Today was one such day when I was out of ideas to prepare a chicken curry. Thats when suddenly I recollected the video that I had posted on my blog a while back where Rani Kulsum Begum was dishing out a delicious Tamatar Murgh curry. I tried her recipe today with a few changes of my own here and there and it was one ambrosial yet a simple curry to prepare.
Tamatar Murgh – Chicken simmered in crushed tomato sauce
تيل/Canola oil – 3 tbsp
ثابت کلونجی/Nigella sativa seeds – 1 tsp
ثابت زیرہ/Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
میتھی دانہ/Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
رائی/Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
ادرَک لہسن مسالہ/Ginger-garlic paste – 3 tbsp
کری پتہ/Curry leaves – 2 sprigs, fresh
زیرہ پاوٴڈر/Dry roasted Cumin seed powder – 1 1/2 tsp
دھنیا پاوٴڈر/Dry roasted Coriander seed powder – 2 tsp
سرخ مرچ پاوٴڈر/Red Chilli powder – 2 1/2 tsp
پساہوا ٹماٹر ٹين والا/Canned Crushed tomatoes – 400 ml
نمک/Salt – 2 tsp
مُرغ/Whole Chicken with bone – skinned and cut into pieces (around 1.5 kg)
گرم مسلہ پوڈر/Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
In a large non-stick saucepan or a saute pan at medium high heat, pour in oil and as soon as it warms up, add the nigella seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds. As they begin popping and spluttering, add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add the curry leaves and fry them along for a few seconds. Add the dry roasted cumin and coriander seed powders as well as the red chilli powder and mix well. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and mix well, let cook uncovered for 2 minutes. Add salt and chicken and mix well. Spread the chicken so that it is in a single layer. Cook uncovered at medium heat for 5 minutes. Then, cover with a lid and let cook for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and well cooked, stirring it gently occasionally. Uncover the lid and cook until the oil is floating on top and the tomato masala is dry and clinging to the chicken, around 8-10 minutes. Add garam masala powder and mix well. Serve warm.
Note: If you like to have a saucy masala instead of a dry clinging masala, do not cook uncovered furthur in the last stages.