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Chettinad Chicken Masala


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This is a traditional chicken curry that is very common in most of the Chettinad household and is best accompanied with Chicken Rasam.

Ingredients for the Masala
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Sombu - 1 teaspoon
Jeera - 1 teaspoon
kus kus - 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Garlic - 3 pieces
Chilli powder - 1.5 teaspoon
Corriander powder - 1 teaspoon

Grind the above ingredients to a smooth paste

Other Ingredients
Chicken - 1.5 pounds (chicken breasts)
big red onion - 1
plum tomato - 1

For seasoning 
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
/cloves - few
Sombu - little
Urad Dhal - little
peppercornes - little
curry leaves - little

Pressure cook chicken with some little chili powder, turmeric powder and salt for about 1 whistle and 5 minutes. Then let it cool and save the chicken stock for making Chicken Rasam or any other dish. In a deep pan, add oil then the seasoning. then add finely chopped onions and tomatoes and cook well. To this add the ground masala and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes. To this add the cooked chicken and cook for 10 more minutes until the chicken is well blend with the masala. Serve hot on a bed of rice with some chicken rasam.