Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Kozhi Varuthathu-A very hot chicken!

 














This is my all time favourite chicken preparation straight from my dear mom's kitchen.I love to have it with anything and even sometimes I pop it in as though it was a snack like sundal!!Whenever Amma made this at home,I would hop in and out of kitchen secretly with a mouthful and get caught redhanded by none other than the boss of the kitchen!!The admonishing look on her face soon gave way to an expression of maternal affection when I pecked a kiss on her cheeks and said 'Chooper'(Super!!).
Now straight to the recipe:

Ingredients:

Chicken breasts-250g (chopped into small bits)
Indian Shallots-100g(chopped)
Onion-1 large-chopped fine
Tomato-1-cut into small pieces
Copra-1 half-cut into small pieces(if u cant get proper copra use 75g dessicated coconut)
Ginger-25g
Garlic-25g
Green chillies-5
Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Pepper powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder-1/4 tsp
Cloves powder-1/4 tsp
Fennel seed powder-1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder-1/4 tsp
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Salt-as required
Oil-as required
 















Method:

Marinate chicken pieces with a little turmeric powder,chilli powder and salt and keep it aside for 10 minutes.Meanwhile whisk ginger,garlic,green chilli in a mincer.(Should not be ground to a paste).Heat oil in a wok.Add curry leaves.Once it has splutttered add onion& shallots.Saute it to a brown tinge.Add tomato,ginger-garlic-green chilli mix,saute everything together till you get a nice aroma.Keep stirring so that it doesnt stick to the vessel.Now add the copra pieces(To be honest the dessicated coconut that we get in the market is a poor substitute to the actual copra pieces, the real taste comes from that crunchy bite of copra,luckily copra is available in the Indian shops here, hope it is available elswhere as well).Now add chicken pieces,all the spice powders and salt as rqd.Mix everything well.Keep stirring the whole mix until the chicken is properly browned and cooked.(In case the chicken that u use requires more time to cook,it is ideal to cook it separate and add to the spice mixture.)Serve it hot with chappathi,paratha or with rice.Hot n spicy chicken with the crunchy copra pieces is indeed irressistible...I'm off to have another mouthful!!

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31 comments:

Tanuja said...

wow looks yummy waiting for the recipe.I love hot hot dishes.

Sumitha said...

Shynee for a sec i thought I have come to another blog!The new template has brightened your blog!I have some chicken left with me in the freezer,when are you posting this recipe,cant wait!

devi said...

Dear shyni,
Yours and annitha's websites were the ones I used to look for as soon as I finish manorama online ,sipping my morning tea.I couldnt view your site clearly for the past few days and was wondering whats wrong. Thanks for coming back.Ippozhaa samathanamayathu.
love,
Devi.

Vaishali said...

New template, Shaynee? The colour of the border is upbeat... and mood-lifing. :)

Ashwini said...

That looks great. Loved the profile pic...but doesnt exactly go with the name :-D

Inji Pennu said...

Am I dreaming? Am I seeing what I am really seeing? You changed your template!!!! Yippppeee!!!! Time for a celebratory post!!!

Shaheen said...

ur new look is appealing.. and nice chicken recipe. have to try this..i like anything with coconut pieces in it..

indianadoc said...

>Same Pinch Tanuja..I too love very very very hot n very very very sweet dishes!!Extremist,ain't I?!!
>Sumi,Devi,LG,Vaishali,Ashwini,Shaheen,Devi....thanx buddies for all those comments abt my new template...It was an unplanned impulsive template change...thanx to K.A and another anonymous friend who gave me the'warning signal' that it is high time that I did something with the messy stuff!!I know LG was telling me this long back...I ws too lazy to meddle with the bizzare html codings and was 'chalaafying' the gaadi!!I ws so frustrated with the template that I quite impulsively selected something at random without even thinking of keeping a backup of my links...Now I have to redo my links and drop down menu!!to be honest this is no template that I wd have gone had I thought twice!! But anyway as u all said, it is BBRRRIGHHT!! I hope at least it is readable now...

maddy said...

hi there,
I was wondering about the use of 'copra'...copra as in 'sun dried coconut'? or did you mean fresh coconut pieces? What say you?

cheers

maddy said...

my mistake, i looked at the picture, the first one, you do have copra there...sorry about that.

indianadoc said...

