Monday, March 14, 2011

Chicken Badami/Chicken Cooked With Almond Meal

Last couple weeks have been very busy for the Bhagia household. We were down south last week visiting Manasi's prospective school as she had to appear for an interview and orientation. She has yet to decide on the one school she really wants to go,but it will still have to wait till she has heard on the the regular decisions in April.

The snow has finally stopped here on the east coast,and the weather has also started to warm up just a little :) It has been a very long and harsh winter this year and I bet everyone here is more than eager to welcome the spring:) BUT we cannot be complaining ,there is so much worse happening in the world. The earthquake in Japan is so devastating and even though we cannot do much it is still some solace to see so many countries rise to the occasion in times like these. I hope the help that is being extended does reach out to those who really are in their hour of need & help. God bless everyone with courage and hope ,Amen !!!

I have not been blogging as regularly as I would wish to but I most certainly have been cooking and saving all the pictures,hopefully I will reach the 100th post very soon.

This recipe I am posting today is very simple to make but tastes absolutely delicious,for those of you who are partial to red curries this one does not have the red color but has all the flavors and just the right amount of spices to keep your taste buds engrossed with its luscious creamy texture infused with kewra and cardamom and Cinnamon. This goes very well with plain phulkas/rotis and also with jeera rice. It will taste even better if you leave it overnight in the fridge and enjoy it the next day.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Chicken cut into small pieces: 1 pound
Onion: 1 medium size chopped or sliced
Green chilli: 2 or 3 depending on your spice tolerance
Tomato: 2 medium sized
Ginger grated or paste: 1 tbsp
Almond meal: 2tbsp
Cinnamon: 1 piece (1 inch)
Green Cardamom seeds: 3 cardamoms
Cloves: 3
Olive oil: 3 tbsp
Kasoori methi: 2 tsp
Kewra water: 3 drops
Honey: 2 tsp


Take a pan and add 2 tbsp oil and let it heat. When hot add the cardamoms,Cinnamon & cloves.Now add the sliced onions and saute till golden brown.

To this add ginger,green chilli and chopped tomato's  along with salt and cook for 10 -15 minutes,till the tomato's are cooked well and do not smell raw.

Take this entire mixture and run it in the mixer till it turns into a smooth paste.

Now take a pan and the remaining 1 tbsp oil and saute the chicken pieces in this,till they turn white on the outside and the chicken is partially cooked. Now add the pureed onion mix to this chicken add 1 cup water and the almond meal. Give it a good mix and leave it on low flame covered till the chicken is fully cooked. Now add 2 tsp honey and mix it well.

Finish it with  3 -4 drops of kewra water and garnish with 2 tsp kasoori methi roasted and crushed. Enjoy this hot with roti,phulka,naan or tandoori roti :)


  1. Kavita what is almond meal? I'm sorry for aking this silly question. Lovely color of the gravy. Just like we eat in restaurants

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Badam chicken looks delicious. creamy rich

  3. Another delicious dish from your kitchen! Love the addition of almond and kasoori methi in the recipe...

  4. Rich looking badami chicken simply makes me hungry...sooooooo tempting!

  5. Love the color of the gravy, absolutely tempting chicken

  6. The curry looks so rich and tempting.Missed your lovely posts, hope you would be blogging at your normal pace soon.

  7. Yeah, that does look like a delicious dish!

    Hey what's up with your travel plans to Kerala? A bit of warning- this is not the best time to visit- it's too hot and sweltering right now. So make sure you pick a good time to visit. If you love rains, I'd suggest monsoon season :)

  8. Kavita, Vijay has been wanting some chicken lately and this sounds really nice. One question, what is kewra water?

  9. Thanks my dear friends for all the lovely comments:)
    Deepa,there is no real difference between ground almonds and almond flour & almond meal except for the blanching method to get rid of the skin:)In simple terms just take a fistful of almonds and run them in a coffee grinder.
    Nancy,kewra is extract of the Pandanas flower and has a rose like fragnance,andyou should find it in any asian store:)!!!

  10. Badami chicken looking absolutely delicious.

  11. chicken looks wonderful delicious addition of almonds

  12. Wow!
    Kavita the chicken looks so rich and flavourful.
    The addition of honey and kevra essence must have enhanced the flavour.I ususally add this essence only to the biriyani.
    And nice to see you back after a long gap. Now I will be gone for a while....visiting my parents.

  13. Kavita, you too have a gr8 time with your family. How long will you be in will be nice if we could meet up. Even I am planning to visit Pune sometime in the near future as my hubby's sisters are living there.
    You will be landing in Mumbai isn't it..will you be staying here?

  14. I am probably not the best person to comment on a chicken dish but looking at the color and the texture of that plate, I could not resist but to tell you what a wonderful piece of chicken that is :) Especially loved the idea of using almond meal. Will surely use it somewhere.

    US Masala

  15. Chicken badami looks delicious...What a color and texture Kavita...I am drooling here..

  16. That looks absolutely divine and making me the color, texture and ingredients you have used..great recipe..thanks for sharing!

  17. ye hei mera Maharaj!! hehehe...thank you for sharing this...more and more chicken pl...

  18. the gravy loooks very yum and u have a good collection of recipes....

    do visit when u get time

  19. Badami Chicken looking very delicious and rich.

  20. chicken badami looks delicious and to me!!
    you have a lovely space as well:-)
    Do drop by my space too
    Erivum Puliyum


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