|Murg Kali Mirch (Indian Black Pepper Chicken)|
Murg Kali Mirch is an evergreen Indian chicken curry with black pepper (kali mirch), made in various ways across the nation. The aroma of freshly ground black pepper integrated with the flavour of chicken and assorted spices in this Indian simmered pepper-chicken curry is bound to drive you hungry! Over the years, I have tried experimenting with the combo of pepper and chicken along with various Indian spices. By now, I have five different recipes of chicken with black pepper powder, but the one given here scores the highest when it comes to entertaining my guests.
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Murg Kali Mirch (Indian Black Pepper Chicken)
Medium-sized potatoes (de-skinned and halved): 3
Purple onion paste: 1.5 cups
Garlic paste: 1 tbsp
Ginger paste: ¾ tsp
Black pepper powder (freshly powdered): 2 tsp
Salt (for frying the potatoes): ¼ tsp
Salt (for marinating the chicken): 1.25 tsp
Turmeric powder (for marination): ½ tsp
Dried bay leaf: 1
Whole cinnamon (1-inch-long; called dalchini): 3
Whole green cardamoms (choti elaichi): 6
Whole black cardamom (badi elaichi)
Cumin powder: 1.5 tsp
Desiccated fresh coconut: 2.5 tsp
Fresh cream: 2 tbsp
Salt (for the curry): 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder (for frying the potatoes): two pinches
Turmeric powder (for the curry): ¾ tsp
Green chillies (slit): 4
Water: 2 cups
Oil: ½ cup (for cooking)+ 1.5 tbsp (for marination)
Method:Marinate the chicken for atleast 1 hour with salt, turmeric powder and 1.5 tbsp oil.
Heat oil in the kadhai or wok. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon and the cardamoms to the hot and smoking oil, regulating the flame to “medium”.
Fry the potatoes with ¼ tsp salt and two pinches of turmeric powder, till these become brownish. Remove the potatoes, but leave the whole spices in the oil.
Add the onion-garlic-ginger paste to the oil. Add 1.5 tsp salt and sauté till the onions lose the water content. Now add the cumin powder and sauté for 5 min, or till the paste looks light brown.
|Saute-ing the onion paste.|
|Adding the cumin powder.|
Add the desiccated coconut and continue to sauté till the mixture becomes dry.
Add the marinated chicken and ¾ tsp turmeric powder and continue sautéing till the chicken has a brownish tan. This should be done at medium-to-low flame for best results.
Add the water and the green chillies. Stir the chicken and close the lid. On a simmered flame, leave this curry to boil for 20 min.
Enjoy with Indian flatbreads or with steamed rice.