November 19, 2012

Murg Saagwala / Chicken in Creamy Spinach Gravy


Yes, I am back with another spinach recipe and like some of you might have guessed already, I had bought this enormous bag of spinach leaves that I just had to use up before the expiry/wilt date :) Well, on the first day we had a spinach salad drizzled with a ranch dressing, the next day we had Spinach Raita and then I prepared this really yummy Murg Saagwala which is my daughters favorite chicken dish. When I saw her enjoy this it gave me immense pleasure not only owing to the fact that she was appreciating something that I cooked but especially because I knew that she was eating something healthy and nutritious :) 



I made this dish during the weekend and I was really glad about it because of 2 reasons- One, the weather was just sunny and outstanding and secondly, my husband was ready to lend his hand (literally) for one of my clicks. I really love experimenting on photographs with a human touch to them instead of regular staged photos. 


Now regarding the name of the dish - Murg Saagwala – Murg means chicken and Saagwala means green leaves-based dish. The chicken pieces are first marinated in a blend of spices and lemon juice and then cooked and browned after which they are dunked into a luscious thick, flavorful and creamy spinach sauce. This is a really delicious dish and I think anyone who loves Palak Paneer would surely enjoy this. 

Serves 6-8
Ingredients 

Marinade for chicken 
2 .5 lb. – Chicken pieces (I used chicken breast)
1 Tbsp - Lemon Juice
2 Tsp - Chilly powder
1/2 Tsp – Turmeric powder
2 Tsp – Coriander powder
1/4 Tsp – Saunf(Fennel seeds )powder
1 Tsp – Pepper
½ Tsp  - Cumin Powder
¾ Tsp – Garam Masala
Salt to taste

Ghee/Oil

Ingredients for Gravy
12oz / 35ogm – Fresh Spinach
1 Tbsp - Garlic, grated
2 - Tomato
2 Cup (approx 2) - Onions
1/2 Cup - Cilantro
1 1/2 Cup - Hot Milk (Refer Notes)
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp - Ghee/Oil
1 Tbsp – Kasoori Methi

Directions 
For the chicken 

  • Marinate the chicken pieces in the spices mentioned above and set it aside for a minimum 2 hours. 
  • Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the chicken pieces to it; cook it through until lightly browned 
  • Take the chicken pieces out and set aside to rest 


For the Spinach Gravy 

  • Heat some ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan; add the chopped onions and saute mixture until it turn translucent 
  • Add the garlic and tomatoes; sauté until the tomatoes are really soft and mushy. 
  • Mix in the chopped spinach leaves and let it sweat. Do not overcook 
  • Once the spinach cooks take it out of the heat and allow to cool. 
  • Transfer the spinach along with ½ cup chopped coriander leaves to a blender or food processor and pulse to make a smooth spinach puree. 
  • Return the pureed spinach to the pan and add the chicken pieces along with the hot milk. 
  • Take 1 tablespoon of kasoori methi in between your palms and rub them with your hands to crush them. Add the powder to the dish 
  • Cook for 5 minutes and serve hot 

Notes and Tips 

  • Over cooking the spinach will kill the bright green color 
  • Cooking the spinach sauce with ghee makes a remarkable difference so I highly recommend this 
  • Heat the milk before adding it to the dish to avoid curdling 
  • To make a rich sauce you can substitute 1.5 Cup Milk with 1 cup Milk and ½ Cup Heavy Cream. 

18 comments :

  1. very nice recipe...just a doubt...is saag and palak the same?which is spinach?It's always confusing for me.

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  2. delicious recipe & love that vibrant green color of the gravy..good one & royal presentation!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  3. A fabulous dish! I love spinach and chicken, but have never tried that dish. I'll soon have to remediate to that situation. ;-P

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Just loved your presentation Shema..Too good. Have always wanted to try this combination but never did. Love the colour. Keep rocking!

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  5. Shabs, Saag is a leaf-based and can be made from spinach, mustard leaves, finely chopped broccoli, or other greens

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  6. This is soo tempting Sheema, I also like the flavour of kasoori methi n spinach together!

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  7. I like the kadai :)...the dish looks yummy.

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  8. OMG! that looks insanely yummy!!

    xxNeelu

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  9. luv ur chicken and golden cutlery too ;-)

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  10. Nice combination. Will be a nice chicken dinner to add to my line-up, thanks!

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  11. I just wish we can get together and cook! Looks wonderful and very tasty!

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  12. Tempting and delicious saag chicken....yum..

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  13. Awesome...we tried this today...my son who never eats spinach is asking for more....breakthru indeed...thx shema....

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  14. Thx shema...my son who has never liked spinach is asing for more ---:).....

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Thanks a bunch,
Shema

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