Chicken chatpat

Here is my version of chicken chatpat - A spicy chicken curry with a zing.

I have amchur powder sitting on my kitchen counter. I want to use that ingredient and this dish came to my mind.

The amchur powder and the lemon juice gives a distinct tangy flavor to the dish. This dish on a whole is party in the mouth with different notes of tastes dancing on your tongue. Well the best way to know the taste is to try it yourself :)..What are you waiting for??


For Marinade

2 pounds medium sized chicken pieces(around 900gms)
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 1/2 tsp amchur powder(dried mango powder)
Salt per taste
1/2 tbsp red chilli powder

For the curry

Marinated chicken
1 1/2 medium sized onion roughly chopped
4 tbsp well beaten yogurt or curd
1/2 tbsp red chilli powder(adjust per spice level)
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp garam masala
3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp dry coconut powder(optional)
Salt per taste

For tempering

1 tsp black cumin seeds (Shahi Jeera)
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 cloves
small piece of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
4 curry leaves
1 tsp Turmeric


small bunch of coriander leaves 


Clean the chicken and place it in a large bowl. Add in the marinade ingredients, mix well and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile grind the onion to a fine paste and keep aside. After 30 minutes add in the yogurt to the marinated chicken and mix well. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add in the tempering and let them splutter. Add in the onion paste, salt and fry for 5 to 10 minutes till the raw smell is gone and all the moisture is gone.
At this point add in the marinated chicken along with the left over marinade and cook covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chilli powder, a cup of water and let it come to a boil for about 10 minutes. Add in the coriander powder, coconut powder and let the curry simmer till the gravy comes to desired consistency.
Check the taste and adjust the seasonings. Sprinkle the garam masala, give it a good stir and turn off the heat. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Chicken chatpat can be served with steamed rice or Indian bread items.


Coconut powder can be substituted with almond powder if desired. I added this just to thicken the gravy.


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