Chettinad Chicken | How to make Chettinad Chicken

By Sanjula Thangkhiew  |  7th Jul 2015  |  
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About Chettinad Chicken Recipe

It is one of the spiciest and most aromatic chicken dish from South India

Chettinad Chicken

Ingredients to make Chettinad Chicken

  • 1 kg chicken (washed and cut into medium sized pieces)
  • 1 cup shallots (small onions)
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • ! Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 10 curry leaves
  • A bunch of fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pepper corns
  • !/2 cumin seeds
  • 2/3 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 6 Dry red chillies
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste

How to make Chettinad Chicken

  1. Heat oil in a vessel over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, fennel seeds, red chillis, cardamoms, cinnamon and curry leaves.Stir for 2 mins
  2. Remove from heat, cool and grind to a powder.
  3. Grind ginger, garlic, green chillies and poppy seeds to a paste. Keep aside
  4. Heat oil in a vessel. Add the shallots and curry leaves. Saute till tender and transparent.
  5. Add the paste and cook for a minute.
  6. Now add the chicken, mix well and cook for 5 mins over high flame.
  7. Add salt, turmeric powder and tomatoes and combine well. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 mins.
  8. Pour the coconut milk and transfer the contents to a pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 5 mins or until one whistle.
  9. Once the pressure has released, add the ground masala powder and cook for a couple of minutes over medium heat.
  10. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve.

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