The Chettinad cuisine is the specialty of community, known as Nattukotai Chettiars, who live in the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. The cuisine has gained tremendous popularity in both state and country owing to its vibrant use of fresh ground spices. A number of sun dried ingrients, including meat, seafood, constitute the preparation of the cuisine, owing to the dry climate of the place.
The preparations are mostly consumed with steamed rice, or other accompaniments which are rice based.
Read ahead for the full preparation of Chettinad chicken.
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Chicken Chettinad - Recipe
- 500 grams of chicken on the bone
- 2 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 large onion fine chopped
- 1 large sprig of curry leaves
- 2 medium sized tomato, pureed
- 1 bay leaf
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
- 2 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 4 large cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1” ginger knob crushed
- Salt as per your taste
Chettinad Masala for Roast and Grind
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/4thcup of grated coconut
- 2 teaspoon of coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper corn seeds
- 4 to 5 whole red chilies
- 2 green cardamom
- 3 whole cloves
- 1” cinnamon stick
Procedure of Preparation
- Marinate the meat with the ingredients mentioned and set aside.
- Roast the ingredients for the Chettinad masala one by one and keep aside.
- First dry grind the poppy seeds into a a fine powder. Add the roasted spices, and a drizzle of water to make into a fine paste.
- In a frying pan heat oil, add bay leaves, followed by onions, saute until the onions turn into a rich shade of golden.
- Add chicken and cook over a high flame for about 5 minutes.
- Add pureed tomato, followed by turmeric, salt and chili powder. Cook over a medium flame until the begins to separate.
- Add the ground paste, followed by curry leaves. Mix well and cook fir about 2 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of water and cook until the chicken is tender, and the gravy attains the desired consistency.
- Serve in main course, with an accompaniment of choice.
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