Green coriander chicken

Green coriander chicken

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Indian Food Made Easy
Serves
6
Photographer
Vanessa Courtier

For me, the colour green, when linked to food, means freshness and herby undernotes. This is a delicious dish where the coriander is used for taste, rather than for fragrance and texture. It is light and summery, and with coriander now growing locally in the UK, you can enjoy it knowing that it is possibly fresh from your local allotment or countryside.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1kg chicken, skinned and cut into small joints
200ml water
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste

Paste

Quantity Ingredient
120g fresh coriander stalks
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
1-2 green chillies, halved
20g garlic, peeled
12g fresh ginger, peeled
12 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon white poppy seeds
2 cloves
1 shard cinnamon
6 green cardamom pods

Method

  1. Blend together the ingredients for the paste, reserving 10g of coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and fry the onion until soft and beginning to brown. Add the paste and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often over a moderate to high heat, adding a splash of water if necessary. Then stir in the chicken, water, salt and butter and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over a low heat until the chicken is cooked, around 25–35 minutes.
  3. Uncover and cook off all the extra water in the pan over a high heat, stirring often. Then adjust the seasoning and stir in the lemon juice. Chop the reserved coriander and stir in. Serve with any flat bread or rice.
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Indian
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Anand
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weeknight
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