Kerala Chicken Molee : Easter Special


Have you ever heard of Chicken Molee ( pronounced as Moli) or Molly ( as in molly aunty ;) ) ?? Nope I am not talking about the the signature chocolaty, smoky and savory dish- Chicken Mole of Mexico. But the Kerala Molee , the younger meat-y sibling of  Fish Molee and dearest colored cousin of Kerala Chicken stew??? 

I know this is not such a popular recipe, but my grandma used to make this on special occasions especially when she couldn't get hold of fleshy butterfish like fish for fish molee. On such cases the menu goes with Karimeen mappas and Chicken molee with Appam and Bread. So this is for those who are looking for a yummy twist to our regular kozhi ishtu ..a yellow colored chicken stew.


Easter and Christmas breakfast are never a fully special one without those creamy ,yummy Chicken stew or Fish molly right? Oh I can't even imagine one of those delicious curries and hot hot Appams. talking about Appams , my kuttanadan grandma makes a brown color appam with the Puncha Aripodi , the rice for which comes from our own paddy field , back home. 


Chicken Molee is a blend of flavors from both Meen molee and chicken stew and comes out as a deliciously creamy and subtly spiced curry with the fullest flavors. I made this recently and served with Puttu and I m telling you , its a dynamite.

Here in this recipe bite size chicken pieces are marinated with ginger, garlic and green chili and cooked in a creamy coconut gravy flavored with whole spices and a tomato. Its already rich and aromatic and can be made more exotic by adding raisins and cashew nuts fried in butter or ghee.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter with this excellent dish from my kitchen


Recipe for Kerala style Chicken Molee / Molly / Moli
Ingredients:-
Bowl 1
Chicken - 1 lb
Garlic - 2 or 3 small cloves
Ginger - a very small piece
Green chilis - 2 or 3
Turmeric powder - a large pinch

Bowl 2
Oil - 2 table spoon
Cinnamon - 1
Cardamom - 4
Cloves - 5
Star Anise - 1
Bay leaves - 1 or 2
Mace - 1 ( optional)

Bowl 3
Onion chopped - 2
Garlic sliced - 1 or 2 cloves
Ginger chopped - 1/2 tea spoon
Curry leaves
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Black peppercorns - 1 tea spoon( lightly crushed in a mortar and pestle)
Thin coconut milk - 1 cup

Garam masala - 1/2 tea spoon
Tomato chopped - 1 big
Thick coconut milk - 3/4 to 1 cup

Ghee/Butter
A handful of raisins and cashew nuts 

Directions:-
Clean and cut chicken pieces into 1.5 inch cubes . Blitz ginger , garlic and green chili into a coarse paste and marinate chicken pieces with this paste , turmeric powder and salt to taste. Set aside for 30 minutes. If keeping for more than that refrigerate it.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add all the ingredients in Bowl 2 and fry for a minute. Add chopped onions and fry for a couple of minutes and add garlic , ginger and curry leaves. Saute for 5-7 minutes. Add turmeric powder and toss well. Stir in marinated chicken pieces and stir fry for another 5 minutes. Stir in crushed black peppercorns and thin coconut milk and 1/2 cup water and cook covered for 15- 20 minutes. 
Uncover , add chopped tomato , sprinkle garam masala and cook it covered for another 5-8 minutes.
Pour the thick coconut milk ,adjust the salt and  simmer for a couple of minutes .
Add fried cashews and raisins in ghee and add to the curry and serve.

Sarah

63 comments:

Chitra said...

happy easter to u . and what a treat!

Now Serving said...

I would certainly dig in if I were a fish eater - Happy Easter and Good Friday, Sarah :)

Biny Anoop said...

wow i think if i had it here ...i wud tempted to have it during lent.....love the pics dear...awesome clicks

Prathima Rao said...

Happy easter to u too!!! A perfect dish for this feast..!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Umm Mymoonah said...

So spicy and yummy, loved the picture of spices and gravy.

Soumya said...

Easter wishes to you and ur family...
Chicken molee looks super delicious...

Treat and Trick said...

Looks so creamy and yummy! Happy Easter to you....

Yummy Team said...

Chicken molee kollamallo, ethu vare kettitte ella..Happy Easter Sarah..

Gulmohar said...

This is totally new to me...haven't seen or heard of this ever :-) Bookmarking this..will try it for sure and let you know :D kudos to your grandma...she reminds me a lot about my own ! Happy Easter !!

S.Menaga said...

looks very tempting,Happy Easter sarah!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Happy easter dear...awesome recipe...

Suja said...

Happy Easter,adipoli chicken molly,creamy and rich,kothiyavunnu

Biny said...

Hey Honey,

The chicken looks so delicious...thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe...and cheers to your Grandma as well....

Happy Easter to you and your family...

Priya said...

Happy Easter to u and your family..Chicken molee looks super delicious and inviting..

Shanavi said...

Happy Easter to ur family.. Asusual u rock with the pics..

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

very new to me dear !! chicken molee looks so delicious !! Happy Easter !!

Cham said...

Happy Easter Dear! I love fish molly - i guess chick is superb idea!

Susan and Abraham said...

Happy easter to u too!!!

Deepti said...

Happy easter To U Tooo....Wow whatt a perfect dish for the occasion

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Asha said...

Happy Easter... This is new to me... Thanks a lot...

Kairali sisters said...

Happy easter, Sarah!!

Chicken molee njanum adhyayta kelkunne, but recipe is a keeper for sure :)

shiney said...

Happy Easter to u too
Love this but can i really try this , will it come like urs.

shiney said...

