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  1. 1 Chicken

  2. 1 Ginger piece, fresh

  3. -(about 3/4 inch of -a ginger root) 14 Garlic cloves

  4. -(or less) 1 lg Onion

  5. 1 Cinnamon stick

  6. 2 Brown cardamom pods,

  7. -whole 4 Green cardamom pods,

  8. -whole 1 Star anise, whole

  9. -(use all 8 arms and -the seeds inside them) 14 Black peppercorns

  10. -(or less) 8 Cloves (or less)

  11. 1 t Turmeric

  12. 1 t Red chili powder

  13. -(or substitute fresh -red chilies, diced) 2 Green chilies

  14. 1/2 c Yogurt

  15. 1/4 c Oil

  16. -if available) Salt to taste Coriander leaves, -fresh

  17. Clean and joint chicken. If you don't like the skin, remove it. Mash the ginger into a paste (or chop finely) and mince the garlic. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Use "medium-high heat". Break apart the star anise to release the seeds inside the arms. To the frypan, add onions, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, star aniseed, peppercorns, cloves, garlic and ginger. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Saute until the onions are cooked but not browned. Add the chicken, turmeric and chili powder and cook on a medium heat, stirring often. When the oil starts to separate (the gravy will have oil floating on its surface), add the yogurt and cook till the chicken is done and the gravy is thick. Finally, add the fresh coriander leaves. This is the basic recipe. Try varying the whole spice combinations until you find a favorite. The recipe doubles well. NOTES:Chicken curry -- This recipe is the real thing. Throw out your curry powder: you'll never use it again once you've tried this recipe. ChickenA cardamom pod is not the same thing as a cardamom seed. Make sure you get the pods. A pod is about the size of a pea and contains seeds inside it. Don't substitute the ground version of any of the whole spices, the effect will not be the same. And don't use white cardamom pods.You may want to remove the smaller whole spices prior to adding the yogurt so that unwitting guests don't eat them. Try the recommended quantity of garlic. The flavour is surprisingly subtle. More yogurt makes more gravy. Also a longer cooking time. Vary the amount of chilies to suit your taste. This recipe is medium-hot. I hope this satisfies your mouth-hunger. The spice quantities may be varied to suit your preferences. : Difficulty: easy, though timing matters when cooking the onions. : Time: 20 minutes preparation, 1 1/2 hours cooking. : Precision: measure the oil. : Joseph Sotham < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > : University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC : It is better to travel happily than to arrive : Copyright (C) 1986 USENET Community Trust


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