Malabar Style Chicken Curry / Kozhi Mulakittathu – A tasty curry, best with pathiri, parotta, chapatti, appam, idiyappam …
For the chicken:
800 g chicken
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
½ teaspoon salt
Wash and clean chicken pieces. Drain out water thoroughly. In a bowl, marinate chicken pieces with salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Cover and keep aside for half an hour.
2 tablespoon oil
4 onion (3 big size or 4 medium size), cut into thin slices
1 tablespoon ginger - garlic paste
1 ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon coriander powder
8 curry leaves
3 big size tomatoes, cut into cubes
Marinated chicken pieces
1 ¼ cup water (250 ml)
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Dilute red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder in ¼ cup water (50 ml) water and make a smooth paste (spice mix).
In a pan or karahi, heat oil. Add thinly sliced onions and fry on a medium heat until golden color.
Add ginger – garlic paste and fry on a low heat for 1 – 2 minutes until raw smell goes.
Add diluted spice mix and fry on a low heat for 1 – 2 minutes until raw smell goes and water dries up / well combined with other ingredients.
Add curry leaves and fry well.
Add tomato cubes and stir well for 2 – 3 minutes.
Add marinated chicken pieces (drain out water if any) and stir well on a low heat for 3 minutes.
Add 1 ¼ cup water and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients well. Cover with a tight lid and cook on a medium to low heat (when the curry is 3/4th done, gently mash tomatoes with backside of a steel ladle. Then it will blend well and gravy will be more tasty) for 30 – 40 minutes until done / chicken well cooked. Serve with pathiri, parotta, chapatti …