Murgh Nizami Tikka

Murgh Nizami Tikka

From the land of the Nizams

Be it jewels, costumes or cuisine, the Nizams of Hyderabad did everything with a touch of grandeur and royalty. Hyderabadi food is famous for its multi-layered flavours and ‘zaayka’. Tender chicken bits are cooked in the Nizami style and enveloped in a flurry of aromatic masalas to create these tikkas that tantalize the palate and please to perfection!

 

Ingredients:

  • 750 gm boneless chicken pieces cut into large chunks
  • 6 tbsp Verka Ghee
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 piece of cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp each of peanut, ‘magaz’, ‘khus khus’, and sesame seeds (til)
  • 2/3 tsp each of garam masala and haldi
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup Verka Dahi
  • 4 tbsp grated fresh coconut (or 3 tbsp desiccated coconut)
  • 1½-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp chopped mint leaves

 

Method:

  • Coarsely grind the ‘khus khus’, magaz’, peanuts, and sesame seeds.
  • Heat Verka Ghee in a heavy pan and splutter the cinnamon and bay leaf.
  • Add the onions and saute till brown. Then add the ginger-garlic paste, salt, and haldi. Cook briefly.
  • Add the crushed seeds and peanuts along with the Verka Dahi and coconut. Cook on a high flame stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken pieces, cover the lid and cook until tender. Add a splash of water if necessary.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of garam masala, mint leaves, and lemon juice.

 

Note: For a fiery version, slit green chillies can be added along with the crushed seeds. For a more royal touch, soak some saffron in a warm milk and add towards the end of the cooking process. Fried cashew nuts add an extra flavour and eye appeal.