Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chicken Chops (Bunt Style Chicken Curry Without Coconut)

My little fellow is going through a phase where he is no longer interested in seafood despite the decent enough variety we manage to buy every week. All he wants now is chicken in any form. No veggies, no rice and no fish of course. If I let him choose his meals he would almost daily ask for 'chicken & chapathi'. Well, that actually means that mommy goes on a mad hunt looking for recipes that haven't already been tried and which can go well with chapathis.


This morning I must have flipped through at least 4-5 cookbooks and was almost on the verge of giving up & hunting for a recipe on the net when I came across an easy recipe in the Mangalore Ladies Club Cookery Book - my mum's birthday gift to me right after I got married. The book has been sifted through for recipes I can say, most of the recipes have been tried, but I use it mainly as a reference point because sometimes the recipes can end abruptly and I am left to my own devices to solve the suspense (which was quite a frightening experience when I first juggled with cooking).


This recipe is really one of the simplest ones I've tried and has the trademark taste of Bunt cuisine (you may have known it's one of my favourite sub-cuisines even though everything that comes under one big umbrella called 'Mangalorean' appeals to me). This one dish you can put together in a jiffy, the only real task would involve the grinding of spices and then everything is put together & placed on fire and the chicken gets done in no time. What makes it easier is that there is no coconut involved in this recipe (I am not sure if Bunts would agree with it if they have a different version of making this), so there is none of that grate-grind procedure and I am sure everyone who looks for a South Indian chicken curry without coconut will love it as well.


Just a forewarning, let the name of the dish not mislead you into thinking that it is a kind of a barbecue or kebab. This is a simple semi dry dish with chicken cut into largish pieces that tastes best when eaten with chapathis.

Chicken Chops
(Printable Recipe)

Serves 4

You Need:
  • 800 gm chicken on the bone
  • 2 large onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
For the masala:
  • 6-7 long dry red chillies (Bedgi) * see note
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 level tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric/haldi powder
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 inches cinnamon
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion roughly chopped * see note
Method:
1. Cut the chicken into large pieces, wash and drain on a colander. Grind all the ingredients mentioned in the 'For the masala' section to a fine paste using a little water. Keep the masala water from the mixer jar. Marinate the chicken pieces in the ground masala & keep aside. 
2. In a large wok heat the ghee or oil & fry the 2 finely chopped onions till golden brown. Add the marinated chicken pieces along with the rest of the masala. Add salt to taste and cook on a medium flame till half done. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 4-5 minutes or till the tomatoes are well blended into the curry.
3. Add the masala water from the mixer jar and adjust consistency of the gravy as required. Add the lime juice and continue to cook till chicken is fully cooked.
4. Turn off the flame & serve hot with chapathis or rice.

Notes:
Bedgi/Byadge/Kundapur/Kumti chillies are what give Mangalorean cuisine its unique flavour & fragrance, especially signature dishes of the Bunt cuisine taste distinctly different when these chillies are used. If you do not find this variety of chillies you may use Kashmiri chillies which are quite low in spice and only give great colour, so you may increase the chillies upto 12-13 for a medium spicy curry. You may also use a blend of Bedgi & Harekala chillies (popularly known as short chillies or gidda menasu) for this curry.
This curry is dryish without a lot of gravy & is most suited to be eaten with Chapathis, however if you want more gravy you can add an extra onion while grinding.


25 comments :

  1. delicious looking dish with a rich creamy gravy.

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  2. Wow this looks yummy! Will surely try it this Sunday! The title of the recipe actually made me think twice until you expressed it not too!
    Also the Print the recipe link is not existing!

    try this, http://www.printfriendly.com/, it's a good and nice tool for doing it!

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  3. Wow,chicken chops in curry luks fabulous dear.Hope u had a wonderful time with it.Luvly and yumm clicks too

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  4. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!!
    @Kelvin: The print link has been updated now, had forgotten to put it before :D have tried printfriendly before & didnt like it much, will take a look at it again :)

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  5. Wow! Love that colour. Looks so tempting. After the fasting now I am craving for something spicy and yumm..Love such simple recipes

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  6. wow i love the colour..gr8 curry...creamy and spicy

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  7. Vibrant color and a guilt free chicken chops shireen. That's a quick recipe to try hand with, love mangalorean food.

