Pepper Chicken Dry

Pepper Chicken
A tasty dry curry in Kerala cuisine, made of cooked chicken and  spices. Excellent side dish with  rotis / Kerala parota / pulao / rice / or serve as a starter.
Pepper Chicken Dry
1st stage
For the chicken:
600 g chicken pieces (net weight after cleaning), cut into medium size
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon salt
Wash and clean chicken pieces. Drain out water thoroughly. In a bowl, marinate chicken pieces evenly with turmeric powder and salt. Cover and keep aside for half an hour.
Other ingredients for the soup:
3 cloves
3 cardamom
1 cinnamon stick
¾ teaspoon red chilli powder
12 – 14 shallots (chuvannulli / small onion), chopped
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
10 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
3 cups / 600 ml water
In a wide bowl, boil marinated chicken pieces with spice paste, shallots (ulli), garlic, ginger, vinegar, salt to taste (first add 3/4 teaspoon and check the taste) and water (up to the level of chicken pieces), Cover with a lid and boil on a medium to low heat for 20 –  25 minutes until the water (stock) has reduced to about 2 cups / well cooked. Strain this  soup through a clean iron sieve and use for Chicken soup / any gravy dishes / to cook rice …
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2nd stage
Pepper Chicken
Serves: 3
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (1 big or 2 small size), finely sliced
8 cloves garlic, chopped
½ – inch piece ginger, chopped
6 – 8 curry leaves
2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon pepper powder (3/4 to 1 teaspoon)
Cooked  chicken
½ teaspoon salt
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add finely sliced onions and fry on a low to medium heat until golden color and crisp.
Add chopped garlic, ginger, curry leaves  and slit green chillies. Saute well and fry for 4 – 5 minutes or until fragrant.
Add turmeric powder and  stir well for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add pepper powder (3/4 to 1 teaspoon) and mix well.
Add cooked chicken pieces and adjust salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients well. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes or until chicken pieces well combined with all the spices (do not add water / soup while cooking). Serve as side dish with Parotta / Rotis / Rice / Pulao / Brown bread …
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