Always in search of recipes that feature cardamom, I found this on the Internet. My undersyaning is that it is a rendition of a dish popular in the UK and most likely invented there. The mariade is similar to a tandoori paste but with a creamy aromatic welll seasoned with cardamom, cinnamon and other spices. I have not tried it yet but wanted it here fore safekeeping and decided to share it as well.
For marinating the chicken
- 6 tablespoons finely chopped onions
- 2 inches piece fresh ginger
- 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices
For cooking the chicken
- 3 tablespoons corn oil or 3 tablespoons peanut oil or 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium cinnamon stick
- 8 whole cardamom pods
- 1 cup onion, sliced into fine half rings
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 4 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 5 tablespoons grated tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garam masala
- 2 -3 teaspoons lemon juice
- To make the marinade: Put the onion, ginger, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper and 3 TBSP water into a blender. Blend to a smooth paste, pushing down with rubber spatula when needed.
- To marinate the chicken: Put the sliced chicken in a bowl. Add the marinade and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.
- To make the dish: Pour the oil into a wide, nonstick pan set over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the cinnamon and cardamom. Stir for 10 seconds. Put in the onion and fry, stirring at the same time, for 6 to 7 minutes, or until the onion turns a reddish-brown color. Add the cumin and coriander. Stir once. Add the yogurt, 1 TBSP at a time, and stir until it is absorbed. Add the tomato and stir for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium, add the chicken, together with its marinade, and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the chicken pieces turn white. Add 3/4 cup water, the salt, and garam masala. Stir and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring now and then.