An absolute favorite when I’m fired up, Changezi is a gravy that is cooked with tomato, ginger, garlic, onions, red chilies, fresh cilantro, spices, and plenty of butter, with spicy flavor and richly red in color. Its roots are Punjabi and its name possibly connected to (Changez) Genghis Khan, though we can only guess how or why. Sure, the Mughals were descended from a sect of Mongols going back a few centuries or maybe the dish’s bright red hue and strong spice profile is meant to evoke a ruthless conqueror with a red-hot temper! Oops, that’s me to the T. Seems a bit of a stretch, we know. But all you need to know is: It’s absolutely delicious.
Ingredients - How to make Changezi Gravy Recipe1/4 cup Almond Powder or coconut powder1 tsp poppy seeds (optional)1 large Onion chopped2 large tomato3 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter) or oil2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste2 tbsp Red paprika powder1/4 tsp Black Pepper powder1 tsp turmeric powder2 tbsp Coriander powder2 tbsp Dried Fenugreek LeavesChopped Fresh Cilantro leaves1 tbsp Garam masala powder1 tbsp Chaat Masala2 tbsp Coconut cream or heavy creamWhole Garam Masala Spices
Saffron in milk (optional)Salt to taste
Method (Original recipe, if you can get all the ingredients )
Place the coriander seeds, salt and peppercorns into a pestle and mortar and crush. Then add the roughly chopped turmeric, ginger and garlic and pound to create an aromatic paste.
Heat ghee in a pan and add the cloves, cardamom, cassia and the dried red chilies and fry for a few minutes until olfactory sensation is ensconced.
Add the minced onions and fry gently on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, pour in the mixture from the mortar, cook until onions just begin to brown add red chili powder, garam masala powder and fenugreek leaves.
Pour in the creamed coconut, with the ground almonds and poppy seeds, then stir to thicken.
Pour in the saffron milk for added decadence and remove the pan from the heat.
Add the chaat masala and fresh cilantro. You can also add lemon juice for added freshness, when serving.
With this a delicious gravy you can now use it over grilled chicken, meatballs or even veggies, another very versatile sauce.