How to Cook Chicken Stew South Indian Style

How to Cook Chicken Stew South Indian Style

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients needed to make Chicken Stew South Indian Style:

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, chopped into four pieces
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • ¾ oz fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 1 green chili, slitted
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for seasoning the chicken
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning the chicken
  • 1 blade mace
  • 1’’ cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods, slightly crushed
  • 4-6 black peppercorns
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Steamed rice, to serve
  • Chopped celery leaves, to garnish

Cooking instructions for Chicken Stew South Indian Style:

  • Season the chicken pieces with a dash of cinnamon, freshly ground black pepper as well as salt; dust them lightly with flour and set aside until required.
  • Drizzle a tbsp of vegetable oil into a large saucepan and heat it over slow flame.
  • Once the oil heats up, drop in the chicken chunks and stir-fry lightly so that they doesn’t catch any color and are just cooked; remove from heat and keep it aside.
  • Pour rest of the oil into the same pan and add the whole spices, once the oil heats up.
  • Saute the spices, while stirring them at times, until they begins to splutter and stir in the onions, ginger as well as curry leaves.
  • Continue to saute the mixture for about 5 minutes or until the onions become lucid.
  • Sprinkle rest of the ground cinnamon, black pepper, ground coriander and turmeric powder over the mixture and saute the mixture further for another couple of minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  • Add a splash of coconut milk and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  • Return the cooked chicken pieces into the pan, along with the tomatoes and stir them well together to coat both the ingredients with the simmering gravy.
  • Continue to simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes or until the meat is cooked properly.
  • Arrange a bed of steamed rice on each serving plates and divide the chicken pieces between the,.
  • Spoon the stew gravy over the chicken and top it up with chopped celery.
  • Serve hot.

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