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  8. I love the colour of your curries,very tempting..Delicious!!!

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  9. Oh Yummm!!! Love your clicks, they really make you feel like digging in with a piece of chapati in hand.

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  10. Son loves to see 'Pak Pak' on the table :) I haven't heard of this bunt variety. Sounds simple to put together.

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  11. Delicious & rich gravy Shireen!! And i know what you mean bout recipes ending abruptly..I have the same book & the list of ings even are confusing!! And then its not clear what goes where and son on..It was hard when i just started cooking & gave up in that book,,May be now I can sift through the book again :) One dish I liked was the lauki in gram dal..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  12. Wow way toooooooo tempted..absolutely gorgeous and makes anyone droooooool.

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  13. Chicken chops looks super inviting,wat a fingerlicking curry,especially love the colour of this dish..

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  14. looks good Shireen...you know what..me being a bunt...have never tried out chicken chops...i think kundapur bunts make bunts chops more...I always thought chicken chops had green gravy...will try this out..showed this to my mom and she was like."plz write down the recipe.this looks too good"
    thank you shireen..i am learning so much from u abt Bunt cuisine
    charishma

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  15. gravilious and very appetizing recipe...yum to the core!

    check out the Sunday Special event at my blog..

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  16. Wow...Fabulous and colourful chicken curry...

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  17. this looks fabulous dear, very flavourful and delicious one, its so difficult to cope up with the changing demands and likes of our kids rt :)

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  18. Looks amazing
    I've awards waiting for you at my place...Please do collect them

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  19. Lovely colors and lovely flavors. Amazing dish. Its my first time here. Love ur site. :)

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  20. i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on tastingspot.com

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  21. Tried it out yesterday. Absolutely YUM! My family loved it. Thanks for a great recipe.

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  22. Looks amazing.
    I am cooking the recipe today and hope it turns out to be the way its looking.

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  23. Hi Shireen.. I have just entered into the world of blogging...stumbled upon your blog and am so glad I did !! You have presented an amazing array of recipes.....They look so appealing that I can't wait to try them !!

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I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chicken Chops (Bunt Style Chicken Curry Without Coconut)

My little fellow is going through a phase where he is no longer interested in seafood despite the decent enough variety we manage to buy every week. All he wants now is chicken in any form. No veggies, no rice and no fish of course. If I let him choose his meals he would almost daily ask for 'chicken & chapathi'. Well, that actually means that mommy goes on a mad hunt looking for recipes that haven't already been tried and which can go well with chapathis.


This morning I must have flipped through at least 4-5 cookbooks and was almost on the verge of giving up & hunting for a recipe on the net when I came across an easy recipe in the Mangalore Ladies Club Cookery Book - my mum's birthday gift to me right after I got married. The book has been sifted through for recipes I can say, most of the recipes have been tried, but I use it mainly as a reference point because sometimes the recipes can end abruptly and I am left to my own devices to solve the suspense (which was quite a frightening experience when I first juggled with cooking).


This recipe is really one of the simplest ones I've tried and has the trademark taste of Bunt cuisine (you may have known it's one of my favourite sub-cuisines even though everything that comes under one big umbrella called 'Mangalorean' appeals to me). This one dish you can put together in a jiffy, the only real task would involve the grinding of spices and then everything is put together & placed on fire and the chicken gets done in no time. What makes it easier is that there is no coconut involved in this recipe (I am not sure if Bunts would agree with it if they have a different version of making this), so there is none of that grate-grind procedure and I am sure everyone who looks for a South Indian chicken curry without coconut will love it as well.


Just a forewarning, let the name of the dish not mislead you into thinking that it is a kind of a barbecue or kebab. This is a simple semi dry dish with chicken cut into largish pieces that tastes best when eaten with chapathis.

