17 Feb 2014

Chicken Chukka Varuval Recipe / Kozhi Varuval Recipe

Chicken is one of the favorites in our house. We normally make chicken in the weekends and each weekend, we make something different. This recipe s very easy to make and tastes awesome. Goes well with rice. I made it quite spicy but you can change the spice level to your liking. 
I have already posted a mutton pepper fry recipe and this is quite similar to that. 

  • Chicken - 1/2 kg
  • Shallots (Small Onions) - 1 cup
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
For the marinade
  • Pepper powder - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curd - 1 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic - 6 pods
  • Mint leaves - few
  • Salt - to taste
Whole Spices
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon- 1 stick
  • Clove -2 
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Star anise - 1

1. Grind the ginger garlic and mint leaves together. Marinate the chicken with the ginger + garlic+pudina paste, pepper powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, curd and salt. Marinate for atleast 2 hours.
2. Chop the onions.

3. After 2 hours of marinating, pressure cook the chicken with 1/2 cup of water for 2 whistles.
4. In a kadai, add oil and allow to heat up. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and star anise and leave it for a few seconds.
5. Add the onions and curry leaves and saute well. Add some salt. Adding salt to onions allows the moisture to be released and the onions cook faster.

6. Add the pressure cooked chicken. Mix well.
7. Add cumin powder and mix well. 
8. Keep stirring at low flame for a few minutes until all the water is gone and the chicken is well cooked and all the masalas are well blended.

9. I kept stirring for about 7-8 minutes until it was done.
10. Once done, add some chopped coriander leaves and switch off.

1. You can add 2 medium onions instead of small onions.
2. Adjust spice level to your liking.
3. You can add the marinated chicken directly to the pan without pressure cooking but you will have to add enough water to cook the chicken and then keep stirring until all the water is gone and the masala is dry.

Until next time,

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  1. Yummy and delicious chukka varuval ...Love it :)

  2. Wow this is just too gud.....

  3. very tempting varuval. love the colour.

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  5. Very tempting plate... love it dear...

  6. yummy recipe best to have with naan or taaftaan

  7. Looks so yummy Beulah!Did u add some color or Kashmiri red chili to it.....will make some his weekend!

    1. It's the garam masala powder which gave that color akka, no color added!

  8. Wow ...color of chukka is so tempting and yummy


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