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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Try This Yummy Minced Chicken With Green Peas

Keema is a popular South Indian cuisine, which means minced meat or minced chicken. Keema is often a canvas for vegetables, often being added is a large chunk of potatoes, but my personal favorites included strips of green bell peppers or shimla mircha and peas! You can also add kidney beans and few Dill leaves.

Basically, Keema is a minced curry of chicken or meat that you can cook with chopped potatoes and even green peas. I usually make kebabs or paratha's from the leftover minced chicken or minced meat curry. My hubby is very fond of this finger licking keema recipe. He hates me adding green peas & potatoes, but the tender & flavorful taste of keema makes him forget about the veggies added into it.

This dish is my first recipe I tried after my marriage. Maybe because all it takes is home-made spices & no extra effort. It is a non-vegetarian Pav bhaji type of dish for me. Keema should always be cooked slowly but believe me it is worth waiting dish. It is the perfect menu for your kids as keema is not so spicy dish. But I make it spicy, you can play with the spices while cooking any type of food!!. My family prefers to eat keema with pav or bun, it also tastes better with chapati, roti or steam rice.

Minced Chicken With Green Peas

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Serves: 4 persons

500 grams washed and minced Chicken 
Half cup or handful of washed green peas or matar
1 large yellow onion, cut into fine half moons
2 medium size peeled and finely chopped tomatoes
4 green chilies
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 cup, whisk yogurt or dahi, Avoid to use sour yogurt.
1-2 tablespoon red chili powder
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon of garam masala powder
4 cloves
4 black pepper
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
4 tablespoon cooking oil
4 cups water 
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro or coriander leaves
Salt to taste

Try This Yummy Minced Chicken With Green Peas

  • In a deep pan, heat oil, add 4 cloves, 4 black pepper, 1 star anise, 1 bay leaf and 1 cinnamon stick. Let it fry until fragrant. Now add 1 large yellow onion cut into fine half moons and saute until they turn transparent or pink in color.
  • Add roughly chopped tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of ginger paste, 1 tablespoon of garlic paste and a pinch of salt. 
  • On a medium flame, let them cook until the chopped tomatoes turn into a smooth paste. This process of "bhunoing" is essential to bringing out all the flavor of spices and tenderizing the chicken or meat.
  • Now add washed and strain minced chicken, half cup green peas and fry until water evaporated and chicken changes its color.
  • Add 4 green chilies, 2 tablespoon red chilies, 1 tablespoon turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon cumin powder, 1 tablespoon coriander powder and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix well and let it cook for 5 minutes under low-medium flame.
  • Add yogurt and mix. Let it cook for another 5 minutes. Add water and stir. When water starts boiling, cover the lid and cook chicken for 45 minutes-1 hour. Add half teaspoon of garam masala powder and cook for another 5 minutes. You can also add boiled peas when the gravy thicken & cook for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the flame. Remove this delicious dish on a plate and add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and a few drops of lemon juice. 
  • Chicken yummy keema masala is ready to eat. Serve it hot with roti or pav. The taste of green peas and chicken will just make you eat more and more.
  • You can also add peeled and chopped potatoes and roughly chopped mint leaves. Adjust the spicy and sour taste by increasing or reducing the dry masala or spices and lemon juice. 
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