mearl223 On September - 17 - 2011

Jeera Chicken

Just made some super-aromatic Jeera Chicken for today’s lunch.. I am LOVING the cumin aroma & smoked flavor from the chicken.. Can’t put this down!! Try it, you’ll make it over & over again, I’m sure!


PrepTime 5mins – Serves 4 – CookTime 15mins




4 skinless chicken legs/breats/thighs (1.5 lbs total weight)
3 tbsp cumin/jeera seeds
1 tsp peppercorns
4-5 cardamoms
1″ stick cinnamon
2-3 cloves
2-3 dry red-chilies
1 green-chili
1 chopped onion
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 chicken stock cube
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1 tbsp garam-masala/ all-spice pwd
3 tbsp coriander pwd
4 sprigs curry leaves
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil

Cooking Instructions:

Dry-roast all but 1tbsp of the jeera & set aside.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker or any vessel & fry onions to pink.
Add the whole spices, jeera/cumin, peppercorns, green chili & garlic-ginger paste and fry well for 2 minutes.
Add the stock cube with little water & cook for another 2 whole minutes.
Add the chicken pieces along with the turmeric & coriander pwds – mix well & cook to an even light brown on all sides of the chicken, on medium flame.
Cover & cook until the chicken is cooked (1 whistle on high flame & simmer for 5 mins, if using a pressure-cooker).
Open, add vinegar, curry leaves, the roasted jeera/cumin & the garam masala pwd.
Mix well & cook for another 5-6 mins.
Serve hot with steamed rice or fresh rotis.

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