75 villages in the Sivaganga district of Tamizh Nadu is colloquially referred to as Chettinadu. Long ago, this region was thickly populated by a mercantile community called Chettiars and the land of the Chettiars became Chettinadu.
Business took the Chettiars far and wide. Their expansion contributed significantly to the cuisines of the Southeast asian region. Anyway, that’s enough history for one recipe. Let’s get back to the curry. Our chettinadu chicken curry is fairly easy to make. All you have to do is, grind a flavourful masala paste and turn it into a curry that has no parallels. We loved it and we want to influence you to give this a try. This also happens to be our 100th recipe, so it is certainly going to better our past.
Our chettinad chicken curry will yield 6 servings, with 333 kilocalories in each. To follow our chettinad chicken curry, you will need the ingredients listed below,
Ingredients, Measurements & Nutritional Values
|To Make Chettinad Masala Paste|
|Desiccated coconut||40 grams|
|Poppy seeds (Khus Khus)||20 grams|
|Fennel seeds||10 grams|
|Roasted split chickpea||20 grams|
|Coriander seeds||12 grams|
|Black stone flower (Kalpasi)||3 grams|
|To Make Chettinad Chicken Curry|
|Coconut oil||1/2 tablespoon|
|Curry leaves||A sprig|
|Fennel seeds||1 teaspoon|
|Dried red chilli||3|
|Turmeric powder||1/2 teaspoon|
|Red chilli powder||1 tablespoon|
|Hot water or chicken stock||700 ml|
|Coconut oil to sear chicken||1/2 tablespoon|
- Chicken is a good source of zinc which regulates testosterone levels and boosts sperm count in men.
Video Walk Through – Chettinad Chicken Curry – Chettinaatin Kozhi Kuzhambu
Instructions – Chettinad Chicken Curry – Chettinaatin Kozhi Kuzhambu
Make Chettinad Masala
- Set a pan on medium heat.
- Add desiccated coconut, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds roasted chickpeas (fried gram) and black stone flower. Toast for a minute or two and mildly brown the spices. Pay close attention so that you don’t burn them. Black stone flower is called Kalpasi in Tamizh and Patthar Ke Phool or Dagad Phool in Hindi. It is a fungus that grows on river rocks.
- Transfer the toasted spices to a blender.
- Add ginger, garlic and little water. Blitz into a smooth paste and set aside.
Prep Chicken Drumsticks
- Wash the chicken drumsticks and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
- Set a pot or sauce pan on medium heat.
- Add coconut oil.
- When the oil is at the verge of smoking, add the chicken drumsticks. Sear for 3 minutes.
- Once seared properly, remove from heat and set aside.
Make Chettinad Chicken Curry
- To the same pot in which you seared the chicken, add little coconut oil.
- Add dried red chillies, fennel seeds and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
- Add sliced shallots and salt. Saute and sweat the shallots briskly on medium heat for 3 minutes.
- Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix everything well and fry for a minute.
- Add the freshly made chettinad masala paste. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add homemade chicken stock or hot water and mix well. Find our homemade chicken stock recipe here.
- Add the seared chicken drumsticks and bring it to a simmer.
- Lower the heat. Cover and cook the curry on low heat for 45 minutes.
- 45 minutes later, turn off the heat and rest the curry for 10 minutes.
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