This is the chicken curry which we make on most of the occasion, when there is parties, functions or regular weekends. This is the curry which i learned to cook my first non veg curry. Because you can never go wrong with them. It is so basic, the spice which we add is store bought chicken masala powder. If you cannot find that add a mixture of chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder. But i am sure that you can find chicken masala powder in any shop.
This curry taste great with rice, paratha, roti, idli, dosa or anything. It is a very versatile curry. I hope you will love it and let me know what you think.
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 1 hour
Serves - 3 to 4
Chicken - 500 grams / 1/2 kg
Oil - 1/4 cup
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small piece
Bay Leaf - 1
Cardamom / Yelakai - 4
Onion - 2 large sliced
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tblspn
Chicken Masala Powder - 3 to 4 tblspn
Tomatoes - 4 large chopped
Coconut - 1 cup
Fennel Seed / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tblspn
Water as needed
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro for garnishing
Take coconut and fennel seeds in a mixer and make into a fine paste. Set this aside till use.
Heat oil in a kadai. Add in cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom and saute them.
Add in onions and curry leaves and saute this for 5 mins.
Now add in salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Saute this till the onions turn golden.
Now add in Ginger Garlic Paste and saute for a min.
Add in chicken masala powder and saute for a min.
Add in tomatoes and cook till it turns mushy.
Now add in chicken and toss well with the masala.
Add in some water and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer the pan for 30 to 35 mins.
Now add in ground coconut masala and mix well. Cover again and simmer for 15 to 20 mins.
Now the oil will float on top. Garnish with coriander leaves and mix well.
Serve with rice.
|Grind Coconut and Fennel Seeds together|
|Grind them to a very smooth paste|
|Heat oil and crackle some whole spices|
|Add in onions and curry leaves|
|Sprinkle some salt and turmeric powder|
|Saute for a while|
|Cook this till it turns golden|
|Add a good amount of ginger garlic paste|
|Saute till raw smell goes away|
|Now add in your fav chicken masala powder|
|Add in tomatoes|
|Cook this till oil separates|
|Add in cleaned chicken pieces|
|Toss well with the masala|
|Pour some water|
|Bring everything to a good boil|
|Cover and simmer|
|Till chicken is cooked|
|Add in coconut masala|
|Mix well again|
|Cover again and simmer|
|Till oil leaves from the curry|
|Garnish with cilantro|