Chicken with Onions gravy/Chicken kootu/Chicken roast-Indian style

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This is a very simple chicken recipe with all the usual ingredients but the flavours come together so well to create the easy, simple dish you could always turn to for those quick lunches. Nothing fancy to put it short. 🙂


Recipe :

Serves : 4

Must haves : Onion, tomatoes, Chicken, Ginger Garlic, Chilli powder

Chicken : 600 -700 gms

Onions : 4 Medium thinly sliced

Sugar : 1/2 tsp

Cardamom/elaichi : 4

Cloves : 5

Cinnamon : 3-4  1″ pieces

Fennel seeds : 1 tsp

Cumin : 3/4 tsp

Kashmiri chilli powder : 1.5 tsp

Lime juice : 2 tsp

Turmeric : 3/4 tsp

Red Chilli powder : 1.5 tsp

Coriander powder : 3 tsp

Oil : 2 Tbsp

Ginger Garlic paste : 2 tsp

Coriander leaves to garnish

Curry leaves : few

Salt : to taste



Clean and de-skin chicken. Rub with kashmiri chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, lime juice and 1 tsp coriander powder. Let it sit marinated for about 30 mins

In a wide non stick pan, heat oil

Gently crush all the spices (fennel, cumin, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon) so they are broken to 2 not a powder)

Add the spices to the oil, stir gently and then add the curry leaves and the onion

Add the 1/2 tsp sugar, ginger garlic paste and Saute till the onions are cooked and turn translucent. Adding 1/2 tsp salt speedens the process

Add the rest of the powders (1 tsp chilli powder, 1.5 tsp coriander powder and 1/2 tsp turmeric)

Now add the tomatoes sliced thinly and then the chicken

Saute for about 3-4 mins

Cover and cook. Do NOT add water.

Add salt to taste

After about 20 mins there will be plenty of water from the chicken

Open the pan and cook on medium till the water evaporates.

Once it evaporates, its done. Garnish with coriander and remove

Serve with hot rice


There is a bit of gravy from the caramelised onions and its yummy to just enjoy with rice.

Pair it with rasam and some veggies for a wholesome meal. Enjoy!

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