Have also used dried lemon which is called Loomi a must in most of UAE cooking. Forgot to click a pic, but this is just simple, dried a lemon, in the sun for 3 days, then just cut it into half, added this to the stew, this too gave a flavor to the stew.
Try this and you too will love it. I have made this Bezar Spice Mix at home. Check here for the recipe.
500 Grams Chicken - cut into 8 pieces
1 Medium Onion - finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom powder
2 Potatoes - cut into big cubes
1 Carrot - cut thickly
3 Tomatoes - blended
1.1/2 Tablespoons Bezar Spice Mix
2 Tablespoons Coriander leaves - finely chopped
6-8 Cups Water
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon powder
1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom powder
1 Dried Lemon / Loomi - cut into halfSalt to taste
In a large pot heat oil, saute onion until, lightly golden. Add bezar spice, chicken, saute till its turns pink to white . Now add ginger garlic paste, saute again till chicken is lightly brown, then add the salt, lemon juice, cardamon powder and half the quantity of tomato paste and fry again for 3 minutes. Add the potatoes and carrot, saute for a minute. Add the remaining tomato paste, salt, loomi, 5 - 6 cups of water, cook till chicken and potatoes are done on low flame. Add chopped coriander and serve with bread. Enjoy this delicious stew !!
Stew looks watery when just made, as it cools a little it will thicken. If you still feel its watery, just mash a piece of potato from the stew and mix it, it will thicken.
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