Chettinad Chicken Masala

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Here’s the chicken dish we had with the turmeric rice, adapted from a recipe from the book  Healthy South Indian Cookbook. I opted for a tomato-based dish (instead of coconut-based curry) since the rice already has coconut milk.  It was really good but I ended up eating all of it since my husband preferred soupy thai curries.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbs minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce

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Directions:

  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add cinnamon sticks, bay leaf and peppercorns. Cover and cook until peppercorns pop.
  2. Add cumin seeds and fry until seeds are brown. Add onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and turmeric powder.  Stir and cook until onions are soft.
  3. Turn heat to high and add chicken pieces. Brown well until chicken is partially cooked (opaque).  Add curry powder, cayenne powder,salt and black pepper.  Stir well then add tomato sauce.  Stir. Cook covered over medium heat until chicken is tender and has absorved the flavors.  Check often and stir frequently to prevent chicken from sticking to skillet. Add 1/4 cup of water at a time, if required, to cook chicken without it sticking to pan.
  4. Serve with plain rice or flavored rice.
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» Michele said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 08:09 }

this looks delicious! i love curries (all kinds) so i can’t wait to try it! I wonder how a vegetarian version would turn out….

» Thas said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 10:09 }

luv the vibrant red nd yellow color combination. I have had chettinad chicken, but never had coconut-turmeric rice, nxt time whn I make chettinad chkn, am gonna make ths rice:)

» Miriam/The Winter Guest said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 12:09 }

Mmmmm, I loooooooove this kind of saucy chicken on rice.

» pegasuslegend said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 06:09 }

looks delicious

» DINIGN WITH BATALI said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 07:09 }

You are making me hungry all over again…and it’s 9pm now – - -See you later!

» rebecca subbiah said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 07:09 }

my hubby makes it very well his fav

» sizzlechef said: { Sep 18, 2009 - 04:09 }

Looks yummy ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

» Alta said: { Sep 18, 2009 - 06:09 }

Wow, this looks really tasty.

» penny aka jeroxie said: { Sep 18, 2009 - 05:09 }

I love the colours and I can almost taste it! And simple to make. Thanks for sharing :)

» Andrea@WellnessNotes said: { Sep 19, 2009 - 05:09 }

Beautiful dish! Thanks for sharing. All the flavors sound wonderful.

» Chowhound said: { Sep 20, 2009 - 11:09 }

Wow, that looks really delicious! I love curries :-) .

» laval said: { Oct 5, 2009 - 12:10 }

it look very good and sure te also good .what about curry powder mix do you have an special one.


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