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Kerala country chicken

A great friend of mine was recently in India and brought back a fantastic recipe book from the Karala district. This one really appealed to me, good straight forward home style chicken curry made in one pot, well just about. It is a real country style indian stew with a hint of coconut that gave it a really interesting flavor. For those who need a great Indian spice outlet, in Cape Town go to Atlas trading, 94 Wale st, Bo0-kaap. JHB go to the Oriental plaza and Durbs, just head for downtown and follow the smells. (6 hungry people easily)

What you need

1 kg chicken pieces, skin removed
350g potatoes in bite size pieces
1 large onion chopped
2 large green chilis chopped
4cm piece fresh ginger finely chopped
4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
4-6 curry leaves
2 420g tins coconut milk
250ml plain yogurt
4 tablespoons coriander powder *(yes tablespoons)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
2-3 teaspoons salt

The process

In a large pan over a high heat, heat a little oil and add the garlic, chilis and ginger, saute for about a minute.

Add the onions and curry leaves and cook, stirring constantly until the onions go traslucent and soft.

In a large pot heat a little more oil and add the spices, chili powder, turmeric, garam masala and coriander and fry, stirring constantly for about 2-3 minutes.

Now add the onion mixture, potatoes and chicken pieces and combine the ingredients well.

Now add the coconut milk, season with salt and simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is done.

Lastly add the yoghurt, mix well and simmer for about another 10- minutes.

Serve with rice and sambals