Coriander Chicken Drumsticks: An Onionless Recipe

Looks Great, Right ?
Looks Great, Right ?

Bongs (slang for Bengali) can’t think of (read don’t appreciate) any chicken recipe that doesn’t include onions and ginger. The Bengali tongues have developed a sort of a muscle memory that makes us believe a good chicken dish can only be cooked with onions and we’re no exceptions. Yet, on a weeknight when we realized our this week’s grocery shopping hasn’t been impeccable as a result of which not a single onion was left in the pantry. It was late in the evening and none of us wanted to make another trip to the store after a tiring day’s work. Hence, we decided to try going onionless this week and came up with this recipe. Necessity is indeed the Mother of Invention!


  • 8 chicken drummies, trimmed off the fat
  • 5-6 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoonfuls of whole coriander seeds
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • Whiskey¬†for an adult-only recipe¬†(yes, we’re still hung over from the prawn dish)
  • 1 tablespoonfuls of each of turmeric and red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro


  • Dry roast the whole coriander seeds in a skillet and grind them to a coarse powder in a dry grinder.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet and add grated garlic to it.
  • Add the chicken drummies and stir-fry with turmeric, red chili powder and salt.
  • Coat the drummies with the half of the freshly ground coriander powder and sautee until the drummies turn golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they get tender.
  • Add some whiskey (I’ll leave the amount entirely up to your discretion, depending on who’s tasting the dish).
  • Cover the skillet and let it cook at low heat for 25-30 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro, the remaining half of coriander powder and dive into the dish.

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Born and raised in Kolkata, the Indian City of Joy, I immigrated to the United States as a graduate student in 2005. I now live in Danville, California with my husband, two gigantic German Shepherd puppies and a bunch of Discus fish. An engineer and MBA by background, a marketing designer by profession, a voracious reader and a compulsive movie addict by hobby, I can't stop talking about interesting, exciting, intriguing and inspiring stuff I stumble up on.

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