Chicken Chettinad - A very popular spicy chicken preparation in Chettinad cuisine (Traditional recipe) !!
Serves: 4 - 5
1 kg Chicken
2 tablespoon oil
1 bay leaf
3 onions, finely chopped
8 curry leaves
3 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
Juice of a lemon
1 cup (200 ml) water
2 - 3 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
For Chettinad Masala:
1 teaspoon oil
2 teaspoon poppy seeds ( khus khus )
1/2 cup /50 g (4 - 5 tablespoons) grated coconut
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin ( jeera ) seeds
8 whole red chillies
1 teaspoon kalpasi (black stone flower and Marathi mokku - available @ all leading provision stores ... Nilgiris, Santosh Super Stores & Annachi Supermarket in Chennai)
1 teaspoon Marathi mokku (dried flower pods)
1 - inch stick cinnamon
3 green cardamom
1 star anise
2 teaspoon chopped ginger
2 teaspoon chopped garlic
Clean the chicken, remove the skin and cut into small pieces.
Chop the onions and tomatoes separately.
Heat oil in a kadai / frying pan. Dry roast the whole red chillies, grated coconut, poppy seeds, kalpasi, marathi mokku, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and fennel seeds until fragrant / crisp on a medium to low heat. Stir continuously. Then grind to a paste along with ginger and garlic. Sprinkle very little water when making the paste in a mixer.
Heat oil in a vessel / pan / kadai and fry bay leaf until fragrant.
Add onions and fry till golden color on a medium to low heat, then add curry leaves and ground paste and sauté for some time. Add the tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder and sauté on a low heat for 5 - 8 minutes / till you get a nice aroma.
Add the chicken, mix well and cook for 5 minutes and then add 1 cup (200 ml) of water, salt to taste and lemon juice. Cover and cook on a low heat for 25 to 30 minutes or till the chicken is done / well coated with all the masalas / thick gravy. Serve hot and decorate with coriander leaves. Accompaniments- Rice/ Chapati / Parotta / Naan.