Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chicken chukka varuval

Chicken chukka
Chicken chukka varuval
Chicken is one of the most favorites in our home. We usually make Erode style "Chicken thanni kuzhambu"  everytime as my husband loves it a lot. It was taught by my father-in-law during my intial days after wedding.Yeah !! Golden memories :) . This time I wanted to try something different with the chicken, probably an appetizer but not deep fried. Immediately, the dish that came to my mind was mutton chukka . But I have only chicken so tried the same dish with chicken. This recipe is very easy to make and tastes great. It goes well with rice and roti or you can simply eat it as an appetizer. Enjoy making this spicy chicken starters at home :) .

Ingredients (serves for 4):

Boneless chicken - 1 kg
salt - as needed
ginger - 1 inch piece
garlic - 8 - 10 pods
mint leaves - 1 fist full
pepper powder - 2 tsp
coriander powder - 3 tsp
red chilli powder - 2 tsp
curd - 2 tablespoon
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
garam masala - 2 tsp
small onions (shallots) - 25 - 30 nos
curry leaves - 2 sprigs
oil - 3 tsp
cinnamon - 3 small sticks
bay leaves - 1
cloves - 1
fennel seeds - 1 tsp


  • wash and cut the boneless chicken into small pieces
  • grind garlic, ginger and mint leaves to a fine paste
  • add this paste to the chicken  and add turmeric powder, curd, coriander powder, pepper powder, salt and garam masala
  • mix it well and mariante it for atleast 2 hours
  • chop the shallots
  • after 2 hours, pressure cook the marinated chicken with 1 1/2 cups of water (1 cup size = 150 ml) for 2 whistles
  • once the pressure is released, heat a heavy bottomed vessel with oil and add fennel seeds, cinnamon sticks, clove, bay leaves 
  • once it splutters, add chopped onion and curry leaves
  • fry till the onion becomes transparent and then add red chili powder 
  • mix well and add the cooked chicken pieces. Adjust the salt. If you want it even more spicy, you can add more chilli powder at this stage according to your spice level. 
  • cook well till all the water is gone and mixture becomes dry
  • Serve as side dish or as an appetizer

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