Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pepper Chicken Chettinad / Milagu Kozhi Varuval

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Pepper Chicken Chettinad is a very spicy hot dish. This authentic dish is known world wide for the spicy masala blended well with the chicken & its rich aroma. Also, its one of the famous recipe in Indian restaurants. It makes a good combo with Chapathi, Naan, flaky parotta, Dosa, biryani or any  Rice dish. 
In this recipe, the tender chicken is cooked in a spicy masala based gravy without adding any water to it.  This failproof recipe is also called Pepper Chicken, coz of the dominant , spicy flavor of pepper. 
This scrumptious dish is definitely on the hot spicy side, so adjust the amount of chillies / pepper to your taste.
Cook now n let me know how you enjoyed..:)
Ingredients:
  • Chicken                      - ½ kg
  • Oil                                - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds              - ¼ tsp
  • Cumin                           - ½ tsp
  • Cardamom                    - 1
  • Bay leaf                        - 1
  • Cinnamon                     - 2
  • Cloves                          - 3 to 4
  • Onion                           - 2
  • Turmeric pwd                - ½ tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste        - 1 tbsp
  • Green chilly                   - 1
  • Curry leaves                  - a few
  • Tomato                         - 2
  • Red chilly pwd              - 1 tsp
  • Coriander pwd               - 2 tsp
  • Cumin pwd                    - 1 tsp
  • Pepper corns                - 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves
Method:
  1. Wash and chop chicken to fine pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai / wok.
  1. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and wait to crackle.
  1. Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf
  2. Saute for a while
  3. Add finely chopped onion.
  4. Add powdered salt and saute till light brown.
  1. Add turmeric pwd and ginger garlic paste.
  2. Saute for a minute till raw smell disappears.
  3. Add chopped green chillies, curry leaves.
  4. Give a good stir.
  5. Now add finely chopped tomatoes.
  6. Add red chilly pwd, coriander pwd, cumin pwd and saute well.
  1. Cook for 10 mins in low medium flame.
  2. Now you can see tomatoes are mashed well, the moisture is completely absorbed & oil separates out from the masala.
  1. Now add chicken pieces.
  2. Mix it with the above prepared chettinad masala together.

  1. Cover with a lid & cook for 5 to 7 minutes. ( or till chicken is cooked tender )
  2. Take care not to add water in this step for the chicken to cook, it will get cooked in the masala & chicken itself will let out its own moisture, while getting cooked.
  3. Meanwhile crush peppercorns to coarse pwd. ( freshly ground pepper enhances the taste)
  1. Open the lid, you can see the chicken has oozed out so much moisture, without adding any water.
  1. Check if the chicken is cooked tender.
  1. Now add crushed peppercorns.
  1. Mix well.
  1. You can enjoy the rich spicy aroma lingering all over , rocking your home.
  1. Finally , garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  1. Awesome Pepper Chicken Chettinad curry is ready to taste.
  1. Enjoy the spicy taste with Chapatti, Naan, Dosa  and  Rice..

Similar Recipes 
·       Chicken Manchurian
·       Chilly Chicken
·       Chicken 65
·       Pepper Chicken Masala
·       Spicy Chicken Soup
·       Chicken Fry

79 comments:

  1. Wow that looks spicy n inviting.... Last Sunday did the same n it's in my draft to post next week.....

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  2. Looks scrumptious; clean and simple presentation with the instruction photos Jay.

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  3. Pepper chicken is one of my favourites...and this is truly awesome and mouthwatering ;)

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  4. That dish makes me drool ! It looks scrumptiously good !

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  5. Jay,
    I can smell the aroma of the wonderful mix of spices in my mind. This looks amazing! I will have to make it! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Thanks Akila, Shri, Resh, Anne, Sheoh for your valuable feedback..!
    have a nice day..:)

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  7. yummy yummy looks fabulous

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  8. TQ Serena, Torview , glad you liked it..:)

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  9. delicious chicken..I too make it the same way, but without the tomotoes :)

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  10. Mouthwatering! Looks fantastic!

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  11. There is something magical about Chettinad recipes....love this recipe...

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  12. So tempting spicy chicken..

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  13. Jay..again,another awesome recipe..!!!

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  14. looks very tempting Jay, yum !

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  15. Superb Pepper chicken. Its fantastic.
    Its mouthwatering and am loving it.


    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,
    http://indianrecipecorner.com

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  16. awesome!!!!!!!!!i want some now with naan........this is really good.

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  17. Wow! That looks so delicious...very tempting. Colour, texture, presentation - everything spot on :)

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  18. superb varuval..delicious recipe.. awesome pictures..

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  19. lovely clicks n awesome preparation....

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  20. I love spicy Chettinadu food! I keep travelling to Chennai for work and everytime all i end up eating is exactly this kind of spicy fare! Love it :) The chicken looks fiery and mouth-watering!

