• 1 1/2 pounds of chicken; cut into 1-inch cubes (may substitute lamb or shrimp)
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil; for marinade
  • 5 cloves garlic; minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Fresh red chilies; julienned
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup green onions; sliced
  • 4 tablespoon (1/4 cup) mustard oil (for cooking)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large bowl combine chicken, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon of mustard oil, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper. Toss well to coat thoroughly.
  • Marinate chicken for two at least two hours.
  • In a non-stick pan warm 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of mustard oil over medium-high heat. Saute fenugreek seeds in the oil until they turn dark. Add cloves and saute for an additional 15 seconds.
  • Transfer the coated chicken to the pan, stir well, and brown over medium-high heat.
  • Add garlic, ginger and red chilies to the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Stir-fry chicken until cooked through. Add water to moisten, if necessary.
  • Add green peas, green onions, and cinnamon, and stir for two minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drain off any excess oil. Serve with stir-fried vegetables and rice or Roti.
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