To pressure cook the chicken
I kg chicken cut into medium pieces.
3 onion sliced
2 big tomatoes chopped
1 large potato chopped
1/4 cup chopped coconut (optional)
2 Inch piece of ginger crushed
6-7 cloves of garlic (if you are using big ones)
2 green chillies slitted lengthwise
Half tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp chilly powder (preferably kashmiri chilly)
3 tsp coriander powder
1 inch piece of cinnamon
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 sprig curry leaves
To roast and grind
1 cup grated coconut
1 tsp fennel seeds (perumjeerakam)
1 tsp coconut oil
3 shallots sliced round wise
2 sprig curry leaves
- Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker and throw the whole spices (cinnamon,cloves and bay leaf)to splutter.
- Add the sliced onions and reduce the flame. Sauté well for 1 minute and add crushed ginger and garlic.Fry this till the raw smell leaves and the onions turn light brown.
- Now add all the powders and mix well .Drop the curry leaves.Fry till the powders are well roasted and raw smell disappears.
- Add salt and chicken pieces.Mix well till the masala covers the chicken properly.It may take 2 minutes.Add tomatoes,chopped coconut and potatoes.Mix well again and add 1/4 cup water.(you may wash the spoon and pour)
- Close the lid and increase the flame to full.Cook till 4 whistles.
- Meanwhile fry coconut in a frying pan adding shallots and fennel seeds till the coconut turn brown in colour.
- Grind this coconut well when cooled,adding as little water as you can.
- After 4 whistles, release the steam immediately and remove the cooker lid.Simmer and check the water level since the chicken is sure to produce water.
- Pour the coconut mixture washing the grinder .Mix well and check the salt.Cook it till oil clears over the top and gravy thickens a bit.
- Now heat coconut oil in a small skillet and fry the shallot pieces and curry leaves.Pour it over the curry.
- Cover the cooker with the lid and let it remain like that for some time.This will allow the flavours to merge for a better authentic taste..Enjoy with rice/puttu/appam/chappathi !!