Chicken Jhola or Light Chicken Curry

Chicken Jhola is a very light Chicken curry for a busy weekday light dinners or a rush free weekend cooking. Somedays I don’t feel like cooking and cleaning. While I want the day to be stress free, takeouts are never in my mind. So, cooking something that’s light on tummy and made with ease is always a pleasure. Though the main ingredient is Chicken I cannot afford to cook it everyday greasy and spicy.

It was a lazy Sunday with a normal overcast of Seattle weather. It was packed up with the cleaning of entire house, changing sheets, doing laundry. And cooking was not at all in my mind today. But there was a little toddler hopping around with all his demands and the man of the house wanted something better as it’s a weekend and nothing more easy than this Chicken curry could come to my mind.

Light Chicken curry
Light Chicken curry

I marinated the chicken for just 30mins  and the cooked it for around 30 mins. This light chicken curry is best enjoyed the Indian way, either with few ghee smeared rotis or bowl of hot steamed rice or jeera rice. During winter this mild Chicken curry or stew is a pleasure and comfort and keeps cold at bay. Sometimes I add large chunks of Potatoes to make it more filling or wholesome but today I made it without them.

So here goes the recipe for the Chicken Jhola or Light Chicken curry:

Ingredients for Light Chicken Curry:

  1. Chicken with bones – 1.5 lb closer to 680 gms
  2. Onion – 1 medium sized
  3. Tomato – 1 large
  4. Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  5. Dry Red Chilies – 2 or 3, you can add or reduce based on the spice need
  6. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  7. Corriander seeds – 1 tsp
  8. Bay Leaves – 1
  9. Cinnamon stick – 1 medium sized
  10. Cardamom Pods – 2
  11. Sugar – 1 tsp
  12. Salt – according taste
  13. Ground Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  14. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  15. Red chilli Powder – 1tsp
  16. Coriander Leaves – 1/2 bunch, finely chopped
  17. Mustard Oil – 1.5 tbsp
  18. Water – 2 cups

Steps of Preparation for Chicken Curry:

  1. Marinate the Chicken with Turmeric Powder, Red chilli Powder and Salt and keep it aside for 30 mins.
    Spices for marination
    Spices for marination

    Marinated chicken
    Marinated chicken

  2. Make a course ground masala from the cubed onions, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chilies and keep it aside.
    Making the ground masala
    Making the ground masala

    Ingredients
    Ingredients

  3. Puree the whole tomato.
  4. Take a wide bottomed vessel, and heat for a minute or two.
  5. Add Mustard oil, you can use your choice of oil and palate. I added for my pure Odia taste.

    Adding the oil
    Adding the oil

  6. To the hot oil, add the sugar, this is a bit of trick to make the gravy look bright red, it won’t make the curry sweet.

    Sugar in the hot oil
    Sugar in the hot oil

  7. Then add the whole garam masalas (bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods) and saute till the aroma is released to the oil.

    Adding the whole spices
    Adding the whole spices

  8. Now, add the coarsely ground masala and ginger garlic paste together and cook it till the oil separates and the raw smell of ginger, garlic and onion goes off. This nearly takes around 5-6 mins.
    Adding the ground spices
    Adding the ground spices

    Cooked spices
    Cooked spices

  9. To the masala mixture add the tomato puree and cook till the oil separates.

    Adding Tomato Puree
    Adding Tomato Puree

  10. Add the marinated chicken and mix the cooked spices thoroughly and cover and cook in the medium flame for about 10-15 mins.
    Mixing the chicken with the cooked Masalas
    Mixing the chicken with the cooked Masalas
    Cover and cook
    Cover and cook

    Almost cooked chicken
    Almost cooked chicken

  11. Now roughly chop the half bunch of coriander leaves and add to the semi-cooked chicken. This adds the best flavor to the gravy.
    Roughly chopped Coriander Leaves
    Roughly chopped Coriander Leaves

    Coriander Leaves added
    Coriander Leaves added

  12. Cook till the chicken is entirely done. You can add the amount of water you want based on the need of the gravy. But as I wanted a light curry. I added 2 cups of water and let it shimmer.

    Adding water
    Adding water

  13. Finally added the garam masala and cook for a minute.

    Adding the Garam Masala to the final gravy
    Adding the Garam Masala to the final gravy

Chicken curry with ghee smeared rotis
Chicken curry with ghee smeared rotis

 

Chicken Jhola or Light Chicken Curry
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
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This light chicken curry is like a stew cooked in a gravy made up basic Indian kitchen ingredients like onion, ginger garlic and tomatoes, flavored with cumin, coriander and garam masala. Best when served with ghee smeared chapati or hot steamed rice or jeera rice.
Ingredients
  • Chicken with bones – 1.5 lb closer to 680 gms
  • Onion – 1 medium sized
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilies – 2 or 3, you can add or reduce based on the spice need
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Corriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Bay Leaves – 1
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 medium sized
  • Cardamom Pods – 2
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – according taste
  • Ground Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli Powder – 1tsp
  • Coriander Leaves – ½ bunch, finely chopped
  • Mustard Oil – 1.5 tbsp
  • Water – 2 cups
Instructions
  1. Marinate the Chicken with Turmeric Powder, Red chilli Powder and Salt and keep it aside for 30 mins.
  2. Make a course ground masala from the cubed onions, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chilies and keep it aside.
  3. Puree the whole tomato.
  4. Take a wide bottomed vessel, and heat for a minute or two.
  5. Add Mustard oil, you can use your choice of oil and palate. I added for my pure Odia taste.
  6. To the hot oil, add the sugar, this is a bit of trick to make the gravy look bright red, it won’t make the curry sweet.
  7. Then add the whole garam masalas (bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods) and saute till the aroma is released to the oil.
  8. Now, add the coarsely ground masala and ginger garlic paste together and cook it till the oil separates and the raw smell of ginger, garlic and onion goes off. This nearly takes around 5-6 mins.
  9. To the masala mixture add the tomato puree and cook till the oil separates.
  10. Add the marinated chicken and mix the cooked spices thoroughly and cover and cook in the medium flame for about 10-15 mins.
  11. Now roughly chop the half bunch of coriander leaves and add to the semi-cooked chicken. This adds the best flavor to the gravy.
  12. Cook till the chicken is entirely done. You can add the amount of water you want based on the need of the gravy. But as I wanted a light curry. I added 2 cups of water and let it shimmer.
  13. Finally added the garam masala and cook for a minute.

 

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