Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu/Chicken Curry

Hell hack! Seemingly there's no end to Iphone 7 driving me up the wall. God! What a tensed situation. Honestly, my patience running dry, I just felt like smashing my phone (Da De Bak Kut Teh). Imagine how it would have been? Trust me, I am not saying I will die without social media, but phone is a crucial matter, primarily for emergency purpose when I am out of the house. But this damn phone? Did I have any other choice? I guess not. I guess I had to just put it aside, hoping for the best while getting going to cooking. Already promised, so I must deliver. Thankfully, amidst all the phone madness, I had already stocked up my fridge. Chicken (Indian Chicken Curry, Chicken Devil Curry, Cashew Masala Chicken, Butter Chicken, Indian Masala Chicken Curry & Chicken Vindaloo) and the rest of the prerequisite ingredients. At least one part of my mission accomplished, one more important thing was none other except the cooking itself. It could have been just the chicken curry, this Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu, but the good Nava K willingly decided to hand it over lovingly to her friends alongside a simple cabbage kootu/dhal gravy (Keerai/Spinach Kootu) and made in the rice cooker saffron rice (Nasi Minyak). Wishful thinking which by far didn't fail me (Salted Egg Chicken, Honey Chicken, Chilli Chicken, Curry Leaves Baked Chicken, Lemon Chicken & Masala Raisin Chicken). 

Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu/Chicken Curry is another, the other, another version to our Indian chicken curry (Malaysian Chettinad Mutton Curry). A famed dish, as you already know, since I have mentioned it, from the land of Karaikudi, India. Splendidly delicious and mouthwatering, any Indian curry by far is sincerely spices dependable, this curry is not far behind either. Alright, the rest is the history of me cooking (Portuguese Devil CurryBuah Keluak Chicken Curry & Nyonya Chicken Curry). Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu/Chicken Curry simmering on one burner, while I got going to Cabbage Kottu on the other and saffron rice, thank you rice cooker for your convenience. Enough said, lemme now get down to the business of unveiling the recipes to you.  

For Karaikudi Kozhi Kozhumbu/Chicken Curry
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

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
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
Add all ingredients in the rice cooker, stir, cook and fluff up thereafter.

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

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

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

  4. So lovely dish ... can smell already

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Bowl please ready to eat delicious it looks


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