Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Murg Handi Lazeez

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I have been fairly lazy all these weeks. Guess it's the heat wave that is generating the laziness and over the last few weeks, I find myself with so many recipes to post that if I do not start rolling up my sleeves and typing, I'll be left with enough to post for the whole year.
The handi is an integral part of the Indian kitchen. Traditionally the handi is a thick bottomed vessel with a neck that is narrower than the base. It also traditionally has a lid to cover it and retain the aroma. The handi has been used to prepare many dishes with a predominantly thick gravy. The most popular gastronomical export of the Handi cooking is the dum style of cooking. The other well known aspect of the handi cooking is the Bhunao method which is used in many households predominantly in the northern parts of the country.
Murg handi lazeez or chicken cubes cooked in a cardamom scented creamy yogurt and garlic brown gravy is a typical dish highlighting the use of the Handi and this vessel lends its name to the dish.

Murg Handi Lazeez


Chicken, cut into pieces : 500 gm
Yogurt, whisked : 1 Cup
Chicken Stock: 1 Cup
Onion, roughly chopped : 2
Garlic cloves, roughly chopped - 6 cloves
Green chili paste - 2 Tblsp
Coriander Powder: 2 Tsp
White Pepper Powder : 1 Tsp
Cinnamon: 1" stick
Cardamom: 2
Bay Leaf :2
Mace powder: 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste : 4 Tblsp
Lemon Juice : 1 Tblsp
Salt : To Taste
Ittar : 2-3 drops


1. Fry the chopped onion and garlic in oil till they turn golden brown. Grind this fried onion and garlic to a paste.

2. Heat ghee in a Handi, add coriander powder and stir fry for 30 seconds.

3. Add bay leaves, other whole spices and ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes.

4. Add chicken pieces and yogurt. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes and add salt.

5. Cover with a lid and cook until all moisture evaporates and chicken becomes tender.

6. Open the lid, add fried onion garlic paste, green chili paste, white pepper powder, and mace/cardamom powder.

7. Pour 1/4 cup water, chicken stock and lemon juice. Cover with lid and cook on slow flame for 6-7 minutes.Add the ittar 2 minutes before finishing and remove off flame.

8. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves.


Anonymous said...

Nice recipe. Ittar to be used here is gulab ittar or kewra ittar? Thanks. JH

Gaurav said...

Hi JH,
We can use Kewra ittar for this one. I haven't used gulab ittar, but might just try and see the difference ...may make it a little sweet.
I know I have to post the lucknawi biryani..but it's taking time ...am running behind a chef to send me the authentic recipe and come and make it, so that I can see it and capture it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Gaurav and looking forward to the post. Just for prior clarification, for the lucknowi biryani, a combination of kewra jal and gulab ittar is used, correct? Thanks much in advance. JH

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