Thursday, October 16, 2008

Village style chicken curry

Hi friends , as the weather is getting cooler and cooler our taste buds will start craving for more spicy foods.Here is a spicy Tamilnadu style chicken to satisfy ourselves.
There is an interesting story too. Men in my native place have the habit of having 'oil bath' (apply gingelly oil on head and body, have a massage and take a herbal shampoo shower) on Saturdays . While they are taking bath the women will lit up their stoves and cook chicken curry to start a wonderful weekend.As of now there were no stores selling chicken, so they reared the hen and rooster in their backyard and used them to produce egg and meat. They cooked the chicken in many ways so that it gives complete nutrition for their family. In olden days people had a different life style and they were able to eat and relish ghee chickens. But now we live in an era of less human labor so I have tweaked the older version by adding some oil with ghee:)
Just try this for your weekend and tell me how it turned out.

village style Milagu kozhi varuval / Pepper chicken- (country style) / kiramathu milagu kozhi.
whole chicken - 600 gms (take 1/2 of it vertically)
turmeric powder - 1 tsp

To marinate:
curd - 1/2 cup
salt - to taste
coriander powder - 1 tsp
chilli powder- 1 tsp
(if you want a mild red color in the curry , otherwise add 1 tsp pepper powder.)
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

To fry:

curry leaves - 2 brig
tomato - 1
shallot onion (sambar onion) - 10
cilantro - a handful
ghee - 3 tbsp
(But I added ...ghee- 1 tbsp + olive oil- 1 tbsp + gingelly oil - 1 tbsp)

To grind:
Pepper corn - 2 tsp
cumin seeds - 2 tsp
shallot onion - 5
ginger - 2 inch
garlic - 4 pods
coriander seeds- 2 tsp
cloves- 4
cardamom- 2
cinnamon - 1 inch

Wash the chicken with 1 tsp turmeric powder and water.Remove the skin (or keep the skin if you like a more native taste).cut the whole chicken in to big pieces.
Marinate it with turmeric, chilli powder (or) pepper powder, coriander powder, curd and salt.Keep it aside.
In little oil roast every thing given to grind together and grind them in to a fine paste.
You will definitely need a thick bottom vessel with lid to prepare this 'milagu kozhi varuval'.Then only we will get a more crispy fry with less oil.
Heat ghee / oil mixture in the thick bottom vessel.
Add fennel seeds and add chopped onion. saute the onion till it becomes golden brown.
Now add the ground masala and stir continously till oil gets separated.
Now add chopped tomato and minced cilantro and let them cook.
Add the marinated chicken pieces and saute well.
Add 2 cups of water and close the lid.
Cook it for 30 minutes with occasional stirring.
Cook the chicken till the oil separates out and the curry becomes thick and oil gets separated.
Add curry leaves and 1/2 tsp pepper powder and switch off stove.
Country style Tamilnadu 'Milagu kozhi varuval' (Tamilnadu style pepper chicken) is ready to serve.

serving suggestions:
serve 'country style chicken' with steamed rice and sambar.
Also suitable with roti / naan / chapathi.


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Purva Desai said...

Pepper chicken looks drooling....thanks for sharing the recipe

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for visiting my blog, Viki, and for the very first and most unexpected.
I have to make that pepper new twists on old recipes.

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Meanwhile....I am not a tech' person. I am having hard figure to put that 'award' logo on my blog! Do you think you could explain me....sorry to bother you!

Gita Jaishankar said...

Nice to read about the oil bath and the rest of the story. This chicken recipe reminds me of my mom-in-law's chicken fry. I will try your version and let you know how it came for me

Purva Desai said...

Viki thanks for appreciating my Rotis...with regards to ur query of soft and fluffy roti is its in genes of Gujaratis to make soft fluffy rotis which we call it phulka...
the secret is in kneading the dough...
add few drops of oil in ur flour and pinch of salt....mix it properly in the flour....add water and knead it for 2 - 3 Minutes....then again knead it or polish ur dough with few drops of oil....ur dough will be smooth...
wrap ur dough for 15 minutes in a wet tea cloth or just cover it with a lid....
try to roll it properly.....if u hold the roti in air u should see the roti is rolled evenly....
in India we try to cook in on gas in UK we ve hot plates so i try to the rotis fluffy with a Cloth....
I hope I ve clear all ur doubts...still in case of any queries let me know dear...

Jaishree Iyer said...

First time here.Congrats on your award.U have collection of amazing and yummy Recipes..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Congrats on your award... Pepper chicken is tempting me... great post...

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow looks gr8. Spicy too. Congrats on the award.

Anjum said...

Hi vikki...first time at ur blog,firstly congrats for the award u won,i was going throug all ur recipes...must say u have a deatlied way of presenting them.,looking forward for more..ur pepper chicken looks mouth watering..i love spicy food!!!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Hi anjum , Thanks for appreciating the pepper chicken . Keep visiting.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for the award.Sorry for sending the reply so late.I was a little busy so could not reply you earlier.

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