Chicken ghee roast

This is my ground version of the Chicken ghee roast. It is hot and spicy, a sure delight to the senses! For a no grind version use the marinade and spice paste mix in  simple prawn ghee roast recipe, only double the quantities used. 
In todays recipe I have ground down the roasted whole spices to make a spice paste/masala instead of using a mixture of spice powders. I usually make it for a Saturday night in…and hubby loves it!! 
The recipe is very simple….it involves frying chicken which has been previously marinaded, then roasting and grinding down a few spices to make a spice paste, and just putting the two together really…. A brilliant way to jazz up chicken or prawns. It is best served with fresh Basmati rice and a dollop of greek yoghurt. 

For Marination
Chicken: 1/2 no cut into large pieces
Thick curd:½ cup
White pepper powder:1 tsp 
Turmeric powder:1/2 tsp 
Lime Juice : 2tsps
Salt to taste

For Roasting and Grinding-  Spice Paste/ Ghee Roast Masala
Kashmiri long red chillies : 4
Small dried red chillies : 3
Coriander seeds:3/4 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds :1/4 tsp 
Cumin seeds :1 tsp 
Fennel seeds or saunf: 1tsp
Garlic flakes: 3 large 
Oil to fry
Pure Ghee: 3 tsps 
Salt to taste


1. In a large bowl take marinade ingredients, mix well, then add the cleaned and slit chicken to it. Coat chicken well. Cover bowl with cling film. Keep in the fridge for 2-3  hours. 

2. In a pan heat a mixture of 2 tsps ghee and 3 tsps oil (or if you feel like indulging use 2 tbsps of ghee instead of oil). When the oil is hot add the chicken pieces and fry for 5 mins on each side, allowing it to brown well. Then add 1 cup of water cover and allow it to cook on a medium flame till 3/4 done.

3. While the chicken is cooking prepare the spice paste. In a pan roast the spice paste/ masala ingredients in 1 tsp ghee in following order-sliced garlic first, then dried red chillies and coriander seeds, then add the rest. Roast together till fragrant.
4. Grind the roasted ingredients to a smooth paste with a little water. Once the chicken is almost 3/4 cooked add the spice paste to same pan in which the chicken is cooking, to the bottom of the pan in the center.
5. Let the spice paste fry in the oil in the bottom and centre of the pan for a couple of minutes before coating the chicken pieces in the ground and fried spice paste. Add another 1/2 cup water. Close the pan and let the chicken cook on a slow flame till done.

6. Check for salt , Garnish with onion rings, Squeeze over 2 tsps lemon juice, serve hot with thick greek yoghurt and steamed basmati rice.

  • Enjoy !!

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