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Malabar Style Chicken Curry Recipe

Have you tasted the delicacies from the God's Own Country? Kerala cuisine is known to be popular in many parts of India. That is why, Kerala recipes are very interesting to learn and try out at home. Usually, we group south Indian recipes together in the same category. But each of the four southern states has its own cuisine.

Kerala recipes are therefore distinct from the other south Indian recipes and have their unique blend of flavours. If you are a fan of Keralite food, you may have noticed that it has a touch of the coastal spices in it. So, today we have a lip-smacking chicken recipe from the Malabar coast.

Malabar chicken curry is a specialty of Kerala. Being a south Indian delicacy, this spicy chicken recipe makes use of coconut and curry leaves in abundance. The other ingredients of this Malabar chicken curry recipe are pretty similar to all other spicy Indian curries so there will be no problem at all even if you are not a seasoned cook.

Use of curry leaves in the recipe makes it burst with robust flavours. So, here is the recipe of Malabar chicken curry. Give it a try.

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

All you need

  • Chicken- 500 gms
  • Onions- 4 (finely sliced)
  • Curry leaves- 5-6 sprigs
  • Coriander seeds- 3tbsp
  • Dry red chillies- 4-5
  • Garlic- 5-6 cloves (chopped)
  • Ginger- 1tbsp (minced)
  • Coconut- 1 cup (grated)
  • Green chillies- 3-4 (slit)
  • Tomatoes- 2 (sliced)
  • Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Oil- 4tbsp

1. Divide the sliced onions into three equal parts. Wash the chicken pieces properly with water and keep it aside.
2. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan and add one part of the sliced onion and saute on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
3. Add 3-4 sprigs of curry leaves and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
4. Then add the coriander seeds and dry red chillies. Saute for 2 minutes.
5. Then add the chopped garlic cloves, minced ginger, coconut and cook for another 4-5 minutes till all the ingredients are cooked well.
6. Once done, switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool down.
7. Then grind the mixture in a mixer with a little water into a fine, thick paste.

8. Heat two tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the second part of the sliced onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
9. Then add the green chillies and sliced tomatoes. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
10. Add salt and turmeric powder. Cook till the tomatoes become soft.
11. Now add the ground masala paste and mix well. Cook on medium flame for 4-5 minutes.
12. Add the chicken pieces and saute for 4-5 minutes.
13. Add water, adjust the seasoning, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes on low flame.
14. Then heat one tablespoon of oil in another pan and add rest of the onions and curry leaves.
15. Fry till the onions become golden brown. Once done, switch off the flame.
16. Check if the chicken is completely cooked, then switch off the flame.
17. Garnish the chicken with the fried onions and curry leaves and serve.

Malabar style chicken curry is ready to be served. Pair it with ghee rice or parathas.

Nutrition Value
Malabar style chicken curry is quite low on fat content when compared to other chicken recipes. It has around 3 percent of saturated fat. The recipe has high protein content too.

Marinate the chicken with lemon juice and salt before cooking. It will add more flavour to the curry.

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