Coorg Style Chicken curry with Homemade Spice Powder

Coorg style chicken curry -2
Coorgi masala meat powder (1 of 1)

Spring - a time of resurrection and renewal.- everything feels new, everything's up for a change and me too..the trees with new lea.....
Oh C'mon I have been trying to concentrate and write this post for the past 30 minutes,and all I am doing is typing and deleting ..
"Coffee hun"
"Oh Yes" .....hastily walking to the counter oblivious of the people around
"Thanks Kim" and the usual chit chat about weather, family, my new coral shoes, and the handsome guy -N who is yet to set foot here, after his new year oath to read more ! Yeah well, Tablets are a good excuse too.
I am in my regular near -by- home cafe / book shop, where people know my name, where I don't have to build a coffee ; its "the usual today hun"? - a grande white chocolate mocha for the last couple of years.

Slowly walking back to my corner spot, browsing through the beautiful display of coffee mugs,I suddenly felt a lot of eyes falling on my new coral colored shoes - so much for the loud laughter and friendly banter with Kim. That's when our eyes met . The beautiful skinny B@#$@# and the almost Ben Affleck look alike - the reason behind my poor concentration. "I wish I had never seen your face"- Its written all over my face!
Like N says I m so bad at "concealing" my "thoughts" on my" face "! If I dont like anything , you can see it right on my face . U know ur face is the mirror to your mind kind of thing.

I slide into my corner table, the screen staring at me with thoughts on Spring ..blah .blah ..blah..I have to make a spring-summer reading list, dozen books overcrowding my tiny table,waiting for their fate..and a big fat Federal Legislation book, which I have to read and learn within a couple of weeks.
...."I wish I had never seen your face"...thoughts thoughts go away and never ever come again..Why the hell did I eavesdrop ? 
Coorg style chicken curry with yellow rice pulao

I have met a lot of writers and writers-to-be in this cafe/bookshop. I am so comfortable here that I have shared my theoretical knowledge of writing a novel to total strangers and I listen to their experience of writing it ! This is where the golden advice from creative writing class was reinforced "scan your surroundings for your characters " I have tried to do that ever since by eavesdropping and eaves-reading, and sometimes simply by observing. Though I am not an aspiring writer like the lot I see here, I love scribbling my thoughts and memories and creating plots . But the people -no I should call them characters - I see around me ,are so diversified, funny and witty, rude and stubborn, calm and cool, and all the more complex than my pen could ever put into words. But those tiny strokes of characters are the building blocks to one's creation ! The whole experience is like reading some short stories with abrupt endings, where readers are left to guess the rest  , just like I am about to do ...nope.... doing here now !

Cilantro

The recipe today is something I adapted from sinfulcurry . I made this last year for the first time and fell in love . The original recipe calls for pork and a coorgi special  kanchampuli -the thin black extract of our won Kudampuli , which I was lucky enough to get hold of from a friend's friend. Though I ran out of the tamarind pretty soon, I substituted it with red wine vinegar and it almost tastes as good.
The preparation is same as our kerala style chicken curry and the spice blend with the addition of cumin and mustard seeds,and the puli is the only thing that makes it different. An easy-to-make mild tangy curry,which goes perfect with ghee rice pulao.

Coorg style chicken curry with rice (2 of 1)

Recipe for Coorgi Style Simple Chicken curry +Homemade Meat masala powder, served with spiced yellow rice

Serves - 4
Total cooking time :-1- 2 hours for marination + 40 minutes cooking time
Recipe Adapted from Sinfulcurry 

Recipe for Homemade Spice Powder- Coorgi Meat masala powder
Coriander seeds - 3 tablespoons
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Black mustard seeds - 1/4 tea spoon
Black pepper - 1 tea spoon
Cloves -4
Cinnamon an inch piece
Green cardamom - 1 or 2
Heat these spices in a pan without oil until nice aroma comes and its brown, and let cool.Grind in a coffee/Spice grinder or in the small jar of your blender . I prefer a coarse powder rather than the super fine one. Keep in a small airtight jar.

