Before you ask me what stew is, I’ll tell you. Stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that are cooked in liquid and served as gravy. The ingredients may include vegetables, meat, or seafood. The cooking liquid generally used is coconut milk in Indian cuisine, typically Kerala cuisine. Chicken stew or rather any non-vegetarian stew is an integral part of the Kerala Christmas menu. Simple, aromatic and hearty stew that is sure to win many a heart. Chicken and potato cubes are slowly simmered in a subtly spiced coconut milk base. It is ideally served with Appam, idiyappam, puttu and pathiri.
It was yum and P was on cloud nine tasting the same. You ought to try it. 🙂 It was perfect 🙂
Recipe Courtesy: Sailus food.
300gms boneless chicken pieces, cut into small cubes
2 large onions, finely sliced,
1 large potato, peeled and cubed,
1/2 tsp ginger paste,
3 cloves garlic, sliced, 6-7 green chilies, partially slit, 4-5 cloves, 1″ cinnamon, 2 cardamom, 8-10 pepper corns,
1/4 tsp turmeric powder, Large pinch fennel powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala powder,
1/2 cup thick coconut milk, 1 1/2 cups thin coconut milk,
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper powder, salt to taste,
15-18 curry leaves, 3tbsp oil
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel.
Add few curry leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper corns and saute for few secs to get a nice aroma.
Add chopped garlic and ginger paste and saute. Add the green chillis and sliced onions and saute till light brown.
Add turmeric powder and mix well. Add the chicken pieces and cook over medium heat for about 10mins.
Add thin coconut milk and salt and mix. Cook without lid for about 5mins.
Add garam masala powder, fennel powder and potato cubes and cook covered till the potatoes are tender and gravy thickens.
Turn off heat. Add the thick coconut milk, few fresh curry leaves and pepper powder. Mix well.
Serve warm with appam, rice or roti.
You can use coconut milk powder, instead of extracting the milk from from freshly grated coconut. Use 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut milk powder in 1 1/2 cups of water to obtain thin coconut milk. Use 1 1/2tbsp of coconut milk powder in 3/4 cups of water for thick milk.