The most commonly used base ingredient in non-vegetarian dishes around the world in Chicken. Though India is a home to a majority of vegetarians but its cuisine still has a lot to offer to the meat eating population as well. In India, chicken is used in making hot and spicy curries, hearty kebabs, delectable Biryanis and what not. The spark of Indian herbs and spices, tender textures, intense flavours and mouth-watering aromatics – there’s a lot to look forward to. You’ll fall in love with the versatility Indian cuisine offers for chicken dishes. A perfect Indian chicken recipe in its full glory is nothing short of a masterpiece. Here are six Indian Chicken Recipes to pamper your taste buds with-
Chicken Biryani – This dish is a rice preparation, and for a more authentic taste, Indian Basmati rice can be used. It has a long preparation, but the work is worth it. To get the chicken perfectly tender and succulent, raw meat is marinated overnight and directly dum-cooked to trap the steam. It has a very exotic and complex flavour because of the spices used such as cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, saffron etc. You can substitute the whole spices with a ‘masala’ ( mixture of spices) packet available in local stores.
Butter Chicken – The famous gravy dish from India is a favourite among non-vegetarians around the world. It’s prepared by soaking the chicken overnight in a mixture of yoghurt and selected Indian spices and then cooking it in tomato gravy with herbs, spices and cream. It’s a delicious and flavourful dish and it is recommended to serve it with ‘naan’ (Indian flatbread) or a Basmati rice preparation.
Tandoori Chicken – This dish is an Indian version of everyone’s favourite BBQ chicken. Chicken drumsticks are marinated in yoghurt, lime juice and a whole lot of herbs and spices such as cumin, dried coriander powder, paprika and red chilli. Then it can be either charcoal grilled or oven grilled to get the chicken juicy on the inside and hot and evenly roasted on the outside. Serve it with grilled scallions topped with lime juice.
Chicken Kebabs – This dish is incredibly simple to make and can be served as a snack, starter or even as an accompaniment to rice preparations. Chunks of chicken are marinated in yoghurt/buttermilk and herbs and spices and then skewered, lightly braised and grilled for an intense texture and flavour. Many variants of this dish can be prepared with just some different use of spices and by adding blended nuts puree to the marinating mixture for a delicious flavour. Kebabs as starters are usually served with mint and coriander chutney or tomato sauce.
Malabar Chicken Curry – This is a flavoursome curry dish from Kerala in South India. Authentic spices are toasted along with grated fresh coconut to give this dish a bold flavour. The coconut flavour shines despite chicken being the main ingredient and that’s the speciality of Kerala’s cuisine. It has a unique character and would take you all the way to South India with just one spoonful of it.
Haryali Chicken Curry – This dish is unlike other curry dishes as it is mild on spices and easy to digest. It is made using lots of green vegetables (that’s where it gets its name) and herbs ground to paste forming the base for the dish. It combines vegetables like capsicum, spinach, broccoli and condiments like coriander leaves and green chillies. This dish is more of a dry curry and can be served with either ‘roti’ or any rice preparation. It’s high in calcium and Vitamin C, so do try this recipe for the taste and the nutrient quotient as well.
There are many chicken recipes in the Indian cuisine to delight your taste buds with. Whether it’s an appetiser, soup, a quick snack or exotic main course meals, Indian cuisine offers a lot to choose from. So the next time you feel like having a hearty chicken dish, go for one of the dishes mentioned above, and you will not regret it.