Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Chicken Chettinadu - A variation.

The other day I was searching for a recipe for chicken chettinadu and came across this one. I found many recipes with wide variations in the ingredients...
I added some spice mix to the actual recipe and it came out really well.
Although M and me agreed that it didn't taste like the chicken chettinadu (I think because of lack of tomatoes...)we get from one of the restaurants here...the dish sure was lip-smacking.


Inspired from Sanjeev Kapoor's Chicken chettinadu video.
  1. Chicken breasts    -  2 cut into cubes
  2. Turmeric powder  -  1/2 tsp
  3. Red Chili Powder  -  1 tsp
  4. Salt                   -  As required.
  5. Coriander seeds   -  1 tbsp
  6. Cumin seeds       -  1tsp 
  7. Dry red chilis       -  4 - 6
  8. Scraped coconut  -  3/4 cup
  9. Cinnamon Stick   -   1 inch
  10. Cloves               -  2 nos
  11. Cardamom         -  4 nos
  12. Star anise          -  1 no
  13. Bay Leaf            -  1 large.
  14. Curry leaves       -  a few
  15. Cumin seeds       - 1/2 tsp
  16. onions               -  1 large chopped.
  17. Garlic                -  4-6 chopped.
  18. Ginger               -  1 inch.
  19. Pepper              -  1 tsp freshly crushed
  20. Lemon juice       -  1 tbsp
  21. Oil                    -  2 tbsp

  1. Marinate the chicken with 2,3,4 for 1 hr.
  2. In a pan, heat oil. Add 5,6,7 and roast for a while. 
  3. When the strong smell comes out add 8.
  4. Saute till the coconut turns golden brown.
  5. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Grind it into a fine paste when it is cooled.
  6. In a spice grinder, grind 9,10,11,12.
  7. Heat oil in a pan. Add the spice mix, 13, 14, 15.
  8. When the cumin seeds are spluttered, add onions and saute till it turns golden brown.
  9. Add 17,18 and saute for a second. Add the coconut grind mix and continue to saute.
  10. Add the marinated chicken, salt, 19, 20. Close the lid and cook for 20-25min Till the chicken is ready. Check for salt.
  11. Serve hot and enjoy..:)


  1. i love sanjeev kapoor's recipes too and this chicken dish looks spicy & got a lovely blog ann, will visit often...

  2. nice click..looks so perfect and yummy ANN!!!

  3. Thank you Sushma and Sarah.

  4. Yummy chettinadu chicken... wonderful clicks!

  5. Love chicken chettinadu..This looks absolutely yummy..

  6. I love your blog, the food, the chatter; and the photos are sensational. It's in my favorites.

  7. Made this chicken again. Forgot to tell you, number 18 says garlic, i'm sure gingerroot is meant. Every recipe you post so far has been sensational. Thank You.

  8. Opps My mistake... Now that is what happens when I forget to proof read before publishing it....:D

  9. Thank you for commenting here to tell me that you liked it....:). I really appreciate it.

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