Yemeni Chicken Soup
Recipe source : Queen of Sheba ~ Yemeni Recipes
This is the first time I am cooking a dish from Yemen. As I blog around for recipes, I noticed that the foods of many West Asian countries use plenty of spices which are very similar to our local Malaysian Indians and Malays. However, I have come across some ingredients which I am not familiar and I have no idea where to buy them. Thus I have to give them a skip even though they look very interesting.
This Yemeni chicken soup is very spicy, which is very different from the Chinese soup I used to boil for my family.
1/2 onion, chopped ( I used 1 whole big onion )
1/2 green chili ( I used 2 red chilli padi or bird's eye chilli )
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground pepper
3 - 4 cardamons
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt ( I used 1 1/4 tsp )
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 lbs chicken with bones ( I used 3 whole chicken drumsticks )
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp canned tomato paste ( I used 1 fresh tomato - cut into small cubes )
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into halves length-wise
5 cups water
Left: potatoes- Right: cilantro
Middle top: tomato- Middle bottom: Onion
Clockwise from top : cardamons, turmeric powder, cumin, pepper, ground coriander, red chilli padi.
Centre : garlic
- Saute onion, garlic, and green chili in oil until garlic is browned and onion translucent. Add cumin, pepper, cardamom, turmeric, coriander, and salt. Then mix thoroughly.
- Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes until the outsides are slightly browned. Add tomato cubes, cilantro, water, and potatoes. Cover and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour over medium heat, adding more water if necessary.
- NOTE: If you prefer potatoes firm, slow-cook chicken first then add potatoes at the end and cook for about 30 minutes. ( I added the potatoes and chicken together and simmer for 25 minutes only. The meat and potatoes were already tender after 25 minutes )
- Garnish with cilantro and serve.
Notice that the turmeric powder gave a lovely yellowish tinge to the potatoes and chicken
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