, add curry leaves and onions and fry till onions start to caramelize. Add garlic, cumin and coriander powders and tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes, stirring . Stir this into the chicken mixture and give a stir.
Taste again, I like to add a little extra lime juice just before I switch off.
Serve with flat bread like chappati or Roshi or Nan etc.... Enjoy and have alovely week end