Time: 40 minutes.
I only came across Chicken Tawa Fry after I came to Japan, which I then visited that particular restaurant regularly for this dish. I managed to talk with the chef on my last visit and was surprised when he told me today is the last day this restaurant is operating due to some unforeseen complications. What’s even more surprising (and exciting) is that he decided to share his recipe with me! I tried cooking several times and was finally confident enough to post it right here.
The Chicken Tawa Fry is an Indian dish, although you could also find it some restaurants in Malaysia (not that common). Like any other curry, the Tawa Fry is fragrant and spicy, thanks to the combination of Indian spices, but gives a slight fresh, sweet, sour and juicy taste from the tomatoes and lemon juice at the same time. This dish is suitable for both summer and winter, with its extraordinary stimulating taste and the warmth it provide from the variety of spices.
- 800 g chicken drumlets
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 2 small tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tbs cumin
- 1/2 tbs ground coriander
- 1/2 – 1 tbs chilli powder
- 1 tbs garam masala
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 lemon, for the juice
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 chilli / paprika, diced
- Some freshly chopped coriander
1. Heat the pan with 2 tbs of oil. Add in and fry the chicken drumlets over medium-high flame to get a slight browning colour. This process should takes around 5 minutes. Remember to always allow the chicken to return to its room temperature before cooking.
2. The chicken will start to brown and now add in the ginger garlic paste. Saute for around a minute until thoroughly mix.
3. Next, add in diced tomatoes and saute till they are soft and mushy. This process will take around 3-5 minutes.
4. Now it’s time to add in the spices. Turn the heat down to low flame. Add in coriander, cumin, turmeric, garam masala and chilli. Quickly saute these spices with the chicken to prevent burn. Season with some salt and pour in some water. Mix well and cover the lid and cook for around 12 – 15 minutes.
5. Remove the lid and squeeze in the lemon juices. Add in the sliced onions and diced chillis if you desired more stimulation in your Chicken Tawa Fry. Mix well. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for another 5 minutes.
6. Lastly, garnished with some freshly chopped coriander. Mix well and serve them onto a large plate.
And, here we go. A delicious, spicy and fresh plate of Chicken Tawa Fry is ready to for dinner! Mmmmm… mamma mia! Don’t forget to eat them with some rice!
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