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This recipe takes it's inspiration from the Parsee
tradition of using fruit in cooking, and is deeply rooted
in the Persian ancestry of many Indians and their food.
for Persian Apricot Chicken
175g dried apricots
4 tbsp vegetable oil
2 small pieces of cinnamon stick
2 chopped onions
500 g chicken breast diced into 2cm pieces
4 tomatoes chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
For the masala:
6 large dried red chillies
1 ½ tsp cumin seeds
1 ½ tsp coriander seeds
2cm piece of cinnamon stick
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp pureed garlic
4 green cardamom pods
to make Persian Apricot Chicken
the apricots in 200ml of warm water for a couple of
hours until they are soft and swollen.
all the ingredients for the masala in a food processor
and leave to one side.
the oil in a large heavy casserole or sauté
pan which has a lid.
the cinnamon sticks, cook for a couple of minutes
and then add the onions, browning very slowly.
in the masala and fry off until the oil begins to
the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes turning half
with salt and add the tomatoes and apricots (and any
water remaining from the soaking).
with the lid on until the chicken is tender (if the
sauce remains thin, uncover and allow to reduce for
a few minutes until thickened).
in the coriander and serve immediately with Indian
breads or plain rice.