Chettinad Pepper Chicken
Chettinad pepper chicken is a delicious,hot and spicy chicken. It has an aromatic spice blend which is unique in Chettinad dishes.It is a dry version which you can also make with gravy.This pepper chicken is a perfect accompaniment with rice,appam or chapathi.
Shallots/Onion- finely chopped- 1 cup
Ginger garlic- finely chopped- 3 tbs
Tomato-finely chopped- 3 medium
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Crushed garlic- 3 cloves
Cumin seeds- 1/3 tsp
Whole black pepper- a few
Cinnamon- 1 inch thick- 2 pieces
Cut and clean chicken and keep aside. Finely chop onion and tomatoes and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when the splutter add the rest of the ingredients listed under 'to temper' and fry till there is a nice aroma.
Next add chopped shallots,curry leaves and a little salt and fry till shallots changes color. Add finely minced ginger garlic (or make a paste) and saute till all this turns slightly brown.
Add turmeric powder and the clean chicken and mix well. Stir and continue cooking for around 3-4 minutes till the chicken changes color and outside gets slightly browned up.
Add coriander powder, chilli powder,pepper powder,fennel powder and cumin powder to the chicken and mix and coat well. Cover and cook the chicken in medium flame. No need to add water.the chicken will ooze water and will get cooked in its own juice. Cook for about 20 minutes or till the gravy thickens or if you like the dry version cook till the masala gets well coated on the chicken.
Hope you will all enjoy!