We have had an overdose of chicken lately for the past few weeks which made me try out some special chicken dishes and thus ended up with this wonderful recipe. I learned this one from a TV show in which some famous Chettinad ladies showcased their family recipes. At that time I wondered how few red chillies can bring spiceness to the dish, but I should warn you, It was really really hot and awesome. I generally try to avoid Chettinad dishes because of the grinding of the spices involved( as I dont have a smaller mixer), and also because of the amount of coconut involved( as I try not to use coconut in our diet). But after trying out this recipe I started searching for chettinad recipes for each and every vegetable that I had in my refrigerator and the whole week was like a chettinad fiesta. In this process I also stumbled upon Solai's chettinad kitchen blog, very nice blog for people who love spicy food with some fabulous recipes.
Here is the recipe for Chettinad Chicken Fry:
Chicken - 1/2 kg
red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
lemon juice - 1sp
red chillies - nos
cinnamon - 1 inch piece
cloves - 2 nos
fennel seeds/sombhu - 1tsp
chopped garlic - 2 tsp
chopped ginger - 1tsp
1 medium onion finely chopped
few curry leaves
salt to taste
Wash and marinate the chicken pieces with chilli powder , turmeric, ginger garlic paste,salt and lemon juice for atleast 1/2 an hour or overnight.
In wide pan heat few tblsp of oil.
Add cinnamon, cloves, curryleaves, sombhu and redchillies to the hot oil.
Give it a stir for a minute and add the chopped onions, garlic and ginger. Fry till translucent. Now add the marinated chicken pieces, stir well, add 1/2 cup of water and close with a tight lid. Cook in medium flame for 10 mins. Open the lid, stir well , check for salt and cook till the water is absorbed(approc 10 more mins). Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Special Note:-
Alternatively you can cook the marinated chicken first by adding them to a pot of boiling water along with cinnamon, cloves for about 6-7 mins.Strain well and reserve the liquid for making soup. Then follow the above process by adding little amount of water. Both method works well.