Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Special Chicken Curry

Hiya! today, lets make a spl chicken curry.. really spicy n tasty one.. Kerala style.. try it out n let me knw..

Here, we require the following items..

Chicken, cleaned with a bit of salt and turmeric powder, cut into small pieces :1 kg
Onion : 5 big ones sliced in small square pieces
Oil : 3 tbsp
Salt - 1 1/2 tspn or as rqrd

Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tspn
Chilly Powder - 2 tspn
Coriander Powder : 2 tspn
Fennel seed powder : 2 - 3 tspn

Make a fine paste of the above 4 ingredients with a little amount of water.

Shallots :15-20 nos.
Ginger : 1 inch piece
Garlic : 15-20 pods
Green Chilly : 9 nos

Coarsely grind the above 4 ingredients and keep aside.

Cloves : 1 no.
Cardamom : 2 pods
Cinnamon : 2 inch piece
Pepper : 2 nos.

Grind all 4 items together finely after slightly heating them in a pan.

Note: I'd like to remind you that its always advisable to use a pressure cooker while cooking (unless specified otherwise) as it saves a lot of fuel and most of all, ur time. Since we are taking 1 kg of chicken, u may take a pressure cooker with 5kg capacity. 

This is how it goes;

Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add the spices and saute for a sec and then add the coarsely ground shallots-ginger-garlic-green chilly paste.Saute them in low flame till the raw smell goes off. Now, add the sliced onion and mix it very well with the rest. Add a pinch of salt and turmeric powder each and cover the lid and cook.  

Now here's a quick tip for easy cooking; adding a pinch of salt and turmeric powder each to sliced onions and covered cooking would save a lot of fuel and time. This tip is applicable wherever u need to add onions and turmeric powder.

After about 5 mins, you may open the lid and check for the onion to become soft and transparent. Add the chicken pieces and saute till the mix gets in the pieces, say for about 2-3 mins. Once its done, add the turmeric-chilly-coriander-fennel seeds paste into the cooker and mix very well. Add sufficient water to produce a thick gravy. Add salt as required. Cook in low heat until u get two whistles on the cooker. Once the pressure inside the cooker is completely nil, u may open it and check if its too watery. If so, u can cook with the lid open till the gravy is thick. To make it more delicious, u may add a 1-2 tbsp of coconut milk to the curry and cook for a min on low heat and serve! Spl Curry ready!!!

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