Monday, 18 July 2011

My apology to all the veggies but I still am one of you!

It's been a long time since I shared a recipe here.I'm known for my extraordinary love for all things vegan in college but I took a little liberty this Sunday.My mom wasn't feeling well and my project work-cum-adda appointment at a friend's place got postponed because another friend wasn't feeling well.So,I thought,why not try out tonight's dinner?I've not cooked for a long time and who knows?Might feel good for a change!And sure as hell it did.We had two days old chicken in the freezer and absolutely nothing to make a spicy chicken curry my dad loves so much!So,I decided to make a mean 'Chicken Posto' instead.Baba was furious because first of all,he isn't a big fan of 'Posto'(Poppy seeds)and he loves his chicken fiery.But I'm one hard nut to crack.Long story short,I made the 'Chicken Posto' and baba asked for two extra helpings!Life's sweet,isn't it?Thought I'd share the recipe.

Chicken- thoroughly washed and cleaned,preferably leg pieces with fat
Poppy seeds-half the amount of chicken
Yogurt-100 gms
Green chillies-4,slit
Coriander leaves-a handful
Cumin powder-one teaspoon
Coriander powder-one tablespoon
Cashew nuts-fifty gms,finely pasted
Bay leaves-one or two
Salt-to taste
Sugar-to taste
Garam masala powder-a pinch
Onion-two,chopped coarsely
Ginger paste-one teaspoon
Vegetable oil or Mustard oil
Turmeric powder(optional,I used it because the very idea of chicken looking white turns my baba off)
Lime juice-one teaspoon and lime wedges(for garnishing)


Make a fine paste with the poppy seeds(It should be neither too thick nor too watery).Beat the yogurt,adding a little water from time to time until smooth.Marinate the chicken pieces in the poppy seed paste,yogurt,cashew nuts paste and ginger paste for two hours(You could marinate for as many hours as you wish,it'd only enrich the taste,making sure that the marinades went in,I had to take it out after two hours because I was hungry!LOL!).Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan,add the slit green chillies and fry for a minute.Now add the onions and stir fry until transparent.Now add the cumin powder,coriander powder,bay leaves and turmeric powder and fry until the masala separates from the oil.Now add the chicken and saute well for at least twenty minutes,adding a little water when it gets too dry.Add salt and sugar to taste.Just before removing from the pan,add the Garam Masala Powder.Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and add the lime juice before serving with steamed rice.Garnish with lime wedges(optional).It goes equally well with all kinds of pulao.


  1. wish i cud eat tht pic! ;)

  2. Actually,if you want,I might dish out some for you but you've to do something worthy for that.;-)