October 21, 2006

Kozhi Ishtoo/ Chicken Stew w/ Coconut Milk.

Cooking time: 20 mins Preparation time is another 10 mins
You will need:
Chicken-1 ½ lb, (700gm) cleaned and cut into small pieces.
Onions- 2 medium sized ones
Potatoes-1 large one
Tomatoes-1 small plum tomato
Turmeric powder – 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds-1/4 tsp
Black Pepper Powder- 1 tsp
Whole spices: 1”long Cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 2 cardamom
Lemon juice-1/2 of a lemon (1tbsp)
Plain Yogurt- ½ cup beaten
Coconut milk- 1 1/2 cup
Leaves: Coriander, Mint, Curry leaves, each a small handful, chopped
Salt - to taste
Oil-2 tbsp
White/Idaho Potato-1

Ground paste:
Green chilies - 10
Garlic – 3 cloves (1 ½ tsp)
Ginger- ½ inch piece (1 tbsp)
Fennel seed- 1 tsp
Poppy seeds- 1tsp
Cashew nuts-3-4

1. Wash the chicken and lightly toss it with lemon juice and rinse again. Drain well onto a slotted drainer. Slice the onions finely and dice the potatoes and tomatoes. Mix ½ cup of coconut milk with 1 cup water to dilute it and keep aside.
2. Soak the poppy seeds, cashew nuts and fennel seeds in ½ cup warm water for half hour and then wet grind it with the cleaned ginger, garlic and green chilies to a fine paste.
3. Heat the oil in a large shallow pan, add the whole spices. Sauté till the fragrance fills the air and then add onion.
4. Fry onions till just slightly transparent and immediately add the ground paste, spice powders and saute well. Then add the chicken, potatoes, lemon juice and sauté on high heat for a couple of minutes. Then lower the heat, add the diluted coconut milk, salt and cook covered for about 10 minutes or till the chicken gets cooked. Keep checking and add a little bit water if it starts sticking to the pan.
5. Check to see if the chicken is cooked. Add the chopped leaves, the thick coconut milk and the tomatoes. Allow it to simmer just for a couple more minutes and then switch of the flame. Add the beaten yogurt and adjust salt seasoning.
Serve hot with pathiri, appam, bread, puttu or just paratha.
If keeping for more than a day, try to keep aside the stew before adding the second coconut milk as its taste changes for the worse with each passing day. If the curry without the milk is reheated and then fresh coconut milk is added, it tastes just as fresh as the day it was made.
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archana said...

If only i could get that stack of pathiri with this curry !!!!
Thank you for the recipe Shaheen,fabulous photo too.

Kalyn said...

I have saved this recipe immediately; it sounds just fabulous.

sra said...

Hi Shaheen! Am just coming to grips with comment moderation so saw your comment only now - thanks for the message. Your ishtoo looks yummy

archana said...
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archana said...

Happy Eid al-Fitr to you and your family. May all your prayers be answered.

Cheryl said...

Looks great! How many potatoes did you use? I didn't see them in the list of ingredients.

Faffer said...

Happy Eid to you and your family. The chicken stew looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

happy eid to u and ur family. celebrating in a big way?
hav a nice day

please post the recipe for the pathiri too


Shaheen said...

Archana: Go ahead, the stack is all yours.Thanks a lot for ur sweet wishes.

Kalyn: Hope you will make it soon and like it.

Sra: Thanks a lot for visiting..:)

Cheryl: Good catch! I had missed out on the potato. Its one large potato.

Faffer: Thanks for your wishes!!

Shaheen said...

Ki: Eid is a working day:( So was partying today and mayybe next weekend next week too.
How was ur party?

renuramanath said...

hi shaheen
thank god, for some time i could not download your site. i feared if you too had disappeared, like our dear injipennu. hey, what happened to her ? i saw a comment from indira in some blog, about her sudden disappearance. any idea what's up ? she used to send some emails to my hotmail id, from a gmail id. but even that id is bouncing now. i wonder what happened.

maneka nirmal said...

kozhi ishtoo othiri ishtamayi ketto..hmmm..nice pic too...thanks for the recipe shaheen.

sra said...

Happy Id, Shaheen!

shynee said...

Shaheen,I just made mutton stew more or less the same style today... and here u have a picture perfect chicken stew...they r just lovely with pathiris...

Foodie's Hope said...

Fabulous looking recipe. YUM!!You churning out wonderful eats these days! Thanks!

Gini said...

Isn't that pathiri? That is a fab photo. Pathiris are such an exotic dish for me. Only had them couple of times but they were so good. One of my friends had his mom bring some to the train station once when I was coming back from Delhi,knowing how much I loved pathiri. I don't think I will even attempt to make one of these at home- too intimidated.
Eid Mubarak!

Anonymous said...

i tried this recipe and we really liked it. thanks a lot.

lsab said...

Thanks for this lovely recipe.I tried and it came out very well.

Anonymous said...

I have been meaning to add a comment.. no.. a thank you for sharing this recipe. It's been a hit every time I make it. You've become quite famous in our circles thanks to 'kozhi ishtoo'!

The KoshyMostafas said...

Thank you for this. I just used it to make our Chicken stew for Easter Breakfast with a couple of changes :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was getting bored with the usual chicken curries. Wanted to make something special for tonight. Wanted to make Pathiri even though I would be making for the first time. SO as a curry, thought to make this one.
It came out really very good. I could not believe that i made it. Thanks.... Let me try the Pathiris. Hope it comes out well and I can give a surprise to my Hubby.....