Chicken Chops
(Printable Recipe)

Serves 4

You Need:
  • 800 gm chicken on the bone
  • 2 large onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
For the masala:
  • 6-7 long dry red chillies (Bedgi) * see note
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 level tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric/haldi powder
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 inches cinnamon
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion roughly chopped * see note
Method:
1. Cut the chicken into large pieces, wash and drain on a colander. Grind all the ingredients mentioned in the 'For the masala' section to a fine paste using a little water. Keep the masala water from the mixer jar. Marinate the chicken pieces in the ground masala & keep aside. 
2. In a large wok heat the ghee or oil & fry the 2 finely chopped onions till golden brown. Add the marinated chicken pieces along with the rest of the masala. Add salt to taste and cook on a medium flame till half done. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 4-5 minutes or till the tomatoes are well blended into the curry.
3. Add the masala water from the mixer jar and adjust consistency of the gravy as required. Add the lime juice and continue to cook till chicken is fully cooked.
4. Turn off the flame & serve hot with chapathis or rice.

Notes:
Bedgi/Byadge/Kundapur/Kumti chillies are what give Mangalorean cuisine its unique flavour & fragrance, especially signature dishes of the Bunt cuisine taste distinctly different when these chillies are used. If you do not find this variety of chillies you may use Kashmiri chillies which are quite low in spice and only give great colour, so you may increase the chillies upto 12-13 for a medium spicy curry. You may also use a blend of Bedgi & Harekala chillies (popularly known as short chillies or gidda menasu) for this curry.
This curry is dryish without a lot of gravy & is most suited to be eaten with Chapathis, however if you want more gravy you can add an extra onion while grinding.


25 comments :

  1. delicious looking dish with a rich creamy gravy.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow this looks yummy! Will surely try it this Sunday! The title of the recipe actually made me think twice until you expressed it not too!
    Also the Print the recipe link is not existing!

    try this, http://www.printfriendly.com/, it's a good and nice tool for doing it!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow,chicken chops in curry luks fabulous dear.Hope u had a wonderful time with it.Luvly and yumm clicks too

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!!
    @Kelvin: The print link has been updated now, had forgotten to put it before :D have tried printfriendly before & didnt like it much, will take a look at it again :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow! Love that colour. Looks so tempting. After the fasting now I am craving for something spicy and yumm..Love such simple recipes

    ReplyDelete
  6. wow i love the colour..gr8 curry...creamy and spicy

    ReplyDelete
  7. Vibrant color and a guilt free chicken chops shireen. That's a quick recipe to try hand with, love mangalorean food.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love the colour of your curries,very tempting..Delicious!!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh Yummm!!! Love your clicks, they really make you feel like digging in with a piece of chapati in hand.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Son loves to see 'Pak Pak' on the table :) I haven't heard of this bunt variety. Sounds simple to put together.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Delicious & rich gravy Shireen!! And i know what you mean bout recipes ending abruptly..I have the same book & the list of ings even are confusing!! And then its not clear what goes where and son on..It was hard when i just started cooking & gave up in that book,,May be now I can sift through the book again :) One dish I liked was the lauki in gram dal..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow way toooooooo tempted..absolutely gorgeous and makes anyone droooooool.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Chicken chops looks super inviting,wat a fingerlicking curry,especially love the colour of this dish..

    ReplyDelete
  14. looks good Shireen...you know what..me being a bunt...have never tried out chicken chops...i think kundapur bunts make bunts chops more...I always thought chicken chops had green gravy...will try this out..showed this to my mom and she was like."plz write down the recipe.this looks too good"
    thank you shireen..i am learning so much from u abt Bunt cuisine
    charishma

    ReplyDelete
  15. gravilious and very appetizing recipe...yum to the core!

    check out the Sunday Special event at my blog..

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wow...Fabulous and colourful chicken curry...

    ReplyDelete
  17. this looks fabulous dear, very flavourful and delicious one, its so difficult to cope up with the changing demands and likes of our kids rt :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Looks amazing
    I've awards waiting for you at my place...Please do collect them

    ReplyDelete
  19. Lovely colors and lovely flavors. Amazing dish. Its my first time here. Love ur site. :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on tastingspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Tried it out yesterday. Absolutely YUM! My family loved it. Thanks for a great recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Looks amazing.
    I am cooking the recipe today and hope it turns out to be the way its looking.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi Shireen.. I have just entered into the world of blogging...stumbled upon your blog and am so glad I did !! You have presented an amazing array of recipes.....They look so appealing that I can't wait to try them !!

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)