Its been a long time since I have started searching for an authentic Thattukada Chicken fry recipe. I was overjoyed when I found the post on Sadia’s blog- Savoury and Sweet Food
I am a huge fan of her absolutely beautiful photos and recipes. And seeing this particular recipe with the amazing pics made me drool and crave for more.
Though not an authentic explanation, the word ‘thattu’ means ‘eat’, and ‘Kada’ means shop.:) That’s my version though.
Well, Thattukda is a roadside eatery which usually serves ready-to-eat food like idlis, dosas, porottas, idiyappams etc. Thattukadas in Kerala are especially famous because of the type of food they serve- the famous one, being Porotta (its a delight watching them make one) and Beef fry. Found on every nook and corner, they usually start preparing by early evening and by nightfall, till wee hours of the morning.
For some reason Thattukadas (Road side eateries) always seems to have a special place in a Keralite’s heart. Prepared right in front of you, one thing I could say for sure is that we develop a special liking for Thattukada preparations. Don’t know why, but the food here has a special taste that you would not find in any of the five star restaurants.
Anyway, a must try for all you chicken lovers!
1 kg Chicken
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilly powder ( 11/2 tsp of spicy chilly pdr)
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/4 tsp rice powder
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
4 nos Kashmiri dry red chillies crushed
3 tsp crushed ginger garlic
Juice of a small lime
2 tbsp crushed curry leaves
Salt to taste
3-4 green chillies slit
Coconut oil to deep fry
Mix everything with the chicken pieces and marinate it for 2-3 hrs in the refrigerator. Deep fry in coconut oil. Fry curry leaves and green chillies separately and garnish.
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