Saturday, 13 July 2013

"Surkh Kukkad" - A Punjabi chicken delicacy

"Surkh Kukkad" is a Punjabi chicken starter. "Surkh" means "red as a ruby" and "Kukkad" means "chicken". This starter is a hot and bright red colored, dry chicken dish.
Easy to make and lip smacking. Goes perfectly well as a side-dish too for chapatis, rotis or bread.

Serves 6
Chicken - 1 kg - cut into pieces of your choice
Garlic paste - 1.5 tsp
Ginger paste - 1/5 tsp
Tomatoes - 2 large - finely chopped
Salt - 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Ghee/Oil - 3 tbsp
Grind together:
Kashmiri chillies - 2- - dried
Onions - 2 medium sized

Break the stem of the red chilies, remove the seeds, soak in enough water to cover them and keep aside for 30 minutes. 
After 30 minutes drain the water and grind them into a fine paste, along with onion.
Now take a heavy bottomed pan, keep on medium heat, add the oil or ghee and fry the chilly onion paste and ginger garlic paste till the onions turn golden brown and leaves oil.
Now add the tomatoes and fry till they turn pulpy.
Now add the chicken, salt, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
Lower the heat, cover tightly and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes till the chicken is tender. Sprinkle water in between if required.
Garnish with fresh coriander and lemon wedges and serve hot with chapatis or bread.

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