Tuesday, May 3, 2011

South Indian Chicken Stew

I love stews. I  love the simplicity and vivaciousness of stews. They need no elaborate preparation and are ready in minutes. I read this recipe in one of my cookbooks. I did make a few changes, but you could skip them if you wish.

  • 100 gms chicken (boneless or with bones, whichever way you prefer)
  • 1 large onion chopped  into large pieces
  • a few curry leaves
  • 1 large potato chopped into large pieces
  • 1 carrot chopped into large pieces
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 to 6 pepper corns
  • 2 to 3 green chillies slit lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 a cube of chicken soup (or 1/2 cup chicken stock)
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • salt to taste
 The coconut oil brings out the characteristic flavor of this recipe. Heat the coconut oil in a wok and throw in the cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns. Saute for half a minute.

Add the onions. Cook them till they are soft, but not till they turn brown. Add the chillies, curry leaves, ginger garlic paste, chicken pieces and potatoes. Saute for two minutes, and then cover and cook for a further five minutes.

Remove the cover, and add the carrots and a cup of water. Add the soup cube to the stew and cook well for three to four minutes.

Now add the coconut milk and salt. Bring the stew to a boil. Now turn the heat down and simmer once again for a few minutes.

Serve hot with rice!


  1. me a major fan of stews..easy to make and easier to digest..this one is a bit different frm the regular recipe..love it,
    thanks for sharing.. :-)

    p.s..the preparations r varied thts the best thing bout ur project...may u succeed in ur endeavour.

  2. Thanks Dear, do make it and tell me if you liked it. :-)

  3. I too love the simplicity and deliciousness of stews. ;) Thanks for sharing!