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Basil Chicken Curry

Chicken pieces cooked in spicy Basil Masala

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

The basil is the queen of herbs,having a high medicinal value.This chicken Curry is becoming famous here in Tamil Nadu and can be taken with rice,indian breads,etc.Done in 25mins atleast.Try at home and enjoy the goodness of basil even with Chicken Curry.

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

    • 500 gm boneless chicken pieces-cleaned well
    • 5-6 basil leaves-chopped fine
    • 3 big onion-chopped fine-this gets u a thick gravy
    • 1 big tomato- chopped fine
    • 3 garlic cloves -chopped fine
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp mustard seeds
    • 2 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1/2 tsp  any chicken masala
    • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
    • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper powder
    • 3 tbsp ground masala (of 1 tsp saunf  seeds,1/2 tsp cumin seeds,1/2 tsp cinnamon powder,1/4 tsp maze powder,1/4 tsp crushed star-anise & 2 tbsp grated coconut)
    • 1 3/4 tsp salt
    • few curry leaves
    • 1 handful chopped coriander leaves
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 tbsp  refined oil


    1. In a pressure cooker,add oil,mustard seeds,cumin seeds,chopped garlic,chopped onions,chopped tomato,1 tsp salt,,chopped coriander(half) and curry leaves for 3-4 mins.
    2. Add ginger-garlic paste,chopped basil leaves,chicken pieces,ground masala,chilli powder,turmeric powder,chicken masala,pepper powder,3/4 tsp salt,the remaining coriander leaves and 3 cups water.Mix this well so that the masala gets evenly spread and pressure cook upto 4 whistle.
    3. Wait for the pressure to be released .Open the Pressure-pan lid and let it boil for a few mins till the gravy thickens to 3/4 th stirring at times.
      4.Serve this Basil-Chicken Masala hot with rice or any Indian breads.


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