Mughlai Chicken Curry

8 medium sized pieces (about 800 grams) of chicken
2 tablespoon(s) yoghurt
2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee) / butter / oil
4 medium onions finely chopped
1 teaspoon(s) hot spice mix (garam masala) powder
2 bay leaves
salt to taste
finely chopped fresh coriander leaves to garnish

Masala
½ teaspoon(s) turmeric powder
2 tablespoon(s) cashewnut bits soaked in some water
4 whole dry red chillies roasted
1 tablespoon(s) each of poppy and cumin seeds roasted
½ teaspoon(s) nutmeg grated
1 teaspoon(s) blade of mace
1 teaspoon(s) each of red chilli powder and black peppercorns
1″ piece cinnamon broken
2 cloves
2 green cardamom(s) pounded
Fry a small portion of the chopped onions in a little hot clarified butter (ghee)/ butter / oil till they are well browned. Let it cool and grind it along with the ingredients to be ground to a fine paste. Mix this paste with the yoghurt, rub it onto the chicken pieces and marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator.
Heat the clarified butter (ghee) / butter / oil in a heavy bottomed pan till hot. Add the bay leaves and fry for a few seconds. Add the remaining chopped onions and saute on medium level for about 3 minute(s) or till the onions are light brown in color.
Add the chicken pieces , hot spice mix and salt to taste. Cover and cook on low level for about 25 minutes or till the chicken is fully cooked.

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