Saturday, January 16, 2010

Chicken Curry - South Ishtyle

A recipe passed on to me by my mom. Apparently she got this one from one of her friends.

We are having some guests coming home today. So this chicken is for 12 adjust the quantities as per your requirements.

This dish has a mild fenugreek and curry leaf flavour..which makes it a fresh change from the normal maharashtrian style chicken which is usually made at our home.

Here is how its made

Level: Medium
Serves: 12-13 people

2 kg chicken (pref. with bones)
13-14 dry red chillies
2 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
4 tsp coriander seeds
20 curry leaves
1.5 cups fresh grated coconut
2 tblsp tamarind paste
15-16 garlic pods
3-4 tblsp oil
4 large onions, finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric powder
3-4 bay leaves
4 - 5 cups water
Salt to taste
Coriander for decoration

Step 1 - Clean the chicken, apply salt and turmeric and leave it aside.

Step 2 - Take a pan. Add 2 tsp oil. Saute dry red chillies, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and curry leaves till it releases an awesome aroma and slightly changes color.

Step 3 - Grind the sauted spices, fresh coconut, tamarind pulp and garlic pods together into a smooth paste by adding a little water. Keep aside

Step 4 - Take a large vessel. Add some oil. When hot, add the bay leaves and onions. Saute till onions turn brownish. Add the marinated chicken and saute well for 10-15 mins. Till the chicken turns whitish.

Step 5 - Add the spice mixture paste and saute well for another 10 mins. Add 4 to 5 cups of water and mix everything well. Cover and let it cook completely.

Serve piping hot...decorated with coriander and a dash of lime.

Do let me know how this turns out for you folks !

Rack your brains!
Fenugreek seeds have been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium and diosgenin.
It has been found to help increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS.
In India and China it has been also been used to treat arthritis. asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems, treat sore throat and cure acid reflux.
Fenugreek also has a long history of use for the treatment of reproductive disorders, to induce labor, to treat hormonal disorders, to help with breast enlargement, and to reduce menstrual pain.
Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholestrol levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Fenugreek is also being studied for its cardiovascular benefits.


  1. That's fantastic Shalmali... it's really gonna help me when i am totaly blank about the menu to be made.
    Thanks and Cheers..

  2. Thanks Sonali..
    Hope you like it. Do let me know how it turns out.

  3. shalmali, recipes are gr8, with the pics too! but i think the health portion is a bit overboard :)

  4. I am trying this recipe today Shalmali! Hope it turns out alright. I love the pictures btw.

  5. thank you...:) let me know how you like it.