Mappila chicken: A succulent fried chicken from Malabar

This chicken fry is a good accompaniment to ghee rice. Photo: Chef Arun Vijayan

Out of all popular chicken dishes, the fried variety is probably the most sought after by both youngsters and others alike. The crispy delight is prepared in numerous ways and in Kerala, there are many takers for its spicy versions.

The Malabar-style Mappila chicken fry, which can be easily prepared with easily available spices, has many takers in both the northern and southern parts of Kerala. It's a popular accompaniment to ghee rice. Here's the recipe for the yummy fried chicken.

300 gms chicken
15 gms Kashmiri chilly powder
4 gms yellow turmeric powder
20 ml lemon juice
5 gms pepper powder
10 gms maida (refined flour)
25 gms scraped coconut
Coconut oil for frying
Salt to taste
5 gms garam masala powder
10 gms ginger-garlic paste
5 gms curry leaves

Wash chicken thoroughly and cut it into small pieces
Apply Kashmiri chilly powder, yellow turmeric powder, pepper powder, scraped coconut, maida, garam masala and ginger-garlic paste to the chicken pieces
Add enough salt and lemon juice as well
Marinate the pieces for 30 minutes
Now, pour coconut oil in a pan and heat it
Add the marinated chicken pieces to the pan and fry
Curry leaves also could be roasted in the pan
The crispy and tasty Mappila chicken is ready

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