Friday, May 23, 2014

Madhur Jaffery's Chicken, Red Lentils and Green Beans in One Pot

My hubby loves this curry, and  couldnt stop eating at dinner time last night.   Its a lovely curry tastes delicious.  I  threw in some curry leaves when making the tharka.  Sometimes I use home made garam masala if I have , or opt to use shop bought.
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

Linking this to IHCC's  May pot luck.  


  1. I love all-in-one meals. This looks so tasty, Nammi.

  2. Utterly delicious - this curry looks completely mouth watering, and I love that you shared an MJ dish with us this week. I agree with you about the chicken - I always prefer to use bone in chicken pieces in a curry.

    1. oops I just read the recipe again and it used joints, got my comment corrected :).

  3. Hi Nammi,
    This curry looks really delicious! One pot, all in one, sounds good! Great with either rice or bread. I just love MJ's recipes, will be sharing one of her recipe soon!

  4. this looks wonderful my hubby loves his curry also and rice every night ha

  5. So delish! A good curry dish is just the topper!

  6. You have to love a one-pot dish, especially when it is so full of flavor. You have me craving curry! ;-)

  7. I can understand your husband's sentiments - this looks like a wonderfully aromatic and flavourful meal.

  8. this sounds absolutely delish... yum...

  9. I can understand why your hubby, or anyone for that matter, would be in love with this curry. It looks perfectly spiced and oh so comforting. Reminds me that I need to get in the kitchen with Madhur Jaffrey because she really has some flavorful and wonderful meals.

  10. Nammi, one pot meals are best for potluck and best of all, it's Madhur's curry!! This is going to be a hit dish!! :)


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