Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dhaniya Chicken Legs


Yea..thats the reaction i expect from everybody...but dont loose hope..its a total hit everytime its made..

I like asking people what they think when i say powder chicken...well i got some hilarious answers..but this one beats them all...a white colored chicken...dry and powdery..

Well ..believe it or not..its one of the easiest chicken starter I've ever made..and when you see people digging their fingers in the big pot you cooked this in...well it sure gets you smiling...and satisfied !

This recipe is inspired by my cousin's MIL...thanks to her.

Level: Easy
Serves: 12 chicken legs
Source: My Papu Tai (Smita Rodrigues)

15 garlic pods, finely chopped
2 inch ginger, finely chopped
3 green chillies, finely chopped (optional)
1 cup coriander, finely chopped

Masala mix:
6 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp pepper powder
1.5 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 tblsp ketchup
1/4 cup water

Salt to taste

Step 1 - Take oil in a wok. When hot, add in garlic, ginger, green chillies. When they start getting brownish, add in the coriander and stir well.

Step 2 - Make a paste with 1/4 cup of water and the powders. Add in the wok. Stir well till oil is left from the masala.

Step 3 - Add in chicken and stir till cooked.

Serve hot with some sliced onions, and some lime squeezed over it..

Can it get simpler???

You can make this dish into a gravy dish by making a onion-tomato gravy..or just pour in a tin of coconut milk...tastes heavenly either ways.

Rack your brains:
Chicken is generally quite a healthy food.
As a source of protein it is one of the best, as it contains very little fat compared to other sources of meat.
However, the preparation of the chicken should be considered, as well as the type or parts of the chicken that are being consumed.
If you have severe cholestrol problems, they say chicken may not be good for you, as it contains a considerable amount of cholestrol, as much as red meat.


  1. Hey Shamu, put the onions in the ingredients! I just wrote down the ingredients to make this tonight, but almost forgot the onions! How bad would that be??? And lemon ofc. (backpacker, ingredients arent in the kitchen like back home ;) )

  2. sorry about that....andya...

  3. Hi Shamu! Enjoyed this chicken! I didn't make it as it was meant to I guess, but hey, it was GREAT! Hehehe, so keep coming with the non-veg recipes plz! :D

  4. I'm definitely trying this out Shalmali!

  5. Hi Shalmali,
    I got your blog from a common friend. Anyway, like all your recipes. I am going to be little bold and suggest another name for this awesome dish - how about "Dhaniya chicken"? To me it sounded more appetizing. Anyway, I tried this recipe (without the onions) and still loved it. It turned out really good. I am waiting to try out your "khobryachi wadi", but I am on diet right now :(. So waiting...

  6. haha..:) thanks so much anon. I think dhaniya chicken sounds great..much better than powder...!

  7. Dear Shalmali,

    I made this recipe on my husband's b'day n he was amazed to have one... looks awesome, smells awesome n tastes awesome :):)
    Thank you.