Friday, January 15, 2010
Tovuqli Chihambil (Chicken stemed with onion)
"Tovuqli chihambil" is favorite dish in Khorezm region, "Chihambil" is prepared with, chicken and with meat (lamb or beef). It is mostly served on holidays and weddings. The important ingredient is onion. The quantity of meat and onion must be same, for example if you take 1 kg of meat, you must take 1 kg of onion. Onions can be different, bulb onions or shallots. Important that they must be juicy.
80 gr of vegetable oil
1 kg of chicken, cut in medium sized pieces
1 kg of onions, peeled and halved, then sliced in halve circles
Salt to taste
1 tbsp of cumin seeds
1 tbsp of ground coriander
Some fresh chopped coriander leaves
Take your crock pot, pour in oil, place in meat. Mash onions with hands and then layer onto the meat evenly. Close the lid of the crock pot and put in on a low heat (not on very low, but lower than medium). Now you can leave it for an hour:) After an hour, open the lid, sprinkle salt and spices, you will see how onions will give their juice. Cover the lid and continue to cook for 30 min more. But if you see that chicken is ready and onions are finely mashed to puree, then your meal is ready! You will love the taste of this soft and juicy chicken! Eat it with your favorite bread, as it is good with onions. YUM!