Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu/Chicken Curry


Waking up feeling rather exhausted because of the previous day of sorting out my phone (Iphone 7), it then struck my mind I am suppose to cook for a good friend of mine. Of course it was purely my own decision and not forced to, albeit still in daze coping with my stress level (Da De Bak Kut Teh), I immediately got down to cooking. Well, I believe a promise is a promise and must be fulfilled, thankfully I had already bought a kampong/village chicken two days ago. Also, with a pantry forever stocked up with every other essential ingredient, I didn’t have to drive around to buy anything else to cook a complete meal consisting of Karaikudi Kozhi Kozhumbu/Chicken Curry (Malaysian Chettinad Mutton Curry), a simple cabbage kootu/dhal gravy (Keerai/Spinach Kootu) and in the rice cooker saffron rice (Nasi Minyak).

Nonetheless, since I don't own an electric grinder, it took me a while to blend the spice mixture in the blender for the chicken curry (Portuguese Devil CurryBuah Keluak Chicken Curry & Nyonya Chicken Curry). Mainly because water must be gradually added to ensure that the mixture is not too watery but when you don’t add enough water, blender will not bind/blend the spices to a smooth consistency. Henceforth, this curry definitely made me sweat even more in my hot-stuffy kitchen compared to when I made Masala Raisin ChickenIndian Masala Chicken Curry & Thai Chicken Green Curry. Still, its a pat on my shoulder for achieving my mission of rendering an awesomely aromatic thick curry soaking up in tender chicken pieces, alongside with mushy cabbage in dhal gravy (Cabbage Stir Fried With Chana Dhal) and scented saffron rice (Nasi Ulam Rosemary Tomato Rice). 

For Karaikudi Kozhi Kozhumbu/Chicken Curry
Ingredients
For the chicken
1 whole kampong chicken (about 450g) – cut into bite sizes
½ tbsp. turmeric powder
½ tbsp ginger paste
½ tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp yogurt
**mix all these together and set aside 

For the curry paste
4 dried red chillies
½ tbsp coriander seeds
1 cinnamon
3 cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp black pepper seeds
1 tsp kas-kas/poppy seeds
2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
2 sprigs curry leaves
**dry roast these ingredients to release aroma and blend with enough water for a smooth paste
Other ingredients
¼ cup mustard oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
7 shallots – slice thinly
Salt for taste
Enough water

Method
Heat oil.
Saute shallots and splatter in mustard seeds.
Add curry paste.
Fry and cook over low heat till aromatic and oil splits.

Add chicken.
Stir in.
Pour enough water to cook chicken and for gravy.
Season with salt
Cook till gravy is thicken as well as chicken is cooked.
Dish out.
For cabbage kootu
½ medium size cabbage – slice
¼ cup masoor dhal - rinse
1 medium size tomato – slice
2 bay leaves
1/2 tbsp ginger paste
Some coriander leaves – slicegin
1 tbsp coconut oil
Salt for taste
Method
Heat oil.
Saute garlic paste.
Add tomato and dhal.
Stir in.
Pour ½ cup of water, add bay leaves and dhal.
Stir and cook till mushy.
Add cabbage and season with salt.
Simmer to soften cabbage.
Off the heat and combine in coriander leaves.


For saffron rice
2 cups Pusa Gold Basmati rice (wash and rinse)
1/4 tsp saffron strands
Salt to taste
3 cups of water
Method
Add all ingredients in the rice cooker, stir, cook and fluff up thereafter.



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14 comments:

  1. OMG it is so drooling.. Lovely curry with a blend of flavours:)

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  2. Name karaikudi has made me drool. Superb combo for lunch

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  3. Just cant stop drooling..this chicken curry looks so tempting..drooling here ...

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  4. So lovely dish ... can smell already

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  5. Curry is always great, esp. in the cold season. This looks mouthwatering, Nava.

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  6. This is totally Indian style comfort food.. super yumm need to note down the recipe.. Thanks fr sharing

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  7. I am mouthwatering here....!!! I feel to grab this chicken curry and rice...!

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  8. Looks like a great combination, dear! Happy hoidays! xoxo

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  9. Chicken curry looks absolutely delicious! I love the look of the rice too!
    Happy holidays!

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  10. I am going to try the chicken curry for sure.

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