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  21. Hi Jay, your pepper chicken look extremely good. Beautiful pictures too. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Have a nice day.

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  22. What a superb recipe dear and looks very yummy:)

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  23. wow that looks so tempting

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  24. Oh wow! These looks so mouth watering & irresistible! I'm sure they go well with rice, naan or my favorite chapatti! DROOLING! :)

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  25. Un paso a paso espectacular y el resultado exquisito.

    Besos

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  26. The chicken looks so good! That tip you give in step #19 about not adding water is so important. I often forget that chicken will release some of its own juices. I add water and my dish ends up with a diluted taste. Thank you! Great recipe.

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  27. I prepare the same way, except addign the peppercorn powder at the end. Next time I will try with your tip.

    This Pepper chicken looks delicious, Jay!


    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  28. Pepper chicken is my fav. It looks truly awesome and yummy.

    Cuisine Delights
    My Monthly Event - Spotlight : "Healthy Breakfast Ideas".

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  29. def bookmarking this one..looks super yum

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  30. This chicken looks amazing and flavorfull! Like it a lot!

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  31. I would not leave the table without at least a 2nd helping of this lovely dish!! YUM!

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  32. Looks very yummy Jay! Can't wait to try it out..

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  33. Your chicken recipes makes me drool..another wonderful recipe to try..

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  34. Wow!!!such a flavorful chicken,ready to eat with piping hot rasam rice...yum.yum.

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  35. I shall make this for my kids. They love chicken in any form

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  36. oh my...cant take my eyes off this...super tempting and I must try this..

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  37. Looks very delicious the chicken, love the pepper fry!

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  38. yummy recipe Jay. please send me some.

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  39. Jay, you have out done yourself on this. This looks INSANELY DELICIOUS! Holy crap. I've been wanting to make Chettinadd chicken and I kinda had an idea, but wasn't quite sure. Love the tip you suggested about not adding additional water. I sometimes did and sometimes don't.
    QUESTION - did you use chicken breasts or thighs? Skinless? Please advise.

    Thanks.

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  40. Looks delicious, perfect meal time food. Amazing..!

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  41. You've outdone yourself again, Jay. Love the photos and the whole idea!

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  42. Whew! That does sound spice but it looks delicious as always, Jay...

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  43. looks delicious...last time I had tried chicken chatinad in a restaurant,it was so delicious...your dish looks like same tempting,gourmet.

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  44. dear friends,
    thanks for visiting..your comments are very valuable for me..;)

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  45. wow..that looks tasty & inviting..;)yumm chicken

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  46. This dish looks fantastic. I love the step by step instructions and photos. Great blog with amazing pictures. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog :-)

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  47. wow....delicious... :)
    I was looking for this recipe...thank you.

    Jayne @ www.bonteka.blogspot.com

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  48. thanks for stopping by Honey,
    I used chicken breasts, skinless. giv a try & enjoy.!

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  49. Wow!! That looks mouthwatering Jay! bookmarking this one!!! :)

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  50. yum! i could lick that bowl clean! it looks delicious!

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  51. Delicious and really spicy.

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  52. This looks delicious, I always love something with a bit of spice.

    xo erica

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  53. This looks delicious, I always love something with a bit of spice.

    xo erica

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  54. This is hands down, my husbands favourite south Indian non-veg dish. I am definitely going to make this for him. Thanks for sharing Jay!

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  55. I like this so much... I used to make this from vahrehvah...

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  56. This sounds fantastic. I love all of the seasonings. Will add this to my "to-make" file. Thanks!

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  57. Looks delicious, love all the photos!

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  58. This looks really tasty and appetizing.

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  59. Really beautiful dish, I love the aromatic seasoning in this.

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  60. I never thought so many spices can blend into something so tasteful. Thanks for sharing the tips :)

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  61. wow...chettinad chicken looks absolutely delicious....drooling over the pics !!!


    http://www.onlyfishrecipes.com/

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  62. i've been craving a super spicy dish so this looks sooo amazingly good right about now!

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  63. wow!! excellent.. i'll try it..

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  64. I don't eat chicken but that looks like something my husband would like.

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  65. Look and sound delicious Jay!

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  66. milagu kozhi varuval looks really delicious.

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  67. jay...it is just delicious...soo yum

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  68. hi jay... i tried this for dinner last night and it was yummy... i totally agree with the smell, i kind of filled my tummy with the aroma that was all around the kitchen... :)

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  69. Hi..juz tried ur recipe...except tat i marinated d chicken wit red chili powder coriander powder, tumeric powder, half of d ginger garlic paste n some salt for 30 min...n it turn out well...thanx for d recipe..

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  70. Hi..juz tried ur recipe...except tat i marinated d chicken wit red chili powder coriander powder, tumeric powder, half of d ginger garlic paste n some salt for 30 min...n it turn out well...thanx for d recipe..

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  71. thanks for stopping by n valuable feedback Anu. Let me try d marinating part next time too.

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