Chettinad recipes are always well known for its flavor through ages.And a famous menu entity in mostly all Indian restaurants.I have always had a great inclination towards this chettinad flavors.But this was something different which I have not tried/tasted in restaurants or even tried at home before.But believe me,now there are strong fans of this dish at home.Its a moderately spicy delicious dish that goes well with rice ,chapathis,appams or even dosa.We had this dish with rice.The recipe is adapted from here,do check it out & enjoy !!!
chicken 500-600gm( 1.5lb)(refer notes)
onion 1 big chopped fine
tomato 2 medium chopped
ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
curry leaves few
green chillies 2-3 chopped
whole garam masala(1" strand cinnamon,3 cardamom,2 bay leaves,3 cloves)
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
cumin powder 1/2 tsp
chilly powder 3/4 tsp
pepper crushed 2tsp
coriander powder 1 1/4 tsp
coriander leaves 3-4 sprigs chopped
oil 2 tbsp
salt to taste
-Wash the chicken several times and cut in medium sized pieces.Drain the water in a colander.Keep aside.
-Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds,crackle cumin seeds.Add the whole garam masala listed.Saute.
-Add in the onion chopped,saute till lightly browned on all sides,may take upto 5 minutes on medium flame.Add the salt lightly.Add the turmeric powder,saute.(gives a nice color & removes the raw flavor)
-Add the curry leaves,followed by green chillies chopped and the ginger -garlic paste.Saute till the raw smell disappears.
-Add the chopped tomatoes.Add all spice powders(chilly,coriander & cumin) and cook for 10 minutes on medium flame covered till the tomatoes are mashed,the sauce is thickened and cooked.The oil slightly oozes out.
-Add in the chicken and cook without water.Toss it well,Cover & cook the chicken till done on medium flame.(about 10 minutes).Chicken oozes out all moisture while cooking and makes a great sauce.
-If you wish a slightly thicker gravy,then cook uncovered for another 4-5 minutes.Add in the crushed pepper corns,and coriander leaves.Adjust salt if required.
-Serve hot with your desired staples /rice.Drizzle a pinch of crushed pepper corns !!
Servings~ 2-3 adults
* You can use boneless or with bones chicken.I have used boneless chicken thighs.
* You can even add pepper powder instead of crushed pepper corns but the crushed pepper corns brings out the exact flavor.
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