Chicken Chettinad is a famous cuisine from Chettinad. The Chettinad cuisine is famous for their use of spices. Their dishes are spicy with the smell of fresh ground masalas. There are many variations to the Chicken Chettinad, but the spices used are almost similar except for the red chillies, which depends on each person’s palate.
Anyone who has had non-vegetarian would have had chicken chettinad at some point of time. This is one of those dishes which tastes awesome with whatever it is served with be it rice, hoppers, string hoppers or even idly and dosai. So enjoy…
To Roast and grind:
Coconut (grated) – 2-3 tbsps
Red chillies – 4-5 nos
Coriander seeds – 2 tbsps
Cumin – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
Peppercorn – 1 tsp
Cardamons – 3-4 nos
Cloves – 5-6 nos
Cinnamon – 1” stick
Star anise – 1 no
Onions (diced) – 2 nos
Tomato (diced) – 2 nos
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 1-2 sprigs
Lemon juice – ½ lemon
Salt to taste
In a small pan, add a tsp of oil and roast the ingredients given for roasting and grinding, except the coconut. Roast till a nice fragrance arises, remove and keep aside.
In the same pan, add the grated coconut and roast till the coconut turns golden brown. Remove from heat and put with the other roasted ingredients.
Allow them to cool and grind to a powder. Keep aside.
Heat a kadai with some oil, add the diced onions and sauté.
Sauté the onions till they turn light brown.
Now, add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell of the paste goes.
Add the ground masala powder, curry leaves and sauté along with tomatoes.
Cover and cook till the tomatoes get soft.
Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and season with salt.
Mix well and cook till the masala starts to leave oil from the sides.
Now, add the washed and cleaned chicken and mix well with the masala.
Add just half a cup of water, cover and simmer.
Cook for 10-15 minutes on low heat till the chicken is cooked.
When the chicken is cooked, remove from heat and add the juice of half a lemon.
Mix well and serve.