Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chicken Ka Kheema (Minced Chicken with Peas)

This most easy minced chicken recipe is one of the tastiest. Serve Chicken Ka Kheema with hot Parathas (Pan-fried Indian flatbread).

  • 1 pound minced chicken
  • 1 Cup Green Peas
  • ½ cup crushed tomato
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tsp Garlic grated
  • 1 medium Onion finely sliced
  • 2 Green Chilies finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp shahjeera
  • ½ tsp Red Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Chicken curry powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
  • 1 boiled egg
  • Heat oil in a thick-bottomed pan and add bay leaf and Caraway Seeds. Fry till they turn slightly darker. Add onion and fry till lightly browned.
  • Add ginger, garlic, green chilies, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, chicken curry powder and crushed tomato. Fry till oil separates out.
  • Add minced chicken and stir-fry breaking up any lumps if formed.
  • Now add peas and salt. Simmer covered on low heat till minced chicken and peas are cooked well. If there is any water left dry it before serving by continuing to fry without any lid.
  • Mix lemon juice, garnish with boiled egg and coriander leaves.
  • Serve with Paratha (Pan-fried Indian flatbread).

Do You Know?

The fluctuation of leptin hormone (a hormone which regulates energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism.) and ghrelin hormone (a hormone which stimulates hunger) levels results in the motivation of an organism to consume food.

When an organism eats, adipocytes (cells which store fats in them) trigger the release of leptin into the body. Increasing levels of leptin results in a reduction of one's motivation to eat. After hours of non-consumption, leptin levels drop significantly. These low levels of leptin cause the release of secondary hormone, ghrelin, which in turn reinitiates the feeling of hunger.

Some studies have suggested that an increased production of ghrelin may enhance appetite evoked by the sight of food, while an increase in stress may also influence the hormone's production.

These findings may help to explain why hunger can prevail even in stressful situations.


Admin said...

Slightly confused as you mention using shahjeera which is cumin but then in the method say about caraway seeds which I cannot see in your recipe list, no matter I will use cumin and see how it turns out. Thanks

Nidhi Raizada said...

I am sorry for the confusion...actually Caraway Seed is Persian cumin and Shahjeera is Black cumin....both belong to same family. I prefer Shahjeera in my dishes.