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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Chicken in coconut cream- a different experience

Chicken in coconut cream is an innovative item. The use of coconut cream in chicken has been  in vogue in Southern part of India. Spicy chicken with the essence of fresh coconut gives a different experience to culinary delight altogether. Chicken is an active source of protein and quite easily digestible item. Very easy to prepare and lesser time consuming, this dish can be a great challenge when guests land up in your house uninformed at any time. Let's see the method of preparation of this great discovery. 

Ingredients: (preparation for 4 people)
Boneless chicken (350 gms.)
Coconut cream (100ml.)
Curd/Yoghurt (100 ml)
Turmeric powder(1 teaspoon)
Salt as per taste
Green chillies(2-3 pcs.)
Coriander leaves for garnishing,
Oil for frying.

Procedure: Boneless chicken purchased from the market should be chopped into smaller pieces. It should be marinated with turmeric powder and salt and kept for 15 mins. Heat oil in a container and fry the chicken in it. Fry till the chicken becomes semi soft and nicely cooked. Dash green chillies in it and start feeling the unique essence emitted from the chicken. You may buy the standard tinned coconut cream available in the market or extract coconut milk by simple homely methods. Add coconut cream in desired quantity over the chicken. Mix well with the help of a spatula. Add yoghurt /battered curd over the chicken. Add salt in required quantity. The chicken absorbs the mixture and the content becomes thick. You may add 1/2 cup water for preparing the gravy. The chicken absorbs the juice of the coconut cream and curd and the gravy thickens. You may use a spoon in order to test the density of the gravy. When it becomes thick and adheres to the spoon , you may conclude that the gravy is ready. Chop coriander leaves and sprinkle over the chicken. 

This dish can be served with steaming rice/chapati/naan/tandoori roti. The tantalizing taste of curd and coconut  cream along with the essence of fresh coriander will surely make a difference. Time taken for cooking is approximately 20-25 mins. You may be sure that with little available ingredients in your home , you can prepare an excellent 'fingerlicking' chicken dish. 

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