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Chicken Avakaya

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Chicken Avakaya is chicken combined in a mixture of exotic spices. This recipe is one that is made back at home by my mom. A perfect partner for steamed rice. For all those chicken lovers out there, try this and I bet you'll love it.
Ingredients
  Chicken 1 Pound, cut into bite sized pieces (with bones)
  Turmeric 1 Teaspoon
  Ginger garlic paste 1 Tablespoon
  Oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon (avalu)
  Coriander seeds 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon (dhaniyalu)
  Cumin seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon (jeera)
  Cloves 10 (lavangalu)
  Cardamom 3 (elaichi)
  Cinnamon stick 1 Inch (dalchini)
  Poppy seeds 2 Tablespoon (gasagasalu)
  Lemon 1 Large, juiced
  Red chili powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon (adjust as per taste)
  Salt To Taste
Directions

1) Wash chicken pieces under running water and drain.
2) In a bowl mix together ginger garlic paste, turmeric. Add washed chicken pieces to this mixture and coat well.
3) Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan/kadhai, reduce the heat to medium and add chicken to it. mix gently, cover the pan with a lid for 2 mts.
4) Remove the lid and on medium low flame allow the chicken to fry till golden brown. Keep stirring in between such that all the pieces are evenly cooked and colored. Do not overfry the chicken as this turns the pieces hard to chew. Light golden brown color would be good.
5) Once the chicken is fried, set aside and allow it to cool. Meanwhile dry fry all the spices individually (mustard seeds, coriander seeeds, cumin seeds, cloves, elaichi, dalchini and poppy seeds) on low flame till nice aroma comes out. Do not burn them (the pickle would turn bitter if spices are over burnt)
6) Once done allow the spices to cool off and grind all spices together to a fine powder.
7) Heat the squeezed lime juice on low flame for 10 seconds (Do not overheat). Alternatively you could warm it for 10 seconds in a microwave. Adding fresh lime juice will not let the pickle stay fresh for long time and thats why we want it to be warm.
8) Now add ground spice powder(do not add entire powder at once, instead add in small quantities and adjust according to your spice levels), dried red chilly powder, to the fried chicken and mix well. Add lemon juice and adjust salt.
9) If the pickle looks too dry a little bit of oil could be added. Its not required to heat oil at this point of time.
10) Leave the pickle in the bowl for an hour and transfer it into a closed jar. This pickle stays fresh for a month even if not refrigerated. If you are not refrigerating the pickle and leaving it outdoors, make sure the pickle is covered with good amount of oil floating on top. It can be eaten on the day of preparation itself. Serve it with steamed rice. Also goes well with dosas and idlys too.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Andhra
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Method: 
Pickling
Dish: 
Pickle
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
28 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
8
Subtitle: 
(Chicken Pickle)

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