Thursday, November 2, 2023

Exploring the Flavors of Kerala: A Delectable Pepper Chicken Curry

As an avid traveler with an insatiable wanderlust, I've had the privilege of exploring some parts of the world, and Kerala holds a special place in my heart (Kochi/Cochin). The beauty of its nature and the mouthwatering cuisine make it an unforgettable destination. Among the delightful dishes I encountered during my travels was the Kerala Pepper Chicken Curry. The marriage of crushed pepper, aromatic spices, and creamy coconut milk creates a truly yummilicious delight. Inspired by my culinary adventures (Nadan Meen Curry/Kerala Fish Curry), I've crafted my own modified version of this flavorful curry, utilizing the ingredients available at home. Allow me to share this delightful recipe with you - a taste of Kerala's culinary magic.

 Ingredients:

¾ kg chicken (inclusive of wings, feet, and bones) – cut into large pieces, marinated with ¾ tbsp turmeric powder.

2 cups thick coconut milk

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

2 tomatoes – sliced or chopped

2 tbsp coconut oil

Salt, to taste

1 tbsp crushed black pepper

1 tbsp garlic paste

½ tbsp ginger paste

Spices – cinnamon, star anise, and cloves

2 large red onions – chopped

A handful of curry leaves

A few dried red chilies

Method:
In a pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat.

Add ginger paste, garlic paste, chopped onions, and a blend of aromatic spices, including cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. Saute the mixture until the onions turns golden and the fragrance fills the air.

Now, toss in the sliced tomatoes and the marinated chicken. Sprinkle the cumin powder, coriander powder, and the star of the show, crushed black pepper. Stir everything together, allowing the flavors to meld.

To ensure a tender and flavorful result, pour about a cup of water into the pan and let the curry simmer gently.

As the curry slowly simmers, add the rich and velvety coconut milk, along with the perfect amount of salt to enhance the taste.

Continue simmering until the chicken reaches its succulent and tender state, infused with the enticing flavors of Kerala.

Finally, as the tantalizing aroma fills your kitchen, turn off the heat, and behold, your Kerala Pepper Chicken Curry is ready to be savored.

Kerala Pepper Chicken Curry is a culinary masterpiece that captures the essence of Kerala's rich flavors and aromatic spices. With each bite, you'll experience the perfect harmony of crushed pepper's heat, the creaminess of coconut milk, and the earthy notes of cumin and coriander. Embark on a flavorful journey to Kerala by trying this recipe, which encapsulates the essence of my cherished travels. Whether you're a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, this delightful dish is sure to impress your taste buds and leave you craving for more. So, let's get cooking and savor the magic of Kerala's culinary traditions! 

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