Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chettinad Chicken Curry

For some reason I have always been attracted to the word 'chettinad'. Any recipe that has this word tagged to it surely catches my attention. I got this recipe from the internet 5 years back when I was learning to cook. I did try this recipe many times and it always fetched me good comments even from the best critics- my hubby's friends.
After sometime, when I was in the process of shifting to a new place I lost the recipe. Recently when I was cleaning up I found it and I was so happy that I got hold of it. This is a semi-solid gravy that can be eaten mixed with white rice or as an accompaniant for variety rice or rotis.

Chicken- 2 Lbs. (remove the skin & cut into medium sized pieces)
Fresh grated coconut- 1 cup
Large onion- 1 (chopped)
Medium tomatoes- 2 (chopped)
Grated ginger- 1inch piece
Garlic- 5 cloves (crushed)
Black pepper- 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder- 2 tsps
Poppy seeds- 2 tsps
Coriander seeds- 2 tsps
Fennel seeds- 1 tsp
Cinnamon- 1 piece
Cloves- 2
Green cardamom- 2
Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 6 tablespoons
Lime juice- 2 tablespoons
Curry leaves- 2
Chopped cilantro (coriander) leaves

Dry roast the poppy seeds in a pan and crush. Soak it in little water for 10-15 minutes. Then grind the soaked poppy seeds with coconut, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms & turmeric. Make it into a smooth paste.
Heat oil in large pan and fry the onions until golden. Add the ginger, garlic and fry for couple of minutes. Then add the red chili powder and the ground paste. Fry for 5 minutes. Add the chicken pieces and fry for 5 more minutes. Then add the tomatoes and stir-fry for 7-10 minutes. Then add 2 cups of water & salt. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat. Then remove the cover and cook till desired consistency.When it is almost cooked add the lime juice and curry leaves. Fry for 5 more minutes and remove from fire. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves. Serve hot.


Richa said...

hey kribha, the spice combination that you have mentioned sounds fantastic & the color looks authentic! I too love chettinadu dishes and always enjoy them at my neighborhood restaurant, please do post any veg chettinadu dishes if you have any.

Revathi said...


How many ever chettinad dishes we see on the blog, every time "Naaku ooooorudhu " Superooo super...

Any plans for Sivaji ??

Asha said...

Me too! You say Chettinad,I am there!:D
Looks delicious,nice of you to post the treasured recipe Kribha,I love to make different Chicken dishes since we don't Sea food or any other meat.Thanks.

Pravs said...

looks like a tasty chicken curry. The ingredients...is almost like kerala chicken curry preparation.i think i will find the taste familiar :D

Surya Hith said...

Hi Kribha,
I like the chettinad dishes and I am always ready to try those wonderful chettinad recipes.Chicken curry looks yummy kribha!!

Aruna said...

Kribha, Just now I commented on ur mutton kurma, now I see u have Chettinad chicken curry, u r cooking away!!! bring it on, I love chicken recipes, will definately try this, it looks soo goood!!!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This sounds great...It is looking gorgeous. I am hungry now. I love it...

Kribha said...

Dear Richa,
I will certainly find some veggie chettinad dishes for you. You can do the same procedure for mushroom & potato combo. I have not tried it this way, but I'm sure it will workout fine.

Hi Revathi,
You are so right. Everytime I see chettinad dishes in any blog I always long for it.
Regarding plans for shivaji, I'm not sure yet. It looks like I might go to India within the next 2 weeks for my SIL's marriage. Probably might see Shivaji there.

Dear Asha,
You are most welcome. You don't eat seafood? I did not notice it earlier. Although you eat only chicken,your recipes are always good enough for other meats too.

Hi Pravs,
since this curry has coconut it must resemble a kerala curry. The spices is what that makes a little difference. Probably the gravy will be a little hot(spicy) than the kerala version.

Hi Surya,
I'm so glad that the curry looked appealing to you. Try it. I'm sure you will definetly like it.

Dear Aruna,
Thanks for your kind words. Do give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

Hi Sukanya,
I'm happy that you liked it. Try it if you get a chance.

Joseph Selvaraj said...


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Anonymous said...

This chicken gravy is delicious.absolutely fabulous!!


Deepa said...

Hi Kribha

This gravy looks really good.
New to this blog and to the US.
I live in Kansas.
Will visit often.
One more thing my sons name is also Kavin.

Take care.