Every dish that we make always have a story associated. Some kindles those childhood memories that gets hidden over years and others are those we picked up over the life from some books or resturants or even television... :) . Restaurants and television are the major places from where I collect my inspirations.
The recipe I am sharing today has several stories to it as well. When I was in school, not sure which class, I had gone to visit my maternal uncle and his neighbour had treated us with this dish...although I dont remember how it looked or tasted, I just remember Mom saying..."Need to Try it" :) . My mom is very good in guessing the ingredients just by tasting a dish, so that's how she picked up this recipe. On my 18th birthday , I was having a small party at home and mom made this dish for my friends and everyone loved it....and thats the flavor I remember. :)
I moved to Bangalore in the year 2003---I was sent here by my family only cause my cousin sister was here. For the first year I used to stay in a hostel for the name sake at least , most of the time I would be at her place.... :) .
A very innovative and creative person thats what describes her. She is a very loveable person and honestly till date I have not met anyone that knows her and dislikes her, thats just impossible. She would help anyone and everyone all you have to do is ask even if that ended in choas for her. She always gave her 100% or even more to whatever she did, when she was working she was great and achieved a lot for her age. Now that she is a homemaker, she has a wonderful blog with breath-taking photos---you all know her as Kankana and to me she is my Didibhai.... :) .
She is always more then just a sister, she is my friend--- my comfort pillow :) . We all need someone with whom we can share our secrets and she is that person in my life. There is nothing in my life that she doesn't know and its same with her too. I have cried and laughed with her several times. My cooking experiments also started while I was with her :) . And one day I decided to treat her and so I made her this dish. She loved it and would often keep taking about the dish :)
Times changed and now she got settled in USA . A few weeks back when she told me that she would be coming to India I was so excited and I had thought to make the same dish for her just to remind her of those days. Sadly she told me she wont be coming to Bangalore :( however I thought to make the dish for her ---- its the thought that counts right.
This dish is called ------ Dhania Chicken or Chicken in Cilantro Sauce
|FOR DHANIA CHICKEN|
|Boneless Chicken||500 gms|
|Onion paste||2-3 tablespoons|
|Ginger-garlic paste||2 teaspoons|
|Tomato puree||4 tablespoons|
|Salt||As per taste|
|Ground-Nut Oil||2 tablespoons|
DHANIA CHICKEN / CHICKEN IN CILANTRO SAUCE:-
- Cut the chicken into small pieces. I used boneless chicken thigh however chicken breast can be used too.
- In a bowl marinate the chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste and yogurt. Let it stand for 30 min.
- Blend the cilantro with slight water till it forms a smooth-green puree.
- Heat oil in a large pan and add the onion paste. Fry till the water is absorbed and till it gets a slight brown color.
- Add the marinated chicken pieces to the fried onion.
- Add salt to the pan, cover and cook the chicken over low flame till all the water is evaporated and the chicken is soft.
- Mix tomato puree and paprika with little water and pour it on the cooking chicken.
- Cook the chicken over medium flame till all the water is soaked.
- Pour the green puree to the chicken and let it cook. The color changes from green to greenish brown when the dish is cooked.
- Garnish it with butter poached cherry tomatoes.