This Spicy Chettinad Pepper Chicken Fry/Roast is a succulent Tamil style recipe. Its ready under 45 minutes and though it is a dry roast, its got enough masala coating the chicken to be had with rotis! Its spicy but the kinds that will make you reach out for another bite!
After an overload of Bengali food, I was craving something super spicy yesterday. Denver left for Pune and I was itching to try something new. Some Pinterest browsing led me to Nags blog where I saw this spicy chettinad pepper chicken masala. It looked like just the thing for a sleep deprived Monday, and trust me, it took exactly 45 minutes to make this from start to finish. Which is perfect when you have a mountain of work to catch up to, and can’t be wasting time pottering around in the kitchen!
I haven’t eaten too much Chettinad food before because of the spice levels but it looked so good that I had to give it a go. Denver stays away from too much spice in general, but I’m the queen of trying everything out. This pepper chicken fry is spicy, but not over the top. It’s fiery but not in a brow sweating, nose sniffling sort of a way. It’s a dry roast, but with enough masala coating the chicken that you can dig in with your rotis.
This recipe is probably a minority on the blog, because it’s not been taste tested by Denver yet. But I know it’ll get his nod when he bites into it. The chicken is juicy and succulent and the masala sticks to it nicely enough that you don’t need more.
When I started cooking from this recipe, I knew this was going to be a hit when I started roasting the dry spices. It’s a blend which tempts you into wishing that it would cook faster. And it’s all in those spices, so don’t skimp on them when you try this out!
If you are trying this out, I insist that you use curry leaves and whole spices. Don’t get lazy and substitute coriander powder for coriander seeds because that just won’t cut it. Make a trip to the store if you have to or order them online, but take my word, it’s worth the effort.
And if you are a vegetarian, please don’t be disappointed. Make this recipe with mushrooms or potatoes and it should work just as well.
Recipe adapted from the Edible Garden
Spicy Chettinad Pepper Chicken Fry or Roast is made with whole ground spices, is fragrant, fiery hot and a popular Tamil Chicken recipe.
- 500 grams Chicken (bone-in , curry cut)
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 3 – 4 sprigs Curry leaves
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil (Note 1)
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Fennel seeds (or Saunf)
- 1 teaspoon Garlic (paste)
- 1 teaspoon Ginger (Paste)
- 3 Onions (sliced)
- 1/4 cup Tomato (Puree)
- Salt to taste
- Dry roast all the ingredients under spice mix on a low flame for 3-4 minutes till they start smelling nutty and the coconut is a light golden. Be careful not to burn the spices. Grind with 2 tablespoons water into a coarse paste.
- While the spices are roasting, rub turmeric powder on the chicken and keep aside.
- In a pan, heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds and fennel seeds. Once they start crackling add the spice paste and cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Next add the onions and ginger garlic pastes. Cook till the onions are a light pink, and add tomato puree.
- Wash the chicken and add it to the pan along with 1/4 cup water, curry leaves and salt.
- Cover and cook on a medium flame for 15 minutes. Keep checking every few minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
- After 15 minutes, remove the lid and increase the flame to let the liquid start evaporating. Once the chicken is cooked and most of the liquid is gone, cook it for 2-3 minutes while stirring it continuously in the pan to roast it before switching off the flame.
- Serve Chettinad Chicken Pepper Roast with hot rotis and ghee rice.
I prefer coconut oil for this recipe, but you use an oil of your choice or even ghee
Feel free to increase or reduce the number on chilies based on your preference