Recipe for Kerala Chicken Stew


  • 1 kg chicken pieces, washed
  • 2 large onions, finely sliced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 6-7 green chillis, partially slit
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1? cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom
  • 8-10 pepper corns
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric pwd (optional)
  • large pinch fennel pwd (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala pwd
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups thin coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper pwd
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 15-18 curry leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee

Cooking Directions

Heat oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel, add few curry leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper corns and saute for few secs till the aroma emanates the kitchen. Add garlic slices and saute for for few secs. Add ginger paste and saute for few secs. Add the green chillis and sliced onions and fry for 4 mts.

Add turmeric pwd and combine. Add the chicken pieces and cook over medium heat for 7-8 mts.

Add the thin coconut milk and salt and combine. Cook without lid for 5-6 mts. Add garam masala pwd, fennel pwd and potato cubes and place lid. Simmer till the chicken and potatoes turn tender and the gravy thickens. Turn off heat. Add the thick coconut milk, few fresh curry leaves, lemon juice and pepper pwd and combine.

Serve warm with appam, rice or roti.

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