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Friday, May 11, 2012

Chettinad Milagu Kozhi Kuzhambu (Chettinad Pepper Chicken Gravy)

                                                 Chettinad is famous for spicy non-veg items. These pepper gravies of chicken or lamb are specially made during the mass prayer to the ancestors which we call padappu.To serve the big crowd the gravy will be little watery but the taste can’t match the carefully made gravy made at home. In the padappu they use only pepper for hot taste. But for the small quantity we make at home, I feel that little chili powder should be added .I recommend the use of a glass of coconut milk also since the chicken and pepper are hot and especially during summer coconut milk will compensate little bit of heat. This preparation which I have blogged is one of our favorite item in a mess in our town. I personally met the old woman who cooks this in the mess, a member of the family who runs the mess and got the recipe. My elder daughter also loves this gravy and wanted me to blog it today itself so that she can serve it in my grandson Siddarth’s Birthday party tomorrow. He is turning two today.
Chicken -3/4 kg
Big onion chopped -2 cups
Garlic-10 pods
Ginger garlic paste-1 table spoon
Curry leaves-little
Red chili powder-1 table spoon
Pepper fennel powder- 2 table spoons (keep some powder extra so as to add according to taste)
Coriander powder – 1 table spoon
Coconut milk thick- 1 cup

To season
Cinamon-3 small pieces
Bay leaf-1 small one
Pepper fennel powder
Take 4 table spoons of pepper and two table spoons of fennel seed (perungeerakam).Powder it well and store in a container. Use the required amount.
Marinate the chicken pieces with the 1 table spoon chili powder and little salt and marinate for an hour.
Keep the kadai in the stove. In three to four table spoons of oil season the gravy with the items given in ’to season’. Add the garlic pods first. When it turns golden brown, add the ginger garlic paste, chopped onion and sauté well. Then add the tomatoes.Saute well till the tomato pieces are soft. Now add chicken pieces.Saute well till water oozes out from the chicken.Then add the coriander powder and half of the pepper fennel powder and sauté well.Close the kadai checking in between that there is water in the gravy. If there is no water to cook, mix 1 cup of water to ½ cup coconut milk and add. Cook for 15 minutes in low fire .This cooking time absolutely depends on the quality of chicken you use. In  US I have found the chicken getting cooked very fast.But here in India it takes pretty long time to cook in an open kadai. When you feel the chicken is almost cooked add the remaining pepper powder and the salt needed too. Always be careful while adding the pepper powder. Be sure that you don’t make it very spicy. So use your required quantity. Cook for 5 minutes. Now add the remaining ½ cup thick coconut milk and cook for 3 minutes. If you want the gravy to be little watery add 1 or ½ cup water to the coconut milk. Today  as a  whole I used 1 cup milk adding 1 cup water.


Cham said...

Aunty already Siddarth turned two, great. My Warm Birthday wishes to the little one.
I am gonna make this one for my sunday lunch (I got 2 treat myself for the mother day!)
Happy Mother's day:)

Madhu Pravin said...

first of all, happy birthday to ur grandson :) he is blessed by havin U as his grandmother. :) coming to d dish, it's absolutely Mouth-watering, Ma'am :) wil try n let u kno asap :) advance happy Mother's Day, Ma'am :)

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thank you Cham and Madhu for the birthday wishes to Sid.Happy Mothers day to you guys too!!!!!!!!!!!.Have a blast.

maxo said...

B'de Wishes to Sid.

Achi - You are the authentic Chettinad Cook.

Thanks for this lovely receipe

deesharnya said...

hi aunty! u didn't mention when to add chicken and ginger garlic paste in this recipe.

Archana said...

I followed the recipe exactly and it tasted awesome! Thank you for such consistently tasty recipes.

Sharninder said...

Tried this recipe today and it was amazing. Thanks.

Skl said...

Hello aunty,
Happy Diwali to you and family,
We made this kuzhambhu with edli and dosa,it turned awesome,the pepper fennel and coconut milk is giving great flavour,great food at Diwali made it really nice,this recipe is going very well with edli dosa,thank you,skl

Anandraj said...

GOod gravy....am in the US as a student and this helped me get some home taste back to my tongue... Thank you and keep posting. Good luck.

Nagu Subbu said...

Ya tried this & it came out really really well aachi :)

Vickybhat said...

Turned out to be really nice, thankyou for the great recipe:)

Gexton said...

I'm not familiar with fennel seeds but this is good to know the benefits of this fennel seeds
sesame seeds
fennel seeds

Siva said...

Dear Mam,

The recipe was very helpful. It came out very good. It was delicious. It is really great that you are making effort to give out the right Chettinad recipe. I have a request as well. The recipe for Kola urundai. Will be following your blog for that :-)

ந. உதயகுமார் said...

Nice recipe. Easy, simple, flavourful and tasty. Thank you

Raghul Sudersan said...

உங்க செட்டிநாடு மிளகு கோழி குழம்பு என்னோட Spanish, American மற்றும் Korean நண்பர்களுக்கு ரொம்ப புடிசிசிடுக்கு. என் நண்பர்கள் மற்றும் என்னுடைய நன்றி.