Saturday, May 28, 2011

Chettinad Chicken


I'm a big fan of chettinad cuisine, just the thought of the Beef Chettinad that I had in Goa, during our vacation in Decemeber, still makes my mouth water. But I haven't tried a lot of chettinad cuisine at home, other than this Egg Chettinad I had made long back. Rj had to go out of station on a family emergency n wanted to make something nice for him for dinner the day before he left.


In a situation like this, I find it easy to rely on cooking expert Sanjeev Kapoor's recipes. I have complete faith in his recipes, like I always say they will never let you down, even if you are trying it for the first time! That's how I decided on  Sanjeev Kapoor's Chicken Chettinad recipe. I have followed his instructions to the last dot n' it was amazing. I have always favoured my Darbar Ki Karahi and Murgh Makhani recipe for chicken if I want to make chicken it for a special occasion, but I have to say, this recipe is gonna be a stiff competition to all my previous chicken recipes. So here you go...



1. Chicken : 500gms/ half a kilo
2. Dry Red Chilies: 5 whole pods
3. Coconut: 1/2 (scraped)
4. Poppy seeds (khuskhus): 1 tsp
5. Coriander seeds: 1/2 tsp
6. Cumin seeds: 1/4 tsp
7. Green cardamom: 1no
8. Clove: 1no
9. Cinnamon: 1/2 an inch piece
10. Star anise: 1/2
11. Fennel seeds (saunf): 1/2 tsp
12. Ginger: 1 inch piece  (roughly chopped)
13. Garlic: 5-6cloves
14. Oil: 1/4 cup (the original recipe used olive oil, but I used regular sunflower oil)
15. Onion : 1no (medium) chopped
16. Curry leaves: 10-12
17. Tomato: 2 small or 1 large (chopped)
18. Red chili powder: 1/2 tsp
19. Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
20. Lemon juice: as per taste
21. Coriander leaves: 1tsp (chopped)
22. Salt: as per taste


Step 1: Roast dry red chillies, coconut, poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds in 1 tbsp of oil

Step 2: Grind the above into a paste along with ginger and garlic. (my mallu instinct worked overtime n' i tried using my new stone pestle n' mortar unsuccessfully to do this, so I had to do a little twist later, which I will mention)

Step 3: Heat the remaining oil in a kadai/wok and fry onion till golden. Add curry leaves and the ground paste and sauté for some time.

Step 4: Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste. (at this stage I could see that my paste needs to be a little more ground n ground the same in a mixer grinder to a fine paste. That is the reason why you can't see any tomato pieces or curry leaves in my pictures) Once I ground the same into a thick paste, I sauteed them for a min more in the same kadai without adding more oil.

Step 5: Add chicken and mix. Cook for five minutes and then add two cups of water, lemon juice, cover and cook till the chicken is done.

Step 6: Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.


It is best served with hot rice or chapathi or even paratha. But I served it with puttu, coz after taking time out to decide on what to make n' the whole process above I had time only for something simple like puttu. :) Happy Cooking!!!



  1. This is truly delicious... loved every bit of it:) The presentation does total justice for the dish... yummy spice blend:) Loved it..

  2. Its lunchtime and im drooling at the chicken!! slurp! this goes on my 'recipes to try' list!

  3. dint know u were such a big sanjeev kapoor fan...i went fr a cooking demo he was doing at selfridges on thurs...shud have gotten u one autographt. but wht he cooked that day was horrible :O

    i tried a similar recipe from madhur jaffrey n it was soo spicy, tasty but spicy:)

  4. thank u guyz for the comments....nish...there are fans n' there are fans...n' there is'm fan of his recipes not the man that makes sense...:)

  5. Looks very delicious..... Feel like digging into it right away...:-)

  6. Love chettinad cuisine as anything, droolworthy,mouthwatering chettinad chicken,beautiful and delicious curry..

  7. wow..this looks droooooooolworthy n ur pics r making this dish more tempting n lipsmacking...yummo...
    u hv a wonderful space and great tht i found u...visit my space as time permits...

  8. this looks fabulous wonderful chicken curry

  9. Hi there...I was so glad when I saw a fellow Indian blogger in Bahrain, since I have recently come still here? Nice blog..will keep visiting.
    Anamika -

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  11. I love the spices you have used in this chicken dish.. Looks so delicious!!!

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  14. That looks delicious. With the coconut and curry leaves, I'm sure its a very unique curry...


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