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Coconuts grow in abundance in the Spice coast of “Kerala” ;Consequently coconut in the form
of kernel,coconut cream or coconut milk has been widely used in many cuisines of Kerala.That
can be the reason of the origin of this dish ,in which coconut milk is a major ingredient and
Chicken Stew as the name suggests is a stew consisting of chicken cooked in spiced coconut
milk along with potatoes.This recipe originated long back in Syrian Christian families.It is a
unavoidable dish prepared along with Appam mainly as breakfast.
I prepare appam along with Chicken stew atleast once,every week.But I specially prepare it as
breakfast for Easter or Christmas.I cant imagine Easter or Christmas day beginning without
Appam and Stew.Here comes the recipe exclusively from my Amma’s Kitchen !!!
Chicken pieces – ½ kg
Potato – 1(Cubed)
Big onion – 1
Green chilli – 1(whole)
Garlic – 4 flakes(crushed)
Ginger – 1 inch piece(crushed)
Cinnamon – 2 sticks
Cloves – 4
Cardamom – 3 no
Oil – 2 1/2 tbsp
Thin coconut milk – 1 3/4 cup
Thick coconut milk – 3/4 cup
Crushed pepper – ½ tsp
Coriander Powder – 2 tbsp.
turmeric powder – 1 pinch.
Chicken masala – 1 tsp
Vinegar – 1 tsp
Salt to taste.
1.Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a cooker and add the Onions,Crushed ginger and Garlic and Green chilli and saute till Onion is transparent.
2.To this add the whole Spices and saute for a minute.
3.Then add Crushed pepper,Coriander powder,Turmeric powder and Chicken masala and saute
till raw smell disappears.
4.Now add the Potatoes,Chicken and vinegar and saute until the masala clungs to the chicken and potato pieces.
5.Then add the Thin coconut milk,salt and mix.Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles and put out the flame.Open the lid when the pressure releases.
6.Now add the thick coconut milk and combine and keep aside.
7.In a small pan,heat the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp of oil.Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Now add curry leaves and then put out the flame.
8.Pour this into the chicken-coconut milk gravy.Kerala Chicken stew is ready.
9.Serve hot with appam or Bread and Enjoy!