Kandhari Chicken

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Kandhari Chicken- A dish from Kerala. Recipe inspired from Sutralam Suvaikalam. For a twist, I tried with chicken instead of fish.  It came out well. The  coconut oil and the  fresh coconut milk added to this dish makes this dish very aromatic and less spice from Kandhari chilies. So even kids will enjoy thisi chicken. Goes well with plain cooked rice, curd rice, chapathi or naan. Try this and let me know your feedback!!2

TO GRIND–40 Kandhari chilies ( you can add more depend on your spice level) one handful of coriander leaves chopped, 5 garlic chopped  and 2 inch thick size ginger chopped.3

TO GRIND-Handful of Palak spinach4

TO SAUTE-250 gm small onions chopped, 10 to 15 curry leaves and  2 tbsp garlic pods chopped and 2 tbsp chopped ginger5

Fresh milk from 1/2 coconut( Add 250 ml water to it and grind and use the thick coconut milk)

Paste from palak spinach and the kandhari, coriander leaves and ginger & garlic.7

FOR TEMPERING- 1/2 tsp vendhayam/fenugreek seeds, some curry leaves, 2 dry red chilies, and 1 tsp mustard seeds8

3/4 kg chicken with bones. You can also use boneless. Marinate for 1/2 hour with ginger & garlic paste and 1 tsp of salt9

In a kadai, add 2 tbsp coconut oil, add all the ingredients listed in FOR TEMPERING.10

Now add the chopped small onions and saute that for 3 minutes11

Now add the chopped ginger & garlic12

Saute this for 10 minutes in a medium flame

Add the kandhari chili paste and mix well


After 5 to 7 minutes, add the palak paste16

Once the palak paste and the kandhari chili paste has been cooked for about 5 minutes, add the marinated chicken and cook well17

Cook well until all the masalas are incorporated well in the chicken

Add required salt19

Again stir and cook well20

Add 250 ml water and cook until the chicken are well cooked21

Once the chicken is cooked well, add the coconut milk

Stir for about 2 minutes and add the fresh curry leaves23

Mix it24

Finally add 1 tbsp coconut oil and switch off the flame.25

The aromatic Kandhari chicken is ready to serve.26


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