Recipe for Coorgi Chicken curry
Ingredients:-
To marinate chicken:-
Chicken - 3/4 kg ( I prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs)
Homemade Spice powder - 1.5 tablespoon
Red chili powder - 1.5 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Red Wine Vinegar - 2 tablespoon( Use Kanchampuli - the thin black extract of kudampuli, if u can get hold of it ..see notes )
Salt to taste 
To saute
Coconut oil or any cooking oil - 2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 - 3/4 tea spoon
Curry leaves - a handful
Onion finely chopped - 1 big
Shallots - 5 sliced or use a small onion
Ginger-garlic paste - 1.5 to 2 tablespoon
Homemade spice powder - 1/2 tea spoon
Red chili powder - 1/2 tea spoon( add more if you want it to be more spicy)
Cilantro chopped - 2 tablespoons
Method :-
Cut the chicken into small cubes , clean well and pat dry.Marinate it with all the ingredients  under the to marinate section and keep aside for an hour or two in the refrigerator.
Cook this covered with 1/4 cup water for like 20 minutes.
Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoon of coconut oil or any other cooking oil in a wide mouthed non stick pan. When it is hot add mustard seeds . When they splutter add curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds. Slide in chopped shallots and onions and saute till brown.
Add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone and the oil separates.
Add chili powder and homemade spice powder and fry for a minute or two.
Add the cooked chicken pieces and simmer until everything is mixed well and the gravy is thick. or you can let it fry like we make chicken olathiyathu.
Sprinkle chopped cilantro and switch off the heat. let stand covered for 15-20 minutes before serving...

Notes :-
The Kanchampuli I mentioned is the extract from our won kudampuli , but I feel the one I have from back home is a bit more tart than the one I got from my friends'. So I use red wine vinegar now :-)
Happy Cooking
Sarah

53 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow this sounds a flavourful curry..yum

Namitha said...

Good to have you back H :) Never heard of kanchampuli,got to ask my Coorgi friends ;-)Intriguing masala powder ! Loved the coriander click

Julie said...

Lovely homespice powders,yummy chicken curry..yet to try the coorg style..
Welcome back,Sarah!

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Rookie Qookie said...

Comfort Food! Good to see your post :)

Zareena said...

Happy to see you back Sarah. Yummy curry. Nice presentation too.

Shobha said...

Would love to eat this yummy meal right away..
will surely make it..book marking it.

Suja Manoj said...

The masala mix sounds really flavorful,adipoli chicken curry Sarah..

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Hi Sarah...long time alle? how have u been?? amazing combo of flavours esp with the red wine vinegar..sounds almost goan like ! Do keep posting such recipes frequently..and the pics are absolutely drop dead gorgeous..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Flavorful yummy curry & masala powder...Super pics..Kuree kalam aayi alle...welcome back..;)

Sayantani said...

thats a lovely write up Sarah...enjoyed reading it.
the curry looks delicious and gorgeous clicks as always.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Good to see you H:) Awesome pictures and write up...everything looks yumm:) Cilantro pictures is very beautiful.

Priya said...

Omg, ur picture itself speaks a lot..super flavourful curry..

Hima Raj said...

wow!!! This is so tempting..I want them now. great presentation Honey.

Swapna said...

Nice to see you back dear :)... Nice curry and awesome pictures too!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

awesome read and lovely clicks as usual...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow wat a click gargeous...amazing recipe.

Aditi said...

This is such a lovely post...I am making this for dinner tonight! Will take us back to all the lovely memories of holidaying in a tea estate in Coorg .

Thank-you and I will let you know how it turned out :))

Priti said...

Delish it looks with those beautiful clicks

Aditi said...

Thank-you once again Sarah Naveen so much good karma :))

Aarthi said...

chicken curry looks mouthwatering..never tried this way will do it soon

indugetscooking said...

Looks very good....

Princy Vinoth said...

good to see a nice flavorful curry after a long time from u :)

Reshmi said...

great space and great snaps.. do check my little space Noel collections
Reshmi

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Rosh said...

