Anardana Chicken Roast

Ok I again had chicken time and so I screened through the recent find of mine, which is completely based on chicken varieties. Every week, I plan and think I should prepare something from that book, but on a weekday its nearly impossible to cook an elaborate one, which requires about many hours of marinating and other process. Every time with a heavy heart I keep away the book, with a thought that I should refer it again on a much leisure day. Latest pastime for my twins is their fancy to pomegranate seeds. So hubby dear gets them without fail, and the twins enjoy their new found interest with the seeds. And Athamma has found a perfect way to keep them seated in one place for about 5 mins. So we give them in a cup and make them sit in different sofas. Its a joy seeing them sit in a place and happily munching away the seeds. They make different faces and expressions while they are eating. With the glad note that they are sitting for a moment, we too sit and see what they do. Konda, of course can be heard at the background, singing and dancing. Once they complete the seeds, we give them Senipappu (Fried gram). My, they love that too. Not that they can chew on them, I guess they turn it around inside and just swallow. When you give them the cup, their face just ignites and they murmur something that sounds like thank you.! Elder one says Ta tu and the younger says something that sounds like Dhanks..I tried recording still haven't captured the moment.

Seeing them eat the pomegranate seeds, inspired me to use anardana in the chicken roast. Remember I recently opened and ground the anardana seeds and it gave me my long loved dish! So thought I might use that in the chicken fry that I wanted to prepare. Not having a clear idea on how I am going to proceed, just went with the basic things. I didn't want to use coconut paste as I wasn't sure if anardana will go with that combination. I didn't have lot of time to experiment, so given all options I had to bring out a tempting one, now don't forget I got to take pictures and decorate in the process ok. So I remembered I could do flower on a carrot piece, I saw somewhere that it looked beautiful. Now for the life of me I couldn't make that look like a flower! In the end, just assembled everything on the plate and hurried clicked some pictures. Now we can't go without our pictures for a party right, though I got to remember to edit to the proper size that Madame wants!

Ingredients needed:

Chicken - 250 gms
Onion - 1 big
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Anardana powder - 3/4 tsp
Lime juice - 1 - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish.

Method to prepare

Clean and cut chicken to medium size pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onions and sauté till light brown. Then add the ginger garlic paste. Fry for 2 mins.

Then add the chicken pieces, add all the spice powders except Anardana powder. Fry on high flame for 2 mins, sautéing to ensure it doesn't get burnt.

Then simmer and cover with lid. Cook for 10 mins. Add the anardana powder and stir well. Again cover and cook for another 10 mins or till its cooked.

Before removing from fire, add the lime juice and garnish with coriander.

Sending this to Sra for her event. Hope you enjoyed it!

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