Exploring Puerto Rico

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Achari chicken for my homies

I know I have not blogged in more than a week, and when I finally have, you did not expect me to post two dessert recipes. So for my homies who are expecting me to post deshi recipes, I am sharing a new recipe I tried last weekend which turned out quite good.

Achari Chicken

• 2 chicken breasts (cut into small pieces)
• 1 large tomatoes (finely sliced)
• 1 red onions (peeled & finely sliced) -- I am still going through red onion phase
• 6 green chillies
• 1 tsp fennel seeds (Sounf)
• 1tsp mustard seeds
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1 tsp nigella seeds (Kalonji)
• Red chilli powder (to taste)
• Salt (to taste)
• ¼ tsp turmeric powder
• 1 tbsp ginger paste
• 1 tbsp garlic paste
• 1/4 cup plain yogurt
• Lemon juice
• 2 tbsp canola oil

1. Heat oil in a heavy based pan on medium heat. Add onions and fry (stirring occasionally) until golden brown. Add tomatoes and saute until they are well soft.
2. Add in the chicken pieces, plain yogurt , ginger paste, garlic paste, salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix and cover pot and let it cook on low heat until the chicken is half done.
3. Seperately put a frying pan on stove on medium heat and roast the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and nigella seeds in a dry pan. (Do not use oil.) Roast these seeds until the cumin turns brown.
4. Take 2 teaspoons of this roasted mixture and set it aside. Grind the rest of it in a grinder to a fine powder. Then add the turmeric powder to this grinded powder and make it into a thick paste by adding a little bit of lemon juice. Now stuff this paste into the green chillies and set them aside.
5. Add the remaining paste to the chicken and sprinkle the roasted mixture over the chicken and further cook the chicken until it is well done. Then add the stuffed chillies to the chicken and cook on very low heat for another 10 minutes.

Mustafa loved the stuffed green chillies. Next time, I plan to put more as they were very yummy.


  1. Sabrina,

    The recipe looks awesome, and I am trying it the coming weekend for sure. I know Mustafa doesn't like seafood much but a crab dish recipe will be really awesome.

  2. Thanks Sudipto. Please try it and let me know how it turns out for you. I especially liked the stuffed chillies.
    Hmmm, crab dish will be hard to do as 1. Mus does not like seafood and 2. don't know if he will tolerate the smell.
    But maybe I can try a Thai soft shell crab recipe with red curry paste and basil leaves.