Thursday, July 13, 2006

Chettinad chicken curry

Chettinad chicken is one of my all time favourites among chicken dishes.
Chettinad is a small part in southern tamilnadu which is famous world over for its unique cuisine.The flavour of freshly grinded chillies, coriander and fennel, coconut and all other spices gives it a fiery taste.Once you taste any chettinad dish you will never forget the taste of it.
I adapted this receipe from one of the Tamil cookbook magazine and it turned out great.









ingredients:

Chicken 1.5 lb - cleaned and cut into medium sized pieces
to marinate - 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 pinch of turmeric and some salt

2 medium size onions
8 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
1 medium size tomato chopped

few sprigs of curry leaves

To roast and grind:

1 inch cinnamon
4 cloves
8 red chillies
2 tblsp coriander seeds
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp shredded coconut

Method:

Clean the chicken pieces and marinate them by adding the chilli powder, turmeric for atleast 30 mins.Cut 1 onion into small pieces, peel the garlic and ginger.Fry these in a pan and grind them to a smooth paste.Roast all the spices without oil, finally add the coconut and grind them together to a smooth paste

Chop the remaining 1 onion and the tomatoes.

Take 3 tsp of oil in a pan and add the curry leaves, chopped onion and fry well.
To this add the onion-ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell leaves.
Now add the roasted spice paste and fry well.To this add the chopped tomatoes, 1/2 tsp of turmeric and fry well till the oil leaves the sides of the pan.Now add the chicken pieces and stir well so the masala coats the chicken well. Add salt and check for the spice level.
Add 1/2 cup of water and close tightly with a lid.Reduce the heat to medium and allow it cook for 10 - 15 mins. Add 1/2 cup of chopped coriander leaves and mix well before switching of the stove.

Serve it hot with Rice, chappati, puri's or even Idli's

Updated with some new pictures that I took when I made this curry recently.




Check out my other interesting chicken recipes below:
 'Chettinad Chicken Varuval / fry'
Chicken/Muttton Kuzhambhu

22 comments:

Priya said...

I love chettinad food, esp thier non - veg recipes. They have a unique taste, very different from other parts of Tamil Nadu.

BTW, i tried your black-eyed bean Kuzhambu today. Liked it a lot, we usually make that type of curries with thatta payir ( red chori bean) and brinjal or drumstick combo. What's black eyed bean in tamil ?

Iam gonna try your tuna cutlet soon. Looks delicious !!

Have a safe trip and have lots of fun !

Sumi said...

Thanks for your wishes priya.
good to hear that u tried my receipe.By the way I think black eyed peas is 'karamani payir' in tamil.

sailaja said...

I love Chettinaad Chicken curry. Somehow where ever I ate this curry, it always tasted different each time.

Sumi, I am looking for an authentic Chettinad chicken curry recipe since a long time. I am gonna try yours. Looks delicious!

Good luck on your move back to India. Best wishes!

archana said...

Who don't love Chettinad CHicken curry !!!! Thank you so much for the recipe Sumi....

Anonymous said...

hey Sumi,
my cooking experience is just three months now....my hubby told me abt your blog and he asked me to try ur Chettinad chicken recipe as the picture was spicy and yummy,,,,,,,
i tried it and it came out really excellent......
thanks for ur recipe Sumi....

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sumi,

Yesterday I tried your recipe. Its a big hit. Everyone in my family liked it.Thanks for the recipe.

Jothi.

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tarlesubba said...

hi,
tried a cauliflower version of this. i overcooked the cauliflower, but it was very flavorful neverthless. the missus was wants to know this sumi is.

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MK said...

wonderful recipie...being a beginner was looking for something that i used to get back at home .. followed your's ..of course with a bit variation..turned out to be excellent ..great...won accolades from my friends as well ..thanks

RamyaBala said...

Hi,This is my second time in this week doing this chicken curry..(Todays dinner).My husband loved it so much..Thanks for sharing

Pretti said...

Hi Sumi,

I just tried your Chettinad Chicken recipe and it turned out GREAT!! My husband loved it and said it was the best chicken curry I have ever made! Can't wait to try out your other recipes!

cherry said...

Akshara subash

I made "Chettinad chicken curry" For my husband yesterday and he told it was delicious and ate well. Thank you for posting this receipe.

nelson said...

hey sumi.there is one very important ingredient in south indian cuisine and that is curry leaf.I see it in the picture of ur curry but don't see it anyway in ur recipe?please respond.regards nelson.

Sumi said...

Hello Nelson ,
Thanks for pointing out that I missed the curry leaves in the recipe. Yes I agree with you that it is essential in south indian cooking and especially in this recipe.But if you didnt get it in any of the stores , then you can make it optional.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sumi!

I just finished feasting the chettinad chicken curry. I loved it and even my husband. My husband knew the chettinad cuisine only after I made it for him. Now, he is a fan of chettinad chicken varuval (I follow your recipe). It is from your blog I learnt to make chicken items. Thanks a million for posting such wonderful recipes.

Priya said...

Hi Sumi!

I just finished feasting the chettinad chicken curry. I loved it and even my husband. My husband is a fan of chettinad chicken varuval (I follow your recipe). It is from your blog I learnt to make chicken items. Thanks a million for posting such wonderful recipes.

Deepthi Arivunithi said...

Hi Sumi,

I tried your curry... it was really a hit. Amma and Arivu annan loved it.. Thank you so much for the simple and great recipe..

Deepthi Arivunithi said...

Hi Sumathi

Great recipe. I tried it out and everyone liked it. Arivu annan and Amma's compliments. It was really simple and easy to follow. Great going.. lovely website and very useful too..
Pass on my love to Prathik...

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