Chettinad Chicken Kulumbu (My mom's style)


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This is a very common recipe among the Chettiars. For most part of my childhood, I guess that this is the only kind of Chicken gravy that I would have had the most! Very simple but tasty dish.

For the Masala
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Corriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 3 pieces
Sombu - 1 teaspoon
Jeera - 1 teaspoon
Cashewnuts - few

Grid the above into a smooth paste.

Other Ingredients
Chicken - 1.5 pounds (with bones)
Sombu - few
peppercornes - few
cloves - 2
cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
green chillis - 2 finely chopped
big red onion - 1
gralic - 2 pieces
plum tomato - 1
turmeric powder
Corriander leaves - few

In the pressure cooker, add oil, then add cloves, cinnamon, sombu, peppercornes, green chillis; fry well. Then add finely chopped onions, tomato and garlic; fry well until onions are cooked. Then add Chicken with some salt and turmeric powder. Fry for a few minutes then add the grinded masala with enough water and pressure cook for 1 whistle and 5 minutes.

Just before serving add chopped corriander leaves.