My kids hadn't seen a butcher's shop except that part in the hyper/ super markets in Dubai. They didn't know how meat is produced since they used to see the packed meat only.
My father took my daughter to the nearby butchery once. She was so excited to know new things and always found happiness in going out with Grandpa. After coming back , she said in a sad voice, "Ma, I won't eat chicken from today.. " You can guess what is the reason, it was very difficult for her to witness such a scene in the butchery.I had little joy in mind hearing her proclamation, since I really liked if she stops eating chicken and it would be good for her that will prompt her to eat enough veggies.. All these years they lived in Dubai had made them think tasty food is available outside which they wanted mostly. Like all other children, they were the fans of sausage, burger, Kfc, shawarma, grilled chicken, pizza, etc.. :) Even at home they asked for nutella,mayonnaise, cheese etc.. with Idli and Dosa.. And it was hard for me to make them eat some vegetables.
But all my expectations were in vain, since she forgot her vow at the dinner table, and didn't even mention what had she told in the morning.. :)
Again my neice went to the same shop with my daughter and father and after coming back my daughter said, "Ma, Sanu is telling that she will never eat... " "Mmm, I know what is going to happen.." I replied.Nothing special happend, both little ladies didn't even had time to think what they had said before while having delicious chicken biryani... :)
The next chance was my son's, who is five years old. Men might be differnt than women in thinking, he didn't show such sympathy like our ladies did. He said that when the butcher caught one chicken , the other chickens in the cage started crying "ayyo, ayyo , ayyo..." He never made a vow and even at the dinner table he mentioned the same thing what he had witnessed in the butchery.. :)
Butter chicken Ingredients
Chicken 1/2 kg
garlic paste 1 tsp
ginger paste 1 tsp
cashew nuts and almonds 1 handful - each half
pepper powder 1 tsp
chilly powder 1/2 tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
lemon juice 1/2 lemon
butter 4 Tbsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
garam masala 1/2 tsp
coconut milk 1 cup
Soak tomatoes in boiled water for some time, peel and crush.
Put almonds in boiled water and peel outer skin. Grind it with cashews and coconut milk and keep aside.
Cut chicken into small pieces.Wash it, marinate with pepper powder,turmeric powder, salt and lemon juice.
Heat 2 Tbsp butter in frying pan.Slowly stir, to roast the marinated chicken in this.Just saute for some time, no need to cook completely. ( puram bhagam kurachu color change cheythal mathi).(You can avoid this step and put the chicken directly to the sauted onion-masala mixture in the next step)
Heat 1 Tbsp butter in the same pan, saute very finely chopped onion in it. Saute garlic - ginger paste in this.Add chilly powder,coriander powder,crushed tomatoes, garam masala and the ground paste of almonds and cashews. Allow to boil, put chicken pieces in this.Cook until done adding enough water. When it is done, add remaining butter on top, and serve with coriander leaves. Using kashmiri chilli powder plus tomatoes may give a good color for this dish, pls use color if you want more good looking curry.
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