First Chicken of Lock down

We had been avoiding chicken ever since this COVID-19 situation began. I know some of you would spring up to say chicken/non-veg will not cause the virus but who will convince that to parents? Unfortunately for chicken, we are not those die hard fans who would go that extra mile. So we were content with the pulses , the paneer and other veggie things. But on Friday, we couldn’t deny our craving any longer and also the occasion called for it.


  • White vinegar (For washing the chicken)
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 2 cups rice
  • For preparing the marinate
    • 200g Thick curd
    • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
    • 2 Green chilies finely chopped
    • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp Cumin powder
    • 1 tsp Red chili powder
    • 1 tsp Coriander powder
    • Salt as per taste
  • For preparing the gravy
    • 2 large onion
    • 4 tomatoes
    • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp Cumin powder
    • 1 tsp Red chili powder
    • 1 tsp Coriander powder
    • Salt as per taste


Step 1 : Wash the chicken
Wash the chicken thouruhgly under running water.
Once washed, soak the chicken in water and add 2 tbsp of vinegar alongwith 2-3 tsp of salt.
Keep the chicken aside for about 30 minutes, and give a final rinse with water.
Step 2 : Marinate the chicken
Marinate the chicken with curd, ginger garlic paste, chillies and all the spices.
Keep the chicken in the refrigerator for atleast 4 hours. Refrigerate overnight for better results
Step 3 : Preparing the gravy ingredients
Bring out the marinated chicken and bake or cook the chicken till 3/4th done.
Chop the onions and blend into a smooth puree.
Roughly chop the tomatoes and blend into a puree
Step 4 : Preparing the chicken gravy
Heat some butter in a pan and saute the cloves and cumin seeds.
Add the onion puree and cook well.
Now, add tomato puree and cook till the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan.
Once, the tomato puree is cooked, add all the spices, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the cooked chicken and 1 cup of water and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Chicken is ready to be served. We made some rice and raita to serve alongside the chicken.

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