The other day, we were having a family over for lunch and I was responsible for the non-vegetarian dish. Its been so long since I cooked anything other than the occasional pasta or paneer curry for my 5 year old. So I had no idea what to cook or where to start.
It was the husband who suggested that I make a gravy with coconut paste. Typical Kerala style! :) Obviously, since my mom doesn't cook non-vegetarian at home, I have no idea how "typical kerala" style should be cooked. Anyway, armed with chicken, onions, a whole lot of green chilies, curry leaves and coconut paste, I started. And this is what I came up with... And if I may say so myself, it was yummmm! :)
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp mustard
3 tsps coriander powder
3 onions, chopped
6 green chillies
1 kg chicken, thighs and drumsticks, skinned
1/2 cup curd, beaten
1 cup coconut paste
fresh coriander leaves, chopped
salt, to taste
Heat the oil in the pan. Saute the cumin and mustard seeds till the crackle. Then add the chopped onions and let it cook till they turn golden. To this, add the green chillies, curry leaves, chicken and saute for about 4 minutes. Add the curd, water and salt to this and bring it boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the coconut paste to this and mix well. Then add the fresh coriander leaves and the coriander powder. Cook this till done.