Kerala Chicken Stew for the Christmas Menu


I love love love this combo-Appam and Chicken stew with Fruit cake and sweet wine ( Manischewitz)

I am fully in the holiday spirit. Who could be otherwise with all the lights, music and "Sale" wherever you go? Shopping is so an integral part of this holiday season isn't it? Oh well i say that often just to convince myself that it is okie to be a Becky Bloom wood occasionally .

Kerala Chicken stew aka Kozhi ishtu ! The one must have recipe in our family on Christmas day , so does in the most of the Syrian christian homes in Kerala. The bite size pieces of chicken is simmered in whole spices, coconut milk and topped with fried onions and cashew nuts. Its rich , creamy and delicious with mild flavors and a bit sweet from soft onion and coconut milk. There is nothing to beat the Appam and meat stew combination on a joyful Christmas day.

If I remember correctly i had not had a Christmas breakfast without this creamy stew (chicken, duck, beef or mutton) and Appam ever in my life. No matter I spend my holiday in my house or relation's house we always have this. So it has come to a point where Christmas morning = A beautiful mass and yummy Stew and Appam . 

Appam and kozhi stew with Fruit cake and sweet wine ( Manischewitz)

There are hundreds of recipes for making chicken stew and I believe each family has their own way of making it.  Like the yellow stew , white stew, brown stew whatever...Each and every one of those are authentic in its own way. Anyways This is the Kozhi Ishtu / Chicken stew recipe i grew up eating in my grandma's , my mom;s and her sister's kitchen. So a recipe that has passed down to the third generation is making my Christmas breakfast a glorious one .

But that doesn't necessarily mean that I make this only on Christmas day . N loves this and i make it whenever he feels like having it .This pictures is from November last week , just before lent started. Let's say, this Appam and chicken stew is a yummy combination to add to your party list and guests would love it and praise you for your "Kaipunyam "

Recipe for Nadan Kozhi Ishtu / Kerala Chicken Stew

Ingredients:-
Chicken - 1/2 kg ( cut into medium or bite size pieces)
Potato - 1 cubed 

Thin Coconut milk - 1 cup 
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 to 3/4 cup (See "notes" below on how to make thin and thick coocnut milk with canned coconut milk)       
Salt to taste

Bowl 1
Onion finely sliced - 1 small
Cashew nuts - a handful
Bowl 2
Cinnamon - an inch or two stick
Cardamom - 4
Cloves -5
Star anise - 1/2 -1 ( depends on ur taste)
Bay leaves - 1(optional)
Oil or Butter
Bowl 3
Shallots or Onion finely chopped - 1.5 cup ( I used 2 white onions)
Green chili slit lengthwise - 3-4
Garlic chopped - 3-4 cloves
Ginger thinly sliced - a 1 inch small piece
Crushed Pepper corns - 1/2 to 1 tea spoon
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves
( if you want it be a bit tangy add 1 tomato or 1 tea spoon vinegar or 1 or 2 tea spoons of lemon juice)
Method 
Heat Oil or butter  in a cooking pan and add all the ingredients in Bowl 1 Fry it till it turns brown and drain on kitchen towel.
To the same pan add all the ingredients in Bowl 2. Fry it for a minute.Then add sliced onions and fry for a few minutes.
When they turn soft add green chili , ginger and garlic and curry leaves and saute for 2 minutes.Add Chicken , salt to taste and mix well.
Pour 1 cup thin coconut milk and crushed pepper corns and sprinkle a tsp of garam masala.
Cook it covered for 15 minutes . 
Uncover it and add cubed potatoes and continue cooking for another 15-20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked.
Pour 3/4 cup of Thick coconut milk and simmer for 4-5 minutes on low flame . Adjust the salt level .Remove from fire and sprinkle the fried onions and cashew on top of it.
Serve warm with Appam.
Appam and Chicken stew with Fruit cake and sweet wine ( Manischewitz)
Notes:-
  • You can add carrots and other vegetables along with potato in this stew. 
  • To make thin coconut milk take 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk and add water to make a cup
  • To make thick coconut milk add 50-50 mix of canned coconut milk and water( this is how i use , you can make it more thick by adding less water or no water at all).
  • You can follow this recipe to make the stew with any meat like beef , mutton or duck. I am not sure about Pork since i have not tried it yet. So in case of all above mentioned meat, just pressure cook the meat with salt , curry leaves and a tsp of ginger and garlic and follow the recipe.
Cheers
Sarah

61 comments:

Pavithra said...

Wow amazing spread sarah.. truly tongue tickling !!!

Laya said...

As you said, wine , cake , velleppam and ishtu is a great combination. Beautiful clicks sarah. Nice and easy recipe

Umm Mymoonah said...

Kerala style stew are always special with the exotic coconut flavour, your presentation looks lovely.

Foodie Ann said...

I love this...I made the vegetable stew from this blog twice !! and it was too good...Now its time to try this....:)

Swathi said...

Appam and stew will be awesome combination. This one looks delicious Sarah.

divya said...

wow..looks awesome and superb combination...

Mrs K said...

What a yummy and elaborate affair,this is better than the best fine dining experience:)And yes-This is the shopping season by all means:)

Smitha said...

it looks truly tempting n yum!...love all the items on the menu too!

Silence Sings said...

dear, How r u???Hope u r not angry with me....I am shifting to india next month..so u can imagine how my days r going with packing now...any ways the dish looks awesome as usual...Merry Christmas ans happy new year...

Pushpa said...

Totally yummy and tempting stew.Looks gorgeous.Merry Christmas Sarah.

Soumya said...

OMG...thats tooo tempting...aapam,stew,cake and sweet wine....whats else is needed...sooo perfect for the holiday...I wish I was invited to your place....great Sarah...eagerly waiting to see more tempting clicks from you...