>thanx maddy for dropping in...ithu sakshal koppara thanney!!...Thengakothum aakam,pakshey kopparakku ithiri taste koodum :)

Sumitha said...

Oh really, the copra pieces indeed is the best to use because of the flavour its oil content imparts!

KrishnaArjuna said...

Hey Shynee
You changed your template yippeee! Now the readability has certainly increased and a very upbeat template too! Profile picture isn't doing any justice to your sight though.

sudhav said...

shynee, the new template is really cool...and a nice post on chicken..

shilpa said...

Shaynee, your new template and the categories bar are superb. Since I use Firfox, it used to mess up the old template and it was very difficult to read. New one looks very cute :).

RP said...

Shynee, your new template looks cool!! So that takes the heat away from that hot chicken curry! LOL

Manisha said...

Very cool! I can finally read your blog and I am enjoying it! Congrats on the new look!

Can I make this spicy chicken without the coconut?

indianadoc said...

>sumi,exactly,copra makes all the difference cos of its oil content...
>ka,thanx for really reminding me...I just changed the template in a jiffy....it was no deliberate selection of a template...something at random...but I'm happy at least that it has improved the readability...
>sudha,thanx for the kind words...
>shilpa,i remember, I think u were perhaps one of the earliest to tell me abt my template mess up..It took so long for me...just lazy,dear!!...happy to know that the readability is better...
>rp,no.........I want a hot template!!
>thanx manisha, and happy to know that my blog has become more readable...shd have done long back...lazy...Well u can make it without coconut...but I believe that extra kick of the dish comes from the crunchiness of coconut...

aqua said...

Amme i am too late to visit here.. i missed most of the dishes.. I will try this kozhi varathathu today itself(Friday night - Experiment day). I think the Indian shops here do have copra.. otherwise the TRS - dessicated coconut is the only sharanam! Let me try this out with out using the Eastern Chicken Masala...I can feel the aroma before cooking itself!
<>One small doubt - no need of water at all?

indianadoc said...

Hi aqua, thanx for dropping in...yes I did not add any water. If u r chicken is a bit rebellious to cook easily, u can cook her separately with a little water...otherwise straight away fry her as mentioned in the recipe...if u can get copra, pl take the trouble...tis worth it...cos dessicated coconut is a poor substitute...unfortunately...I in fact added a little dessicated and copra..u will definitely love it...

aqua said...

Hey thnks for the prompt response. I will surely make it today and let u know the feedback. I think the chicken here is a bit rebellious to cook! Otherwise i will go for baby chicken..

Manisha said...

Fresh coconut smells almost like dried coconut here. So I don't buy coconuts. I made idli-chutney-sambar yesterday so I have grated coconut. Maybe I could use that instead? I want to make this for dinner on Sunday.

indianadoc said...

>Aqua ple do update me with your chicken...wd love to hear fr u..
>Manisha...u still wont really get the crunchiness of copra pieces with grated ones... and the oil in the copra does make a lot of difference...but when we dont have choice we need to give way for the lesser substitutes...ah! the pain of being away from home!

aqua said...

Hey its a fantastic recipe! I made it at home with copra. I got tender baby chicken, so it didnt take much time to cook. I got some good comments from my friends and the full credit goes to you..

indianadoc said...

thanx aqua for the feed back and happy to know that u guys enjoyed the dish....the credit of course goes to the chef as well!!

Shaheen said...

i tried making this yesterday and it came out very tasty. thank you for the wonderful recipe.

indianadoc said...

>thanx shaheen...happy to know tht u too liked it :)

gattina said...

Shynee,
I saw this link from Shaheen's blog, oh what a mouth-watering dish! Thumb up!

indianadoc said...

Thanx gattina for dropping in ....it has always been one of my ace chicken dishes....

Veena said...

Shynee do thank your mom for me, for being such a great cook! This was the tastiest chicken recipe I've had in a long time.

Spicyme said...

Loved this one too doc...you are natural and blessed.