Chicken Lal Mirch

This was inspired by a recipe by Camellia Panjabi which originated from Madras and has a Parsee influence. The Parsees (Parsis) originally came from Persia but have largely kept their ethnic identity and this is said to be a favourite in their community.


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2 - 3 red chillies (about 20 gm) 1 tspn paprika
2 x 1 x 1 cm ginger (about 4 gm) (prepared weight) ¼ heaped tspn turmeric
100 gm onion (prepared weight) 2 tbspn oil
2 cloves garlic (about 10 gm) 1 bay leaf
3 tbspn chopped tomato 2 green cardamom pods
1/8 - ¼ tspn cumin seeds 1 chicken breast
¼ heaped tspn coriander seeds ¼ tspn salt
¼ tspn ground cinnamon  



  1. Heat the oil over a low to medium heat and fry the bay leaf and cardamom seeds for 1 min.
  2. Add the paste and cook, stirring regularly, for 3 min.
  3. Add the chicken and cook, stirring regularly, for 2 min.
  4. Cover the chicken with hot water and cook for about 15 min, stirring regularly and adjusting the heat or adding more water to produce a sauce of the desired consistency.


  1. Serve with rice.


The recipe really requires Kashmiri chillies which are difficult to obtain so paprika is added to accentuate the red colour.

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The main ingredients
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The finished meal

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