Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cardamom Chicken

Finally I am able to continue our Indian week after much delay. When I first laid my eyes on the recipe of this dish I thought there might be a misprint for the ingredients, the list is simply too short for an Indian dish I thought. I soon changed my mind when I had the very first taste of the finished dish. Here you are able to enjoy the wonderful aroma and taste of cardamom; less is more? Absolutely! 
P.S Prepare this a day ahead as it will taste even better the next day.

recipe adapted from The Food Of India
serves 4 to 6 as part of an Indian meal
you'll need;
1 free range chicken, skinned* and cut into 12 pieces
25 cardamom pods, removed from pods and pounded to a fine powder
6 garlic cloves, crushed
3 cm piece of ginger, grated
300 ml of Greek yoghurt
1.5 tsp of ground black pepper
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 tbs of ghee (clarified butter)
400 ml of coconut milk
6 green chillies, pricked all over
1/2 a cup of chopped coriander leaves
juice from half a lemon
salt to taste
* don't throw away the skin, turn it into some delicious chicken fat and crackling instead

The star of the dish.

Prepare the marinade - mix yoghurt with cardamon, grated ginger, garlic, pepper and lemon rind.

Marinate the chicken pieces with the marinade with salt overnight.

Brown chicken pieces in batches with ghee.

Place chicken pieces with the remaining marinade and coconut milk in a pot.

Bring everything to a boil then add the green chillies and chopped coriander leaves. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes till the chicken is tender. Check the seasoning and stir in the lemon juice.

Serve this as part of an Indian meal. This is definitely a keeper!


  1. hi tummy!! apa yg org masak sume nmpk sedap! jom jd neber i :D last night diner i buat phat horapha gai sab, aroi mak! thanks again tummy tp belom n3 lagi, masih mengantuk :D hihihi..

  2. It is a very short recipe for an Indian dish indeed :) It looks fantastic and I can't wait to bite into those whole chillies lol

  3. Harriet from CarltonOctober 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    I have to tell how I hate biting into one of those pods lol But I can imagine how delicious this is!

  4. Haha seems like you have got the Dehli bug hence the delay :) This is perfect for people that love Indian food but can't take the heat!

  5. ooooh this is lovely , this seems to be the best cardamom chicken .

  6. This looks very good and filling!!

  7. No one could compete with you when comes to cooking homey and flavourful dishes like this!

  8. hi tummy..mudah je nampak tapi yg pasti delicious..ini makcik mesti cuba..

  9. I want you to come and cook for us! This is another winner from you!

  10. Think Indian Food, think spices! hehehe...;)

    That chicken makes me salivate! Irresistible dish! :D~~~

  11. Pedas tak?rupanya seperti kurma.Nak cuba nanti:)

  12. I love chicken and this dish looks so delicious!

  13. Delish, btw, did you mean cardamom seeds? You know you can buy them already removed from th epods, from Indian spice marts. Yum chicken.


  14. This is so simple, so easy and so tasty. Madhur Jaffery had something similar, and I've also seen a minimal Indian dish with coriander as well. Very similar and also very tasty.

    I love that this allows the almost sweet aroma of cadamom to really permeate the meat. Delicious.

  15. What a wonderful recipe...I am going to make this next week. Now I know why they sell cardamom in the pods, they look funny out of their shell :D Excellent job on your tutorial, it really makes me want to make it.

  16. haha you are right, the list is quite short! I have to try this. Must be bursting with flavours!

  17. Delicious and tempting dish...Yummy...

  18. A very short and fantastic recipe. Must give it a try.

  19. I like short lists... and I love Indian food - about time cardamom became a star.

  20. Love it! Beautifully presented with your step by step photos again!

  21. Very short list indeed for an Indian meal but I can imagine how delicious this is! Making nasi lemak tomorrow and we are all very excited!

  22. Looks so homely and comforting. A perfect dish for our 'extended' winter here in Melbourne huh?!

  23. It looks like a wonderfully fragrant dish. Very simple to follow dish!

  24. The chicken must be very tender after being marinated in yoghurt overnight. I like this simple Indian dish!

  25. WOW, you guys have a fucking amazing blog. I dig it so much, solved a lot of asian food mysteries for me, going to try them!!

    thank u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. 25 cardamom...that took a little time to husk them all.

  27. this is definitely worth the try, i never had cardamon chicken before.


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