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Chicken with Mustard Seeds (Sorse Murgi) from Petra Hildebrandt

Yield: 4 servings

1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground turmeric
2 lb. chicken; cut into pieces
1 tbsp. brown mustard seeds
5 fresh green chillies; roughly chopped
4 1/2 tbsp. mustard oil
3 tbsp. Cilantro

  1. Rub 1 tsp salt and 0.5 tsp turmeric over the chicken.
  2. Grind the mustard seeds to a fine powder in your grinder. Put the mustard seed powder, chillies and 0.25 tsp. turmeric into a blender. Add 4 tablespoon water, blend to a smooth paste (N.B., when making this for two and halving the ingredients, it'll fit into the spice grinder so you don't have to dirty up the blender).
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large pan or wok on high heat. Add chicken. Stir and fry for 10-15 minutes until golden. Remove from pan.
  4. Add remaining oil to the pan. When hot add the mustard and chilli paste and turn heat down to low. Stir and fry for 3-4 minutes until the oil bubbles on the surface. Add the chicken and the rest of the salt and turmeric. Add 1.25 cups water and bring to the boil on medium heat. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until chicken is tender and sauce has reduced to just coat the pieces.

  5. Sprinkle the cilantro over and serve.