Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Chettinad Chicken

Chettinad the name itself says its a tamilnadu cuisine..I think nowadys chettinad dishes are very popular in all over the world..Chettinad food is essentially spicy compared to other tamil dishes..I like to experiment with new recipes..Usually in kerala we have a lot more varieties of chicken dishes..some of them are chicken roast, chicken curry with grated coconut as well as dried coconut, chicken mappas (yellow curry) etc...even then i love to try new experiments with chicken. Actually i got this recipe idea from one of my old friend ,Kavitha from Tamilnadu.Once she prepared chettinad chicken curry for us..We really liked that curry so i collected the recipe and tried it in our kitchen ..nowadays its a common in our menu .
This curry is really good with chappati or appam ...i do remember we used to have this dish from one of the restaurant in Chennai near Gemini Circle, I don't remember its name, i think it is Anjappar chettinad restaurant but I still remember the taste ...
Today i thought i can share the recipe with all of my friends..Try it...Hope u will enjoy the new taste ....
Cooking time : 20-30 minutes

Chicken : 10 medium pieces
Red onion : 2 medium size
Tomato : 2 nos
garlic: 4 pods
Ginger : a medium size
Chili powder: 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: 1 spring
Cilantro: 1 spring
salt : to taste
Water : 1 cup

For the masala
Fennel seed : 1 tsp
Coriander seed: 3 tsp
Cumin seed : 1/4 tsp
Cardamom : 2 no
Cinnamon : 1 medium size
Cloves : 3 nos
Pepper corn : 4 nos
Red chili: 6 nos

Prior to cooking

  • Wash and marinate the chicken with salt lemon juice and pepper powder..Keep it aside for 30minutes -1 hour
  • Fry the ingredients for Masala and grind to make a nice powder 
  • crush the ginger and garlic 
  • Slice the onion into small pieces
  • Cut the tomato into 8 pieces
How to cook ..

Step 1: Heat oil in a kadai ,add the sliced onion.Once onion get saute  add the ginger garlic paste saute well add the tomato pieces.
Step 2: Let the mix to fry for 2 minute then add the masala powder and curry leaves,stir  well.
Step 3:Add the medium chicken pieces into it.let the chicken to  fry for 5-10 minute in medium heat.
Step 4: Once the chicken get  saute, add the water and close the kadai and let the chicken cook for about 10-15 minutes in medium heat.
Step 5:Garnish the curry with coriander(cilantro) and curry leaves.
The delicious Chettinad chicken is ready..Have it with rice,chapati etc

Cook's Tip 
  • If you like to make it hot add more red chili while making the masala.
  • Better to avoid adding water to the chicken because during cooking chicken itself produce more moisture.
  • If you like more  gravy ,just increase the amount of water for cooking the chicken..

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