[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

This recipe is my idea of comfort food. It's ticks all the boxes that are needed to bring a warm smile on your face and a satisfied, slightly stuffed feeling in your belly.

First, it's fried. Secondly, it's spiced just right. And thirdly, well, it's fried.

The marinade is a bright green paste of coriander leaves, green chillis and garlic, among other things; that makes it a delicious variation of the old classic fried chicken. It's not a dish that you would find on Indian restaurant menus. This is home-cooking at its delicious best. Eat it as a starter, or as leftovers all rolled up inside Indian flatbread for a quick lunch, or serve it sizzling off the pan with a good glass of wine.

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her newly-married husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.


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