The Indian style Chicken Masala is a spicy chicken dish that pairs well with roti or rice, and can be served with salad and raita. Slow frying is the best option, else the chicken might overcook, fall off the bones, and into the gravy. This is an easy recipe for beginners to try, and requires chicken, onion, salt, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, ginger paste, coriander powder, water, cumin powder, garam masala, ghee, mustard oil, tomato, coriander leaves, bay leaf, cardamom, garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, green chillies, and methi powder.
The masala in the dish is an amalgamation of several different spices and powders Indians have long employed in cooking. They also come with several health benefits. Cardamom has antioxidants that prevent chronic diseases, anti-inflammatory properties that prevent cell damage, and is known to prevent cavities, freshen breath, and improve oral health. Cinnamon reduces cholesterol levels, is high in antioxidants that help build the immune system and fight infections, and reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Coriander has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties which lower blood pressure, regulate the blood sugar level and manage cholesterol levels. Cumin is a traditional medicine that aids digestion, reduces infections from foods, and manages blood sugar levels. Ginger reduces inflammation and pain, aids digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, and improves heart health. And turmeric, besides being known for its bright colour, has anti-inflammatory properties, could prevent heart disease, and boosts brain function, especially showing benefits against depression, through boosting neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
So the Chicken Masala, besides being an easy and delicious dish, is also rife with masalas full of healthful properties.