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Nagercoil Chicken Curry...

This is a dish that is served at almost every event in Nagercoil... sometimes when the main course is entirely veg, the non veg eaters are served small bowls of this delectable chicken curry and you can almost see their faces light up. Its one of those time time saver dishes that I love, gets ready in a jiffy... and its simply  awesome, right down to its soul (if a curry has soul that is) its so plain and simple yet sophisticated... reminds me of Socrates. History says he was kinda ugly and not that great to look at but he ended up being the most reasonable man of his time... and undoubtedly our time too.

Anyway, getting back to the chicken curry... 
Dice onions and saute them in a pressure cooker...

Add some ginger garlic paste...

And fry till onions become translucent.

Drop in the pink chicken pieces...

And stir them around till they become an even brown colour.

Then add chillie powder and fennel powder...

Add enough salt, water and pressure cook the chicken.

Now that the chicken is cooked, add a few tablespoons of coconut oil (you can see the oil falling in drops here, went to great lengths to click this picture) and mix everything up nicely, let the chicken simmer for a few minutes. The coconut oil is what gives this dish its distinctive south indian flavour. If you want the curry to be thicker, let it boil for a few minutes till you get a dense masala kinda substance. 

Here is the famous dish one can never get enough of. I sometimes add small pieces of potato before pressure cooking since I'm more fond of potatoes than chicken. Everybody at home loves this dish and its completely satisfying in a wholesome way. So there you go, make this and enjoy some good old fashioned family time at supper.

Comments

Jane Hamilton said…
Just what I needed to see this morning...Now I need to go and get some chicken and try this out...

This recipe is awfully simple!!! No pain and lotsa gain!!! For once :P
BackStage said…
ooooh... looks good.. just the kind and color the spice devouring ppl at my home would like...Ummm.. in the 6th pic.. you say to add chilli and fennel..should we add coriander powder too here? because there seems to be 3 spices added there...
Karen Xavier said…
Hi Jane, hope the folks at home love it!

Gibsy, you have a keen eye! I actually added coriander powder by mistake, but it turned out alright. The recipe actually calls for only chillie powder and fennel powder, that is when you get that distinctive chicken masala that they serve at weddings there.
BackStage said…
he he.. well it looked like you added and I thought you might have forgotten to mention it.. well, that said.. Nagercoil chicken curry on the way!!
littlemuch said…
kavitha can i put the coconut oil we use for the hair in the dish?
littlemuch said…
hey! so i tried it out today. it's tastes good but i didn't put enough water so its more nagercoil chicken masala rather than nagercoil chicken curry :P
thanks for the recipe :D

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