|7||whole||dried red chiles||*|
|1||inch||ginger root||fresh, peeled and chopped*|
|10||each||garlic cloves||papers removed|
|1||pound||chicken breasts||boneless, skinless, cut into strips|
|1||pound||shrimp, raw||large, peeled and deveined, tails removed*|
In dry, non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, toast all the spices, except the kosher salt, for about 3-5 minutes to bring out their flavors; set aside to cool.
Heat half the vegetable oil in a large skillet, add onion and saute over medium heat until just turning brown.
Remove onion and place in food processor.
Add the chiles to the processor with the toasted spices, garlic cloves, salt, vinegar, tomato paste and about 4-5 Tbs. water. Work until completely smooth.
Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the same large skillet; add the chicken strips and saute over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and spice mixture and cook for a few minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
Turn down heat to low; cover and cook very gently for about 20 minutes or until chicken is very tender. Add a bit more water if sauce reduces too much.
Uncover and add the shrimp; cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook an additional 3 minutes or until the shrimp are just cooked through.
Serve hot over basmati or jasmine rice with mint chutney and warm nan on the side, if desired.
First published: 2010-02-13 last updated: 2014-12-16
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