Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chicken Vindaloo

My summer vacation is over...but looking back I have smiles all over my face. Had a fun week at Orlando,  a weekend drive to Vancouver, saw the entire tenth doctor episodes of Doctor Who from Netflix...some good movies , some okii movies...some cooking, some blogging....the time just went by...

When we accidentally bought vindaloo masala instead of the usual chicken masala,  I casually used it without even knowing it , the taste wasn't great...and thats when I checked the internet. Vindaloo needs a completely different cooking style...It needs vinegar and fresh spices.. While browsing I got the Madhur Jaffrey's recipe link from wikipedia. Although the recipe is for lamb vindaloo,  I  chickenized it... 

Last week I made this. In my chickenised version I cooked the vindaloo masala first and then added the browned chicken. The outcome was perfect. I let it sit for a while for the chicken to infuse more flavor. It was perfect with chappatti....

Adapted from : Wikipedia > Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking
  1. Whole cumin seeds             -  2 tsp
  2. Hot, dried red chili peppers  -  2-3
  3. Black peppercorns               -  2 tsp
  4. Cardamom                         -  1 tsp [original recipe asks for cardamom seeds, but I used whole pods]
  5. Stick of cinnamon                -  3-inch
  6. Whole black mustard seeds  -  1 1/2 tsp
  7. Whole fenugreek seeds        -  1 tsp
  8. White wine vinegar              -  5 Tbsp
  9. Salt                                   -  1 1/2 to 2 tsp
  10. Light brown sugar                -  1 tsp
  11. Vegetable oil                      -  10 Tbsp
  12. Onions                               -  2 medium, peeled and sliced into fine half-rings
  13. Water                                -  1 1/3 cup (or broth/stock)
  14. Chicken                              -  2 lb boneless cut into 1-inch cubes
  15. Fresh ginger                        -  1-inch cube, peeled and coarsely chopped
  16. Whole head of garlic             -  1 small, with all the cloves separated and peeled
  17. Ground Coriander                 -  1 Tbsp
  18. Ground Turmeric                  -  1/2 tsp

  1. Grind cumin seeds, red chilies, peppercorns, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, black mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds in a spice grinder.
  2. In a bowl mix the ground spices, vinegar, salt, and sugar. Mix and set aside. [I kept it for over 2 hrs. I didn't mean to keep it that the time chicken got defrosted, cleaned and cut, my photography session, some serious TV watching in between, 2 hrs passes just like that...]
  3. Heat the oil in a wide, heavy pot over a medium flame and in the onions. Fry, stirring frequently, until the onions turn brown and crisp. I added a pinch of salt in order to cook the onions faster. When salt is added the onions releases moisture. Continue sauteing till its dry and oil starts to appear and onion turns brown.
  4. Switch off the heat. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and put them into the container of an electric blender or food processor. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water to the blender and puree the onions. Add this puree to the ground spices in the bowl. (This is the vindaloo paste. It can be made ahead of time and frozen.)
  5. Dry off the chicken cubes with a paper towel.
  6. Put the ginger and garlic into the container of an electric blender or food processor. Add 2 to 3 Tablespoons of water and blend until you have a smooth paste.
  7. Heat the oil remaining in the pot once again over a medium-high flame.
  8. When hot, put in the chicken cubes, a few at a time, and brown them lightly on all sides, sealing the moisture for few seconds.
  9. Remove each batch with a slotted spoon and keep in a bowl. Do all the lamb this way.
  10. Now add the ginger-garlic paste into the same pot. Turn down the heat to medium. Stir the paste for a few seconds.
  11. Add the coriander and tumeric. Stir for another few seconds.
  12. Add the vindaloo paste and saute for sometime.
  13. Add the chicken pieces, any juices that may have accumulated and 1 cup water (or stock). Bring to a boil.
  14. Cover and simmer gently on low heat for sometime or until chicken is cooked. Stir a few times during this cooking period.
  15. Switch off the heat and let it sit there for sometime for the flavours to infuse in to the chicken.


  1. Oh Ann.I am droolin here...Perfect gravy and Chicken vinadaloo sounds and looks yummy yumm...I love the chappathis too...

  2. Delicious chicken curry.. and lovely pics too..

  3. Mouthwatering and droolworthy chicken inviting myself to ur place to enjoy them..irresistible!

  4. Thanks...:)
    @ Priya...U are always welcome...:)

  5. Your chicken vindaloo makes me drool, looks so tempting & delectable!!!

  6. Glad to know that you had a fun summer :-) Vindaloo looks tempting

  7. Glad to know that you had great time. Chicken vindaloo looks delicious.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, You have nice collection of recipes, I will be following you.

  8. Vindaloo looks spicy and mouthwatering..mmmm love it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and happy to follow you.

    Aaha Oho

  9. OH first time here....Lovely space..Vindaloo looks super delicious! ananda :)

  10. hope u had a blast in orlando...I love this and i have a version coming soon :)..nice clicks...looks mouthwatering!!!

  11. Super-yummy vindaloo..Superb clicks!

  12. very nice blog..................plz visit my blog if time permits..............

  13. first time here, loving! super delicious chick :)

  14. vindhaloo looks awesome drooling really

  15. awesome and spicy vindaloo.....lovely clicks too..


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