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Reshmi Kabab

The name says it all. Reshmi kabab (kebab) is the ultimate delight in the kebab category due to its incredible melt-in-the-mouth softness (and hence the name reshmi). I came across the idea of making this through this website but I must admit it was a failure. I knew it would be disappointing because the recipe was something that reminded me strongly of Tandoori chicken, but the almonds kept me going because I really didn’t want to believe that an about.com recipe would fail, but it did. It was far from the silken soft texture that this dish is all about. So I was looking up at other websites for a solution. I looked here and here and here and I knew one thing was common. It was the cream used instead of the yoghurt. I was not sure if the heavy cream would work so well. But then this wonderful thing happened. Also I played a little with the spices to get it accurate. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Note: It takes 24 hours to marinate so make sure you start one day before you want to serve.

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Ingredients

For four-six

For the kebab

Boneless chicken – 1kg, cut into 2 inch cubesHeavy cream – ½ cupGarlic paste – 2 tablespoonGinger paste – 1 tablespoonAlmonds – ½ cupCoriander leaves/cilantro – ½ cup (optional)Coriander powder – 1 teaspoonCumin powder – 1 teaspoonWhite pepper – ½ teaspoonOnion – 1, finely choppedLemon/lime – 1, juicedSunflower oil – 2 tablespoonSalt – to taste

For the dip

Mint leaves – ¼ cupCoriander leaves/cilantro – ¼ cupYoghurt – 2 tablespoonSalt – to tasteSugar – no more than a pinch (optional)

Method

For the kebabs

Keep the almonds soaked in warm water for 15-20 minutes and then skin them.Put the almonds in a blender and make into a paste. Add everything else except the chicken, the cream and the oil and blend well.Add  the cream and blend well with hand, just long enough to have a uniform mixture.Take it out in a non-metallic bowl and add the chicken.Coat each piece well and transfer in an air-tight container or cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate. If the weather is cold enough, there’s no need put it in the fridge, of course or it will take forever to come to the room temperature, to make it ready to be cooked. Marinate for 24 hours.Take it out of the fridge at least 1 hour prior to cooking.Grease the grilling rack and skewers (if you are using them) with the oil.Arrange the pieces on the grill or thread them into the skewers if you’re using them and then grill until the chicken are cooked through occasionally brushing oil on the chicken. Use a fork to test the chicken if they’re cooked thoroughly.

For the sauce

As you’re grilling, blend the mint and the coriander leaves into a paste using a food processor.Add the yoghurt and salt in it and blend again.Pour it out on a little sauce dish.

Serve the kebabs with the sauce. This is best enjoyed with naans.

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