Chicken curry is a very popular and common delicacy in Kerala. There are many types of chicken curry cooked in Kerala. But this Grandma’s style chicken curry is very aromatic chicken curry made with fresh ingredients. The highlight of this chicken recipe is the aroma of freshly powdered spices and coconut. And it is the best chicken curry I have ever had in my life. Grandma’s traditional chicken curry is one of my good old grandma’s recipe, which used to be cooked in perfect harmony using the aromatic flavors of whole spices and coconut. This flavorful chicken curry is one of my family favorite culinary treasures. If you want to see more chicken recipes, click here. The detailed recipe with step by step cooking pictures follows.
This chicken gravy is a quick and easy to make traditional recipe. I learnt this recipe from my grandmother. The love of a grandma is unique. she played a big part in my childhood and I can remember so many times sitting to her in Kitchen and tasting the dishes, she prepare with special love. She has never been just my grandma, but my guardian, my friend, my inspiration and partner in crime. Still I can’t believe my lovely grandma was taken away from us. This is a unique recipe which has been my grandma’s secret recipe that I have been preparing now since ages to keep this humble dish alive as it’s one of my most favorite chicken curries with distinctive flavors and aroma. Every time I thought grandma was finished adding ingredients to the chicken curry, she would surprise me with yet another. She used to cook this chicken curry in a clay pot over a wood stocked fire.
I am sure we shall all keep our traditional recipes intact and do teach them to our later generations too. For preparing the grandma’s chicken curry, take a pan and add whole spices, kashmiri chilly powder and coconut. Fry it on low flame, once this done blend this mixture to a fine powder and set aside. If you want you can store this masala powder in a air tight container in refrigerator for later use too.
Tips- The above mentioned spice level which give you a spicy chicken curry. So adjust or reduce according to your taste or spice level. If you have time and patience then add shallots in the place of onion, for the authentic taste and flavor. Instead of broiler chicken, you can use country chicken that gives a authentic traditional flavor and taste to the curry.
How to Make Grandma’s Style Chicken Curry- Kerala Village Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe
First lets grind some spices to make a powder for the curry. For that heat a pan and now dry roast the whole spices like cardamom, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, black pepper corns, cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and star anise. Roast the spices for 1 minute in medium flame, do not burn the spices.
Then add in whole kashmiri chilies and fry for 1 more minute.
Now add grated coconut and roast until coconut turn slightly golden only, do not roast more than that. Off the flame and allow it to cool.
Once the spices are fried and cool down, put all the spices in a blender and make a fine powder of it.
Heat oil in a cooking vessel. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter, then add in pepper powder and fry well.
Add curry leaves and saute well.
Add crushed ginger, garlic and green chilies and saute for another 3-4 minutes on a medium heat.
Add onion and salt, combine well and cover the vessel with a lid and cook until onion turn soft and tender.
Add chopped tomatoes and mix well. Cover the pot and cook in low flame until tomatoes turn mushy.
Add turmeric powder and combine well and fry another minute.
Add washed and cleaned chicken pieces and combine well.
Add the prepared masala powder and mix well and add salt.
Add required water and cook covered for another 10 minutes. Adjust salt and cook till chicken pieces are soft and you get the desired curry consistency.
Garnish with curry leaves and serve along with rice.
Enjoy!! Happy cooking and stay healthy.