Chicken curry – Ernakulam Style

My amma makes the best chicken curry and the curry which she makes is my all time favourite.This is her method of making chicken curry.

Ingredients:-

Chicken with bones cut into small pieces – 1 kg

Cloves – 3 no.s

Cardamom – 2 no.s

Bayleaf – 1

Chopped onion – 2 big / 3 cups

Curry leaves – a sprig

Sliced Tomatoes – 1 big / ¾ cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Chilly Powder – 1 tbsp.+1 tsp

Pepper powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 2 tbsps (heaped)

Cumin powder – ¼ tsp

Uluva powder – a pinch

Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp

Coconut cuts – ¼ cup (optional)

Coconut milk (randaampaal) – 11/2 cups

Salt – to taste

Oil – as needed

To grind

Ginger – 2 big pieces / ¼ – ½ cup

Garlic – 1 whole big bulb

Shallots – ¼ cup

Green Chillies – 1

Grind these ingredients to a smooth paste.

Method:-

Marinate chicken pieces with 2 tsp salt and 1 tbsp red chilly powder for 2 hrs in your refrigerator. Fry the chicken pieces for 1 minute on each side.Drain and reserve.

Heat oil in a pan, add the spices. when u get an aroma add the onions and curry leaves.

When brown add the ground paste. Sauté it for 10 minutes.

Add in all the powders and fry it for 2 minutes.

Throw in tomato slices and continue sautéing till the masala is well browned and oil starts to separate. Add the coconut cuts. Pour 11/2 cup thin coconut milk. Let boil.

Add chicken pieces and bring it to a second boil. Check for salt. Simmer and cover cook for 35 minutes / till chicken is cooked and oil floats on top.

Garnish with cilantro.

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