Odia Chicken Kasa | Chicken Kasha | Chicken Kosha

Winter in Plano has subsided and Spring has sprung with much grace. As they say, you are happiest when the weather is pleasant so am I. There is a ton of things going on in life some very pleasant some not at all, but being a mother and wife all you know – food is constant. And a toddler running out of food is a pure sin. Spring blossom suddenly turns the world colorful. When I am this happy, I prefer easy food that is pleasant to cook and definitely great on my mouth and tummy. One of this food is Odia dry Chicken Dish called Chicken Kasa or Chicken Kasha.

Chicken Kassa
Chicken Kasa

Kasa is basically referred to all the dry curries or the step before adding water to make the gravy. And being a kid, I never loved anything watery. So I thought what better than to prepare the whole hearty dish and enjoy with some steamed rice or chapatis.

Here goes the recipe for the Chicken Kasa or Chicken Kasha:

Odia Chicken Kasa | Chicken Kasha | Chicken Kosha
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
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It is a delicious dry dish, where the chicken is generously cooked in a onion, ginger - garlic gravy and minimal spice mix in its own juice.
Ingredients
  • Chicken – 1.5 lb or 680 gms
  • Onion – 1 big sized, finely chopped
  • Ginger – 1 inch long
  • Garlic – 1 whole, peeled and cleaned
  • Dried Red Chillies – 5 pieces, soaked for 15 mins
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – According to taste
  • Mustard Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Bay Leaves – 1
  • Green Cardamom – 2 pieces
  • Cinnamon – 1 long stick
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. Wash the chicken thoroughly and marinate with the 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of turmeric and 1 tsp of red chili powder for 15 mins – 20 mins.
  2. Now in the mean time make a coarse paste of Ginger, Garlic and dried red chili with 1-2 tsp of water.
  3. Heat a wide bottomed pot or vessel, add the Mustard Oil and let it get heated for a couple of minute.
  4. Then add the whole spices (Bay leaves, Green Cardamom, Cinnamon stick and the cumin seeds and let it cook for a minute so that it oozes the perfect flavor to the gravy.
  5. Add the finely chopped onions and cook till light golden brown.
  6. To the cooked onions, add the ground paste (made of ginger, garlic and red chilies).
  7. After the oil separates from the masala and the raw smell of ginger, garlic fades, add the marinated chicken, powdered spices (cumin powder, coriander powder and red chili powder) and saute.
  8. Cover the chicken and let it cook in the gravy and in its own juices for a generous 20 – 25 mins.
  9. Once the juices dry up and the masala (spice) coats the chickens uniformly, drizzle the garam masala and stir it.

 

Ingredients for Chicken Kasa or Chicken Kasha:

  1. Chicken – 1.5 lb or 680 gms
  2. Onion – 1 big sized, finely chopped
  3. Ginger – 1 inch long
  4. Garlic – 1 whole, peeled and cleaned
  5. Dried Red Chillies – 5 pieces, soaked for 15 mins
  6. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  7. Cumin Powder – 2 tsp
  8. Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  9. Red Chili Powder – 2 tsp
  10. Turmeric Powder – 2 tsp
  11. Salt – According to taste
  12. Mustard Oil – 3 tbsp
  13. Bay Leaves – 1
  14. Green Cardamom – 2 pieces
  15. Cinnamon – 1 long stick
  16. Garam Masala – 1 tsp

Steps of Preparation for Chicken Kasa or Chicken Kasha:

  1. Wash the chicken thoroughly and marinate with the 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of turmeric and 1 tsp of red chili powder for 15 mins – 20 mins.

    Marinate the Chicken
    Marinate the Chicken
  2. Now in the mean time make a coarse paste of Ginger, Garlic and dried red chili with 1-2 tsp of water.
  3. Heat a wide bottomed pot or vessel, add the Mustard Oil and let it get heated for a couple of minute.
  4. Then add the whole spices (Bay leaves, Green Cardamom, Cinnamon stick and the cumin seeds and let it cook for a minute so that it oozes the perfect flavor to the gravy.

    Adding the whole spices
    Adding the whole spices
  5. Add the finely chopped onions and cook till light golden brown.

    Adding the Onion
    Adding the Onion
  6. To the cooked onions, add the ground paste (made of ginger, garlic and red chilies).

    Cooking the Ground Paste with Onions
    Cooking the Ground Paste with Onions
  7. After the oil separates from the masala and the raw smell of ginger, garlic fades, add the marinated chicken, powdered spices (cumin powder, coriander powder and red chili powder) and saute.

    Mixing all the spices generously with Chicken
    Mixing all the spices generously with Chicken
  8. Cover the chicken and let it cook in the gravy and in its own juices for a generous 20 – 25 mins.

    Cover and let it cook
    Cover and let it cook
  9. Once the juices dry up and the masala (spice) coats the chickens uniformly, drizzle the garam masala and stir it.

Serve this lovely dry chicken dish with Rotis, Parathas, Pooris, Dal Rice or even the very Odia own way with Pakhala.

Chicken Kassa
Chicken Kassa

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