Preparation / Directions:
Grind the ingredients until fine in a coffee mill. Add 75ml water to the
ground spices and make a paste, then mix with the ginger and garlic. Rub
this mixture into the chicken making sure that the spices coat them
thoroughly. Cover and leave to marinate in a cool place for 4-6 hours or
overnight in the fridge. Bring back to room temperature before cooking.
Melt the ghee or butter over a medium heat and fry the chicken, stirring
frequently, for 6-8 minutes. Add the water and salt, allow to bubble
gently, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15-20
minutes, stirring occasionally.
Drain the lentils and mix them together. Heat the oil over a medium heat
and fry the onions for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the turmeric
and garam masala, soak for 30 seconds. then add the lentils.
Reduce the heat to low and fry the lentils for 4-5 minutes, stirring
frequently, then add the water. Bring to the boil, cover the pan and
reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are
soft. Stir occasionally. Stir in the salt, remove from the heat and
Puree the lentils in a blender and pour over the chicken. Cook on a
medium heat until it begins to bubble. Reduce the heat to low, cover the
pan and cook for 20-25 minutes. During the last 10-15 minutes, stir
frequently to ensure that the thickened sauce does not stick to the pan.
Add the tamarind and stir until dissolved. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then
stir in half the coriander leaves. If using lemon juice, add it along
with the coriander leaves. Remove from the heat and serve garnished with
the remaining coriander leaves.