A chicken Tikka or a Chicken Makhani ? Two choices here , both easy and delicious.This makhani gravy is more or less a standard one we use at home .
800-1000 Grams Chicken - cut to size - make cuts.
1 Teaspoon Degi Kashmiri Mirchi Powder.
1 Tablespoon Ginger Paste.
1 Tablespoon Garlic Paste.
2-3 Tablespoon Solid Hung Yogurt.
2 Tablespoons Tandoori Chicken Powder.
1 Tablespoon Mustard Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon.
Combine all the marination ingredients and marinate the chicken in the paste for 30 minutes upwards , cling wrapped in a dish.
Set oven at 180 and bake on a dish/tray covered for 20 minutes . Turn once. The chicken will leave out juices which are enough to baste the chicken in.Cook about another 15 minutes till done.There will be lots of chicken juices in the dish.Alternatively you can wok fry the chicken too.
At this stage you have a wonderful chicken tikka which can be eaten right away . If you want a gravy , move on to the step below . This gravy can be made in advance and kept in the fridge , used with paneer or fish ....
Aprox 750 Grams Tomatoes
10 Mace Flowers
8-10 Green Cardamon Crushed
Boil ( low heat and covered ) the above in 4 cups of water for about 25 minutes , when cool remove the tomatoes onto a plate . Peel and discard the shriveled skins , if some remain , it's also okay .Discard the mace etc from the water used to boil the tomatoes and puree the tomatoes with that water , pass through a sieve discarding seeds .Set aside for later use.
Heat up 75 Grams Butter + 1 Tablespoon oil put in 1 inch stick of cinnamon till it turns brown , then add 1/2 teaspoon Ajwain /Carom Seeds and 10 seconds later add :
1 Tablespoon Ginger Paste .
1Tablespoon Garlic Paste2 Medium Sized Onions Chopped Fine
Saute the above till onions are translucent , then add the tomato puree , cook covered on a very low flame till it all reduces to 1/2 , this will take about 20 minutes , you should be left with a semi thick gravy . Now add the chicken , and simmer another 4-5 minutes for chicken to take in and leave its flavors ...
Take off heat adding cardamon powder. Adjust seasoning . Comes out delicious and takes very little effort . You can add cream if you like .