Sunday, December 27, 2009
Chicken Varutha Curry
This one was made by me for a party at home. It is a mix of south and north Indian styles of cooking.
Chicken varutha curry
Chicken pieces- 500gm boneless, cut into small pieces. Marinate the chicken with chilli powder, pepper powder, ginger & garlic paste, lime juice and salt. Keep it covered in the fridge for atleast one hour. (Meats should be kept in the fridge after marinating, it will protect the meat from bacteria and also help in the marination process itself).
Meanwhile, get these things ready for the gravy:
Onions 3 large, finely chopped
Tomatoes 3 large ripe, chopped
Ginger & garlic paste or both finely chopped
One green chilli chopped
One capsicum small size, de-seeded, chopped
Whole garam masala (2 to 3 pieces each of karuva patta (cinnamon), grampoo (cloves), elakka (cardamom). If you have only garam masala powder, use it as shown in the instructions below.
Chilli, coriander, pepper, turmeric powders (be careful to use less chilli if using pepper powder)
coriander leaves, chopped
Oil for frying, and salt to taste.
In a kadai (deep pan or call it a cheenichatti), heat some oil (about 3 tablespoons) and when hot, put the chicken pieces and stir fry till light brown in colour. Keep aside
In the same kadai, if there is not enough oil, add 2 more table spoons of oil. When hot, add whole garam masala.
Immediately add ginger, garlic, green chilli and onions.
On medium to high heat, stir fry till brown in colour. The more brown you make it, the better the gravy. So be patient and keep stirring to avoid catching at the bottom of the pan.
When brown in colour and the onion has reduced to half it's quantity, add chilli powder, turmeric pd and coriander pd. Fry till the raw smell goes off.
Add tomatoes and fry till the gravy becomes thick. Add some hot water to it and bring to a boil. Add salt and adjust thickness of gravy with water as required.
Add the fried chicken to it, add coriander leaves, cover with lid. Reduce flame to sim and keep for 10 minutes.
Serve hot with your choice of rice , chapathi, naan, paratha etc. Ideal dish for all of these.. Try it.. it is a successful recipe, which everyone liked when I served!!