Monday, 7 October 2013

Crunchy Almonds Chicken (Badami Chicken Haandi)

Almond (Badami) chicken is one of the rich delicacies dishes in the Mughlai cuisine. A delicious dish which is for a King lol :P It is also popular in Pakistan & India, and is characterized by its unique cooking styles & ways. Mughlai dishes are mostly rich in nuts, dried dates, apricots etc. Their gravies are mostly buttery & creamy. Mughlai cuisine is certainly a feast for all of one's senses. They are full of taste. Some of the famous mughlai dishes are, Mughlai chicken, Tandoori chicken, biryani, kebabs, chicken tikka masala etc. 

Almond chicken is basically a combination of Chicken cubes with cream, almonds, coconut powder & spices. Almonds add crunch & nutrition to this dish <3 because they are rich in vitamins & proteins. In Pak India, almonds are the base ingredients to many pasanda style curries. They are said to give a high intellectual level :) The combined crunchy, sweet and nutty flavor from coconut & almond itself gives a nice aroma. This dish luks really appetizing. The nut's mild flavor & light coloring & mild aroma make a resourceful analog for the dish. I guess enough of information for today, lets move to the recipe : 

Chicken haandi| Almond| Coconut| Cream| Achaar Gosht| Yogurt| Spicy


Chicken (boneless)                            250 gm (1/4 kg) 
Oil                                                    1 wooden spoon (doi)
Butter                                               2 tbsp.
Onions                                              1 big (sliced)
Tomato puree                                    3 peeled, blended
Green Chili                                        4 (chopped)
Red Chili powder                              1/2 tsp.           
Turmeric Powder                              1/4 tsp.
Black Pepper                                    1 tsp.
Garam Masala (Whole spices Powder) 1 tsp.
Red Chili Flakes                               1/2 tsp
Garlic Paste                                      1/2 tsp.
Ginger Paste                                     1/2 tsp.
Salt                                                   1/2 tsp.
Cumin Powder (Zeera)                     1 tsp.
Yogurt                                              2 tbsp.
Coriander Leaves (dhanyia)              Few
Cream                                              5 tbsp.
Almond powder                                1 tsp
Coconut powder                               1 tsp
Almonds                                            2 tbsp crushed


Chicken haandi| Almond| Coconut| Cream| Achaar Gosht| Yogurt| Spicy


Heat oil, and add the cumin seeds & sliced onions and fry until golden brown. Then add ginger garlic paste . Add chicken & fry until chicken is almost done. Then add tomato puree, all the spices except whole spices powder, green chili & yogurt. Fry for few minutes and stir until oil separates. Keep gravy of ur choice. In the end add cream, butter, almond and coconut powder and mix. Garnish with all spices powder (garam masala), chopped almonds and coriander leaves. Delicious & spicy Almond chicken haandi is ready!! Enjoyyy with naan or chapati or boil rice! :)

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