Its official.....I am the king of cool cooking!! Or queen...or whatever.....you get the idea. Driving home from work yesterday I started thinking of what I could cook to liven up the evening. My mind went through all the things in the refrigerator and then it struck me – Coconut Chicken. Not the pungent Thai types….rather the herbed coconut curry that most Manglorean food boasts of.
So I picked up my apron and started off. And once it was done...lo-behold. The Husband found himself indebted to me for treating him on a Tuesday night. He could be seen licking the plate some 20 minutes after he had finished. So magnanimous as I am, I decided to share this quick recipe with you too. Go for it….you’ll thank me…
COCONUT CHICKEN CURRY
Prep time: 10 min | Cooking time: 30 min | Serves: 2 as a main, 4 as a side
2 large boneless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch cubes or half chicken cut into normal pieces
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2-3 green chillies, slit in the middle
1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
1 cup coconut milk
5-6 curry leaves
1-2 dried red chillies
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp light cooking oil
salt, to taste
water, as needed
TOAST dried red chilies, cumin seeds and coriander seeds till fragrant. Grind in a food processor to fine powder and set aside. Alternatively, just mix 1tsp coriander pwd (Dhania Powder), 1 tsp cumin pwd (Zeera pwd) and half a tsp of red chilly pwd.
HEAT oil and saute garlic and curry leaves till fragrant. Add onions and fry for a few minutes till tender and pink.
ADD Ground spices and turmeric, and fry for a few seconds before adding coconut milk. Allow it to come to a boil, and then add chicken pieces along with slit green chillies.
SEASON with salt and cook covered for 10-12 minutes till chicken is done, adding water if necessary. If eating with bread or chapattis (best enjoyed with Appams or Neer Dosa), then add 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with half a cup of water into the boiling curry and boil for half a minute till thick (Stirring constantly).