Special dish where the spice mixture clings to the meat. Easy to cook on the day as the chicken is prepared the day before. have a party, have a ball this dish here will please you all. Seriously a super aromatic curry.
In a frying pan, on low heat dry roast the cinnamon stick,cardamoms, cloves, cumin seeds, dried red chillies and the split peas. When the aroma is released from the spices remove them from the pan and allow to cool.
Roast in the same way, the cashew nuts and poppy seeds, allow to cool.
Grind all of the roasted spices together.
Take the chicken and separate the legs from thighs and cut the breasts into two.
Melt half of the butter in a pan and fry the onions, garlic and ginger for 5 minutes Remove from the pan by pressing the onions against the side of the pan to remove the butter. Allow to cool.
In a blender mix together all of the roasted spices with the onions and yogurt till smooth.
Put the chicken in a bowl and pour the liquidized mixture over it and refridgerate over night.
Melt the remaining butter and add the garam masala fry 30 seconds. Add the chicken and the spices it was marinated in, fry for 6 minutes stirring to prevent sticking.
Add the water and salt, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 mins till chicken is tender.
Turn heat to medium and add the fresh coriander,mint and green chillies, stir and cook for 5 mins allowing the sauce to thicken a little.
Serve with cumin seed boiled rice, and a mild vegetable curry.