Dhaba pronounced as “Dha- bah” refers to roadside restaurants which are situated on highways. Dhaba’s are like a shed or a hut shaped building that has a center island. Underneath that center island are huge burners and huge utensils filled with local food is place over it to keep the food warm.
To welcome the city crowd they have a proper table setting with comfortable chairs an umbrellas on top to block the sun.Though they may not give you a restaurant style ambiance but their food is really really good. I traveled a lot with my dad on Delhi – Jodhpur highway and along the side of these highways are some great dhabas which are an embodiment of homely food.
REVISITED RECIPE – RECIPE IS THE SAME JUST BETTER PICTURES 🙂
Today’s recipe is pretty close to a dhaba style chicken curry. Very simple and easy to follow recipe, a great starting recipe for beginners. Chicken is sauteed in onion tomato masala and flavored with aromatic spices and that is what makes this dish is so delicious. If you don’t have onion tomato masala ready – no worries just follow the ingredient list and prepare some fresh masala. Once the onion-tomato masala is ready from there on the recipe is just assembling and boiling ingredients. The longer the gravy simmers, the smoother it will turn out to be. After adding water my gravy too thinned out but allowed it to simmer for 15 minutes and the consistency was perfect!
Like thick gravy/curry add less water and just remember if chicken curry is allowed to sit for a while, then gravy will thicken up. Can be prepared ahead of time and reheats pretty well. Enjoy it with hot Naan or Kulchas.
While you are here have a look at our other chicken recipes – Chicken keema, Keema kofta curry, Dhaba style chicken, Saag chicken, Chicken chaap, Butter chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken kebab, Kalmi Kebab, Kakori kebab , Keema samosa.