Kerala-style chicken stew

Kerala-style chicken stew
Chicken stew. Photo: Chef Jomon Kuriakose

The classic chicken stew has its roots in Portuguese cuisine. This dish popularized by the Syrian Christian families in Kerala is extremely aromatic and flavoursome. Check out the pretty simple recipe of rich and creamy chicken stew that pairs amazingly with breakfast items like appam, puttu and idiyappam.

2 baby potatoes
4 chicken breasts
1 carrot
1 onion
3 green chillies
1 piece crushed ginger
Coconut oil as required
1 cup coconut milk
4 cardamom pods
2-3 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 bay leaves
2 -3 red chillies
1-2 star anise
Sprig curry leaves
1 tsp pepper powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala

Marinate the chicken breasts with salt, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste and pepper powder
Half cook the marinated chicken breasts on the grill
Heat coconut oil in a thick bottomed pan
Roast the cardamom, cloves, fennel, star anise, dried chillies and cinnamon
Into it add curry leaves, ginger, onion and green chillies
Sauté well
When these ingredients begin to change colour add the baby potatoes and grilled chicken
After 2 minutes, add the coconut milk, carrot and 2 tsp vinegar
Mix well and turn off the flame
Delicious Kerala style chicken stew is ready!

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