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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

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10 Responses to “Kerala country chicken”

  1. Arty says:

    Hi Graham,

    I have been using your recipies for a few years now and am on your mailing list.
    With the effect of inflation on our pension, we have all had to pull back on our living standards. I always find something which can fit into my meal budget. Perhaps we need a pensioners section like your “end of month” recipies.
    Just a note to thank you again.

    • Graham says:

      Thanks Arty, that is a great suggestion. I will see what I can do about putting some recipes together for a budget meal section. Happy days G

  2. Laxmi says:

    Hey Graham,I am dumbstruck.Did u really make the curry in the photo that u have posted?If u did,then I am sure that u r an awesome cook.Its exactly the way we make at home back in Kerala.My husband loves this curry and was impressed when he saw the photo and the recipe 🙂 Excellent work.

    • Graham says:

      Hi Laxmi, Sorry about the late reply, just had to have a few days off! I make this at least once or twice a month and just love it… It may come out a little less yellow on the table but thats pretty much how it looks. Thanks for the compliment, much appreciated but just a guy who loves to cook. I was introduced to Kerala style cooking by a friend who returned from the region in December 2008.. there are many more that I have not yet tried so keep checking back. Have a great year G

  3. Shafika says:

    Hi Graham. Loved the Kerala Country Chicken – my whole family did. I left out the two chillies though and it didn’t seem to make a difference. Thank you so much. Another place to try to spices is Osmans in Gatesville, just off Klipfontein Road. Have lovely weekend.

  4. Pat Wood says:

    You really choose the recipes you send with lots of thought. Most appreciated.

  5. Ros says:

    Dear Graham

    Just wanted to say thanks so much for the amazing recipes. I forwarded your website to our local Butchery so that they can give out recipes with meat cuts. I also include a recipe in my weekly Info email to our local Community – these are appreciated by all the people who enjoy cooking and so on.

    Kind regards


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