Chicken Curry In A Hurry

Sounds rather cheesy doesn't it? Well I did toy with chicken curry for the lazy bones, but that didn't have quite the rhyme. And also lazy bones, who me? Ha! I am rather taken with this hurry one. In my head it makes me sound like this super busy ninja who saves the world by the day and makes chicken curry in the evening. I kinda like that image!
In case you are completely confused with my rambling let me cut to the chase and get to the curry. This chicken curry is the simplest I have made so far. It's just a matter of chucking stuff in the pressure cooker helter-skelter and let the cooker do all the work. In fact while making the curry I was feeling so lazy that I did not even want to bring out my masala box, so I just used a chicken curry masala powder mix. Now my husband is a big fan of these curry powder mixes, so there are always a few lying around in our kitchen cupboard. Truth to be told, I have never used these before, call me a masala snob, but I always prefer buying whole masalas and making my own powders and pastes. But desperate times call for desperate measures and when I opened the cupboard the first thing I saw was this box and I grabbed it. And all I did was dump three table spoons of this powder to the frying onions and my job was done. 
I throughly enjoyed eating this curry and the masala snob in me hangs it's head in shame for having ignored this ready mix for so long.
Chicken Curry In A Hurry
{serves 3 to 4 people with rice}
i. 800 grams of chicken, cut in curry pieces
ii. 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled & cut in cubes [you can chuck the potatoes, I had some pieces lying around in the fridge, so used those]
iii. One medium onion, roughly sliced
iv. 1 heaped tea spoon of garlic and ginger paste, each
v. 3 table spoons of MDH's chicken curry masala
vi. 2 green chillies, snapped in the middle
vii. Salt to taste
viii. 3 tea spoons of sunflower oil
ix. 2 tea spoon of yogurt, beaten with half a cup of water
x. Handful of coriander, roughly chopped
For this quick curry, you will need to use your trusty old pressure cooker*. [In case you are wondering what this magic  gadget it all about, all Indian kitchens come equipped with these pressure cookers. No it's not a part of a kitchen like an oven, but don't think there any middle class Indian kitchen which don't have these. It's the Indian housewife's most prized possession and she is much more thankful for it than sliced bread. These cookers have revolutionised cooking in India since they considerably cut down on the cooking time. In each Indian kitchen you will find at least 2 to 3 of these cookers in different sizes. And whenever an Indian goes abroad for more than a month, a pressure cooker inevitably travels with him or her. I have heard that this cooker is much more rudimentary than it's sopishticated Western cousins, but we Indians are pretty happy with this one.]
How to make this curry~
i. In the pressure cooker pan, add the oil and let it heat up.
ii. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced onions, fry for 5 minutes till the onion turns translucent
iii. From here the helter-skelter part, in no particular order chuck in the chicken, the masala powder, the ginger and garlic paste and the potato pieces. Mix everything well, and while you beat the yogurt, let everything fry
iv. Once the yogurt is smooth and has no lumpy bits, add it to the pan, add salt, the green chillies, coriander, a cup of water. Mix everything well and put on the cover of the cooker and let it cook for three whistles
v. Switch off the heat, and let the cooker cool down, open the cover, give everything a good mix, do a taste test, if needed adjust the seasoning. Your chicken curry is ready, it's best to rest it for half an hour or so before serving this with hot, steaming rice.
*In case you do not have a pressure cooker, cook on stove top till the chicken pieces are tender and the potatoes cooked through or you can shove it all in the oven.


  1. i havent made chicken curry in such a long time but i will now..premade spice mixes really saves me .

  2. Looks delicious... Thanks for recipe... will be able to try it out soon :)


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