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

reading your write-up makes me drool, not to mention the pictures that come with it..

Madhu said...

I wish I could get some taste of this chicken stew Sarah. Looks soooo good.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious chicken and appam combination we love this too
lovely pictures

Jisha said...

it looks so creamy and yummyyy...

Radhika @ foodfor7stages said...

Merry Christmas Sarah. Enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones.

Family recipes like this are always special. It looks very inviting

Sathya Sankar said...

Delicious Combo! Mouthwatering Chicken Stew.....
Merry Christmas to you and your family !

Kairali sisters said...

The perfect combo..Keralas own breakfast alle..Kidilan aytund tto..

Priya said...

Fingerlicking chicken stew, sooo tempting..

Happy xmas wishes to u and ur family Sarah..

Jeen said...

Very good chicken stew recipe . i was planning to make a stew for christmas. can i use beef or goat instead of chicken sara?

Suja Sugathan said...

Beautiful spread..looks awesome,yummy stew..love the combo

? said...

What garam masala powder do you use in this recipe? Looks good!

I'm a Home Chef !!! said...

yes Sarah...you are right. a Christmas breakfast without an ishtu and appam...i can't imagine that!!!Mutton stew is used to be our Christmas breakfast for years.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Nandini said...

Nice clicks! Mouthwatering dishes.

notyet100 said...

Christmas Feast looks yum,will be glad if u send this for the jingle event

Treat and Trick said...

Such a creamy and flavorful stew! Great click too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family..

lissie said...

awesome clicks and delicious stew, Sarah! have to wait for two more days..to have it once again... :)

Gouri Guha said...

This looks great...so creamy and inviting...

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Happy xmas Sarah.. Perfect post in xmas season.. enikku ivide manam kittunnundu.. :)

Jaisy James said...

wow adipoli chicken stew palappathinu kude super . kure angu akathakum. hey r u frm changanacherry. vere oru post il kandu me 2 from changanacherry






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

wow...Sarah...beautiful clicks and presentation...Love the stew...One of my dear favorites...i love to have it with just few slices of bread....great with aappam...

Ganga Sreekanth said...

appavum stewum irikkunne kandittu kothiyayittu vayya Honey.innu thanne try cheyyan pova

Sushma Mallya said...

yummy...loved it..

rekhas kitchen said...

Beautiful pictures and tempting stew..

Anonymous said...

nice post

Nostalgia said...

Lovely.. this looks great.

Sayantani said...

thats simply irresistible.

Gulmohar said...

appam and stew is such a classy combo...

Ananda Rajashekar said...

am drooling Sarah, and i have never tried this combo but have heard so much about it that i really want to give it a shot...love ur 1st pic so Christmasy and now mum too loves ur pic after i had been singing glories about it :)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

oh ya Merry Christmas to you and ur family :)

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Simply Life said...

oh this sounds like a great dish!

Jaisy James said...

ente place thengana. what abt u

Madhura Manoj said...

I had tagged u in my blog, would like you to take the ball around rolling.

Biny Anoop said...

stew is perfect and yummy...loved the presentation....evideyum kappal odunnu

vineetha said...

Meery christmas and Happy newyear Sarah kutty...stew looks mouthwatering.Perfect for christmas with sweet wine :)

Tessy Flemin said...

Lovely Sarah.. I am a fan of ur Blog.. actually, more of pics.. :) Mouth watering snaps.. I too thought of making appam and stew tmrw, for the christmas breakfast, but changed my mind to appam and beef stew. never tried before..

Sarah Naveen said...

@ ?
I use garam masala which i make at home...Its a mix of Fennel seeds, Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and star anise..

libi said...

hi sarah...i tried this recipe on new year's eve.omgosh!!!! it was a hit.my husband loved it and i loved it too.i would rate this recipe as 5/5...all i want to say is thank you very much for sharing with us... cooking is my passion.. and
i would love to learn more from you....

Calicut Hotel said...

Vayil koode Kappalodunnu!!!Thanks for sharing it here. Nice work.

Mamta said...

Hi Sarah

Thanks a lot for the lovely recipe, tried it out and it was delicious. You have a great blog. Keep up the good work.

Mamta

Sarah Naveen said...

Thanks a lot Mamta ..Glad to hear u tried it and liked it

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

I am rose.I am from Dubai.This vazhayila.com really help me a lot.Me and my husband love all the recipes.May I know any hard copy for this site.Please tell that publisher name. I want to give as present for my sis-in-law.She s newly married.

Have a good day dera and may god be with u

thanku
rose

Sarah Naveen said...

Rose , Vazhayila.com is not in a book form yet :)..
I am so happy to learn you like this space and even thought of it as a gift to ur sister :)..
Thanks a lot
R's
Sarah

Shri said...

Sarah am going to try this. Thanks!

Shri said...

Sarah, just a clarification: the recipe says- finely chopped onion and cashews to be fried and kept aside. Is it not 'finely sliced', as one can see from the garnish in the pictures?
Thanks!

Sarah Naveen said...

Shri...sorry for the late reply...i am away for couple of days ...I think it was a typo..it's finely sliced...sorry abt that...I will edit it as soon as I m near my computer :-) ...

Karmic Circle said...

Thanks Sarah, for this awesome recipe!
I tried this for our Easter party and to say the least, I almost got offered a role as a Chef in a friend's restaurant in New South Wales, Australia :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow !:-).. hahaha..
Glad u tried and liked it :-)..

Ann Jacob said...

Tried it today , the best stew I have made is far.

Acquiline said...

Awesome recipe! The first time I tried it on my hubby's b'day it was the hit of the Meal.. Thanks a ton
:)

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