Chicken Serva / Sorba

Chicken Shervaa  makes an excellent side dish for Porotta which is very famous in all over Tamilnadu. It is a Soup with flavourful extract from chicken & spices. It is also known as Shorba in North India.


Chicken pieces with bones - 1 lb or 500 kg
Onion - 2 (medium - sliced thinly)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp each
Turmeric powder - A pinch
Green chili - 1( slit into two)
Cilantro & mint leaves - Ar required (minced)
Pepper powder - 1/4tsp or to taste
Salt - to taste
Water - ar required.

For Shervaa  masala paste:

Red chili powder - 2tbsp or to taste
Corainder powder - 1 tbsp or to taste
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Curd - 1/2 cup
Coconut slices - 5 ~6 ( grind into fine paste)

For Seasoning :

Oil - 2 tbsp
Fennel Seed or powder/ Sombu - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaves - 2
Cinnamon - 1"


Wash & clean  Chicken pieces and keep it aside.Grind coconut pieces into fine paste & add to masala ingredient together in a bowl  & whisk curd will mix well & it wont  give curdle effect to our gravy.Heat Oil in a deep heavy bottom pan, add all Seasoning ingredients & stir it for 30 seconds.Add Sliced onion & saute it until it become transparent.Add Chicken pieces to Onion & saute it for 5 minute. Then add Ginger garlic paste & saute it until chicken turns to brown colour. This will give nice colour to our gravy.When oil separates, add masala mixture & saute it for a minute.Add required amount of water & salt. Make sure gravy must be in running consistency like soup not too thin nor too thick. Adjust water accordingly. Adjust Salt & spice to taste. Cover it with lid & cook it in low flame, This will help chicken bones to release nice aroma to our gravy.When gravy thicken slightly, add pepper powder & minced cilantro and mint leaves.Mix once & serve hot with Parotta, Naan & Roti.Check  here for parotta/ paratha recipe

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