The dish that takes me straight home is simple home styled chicken gravy. There is no perfect way to cook it and one that you can rarely go wrong with. All you need is chicken (of course), two medium sized onions, two medium sized tomatoes, 6 different spices and whatever else you’d like as garnish. It’s better to have the onions and tomatoes cut into fine pieces in advance before you start the rest of the process.
This is how it’s done:
Chicken and marinade
Dice about one pound chicken breast into smaller pieces (I prefer it boneless)
In a large bowl, combine 2 table spoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons cumin powder, 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder, 2 tablespoons black pepper, 3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic, and 1 teaspoon
salt. Mix the chicken in this mixture and keep under refrigeration for about an hour.
In a medium sized skillet, fry the chopped onions with about 2 tablespoons of oil under moderate heat along with 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic for about 10-15 minutes until the onion is tender and turns light golden in color.
To this mix add some 1 tablespoon garam masala (available at Indian grocery stores), 1 tablespoon paprika and stir for a minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes along with the juices and some more salt and pepper to taste and stir till the mixture becomes a thick paste.
Add the chicken pieces and cook for about 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally, then add about one cup water and let it boil for about 10 minutes more. Taste to ensure that you don’t overcook the chicken.
Garnish with some green chilli, tomatoes and cilantro / spinach leaves.
There you have it!