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Saffron Chicken

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Vandana who is very much a keen cook of Indian dishes. Hopefully there will be more to come!

I asked Vandana for a little background information:

"I live in Pune, India. I am a South Indian so many of my recipes are from that area. I enjoy cooking and my family and friends do say that it is appetizing! By profession I am a Relocation Consultant and the India head of an International Charity. I hope that covers the introduction".


300 gm. Chicken breasts
1 inch fresh ginger minced finely.
1 green chili chopped finely
3 tomatoes
2 onions
1 cup natural yogurt
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp saffron
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala( optional)
salt to taste
3 tbsp ghee / oil
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.
1 tsp ginger juliennes


  • Marinate chicken in salt, chili powder, cardamom powder and saffron which has been dissolved in warm milk for 30 minutes.
  • Chop onions and tomatoes finely.
  • Heat ghee or oil and fry onions until golden in color.
  • Add chopped ginger and green chilies and fry for a minute.
  • Sprinkle in the coriander powder and the red chili powder and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and simmer until the oil floats on top.
  • Add chicken with its marinade, adjust seasoning if required and cover and cook until the chicken is tender.
  • Serve hot with roti or steamed Basmati rice garnished with ginger juliennes, chopped coriander leaves and Garam masala if used.

Serves 2