This is yet another experimenting of mine. As I always mention, getting my kids have greens is the main motto, for me to get to these kind of dishes. Being a holiday today for us in India being Independence Day….I thought would work on something that they would like.
Chicken is always a favorite item for kids, so I thought I would blend some palak that I had bought the other day from the grocers to get a different dish. Since it is a green leafy vegetable, it is highly nutritious too. This is a simple dish and can be prepared easily and my kids just loved. I truly enjoyed watching them licking their fingers and asking for more.
Servings – 4-5
Chicken – 1 kg
Palak – a bunch
Onions finely chopped – 1/2 cup
Garlic finely chopped – 3-4 cloves
Ginger finely chopped – 2-3 tsp
Yogurt – 1/2 – 1 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
Chilly powder – 1 tbsp
All spices powder – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 1+1 tsp
Cinnamon stick – 2 medium size ones
Curry Leaves – a few
Salt as per requirement.
. Cut and clean the chicken thoroughly. Marinate with yogurt, salt and 1 tsp pepper and refrigerate for about 30 mins.
. In the mean time, steam the palak and blanch it immediately, so that it retains color ( How to do this process – In a deep bottom vessel, allow some water to boil. Plunge the palak leaves for about 5-7 mins and then immediately transfer the leaves to a bowl of ice cold water. This is a kind of passing shock to them, so that they get cooked and retain their color.)
. Once cooled, make a paste of the palak, by grinding them in a blender. Keep it aside.
. To the marinated chicken, add in the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilly powder, all spices powder, pepper powder, cinnamon sticks , curry leaves , onions, garlic, ginger and mix thoroughly.
. Cook it in pressure cooker for about 2-3 whistles.
. Once cooled down, check the water level and allow it to reduce . Once the water level has reduced, add in the palak paste and mix well till the paste is well coated on the chicken. Check the salt and add if desired.
. Garnish with little cream and serve hot with rice or chapatti . Truly delicious.
Note : I used only a minimal amount of palak, as I was not sure if my kids would like the taste of it. Did not want them to dislike it in the first place. But if your family loves it…go ahead with the entire contents that you would love and make it a lot more greener…..