This chicken recipe is good not just in taste but for our body too! So often i come across nursing mothers who ask what to eat while breast feeding their little ones… A staple diet and way of cooking chicken tends to get boring, and not all “spices” are heaty for our little ones.. There are some spices which can actually aid digestion. This is an easy to make chicken dish which can be had with rice , rotis or naans. The amount of the gravy depends on if you want it to be thick or thin. Its also good for cold days (yes!! i do think of all of you!!!) as its nice and soupy! There are quite a lot of ingredients but i will try to simplify this for all of you 🙂
INGREDIENTS TO SERVE 6
1 whole chicken , about 1.5 kilos in weight, cut into pieces skin off
1 large brown onion, cut into quarters
3″ piece ginger, washed
1 whole pod of garlic, peeled
6 red tomatoes, quartered
2 bay leaves, 10 curry leaves
2 tablespoons of coriander seeds
2 tablespoons of cumin seeds
1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
6 green cardamoms
1/2 teaspoon each of turmeric powder and red chilli powder (nursing mothers please omit the chilli powder)
1/2 cup of chopped fresh coriander leaves
2-3 green chillies chopped
4 tablespoons of ghee(specially for nursing mothers) or butter, or cooking oil or olive oil
salt to taste
Step 1. In a blender add the onion, half the ginger and the garlic and make it into a paste without any water. ( i used my bullet)
Step 2. Melt or heat the ghee/oil in a big pan and add the ground paste and cook it till the raw smell has disappeared. This will take you time, have patience and do not burn the onion paste. If it sticks to the bottom just add a bit of water and continue to cook it till you see it has changed color and does not smell raw.
Step 3: Once the onion paste is cooked, add your chicken with the bay and curry leaves and cook till the chicken is slightly browned.
Step 4:Put the spices into the blender and powder them in fine ( i used my magic bullet) and add it to the chicken and cook for a few minutes.
Step 5: Put the tomatoes into the blender with the ginger and blend. Add it to the chicken.
Step 6: Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, green chillies and cook till the tomato paste is thick and you can see the oil/ghee separating at the edges. That means the tomatoes are cook thoroughly.
Step 7: Add as much water as you want and bring it to a boil and continue to cook till the chicken is done. Add the coriander leaves, check and correct seasoning.
Step 8: Serve it with love, eat it with patience and imagine the good it will be doing for your body and your baby 🙂
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FENNEL SEEDS:
Fennel symbolizes longevity, courage, and strength. In addition to its use as medicinal values, fennel has much health benefiting nutrients, essential compounds, anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.The active principles in the fennel are known to have antioxidant, digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties. Many times our babies suffer from colic and it could be a result of what we eat, if we are breastfeeding them, so care has to be taken of our diet so our babies dont cry in pain.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARDAMOM:
Cardamoms are rich in many vital vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health.
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