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DHANIA CHICKEN – CHICKEN WITH CILANTRO

1 Aug

So here’s all you wanted to know about cilantro and didn’t want to ask :

Health benefits and medicinal uses

  • One of coriander seeds many medicinal uses is that they can be used for clearing colds and coughs. Coriander seeds can be boiled in water along with little pepper corns, cumin seeds, and garlic flakes to make a decoction that helps clear phlegm and nasal congestion.
  • Oddly enough, the same concoction can be used to clear flatulence. Coriander seeds can be boiled in water to make coriander tea and mixed with honey to soothe the acidity, ease constipation, clear toxins from the body, and prevent indigestion. Its digestive benefits can be attributed to the dietary fiber found in coriander.
  • Its antioxidant properties make it excellent for preventing free radicle damage. For the same reason, coriander seeds are beneficial to skin as helps detoxify the skin and can also be used to treat fungal infections.
  • Coriander seeds and cumin seeds boiled in water and strained after cooling can be used as a diuretic; this decoction also cools down the body. It can also help lower LDL cholesterol and protect against colon cancer.
  • Coriander seeds are rich in copper, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese, and zinc. These essential minerals help in increasing red blood cell count, improving metabolism, regulating growth, enhancing sperm generation, synthesizing nucleic acids, keeping blood pressure in check, and keeping diabetes in control.
  • Coriander is also an effective antiseptic as it contains citronelol, which helps in healing mouth ulcers. It can also be used as a remedy against bad breath. Its antibacterial property helps it fight chicken pox and reduces pain caused by the pox.

Okay, So I saw all the Cilantro that goes into this and I said this has got to be good.

And It Is!

2 LB  CHICKEN  BREAST –  CUT INTO 1 ” CHUNKS

JUICE  OF I LEMON

SALT 1 TSP RED CHILI POWDER

PEANUT OIL

3 GREEN CARDAMOMS SEED

1  – 1′ STICK CINNAMON

3 CLOVES

2 LARGE ONIONS – FINLEY CHOPPED

1 GREEN CHILE – KOREAN OR SERRANO

1 TBSP FRESH GRATED GINGER

2 TBSP GARLIC – MINCED

1 LARGE BUNCH CILANTRO – CHOPPED FINE

1/2 TSP TURMERIC

1 TSP CORIANDER POWDER if you have it

1 TSP KASHMIR RED CHILE POWDER if you can get this  , it has a real nice flavor

Wash chicken and pat dry.  Cut into 1 ” chunks

mix lemon juice salt and red chile powder and toss with chicken in a large zip-lock bag

let sit 45 min.

In a deep pan or wok add 2 tsp oil . When oil is very hot add green cardamoms cinnamon and cloves. Cook for 2 min. until very fragrant

Add 3/4 onions Saute until transparent ,  add cilantro and green chili

Stir well, add turmeric, Kashmiri red chile and coriander powder , stir well. Take off heat  remove mix from pan and let cool

In same pan add a little more oil heat and add rest of onions.

Add chicken and saute for 5 min ,   add ginger and garlic and stir well

Let moisture cook off,   stir to prevent burning

Add      1/2   of   cilantro mixture to pan and stir

Add 1 cup warm water the rest of cilantro mixture and blend ( in a blender or with a whisk )

Add paste to chicken

Cover pan with a lid and cook on med until  just done. About 5-6 min.

Serve with Naan Bread or rice

Eat and Enjoy !

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One Response to “DHANIA CHICKEN – CHICKEN WITH CILANTRO”

  1. Kent Oikle August 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    My wife made this an d it was FANTASTIC, thanks Ron!!!

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