Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Meal: Ansari Family Chicken Korma

Posted By on June 13, 2016, 9:00 AM

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American Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari was born to Muslim parents from India.  One of his favorite family dishes is the chicken korma that his mom, Fatima Ansari, cooks. 

I came across Fatima Ansari's korma recipe in my favorite food publication, Lucky Peach. With a couple of minor adaptions, here is Ansari's chicken korma recipe. It's delicious! 

Please note that this requires some advance preparation. The chicken needs to marinate overnight. 


2 lbs. skinless chicken, preferably dark meat, cut into bite-size pieces

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 tsp turmeric powder

3 cloves garlic, pounded into a paste

1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated

1/2 c. plain yogurt

2 Tbs. vegetable oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2-3 serrano chiles, minced (seeded, if desired)

1 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. ground coriander 

1 tsp. ground fennel

1/2 c. cashews

1/2 c. cilantro leaves (I don't like cilantro so I substitute parsley)

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Chop the garlic and, using the side of a chef's knife, mash it into a paste. 

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Salt and pepper the chicken pieces, to taste. 

In a large bowl or plastic bag, combine the chicken pieces,  turmeric powder, ginger, garlic paste and yogurt.  Marinate in the refrigerator overnight. 

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In a small food processor or with a mortar and pestle, grind together the coriander, fennel, cashews and cilantro/parsley. 

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Heat the oil in a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Saute the onion and chilies with the garam masala until fragrant and browned, about 10 minutes. 

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Add the marinated chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

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Add the coriander, fennel, cashew mixture to the chicken. Mix well. 

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Cover the pan and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes. 

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Serve with basmati rice and naan or chapati. 

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