Indian Coriander Pesto Chicken... an 'adapted' recipe

Let me assure you that there will be no 3 Idiots like controversy here. The opening credits for this recipe goes to Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cook Book. All the way from USA.

I was looking for something new to make with chicken. It had to be non spicy as our throats were down. That's when Bong Mom put up her husband's dhone paate (coriander) chicken from the early days of their marriage. It seemed to fit the bill.

Here's the original recipe.

And here's my adapted version... I call it 'pesto' because of the ground coriander which forms the base of the dish.

  • Take 750 g chicken and marinate it in 2 tablespoons of curd, 1 tablespoon each of coriander (dhaniya) powder, cumin (jeera) powder and turmeric powder and a teaspoon of sugar

  • Make the coriander 'pesto' by grinding a big bunch of coriander/ dhaniya/ cilantro along with an inch piece of ginger and 3,4 cloves of garlic and half a cup of water

The main dish

  • Heat two tablespoons of cooking oil in a pressure cooker
  • Add a tablespoon of white jeera/ whole cumin to this as the oil heats up
  • Add one finely chopped onion and stir till the onion becomes translucent
  • Add a tablespoon each of garlic and ginger paste. Stir till the paste darkens
  • Add one finely chopped tomato and stir
  • Add the chicken mix once the tomato goes soft and stir till the chicken begins to harden
  • Add the coriander pesto and a tablespoon of salt
  • Stir for two minutes
  • Close the cooker and put the flame on high
  • Wait for 3 whistles
  • Reduced the flame and let it cook for ten minutes
  • The dish is done ....

I had it with rotis the first day and rice the next day. Both worked well. You can spice it up by adding green chillies while making the pest mix. It tasted quite well flavoured and was fairly light.

And here, for the first time on Finely Chopped, is Banu. Cooking this dish as per my instructions ...


That is a neat idea. Never made Indian style pesto chicken...
Bong Mom said…
But Kalyan, please please try the "paanch phoron" next time unless Banu is averse to it :). What a beautiful aroma it lends.
Also try to put in two fistfuls of chopped coriander before you put on the pressure cooker lid.

I like the "pesto" name :) Watched and loved 3 Idiots, didn't know there was a controversy
Ushnish Ghosh said…
Dear Kalyan
You have done a great job indeed..I am going to cook sandeepa's recipe soon when chicken is due. ( Chicken is generally not welcome in my kitchen) and then I will try your variation. I dcan bet both recipes are awesome but will have very diff aroma.
Have a nice week ahead
Bong Mom said…
Didn't know you liked fried onions in your roll :-) Have linked your Hangla Roll post in my recent egg roll post. Do suggest other roll centers of your choice in Kolkata and Mumbai in my post
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Hey Somoo...thanks, just a clever play on words ;)

Sandeepa, must say that Banu is not too polemic on paanch phoron. I am the culprit. I have used paanch phoron once with a Dhakai chicken cookme mix. But am not too comfortable with kaloo jeere and meat. Next time perhaps. I skipped the whole dhone pata part as I wondered if it would gel in. But we won't know till we try will we?

Loved the egg roll post. Flooded me with memories. very well written. I flooded the comment box though :)

Thanks Ushnishda. Love your war aginst chicken. nothing like red meat to shock awe. Unfortuntately red meat gets as much bad press as W though.

So, ironically, white meat is the Obama of the food world
nice recipe I will try sometime..but why use p..cooker...???it can be easily made in anyoter..vessel