Wow i love ur vessel. wht a color?BTW wht is it n were did u get it.
Lots of question rgt?
:)

Kala said...

Lovely blog and absolutely gorgeous photos:):) I am a Malayalee too, but hubby is the cook in the family, so must pass on this recipe to him:) Happy Easter!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

So rich and delicious with the addition of coconut... THIS IS ADORABLE..

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Pushpa said...

Simply superb looking delicious..

Shobha said...

Love to eat this with rice and appalam...

Nandini said...

Very mouthwatering dish...Very lovely and flavourful...

Swathi said...

Adipoli chicken molee, Happy Easter to you and your family.

Nisha said...

Happy Easter

Biny Anoop said...

happy easter to u dear....curry look fab...

Irene said...

Happy Easter!!! Love love love this dish. Never made it before. Will try it soon.

LR said...

great recipe & stylish presentation..Happy Easter..

Smitha said...

I knew they make fish this way, but didnt know that they make chicken molee too!...wonderful prep!....looks delish!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Kristen said...

This sounds so delicious. I love hearing about other families' holiday traditions. Thank you for sharing!

sojo said...

O wow.... u wont believe, Iam having goose bumps just seeing ur pics... HAPPY EASTER.....

Vandana Rajesh said...

Have never had chicken molee before...looks tempting indeed. Fish molee is one that my husband loves. A very happy easter to you and family.

aipi said...

Easter wishes to you n your family Sarah- the dish looks gorgeous n your pics are spot on!
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Nithu said...

Wow! Lovely recipe and wonderful pics.

Zareena said...

OMG!!! never heard a chicken molee. Looks very yummy and so creamy. Will try this soon. Loved the jar filled with cardamom. Happy easter to you dear.

Jaleela said...

very delicious sarah

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Hope you had a great easter as well! and this is very new for me...and love ur purple bowl :)

Justbeanme said...

First time here,came to know abt ur wonderful blog thru Shiney.Really u have a awesome blog,700 plus speaks for it.
I too wann try out but u have so many options :)

Reshmi said...

Belated Easter Wishes sarah....chiken molee looks elegant...absolutely divine..

Madhu said...

Belated Easter wishes Sarah. How did the long weekend go?
chicken looks yum.

Ila said...

awesome and tempting molee :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow....that's an simply yum recipe...love the flavor, aroma and spice in the recipe...

deeps said...

Belated Easter Wishes...
and wowww... it was worth stopping by :)

Rachu said...

i love fish moleee... divie and irreplaceable!!
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Toyin O. said...

Everything looks so yummy, thanks for sharing:)

Toyin O. said...

Everything looks so yummy, thanks for sharing:)

Neenu Praveen said...

adipoli...drooling here..hah

women-wisdom.com said...

Yummy chicken molee. Lovely and tempting pics and I love the coconut milk flavour with chicken.

Mehjabeen Arif said...

hmm.. love the pictures.. I made this last week.. took pictures so excitingly but didn't find time to post it.. was surprised when i saw it here :) same pinch. :)
We loved it.. !

Jaleela Kamal said...

thank you so much for leaving comment on my place, i am very happy.

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Shiney...hey sorry i missed ur msgs ;)...'
Try it and it will come like this :).. Know what about the bowl..It was a gift , i have no idea where it is from :(...

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Justbeanme...Warm welcome :) :)..Try some and let me know..

lissie said...

tempting curry..great with appams!

the name 'chicken molee' is new to me... but we make something similar to this called 'chicken palu curry'.

Anonymous said...

hello :)

chechi nangal orukoottam students aanu(std'ying outside india)..(chechide fans anennum parayam ketto :)we are looking for some sort of dishes which can be made easily with less variety of ingredients.
Churukki paranjal pani kuranja but tastey aya karikal . angane vallathum ondoo ondengil dhevayi .... onnu post cheyamoooo? valiya opakaramayirikkum !!
Thank you
oru kootam madiyanmaraya vidhyarthikal...

:)

Sarah Naveen said...

Dear orukoottam students,
I am so glad to see ur message...sherikkum collegil juniors parayunnathu pole thonni ;)..so where u guys live?
paniyum ingredientsum kuranja tasty ayittulla enthu type sadanaganla udeshikkunathu? meat , or vegan or rice dishes?
Ithenikku oru tough question ayi poyi kto..ingredients kurayumbo taste kuranjalo?? njan onnu nokkatte ...

Anonymous said...

That was a quick reply...ethrakkum vegathil marupadi kitttum ennu prathikshichilla....anyway thanks for that
...angane prathyekichu demands onnum ella ...
but kettarinjadatholam non veg dishes okkey ethiri prayasamalle....cook cheyan (ventho ennokkey nokkan ulla knowledge nnajhakku ella atha :P)
occasionally we used to cook rice....but athu oru mathiri porridge pole ayi pokum allengil chelappo orumathiri vattayappom poleyakum... :L but eppo entho sheriyayi varunnunde ....
so rice dishes ayirikkum better...
we just gone through all your posts ...but generally those dishes are meant for those ladies who are not busy with any other stuffs is it ?
evidippo paduthavum partime okkkey ayituu nadakkunna nangakku ethinokkey evidunna samayam ....
enthayalum chechi onnu alochikkke...marakkanda "rice dishes" taste ithiri koranjalum kozhappam ellanne ...nangalu angu adjust cheytholam .....

ammu said...

Thanks for this wonderful recipe dear.Yesterday i tried this and came out really well!!!

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Creamy Chicken Molee luks perfectly all set to go with Aappam or stringhoppers.Luks delicious.Thanks for sharing and droppin in.

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