Chicken thoran / Chicken in a spicy coconut paste

I always loved to have chicken be it in any way gravy or dry. After coming here i really crave for my mom's dishes. This is a typical Kerala dish, which gives you a real feel of the land bringing all the fine flavours of its spices. I would say this is one of the must try dishes from Kerala.
A Chicken dish totally smeared in a dry coconut gravy.


2 1/2 cup chicken pieces ( cut into small pieces)
1 1/2 cup shallots/ kunju ulli ( cut into half )
1 cup grated coconut
1 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1 1/2 tsp crushed ginger
1 1/2 tbsp red chilly powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
3 red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
curry leaves ( more you add more the flavour)
salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan and pop mustard seeds, red chillies, and curry leaves.
Add chicken pieces , crushed garlic, crushed ginger, turmeric powder and salt to taste and saute for about 5 - 10 min on medium heat, until half done.
Now add the shallots and mix well with the chicken and cook until the shallots are done. ( try not to add any water and let the onions get cooked in the chickens water itself)
Mean while heat a pan and fry the red chilly powder and the coriander powder until brown on a medium heat.
Grind together grated coconut, fried chilly powder and coriander powder to a coarse paste, add very little water.
Add the coarse paste to the chicken also adding garam masala and mix well.
Add lots of curry leaves and cook until done.
Serve hot with rice or chapathy...happy meal!!!


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