Dry roast the garam masala (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves) and other spices (peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds) individually ,at a time on medium low heat until you get a nice aroma.
For preparing the masala, you need to follow this sequence. Firstly, make a fine powder of the ingredients of garam masala (ie. the roasted cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaves) in a blender. Next to it, add the roasted peppercorn, cumin seeds and coriander seeds, blend well. Lastly, add the ginger pieces and garlic cloves and blend all together to make a fine paste.
In a non-stick pan, heat a tbsp of oil, add the mustard seeds, when it starts to sputter, add the whole red chilies and curry leaves, next add the chopped onions with a pinch of salt (by adding salt helps to cook the onions quickly), let cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it starts to turn brown.
Next, add the turmeric powder and red chili powder and let cook for a minute or so, until the raw smell of the turmeric vanishes.
Next add the masala paste to it and let cook by constant stirring for another minute until you get a nice aroma.
Lastly add the chopped tomatoes and let cook covered on medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes until the tomatoes turn soft and the spices are cooked properly.
Next, add the chicken cubes , salt, as required, mix well with the cooked spices , cover and cook on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until the chicken is half cooked.
Lastly add the scallops and let cook covered for another 7 to 8 minutes.Before removing from heat add the chopped coriander leaves , sprinkle a tbsp of lemon juice.
Ingredients: 1 lbs of chicken (with bones), cubed into small pieces
0.5 lbs of scallops
1 cup of red onion, chopped
1/2 cup of yellow onion, chopped
1 cup of tomato, chopped
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp red chili powder, adjust heat level according to your taste
1 tbsp turmeric powder
2 whole red chilies
10 to 12 curry leaves
a bunch of coriander leaves, chopped
1 tbsp of lemon juice
Salt to taste
Oil as required
Ingredients for masala to grind:
2, 1 piece of cinnamon
3 to 4 green cardamom
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp peppercorns
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
3 to 4 large garlic cloves
1 piece of ginger