Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chicken Chettinad

Chicken - 1 lbs
Curry Leaves - about 8
Onions(medium Sized) - 2 (Finely chopped)
Large Tomatoes -2 (Finely chopped)
Oil - 2Tbsp
Water - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves - finely chopped for garnishing

For the Paste
Shallots (small onions)- 10
Black pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds - 2tsp
Whole red chillies - 8( I have used the mild one that gives color to the
Grated coconut - 6 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds, Cumin and Fennel seeds - 1 Tsp
Cinnamon - 1" (broken)
Clove - 1
Ginger and Garlic - 2 Tsp(finely chopped)

1) Roast all the Ingredients for the paste in a little oil except ginger and garlic. Allow them to cool and make a paste along with ginger and garlic.

2) Heat oil in a kadai and fry the chopped onions till golden brown.

3) Add Curry Leaves and the Ground paste and fry till the paste turns slightly brown.

4) Add Chopped Tomatoes and fry till the oil leaves the sides

5) Now add the chicken pieces and fry for sometime.

6) Add Salt and Water and Mix well.

7) Cover and cook till the chicken is tender

8) Garnish it with Coriander Leaves

This dish goes very well with rice or chapatti

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