Pudina chicken

Pudina chicken is Mint chicken ,that is preparation made with the mint leaves.This is the same gravy from my chicken dum biryani.This dish goes well with roti,chapathi or rice.Mint or Pudina is one of the oldest herbs grown in India and it has lot of medicinal benefits.It has a nice flavor and a subtle aroma.Mint is a very good cleanser for the blood.Coming back to the dish I prepared this dish on my daughter s demand yesterday for the children's day.

Ingredients for the gravy:
Chicken -1 ½ kg
Poppy seeds-1 tsp
Coriander seeds-3 tbsp
Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp
Cinnamon-1/2 “
Coriander leaves- 2 cups (use only leaves)
Mint leaves-2 cups(use only leaves)
Green chillies-20 (slit)
Tomatoes-4 (chopped)
Ghee -3tbsp

To be ground into paste separately:
Almonds-1/2 cup
Cashews-1/2 cup

Method for the gravy:
1)Grind the ingredients from poppy seeds to cardamom.
2)In a pan ,add ghee and fry the onions till little pinkish in color.
3)Then add mint leaves and coriander leaves and saute for 3-4 minutes.
4)Add green chillies and saute for 3-4 minutes
5)Add the ground masala and  fry for sometime.
6)Next add tomatoes,turmeric pd,chicken and salt to taste.
7)I add very little water only if required because chicken releases water.
8)Take a boil and simmer it and cook till done.
9)Lastly add cashew and almond paste and take a small boil.
10)The gravy should be thick and dry.
11)Once it is cooked 3/4th  cooked higher the flame.