Pure awesomeness! Absolutely love your clicks!!

deep krishna said...

Excellent! Sarah,this looks very tempting..Yellow rice is complimenting well..

Pragyan said...

Lovely clicks!

Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said...

Hello Sarah, the masala powder sounds very intriguing. never tried a Coorgi chicken dish and this looks SO good! Thanks foe sharing!

Rinku Naveen said...

Loved the combo. It looks so tempting! Coorgi curries have a distinct taste. Love it. Stunning clicks dear!

Shri said...

Looks very tempting and I loved the original source too. Thanks for sharing.

Anzz said...

Like I always say... yumm, yumm, yummy...! And the pics are as always extraordinary...

Shabbu said...

Yummy recipes....happy to follow u..

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Maliha Sassin said...

Your blog is one of the best blogs.
I would like to come back again.
I am sure of that you are also glad to help every other.
Thank you for sharing!
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Vineetha said...

Hello...Maveli ye pole valaapozhum Mathre eppol post ullu alle ??enjoyed ur write up....ur cafe shop sounds so cozy !! Coorg is such a lovely place been there once ,I love to try this one ..

Vandana Rajesh said...

Mouthwatering chicken curry..yet another delight at your space..have been away from blogging regularly for some time now..feels nice to be back to the world of amazing food and pics that are drool worthy.

Nisa Homey said...

Hey Honey, long time alle, dint see any new updates from u so just checked in..was kinda busy with kids, exam, and holidays. This chicken curry is one of my favorite....having lived in Mercara (Coorg) for soooo long I love anything coorgi. Kachampuli is my most treasured spice..lovely pics as usual.

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Rose from Magpies Recipes said...

stunning STUNNING stunning! this curry looks and sounds delicious!hopefully we will et to ready about your characters soon too :) Oh and doo tell where you got that gorgeous napkin from? I think I am in love with it!

Turmeric n Spice said...

Absolutely love this !!
U r so funny love your style of writing

Liz said...

Sarah, I tried this recipe and the flavor was good. The masala was pretty unique. My only query would be , the pulli that is used in this recipe, is it the pulli used in fish curries? Or the one used in sambars? I did the kudampulli but it didnt exactly work out the way I wished it to. Will try the red vinegar next time.

I love your recipes and I keep on trying something every week. Thank you !!

Malli said...

Never had Coorg Chicken curry before but your curry makes me drool ---can almost get a whiff of that fragrant curry powder!!!

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deep krishna said...

Sarah..
Come back with a new post,dear..I think,its time...:-)

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The Backyard Baker said...

Hi !!

Stumbled upon your blog while blog hopping.You have a lovely space here.

And this recipe is surely my dinner for the weekend.
Thanks for sharing.
Will keep you posted on the results...
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Cheers !!

Gauri

The Backyard Baker said...

Wow !!!
This is surely my weekend dinner.
Looks so delish !!!
You have a lovely space here.
I stumbled upon your blog while blog hopping....but....Happy to follow you.... !!

Do visit my space at www.backyardbaker.com

Cheers !!

Gauri

Spice up the Curry said...

chicken curry looks very very delicious. you have nice collection of recipe. happy to follow you

S. Gathampari Harivijayaraj said...

vow, such a attractive presentation of the yummier n lovely chicken curry...drooling it is..

Chitz said...

Wow.. I did it for dinner yesterday nite.. It turned out fantabulous.. I didnt get to save some for my lunch today.. My husband finished the entire thing !!!

Malli Das said...

Sarah,
Such intriguing thoughts and a fantastic curry to go with it!!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I missed seeing you pictures and reading your stories, gal i'm backing. It wonderful, yet again gorgeous gorgeous pictures girl :)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I missed seeing you pictures and reading your stories, gal i'm backing. It wonderful, yet again gorgeous gorgeous pictures girl :)

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

I'm trying this for dinner next time we have chicken...

Suby Nishal said...

wow , loved to know that Kudampuli is a great ingredient for Chicken curry ...... will try this for sure .......

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