C46 Chicken Lime Achari

Achari basically means pickle and BIR (British Indian Restaurants) and take-aways will often use mixed pickle, chilli pickle, mango pickle and so on. This is my version that uses lime and mixed pickle. The lime pickle needs to be used with discretion as it carries a 'load of flavour'. Indian pickles can vary enormously and you may not be able to purchase the ones illustrated here so use whatever you can get and be prepared to experiment a little. The pickles may not appeal in their 'raw' state but when cooked their addition can add a nice extra dimension to a dish.

Ingredients

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2 tbspn oil 300 ml c46 curry base sauce (see note 2)
50 gm onions (prepared weight) 2 tspn tomato purée
1 tspn ground coriander 1 portion c41 pre-cooked chicken
½ tspn chilli powder 1 heaped tspn lime pickle (chopped) (see note 3)
½ tspn ground cumin 1 heaped tspn mixed pickle (chopped) (see note 4)
½ tspn turmeric 30 gm green pepper
½ tspn methi (see note 1) ¼ tspn salt

Preparation

Cooking

  1. Heat the oil in a suitable pan and fry, stirring regularly, the onion for 2 min.
  2. Stir in the ground coriander, chilli powder, ground cumin, turmeric and methi and cook, stirring regularly, for 1 min, adding a little c46 base sauce if needed to prevent drying and burning.
  3. Stir in the tomato purée and 40 ml of c46 base sauce and cook, stirring, for 1 min, adding c46 base sauce as needed to prevent drying.
  4. Stir in the c41 pre-cooked chicken, lime pickle, mixed pickle, green pepper, 80 ml of c46 base sauce and the salt and cook, stirring regularly, for 3 min, adding c46 base sauce as needed to maintain the desired sauce consistency.

Serving

  1. Serve with rice and garnish with a little freshly chopped coriander.

Notes

(1) Methi (Kasuri Methi) is dried fenugreek leaves and can be purchased at some supermarkets (eg ASDA) or any Indian outlet.
(2) Dilute the c46 base sauce with 100 - 300 ml of water and heat before use (not all will be used in this recipe). The sauce should be on the 'thin side' and the initial thickness will largely depend on the onions. This can change depending on where the onions are produced, the specific variety and the growing conditions and can be quite variable as I have discovered.
(3) Lime pickle can normally be purchased at Asian outlets and, maybe, at some larger supermarkets.
(4) Mixed pickle can normally be purchased at Asian outlets and, maybe, at some larger supermarkets.
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The main ingredients
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The finished meal
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Methi
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Lime Pickle
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Mixed Pickle
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