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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Nadan Kozhi Mappas | Kerala Style Chicken Mappas (Pressure Cooker Method) ~ Step by Step Pics

If you ask me, what pairs best with the lace appams or paalappam ?? I would blindly say appam tastes best with mappas or kerala style stew made with chicken or beef or mutton. Kerala style chicken stew is a a little different than chicken mappas. The basic differences that I understood between the two is that mappas has chilly powder(very small amount) and a tomato / vinegar is added for a tangy effect which is absent in stew; correct me if am wrong. Stew is generally spiced with green chillies and pepper corns. No red chilly powder is used in stew and you may add vegetables like beans and carrot to stew.

Mappas has been a frequent entity at home with either chicken, beef or mutton. and so I never felt the need of taking a picture.This is one of the fastest way that you can prepare mappas in a pressure cooker and is generally ready by the time you finish making appams on the other stove. You can use fresh or canned coconut milk to make the gravy. I have used freshly grated coconut. The marination in mappas making is optional but I like marinating the broiler chicken overnight so that the chicken absorbs the flavors. Kids go mad over this breakfast, do give this a try if you loved this too!!


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Preparation time~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Serves ~ 5-6 people
Author ~ Julie
for marination (optional)
*chicken 500 gms
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
chilly powder 1/4 tsp
salt lightly

for gravy
onion/ savala medium sized 1 big sliced
ginger- garlic paste 2tbsp
green chillies 3-4 vertical slit
tomato 1 medium sized
potato 2 cubed 
pepper powder / kurumulaku podi 1tbsp
chilly powder 1/4 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
coriander powder 4 tsp
garam masala 1/2 tsp
whole spices - cinnamon 1 ", cardamom 2, cloves -3, pepper corn 1/2 tbsp
salt to taste
oil 2 tbsp
curry leaves 2 sprig

Wash the chicken under running water till water runs clear and drain all water in a sieve, keep aside. The marination is optional and if you don't do this step remember to add these spices to the spices listed below in the gravy. I marinate the chicken with the spices listed overnight.
In a pressure cooker, add the oil. To this add the whole spices, then add in ginger- garlic paste. Saute until a nice aroma wafts of ginger and garlic. Then add in the sliced onion, green chillies, curry leaves a sprig and saute until lightly browned, add a pinch of salt to fasten the process.
Then add the spices on low flame one by one starting from turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilly powder, pepper powder and garam masala, saute. Finally toss in the chopped tomatoes. 

Add in marinated chicken pieces along with cubed potato and saute till its combined well. To this add the thin coconut milk. Add salt as needed, bring the mix to a boil and close the pressure cooker with lid. Cook for two whistles on high flame and switch off. Wait till pressure is released, open the cooker and if you feel the gravy is watery, just mash 2-3 pieces of cooked potato and the rest will be taken care once thick coconut milk is added. 

Switch on stove and place the cooker on low flame, add in the thick coconut milk and check salt if needed. Just wait till one or two bubbles pop at the surface of the gravy, switch off else coconut milk may curdle. Add more curry leaves and close with lid for another 10 minutes before serving with lace appam (paalappam)

* You can use chicken with bones, boneless but use skinless with a little fat.I prefer chicken with bones with a little fat.
* Use canned coconut milk if using, dilute and make thin coconut milk. I have used fresh coconut milk here.
* Add a big tomato if you like the tangy flavor dominant but I generally add a small one just to feel the light tangy effect.
* Refer this recipe here to learn to make homemade coconut milk from scratch.

* Chicken Stew


Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Will definetely try...looks Yummy

Angie's Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

The gravy seems really great! I would lick the whole bowl clean :-)

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy curry, my favorite combo, appam and chicken curry.