Remove fat from the chicken. salt and pepper the chicken. Sprinkle
with chili powder. Add yogurt and mix well till the chicken is covered
liberally with yogurt. Use your hands. Set aside for 1 hour before
cooking. If kept in the refrigerator, set aside for at least 4 hours.
Heat oil in a large heavy pan. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds if
using mustard seeds. Add cloves, cardamom, and coriander seeds. Fry for
Add the onion and fry for two minutes till onion beings to turn. Lower
heat to medium.
Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for 4 - 6 minutes.
Add mustard powder if using powder, add garam masala, add cumin
Brush excess yogurt off the chicken and put in a large pot. Add
ingredients from frying pan. Cook uncovered over high heat for 4
Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 25 minutes or till the
chicken is tender, stirring every 5 minutes.
Important note: When chicken is cooked with a cover on the pot, it
releases water that becomes a part of the sauce. If after 1
minutes, there isn't enough sauce in the pot, add 1/4 cup water.
Conversely if there is too much liquid in the pot, cook uncovered
till the liquid evaporates.
Variations There are several variations to the above recipe:
Leave out the yogurt. Add 1/4 cup of water just before turning the
heat to low and covering the pot.
Boil two potatoes for 1 minutes before slicing them thinly. Add
potatoes into the pot when you start cooking the chicken.
This variation is usually called 'Malai Chicken' or literally
'creamy' chicken. Leave out the yogurt. When the chicken is 3/4
done, add one small can of tomato paste. Just before removing add
a small carton of whipping cream and cook for a few minutes.