Gavthi, or village chicken curry, uses lean chicken that's bathed in a delicious mix of spices and chilli. The bony nature of the bird imparts a rich, gamy taste to the gravy.
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Keema, a mixture of ground meat with seasonings, is a dynamic dish, but usually requires too many ingredients. So I'm glad I found this version from Madhur Jaffrey's From Curries to Kebabs. The dish doesn't require much, can be completed in about 30 minutes, and comes out homey and satisfying instead of bracing and spicy. And it's probably the best use for ground chicken that I've ever found.
The restaurant Chả Cá La Vong in Hanoi makes the definitive bowl of Chả Cá, but everywhere we went in Hanoi, there were noodle joints serving their unique version of the dish. The major elements of the dish were as follows: a white-fleshed fish like catfish or snakehead seasoned with turmeric, seared, with plenty of dill and green onions on top; a bed of rice noodles; roasted peanuts; and an assortment of herbaceous greens.