Recipe for Coconut Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken
  • 1 big onion sliced
  • 1 cup copra, (you can use freshly grated coconut if you are unable to find this) It is readily available in any Indian grocery store
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground ginger
  • 5 big cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, washed clean
  • 3 green chillies
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes- pureed
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • salt to taste
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • Spices to be dry roasted and ground:
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5- 6 green cardamoms
  • 1 big black cardamom
  • 2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cloves

Cooking Directions

Dry roast the above spices on a pan and cool. After it’s cooled, grind to a fine powder in a coffee grinder.

Wet Masala-
Dry roast the onions on a pan till brown. Be careful, not to burn as the chicken might taste bitter. Keep aside. Dry roast copra or freshly ground coconut till it turns brown.

Grind the onions, copra, ginger, garlic, cilantro, green chillies to a fine paste by adding as much water as needed. Make a fine paste of this and keep aside. Using the same mixer, puree the tomatoes and keep aside.Dry

Masala-
On another pan, dry roast the bay leaf, green and black cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick, black peppercorns and cloves till it gives off an aroma.

Cool this and grind it in a coffee grinder to make a fine powder and keep aside.Heat oil in a vessel.

Add the wet masala and saute. Careful, this mixture will splatter as it will have lots of water used during grinding. Cover and let this cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add the pureed tomatoes along with the dry masala, red chilly powder, turmeric and cook for another 10 minutes stirring occasionally, till the oil separates.

Add the chicken and mix well making sure the masala has coated the chicken well.

Fry this for 5 minutes and season with salt well. Add 1 cup hot water and let it cook for 20-25 minutes till the chicken is cooked.

If you like the gravy thick add less water while cooking the chicken. Serve hot with rice and salad. Enjoy!

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