Saffron/Almond Curry, Suma's Rajma - Aloo Masala, & Sri's Sambhar

Here is a recipe I adapted from Neelam Batra's 1,000 Indian Recipes... I think this has a very simple flavor, very mild but quite tasty!


  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • one small red onion, chopped
  • 3 green chilies, chopped with seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground kalonji
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground green cardamam seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint leaves
  • black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mix together yogurt, oil, onion, green chilies, almonds, kalongi, garam masala, ginger, cardamom, and salt. Add chicken and mix well. cover and marinate 4 - 24 hours.

When ready to cook, in a small, mix the saffron and milk and set aside 30 minutes. Place the chicken and all the marinade in a non-stick skillet, cover, and cook, over medium heat, about five minutes... Stir this once or twice. Uncover, reduce heat to medium, and continue to cook, stirring every so often, until chicken is tender.

Reduce heat to low, add the saffron-milk and mint leaves. Cover again and cook another five minutes. Sprinkle black pepper on top and serve.

Now, to share another blogger's recipe that my daughter really loved... Suma's Rajma- Aloo Masala was nice and simple and reminded me of something I would have eaten as a kid, with different spices and flavors. It is one of those nice leftover recipes, that you make one day and can eat from for 2 or 3 days happily. Each day, I just made a different bread, and one day with rice and that created enough variation that we never got bored.

And, of course, I had to make my bf's sambhar... and it was so so good! Another nice recipe to have a round for a few days, which never gets boring! He had to keep asking me over and over what I thought and if I liked it... Men are boys forever and need constant reassurance ;)


Happy cook said...

And i can see idlies too there.
Looks like you are making a lot of indian food, lucky bf :-)

Cham said...

Really happy to see ur plate of sambar and rice & idli. With little pickle I am done for the day! U re a awesome cook who adapted well the spicy flavor Meeso!

luckysanjana said...

hi im new to your space. thought the saffron almond curry looked great and the idles to . you seem to be high on indian cooking.........its all about the spices.............thats why my space is called Mirchi nu tadko it means temper with chilli........

Kevin said...

That looks tasty! I like the use of the almonds!

chuck said...

I love Indian food I think is the smell even more that the flavors I like. No ... it's the flavor that I like more lol. Yummy!

Ranjani said...

the saffron almond curry looks great! I'm going to try it with some paneer this week!

Lavi said...

Meeso..Great u have tried lots of recipe's! Hope you liked it! Great Girl!

jesse said...

I am so jealous of your bf! Looks like he's getting to eat lots of yummy foods... goodness, all the pictures simply look divine!

Suma Rajesh said...

ur platter looks owesome...looks like u love indian cuisine and loving it making too..

Vcuisine said...

Lovely Meeso. The thumb print cookies are divine. Viji

AnuSriram said...

Thats a wonderful spread of indian cuisine! Lovely recipes.. The curry is catching my eyes.. I have an award waiting for u in my blog.. Pls accept!

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Happy cook... I'll make sure he sees your comment :P

~ Thanks a lot, Cham!

~ I'm glad you stopped by, luckysanjana, thanks for your comment!

~ Thanks, Kevin!

~ I know what you mean, Chuck, it fulfills all the senses! Thanks for dropping by :)

~ Thanks, Ranjani :)

~ Thanks, Lavi!

~ Thanks, Jesse... Glad you stopped by!

~ Thanks, Suma... I certainly do love it!

~ Thanks, Viji!

~ Thanks, AnuSriram!

Mandira said...

wow meeso what a variety, everything looks delicious :)

A_and_N said...

Thats a hearty meal! I also LOVED the puris next to the chicken sabzi :)

n33ma said...

Sambar looks especially delicious.
Idlis looks good too,I cant make nice looking idlis!

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Mandira!

~ Thanks, A_and_N... The puris were ok, but didn't turn out exactly how I wanted, so I left the recipe out :)

~ Thanks, n33ma, The sambhar is so good... It's my bf's mom's recipe... And about the idli's, they weren't perfect on the other side :D

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

hmm so many yummy dishes! too good!

Yasmeen said...

Very appetising plate,saffron almond is a royal combo:)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh my god!! what a lovely array of dishes....looks toooo inviting :)

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Madhu :)

~ Thanks, Yasmeen!

~ Thanks, Mahimaa... Glad you stopped by!

sriharivatsan said...

Wow Meeso, with idlys, rice, you are adopting typical indian menu's yaar..Sounds interesting..Actually am amazed by ur interest!!!! G8 dear...I have missed some posts of u due to my health condition...All look interesting and yummy...Keep up the good work buddy!!

meeso said...

~ Thanks... I hope you are ok??? I do have extreme interest in Indian food, but I really love any spicy food, like Mexican and Thai... but Indian food is my favorite!

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