Easy Chicken Ularthu / Nadan/desi chicken fry

Easy Chicken Ularthu / Nadan/desi chicken fry

This is my mom's recipe,she used to make for lunch.. Unlike the usual chicken recipes , its less time consuming as you don't have to stand near the stove and keep on sauteeing the ingredients one by one . An ideal dish for those who have very little time to spend in the kitchen..Tastes yummy too... It goes well with Kerala meals, chapathies, bread etc...Another advantage is that you can easily turn it out into a delicious curry by adding coconut milk and let it simmer for some time till the gravy reaches the desired consistency.. I use Maggi coconut milk powder for this purpose.. This makes the work even less time consuming..:)

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  1. 1 1/2 Kilos Chicken pieces
  2. 7 onions Large , sliced
  3. 1/2 Cup Ginger chopped
  4. 1/2 Cup Garlic chopped
  5. 4 - 6 Green chillies chopped    de - seeded
  6. 5 Tomatoes chopped ,  medium
  7. 2 Teaspoons Kashmiri chilli powder
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam masala powder
  9. 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  10. 1/2 - 1 Teaspoon Pepper ,  crushed
  11. 3 sprig Curry leaves
  12. 1/2 Cup Coconut oil
  13. 5 Cardamom
  14. 5 Cloves
  15. 2 Cinnamon
  16. to taste Salt
  17. 1/2 Cup Coconut flakes


45 mins
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    Take a large cooking vessel, pref: a non stick one, and put all the ingredients into it.

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    Mix them all well.Cover the vessel and bring to a boil.No need to add water, as the water that oozes out from the chicken pieces and tomatoes will be enough.

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    The mixture will look pale now.Once it reaches the first boil, remove the lid and let it cook uncovered till all the water dries up and the oil starts to float.

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    Stir well occasionally during this time.

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    Let the chicken pieces and the other ingredients get sautéed in this oil for some time till it reaches the desired consistency.

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    Raw taste will disappear now.

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    If you want to get a more drier version, fry it for a longer period...Serve hot garnished with curry leaves.

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    Enjoy with a meal of hot rice, veggies and fresh curds or Kerala style 'Moru Kachiyathu'.

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    Coconut oil and coconut flakes (thenga kothu)will make the dish yummier.However other veg oil can also be used.

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