Chicken pieces cooked and stir-fried with pepper and spices. It is a perfect preparation to serve to your guests along with rice or chapati (Indian bread). Never replace whole black pepper with pepper powder in this recipe. It is an easy recipe for Kerala pepper chicken fry preparation.

Chicken pieces cooked and stir-fried with pepper and spices. It is a perfect preparation to serve to your guests along with rice or chapati (Indian bread). It is an easy recipe for Kerala pepper chicken fry preparation.

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Summary

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  • Course side dish
  • Cuisine kerala
  • Yield 6 serving
  • Cooking Time 50 minutes
  • Preparation Time 10 minutes
  • Total Time 60 minutes

Ingredients

Marination
chicken
1 Kilogram
pepper powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons
turmeric powder
1/2 Teaspoon
lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons
salt
1 tsp
Masala
Onions (medium)
4
ginger , crushed
1 1/2 Tablespoons
garlic , crushed
1 1/2 Tablespoons
green chilli , slit lengthwise
3
black pepper Whole
2 1/2 Tablespoons
garam masala
1 1/2 Teaspoons
fennel powder ( Perinjeerakam powder)
1 1/2 Teaspoon
curry leaves
2 sprig
coconut oil
3 tbsps
Small Thin square size coconut slices (thengakothu, optional)
1 cup
vinegar (optional)
2 teaspoon
salt

Steps

  1. Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces with salt, pepper powder, turmeric powder and lemon juice. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Crush the whole black pepper and keep it aside. Adjust black pepper according to your spice tolerance level.
  3. Thinly slice onions and green chilly. Grind ginger and garlic into a fine paste. Thinly slice coconut into square bite-size pieces. Check the notes for details on coconut bite-sized pieces.
  4. Heat 2 tsps oil in a pan and fry coconut pieces until it becomes golden brown color. Keep it aside.
  5. In a kadai/pan, heat the oil. When hot enough, add onions and curry leaves and saute well. Adding salt, helps the onion to get cooked fast.
  6. When the onions are brown, add the ginger, garlic and green chilli. Saute well till the aromatics release their flavor.
  7. Add garam masala, fennel powder and crushed black pepper. Saute well.
  8. Add marinated chicken pieces and stir around till the chicken pieces are well coated with the masalas. Don't add water.
  9. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  10. Now open the lid and cook until the water evaporates.
  11. Add 2 - 3 tsps oil and saute it until it gets roasted/fried well. If you like extra sourness, add vinegar. I like to add 2-3 tsp of vinegar at the end for sourness. It's optional. Add it, only if you want it more sour. Best served with rice 🙂

Notes

You can use either fresh coconut square bite-sized pieces or frozen ones. Don't go for dried coconut. I have tried using both fresh and frozen ones.

Thighs and mixed chicken curry cut pieces will work out for this. I don’t prefer boneless breast piece. It doesn’t have much fat on it. Boneless thigh piece is fine. Just cut it into 2-inch pieces and use it.

This is a traditional Kerala style chicken in spicy brown gravy preparation. I have tried to keep the recipe simple by using simple ingredients, which are most of the time readily available in our kitchens and the method to this flavorful delicacy is very intuitive and easy to follow.Tastes best when prepared with chicken with bone.

Though quite a few spices are used in this gravy, peppercorn is the magic ingredient here which adds a punch to the recipe. But strongly recommend you not to skip any of the ingredients listed.

Kerala Style Pepper Chicken  (Nadan Kurumulaku Kozhi)