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Chooza Kesar Malaai

Cuisine: Indian
Type: Meat
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

8   Breasts of squab - (spring chicken breasts), deboned and pat dried
1   Clear chicken stock
4   Green cardamom
3   Cloves
2   Black cardamom
2   Bay leaves
3   Blades mace
  Salt to taste
  For The Onion Paste
150   Onions
6   Garlic
2   Ginger root, sliced
4   Green chiles - deseeded and chopped fine
  Ghee for deep frying
  For The Almond Paste
30   Almonds - blanched and peeled
  Ghee for deep frying
3 tablespoons 45mlMilk
  For The Gravy
60   Ghee
2 tablespoons 30mlButter
2 tablespoons 30mlMawa - crumbled
1 teaspoon 5mlWhite pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlDried ginger powder
1 tablespoon 15mlLemon juice
1 teaspoon 5mlSugar
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlGreen cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlClove powder
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlMace powder
200   Cream
2   Kewra essence
  For The Garnish
  A few strands saffron
1 tablespoon 15mlLukewarm milk
1 tablespoon 15mlAlmond flakes
  A small bunch of coriander leaves - chopped

Recipe Instructions

PUT the chicken stock in a pot, add green cardamom, cloves, black cardamom, bay leaves, mace and salt and bring to boil. Lower the heat. Add chicken and poach until the chicken is al dente (almost cooked) for about six minutes. Remove the chicken and keep aside. Reserve the stock to prepare the gravy.

To prepare the onion paste: Quarter the onions, separate the layers and keep aside. Heat ghee in a kadai and deep fry all the ingredients until the onions are translucent and glossy. Remove to an absorbent paper to drain excess fat. Transfer to a blender and pulse until a smooth paste is obtained. Reserve the ghee.

To prepare the almond paste: Reheat the reserved ghee and deep fry the almonds until light brown. Remove to an absorbent paper to drain excess fat. Grind them with the milk to a smooth paste. Reserve the ghee.

To prepare the garnish: Soak the saffron and almond flakes in lukewarm milk. Heat 60 g of the reserved ghee and stir-fry the onion paste, followed by the almond paste, over low heat until a sheen appears on the surface (ensure that the pastes do not get colored). Add the reserved stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until reduced to half. Pass the gravy through a fine mesh soup strainer into a separate pan and keep aside.

Melt butter in another pan and stir-fry the mawa over low heat for 15-20 seconds (ensure that the mawa does not get colored). Add the strained gravy and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add pepper powder and ginger powder. Stir well and simmer until the gravy reaches sauce consistency. Add lemon juice, sugar and the poached chicken. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add the green cardamom powder, clove powder and mace powder. Stir well. Add the cream and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the gravy reaches sauce consistency. Remove from heat, add kewra essence and adjust the seasoning

Garnish with saffron, almond flakes and coriander leaves.



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