Kozhi Mulakittathu is a North Kerala dish. It is chicken in a spicy red curry paste. The chilly used here is kashmiri chilly powder which imparts a rich flavor, color and texture to the gravy. This curry can be made easily in a pressure cooker and is best when served with pathiri or ghee rice.
Chicken- 1 kg
Shallots- sliced- 2 cup
Onion- 1 large
Garlic- 6 -7 pods
Ginger- 2 inch thick peice
Curry leaves- a few
Kashmiri chilly powder- 3 tbs
(or according to spice tolerance)
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder-1/4 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Whole spices- Cinnamon - 2 piece, cardamon- 5. cloves-5
star anise- 2, fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil- 1 tsp
Heat oil in a pan and add the whole spices and saute till it is golden brown. Add curry leaves, chopped onion,chopped garlic and ginger and saute till it turns golden brown.
Add water and make a paste of chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and fenugreek powder.
Mix this paste and saute with the onion for two minutes.
Add the chicken, salt and mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes. At this stage add a cup of warm water, cover and cook for 15 minutes in medium flames. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer till the gravy thickens. You can add a few fresh curry leaves and drizzle a tea spoon of coconut oil at the end. Serve with pathiri, ghee rice or plain rice.
Hope you will all enjoy!