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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kerala Style Chicken Stew | Nadan Chicken Ishtu | Chicken Vellakari

Chicken is a rich source of animal protein and among non vegeatrians,its an important meat eaten mostly by all.Chicken recipes are endless and all are tasty versions.Chicken stew is one such recipe which Christians devour mainly with appams. Chicken stew or ishtu is a thick curry in coconut sauce and the main spicing agent is pepper powder and green chillies. Potatoes are added into it and it usually has a creamy colour. Its also known as 'chicken vellakarri' by its appearance.The curry goes perfect with appams however I have tried the combination successfully with puttu and chapathis too. Each keralite family has a different version of their ishtu/stew and this is how my mom makes it. I have followed her recipe word to word and love that. You can add other vegetables like beans and carrot cubed along with potato for a slightly different version. Do give this a try !!!

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 4
chicken boneless/with bones 400g
potato 1 peeled n cubed
green chillies 4-5
ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
onion 1 small chopped
turmeric powder 1/2tsp(optional)
pepper powder 1 tbsp
coriander powder 1 1/2tsp
garam masala 1 tsp
fennel seeds 1/2 tsp(optional)
thin coconut milk 1 cup
thick coconut milk 1/2 cup
oil 4 tsp

  • Wash,clean and rinse the chicken,drain the chicken in a colander,keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and  splutter fennel seeds(optional).
  • Saute onion till light brown,add the ginger garlic paste, saute.
  • Add the green chillies,curry leaves and saute about a minute till raw smell disappears. Add the pepper powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder,garam masala and salt.
  • Add the cubed potatoes and chicken (you may use other vegetables like beans and carrot too here).
  • Add the thin coconut milk.Cover and cook covered for 10-15minutes till chicken is tender and potatoes are cooked. Mash the potatoes 2 or 3 pieces to add thickness to the gravy.
  • When the gravy starts to thicken then add the thick coconut milk on low flame ,heat for 1 minute.(Don't boil after adding the thick coconut milk)
  • Chicken stew is ready to serve with appams or even chapatis.

* You can add fennel powder instead of fennel seeds.You can omit adding turmeric powder if you wish a creamy white color.
* I usually use canned coconut milk.For making thin coconut milk,I add 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk and fill the rest of the cup with water to make 1 cup.
* You can even add plain milk instead of coconut milk,tastes good.
* You may use other vegetables like beans and carrot along with cubed potatoes.


Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious stew,perfect with appam..makes me hungry

Umm Mymoonah said... Best Blogger Tips

I adore these kerala style recipe, specially the coconut flavour, all your recipes looks yumm.

Nitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Stew adipoli tto.. I love it with anything :)

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Great looking soup dear. Must have tasted very comforting.

Hamaree Rasoi

Reva said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy chicken dish... I love the spicy masala flavourings:) Makes a delicious dish for dinner :) Love to have the whole bowl..

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very delicious !! loved it !!

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

stew looks so inviting n love your recipe made me hungry now :)

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious n lovely chicken stew..looks great, will love to have with appams..had it long back..!!

Thanx a lot for sending 3 lovely entries for myevent. Great job dear.Hope to see more recipes from u:)


Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

Tried ur duet ice cream yesterday..with banana n strawberry :)..came out really hubby n son liked it a lot :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@ Sobha : Thanx for trying the recipe of Duet Ice cream..glad to see that you enjoyed!!

Rose from Magpies Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for following my blog Julie :) Nice to meet you and your's too! You should come join us over at The Kerala Kitchen, our monthly Kerala cooking event :)

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy and tasty looking stew...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli chicken to have it with appam..sherikum kothiyavunu :)

Indian Khana said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so gud ...reminds me of thai green curry

Shireen said... Best Blogger Tips

Chicken Stew has always been my favourite! Love it with appams for a wonderful breakfast!! We make it the same way, yours looks lovely!

JishasKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..chicken stew ende fav aanu,,,appam vum chicken stewum undengil plate eppom khaali aayi ennu nokkiyal mathi....very delicious and tempting..

saleena said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!!!That's one interesting chicken stew......Very lovely recipe.....