Monday, December 29, 2014

Kodi Kura/ Andhra Style Chicken Curry

Kodi Kura/ Andhra Style Chicken Curry

Cock fights/Kodi pandalu and Kodi Kura/Chicken curry are very popular in Coastal Districts of Andhra State. They celebrate Sankranti festival  with cock fights/Kodi pandalu, which is not legal these days but still in practice. The owners will feed the cock with healthy food like nuts, boiled eggs and even with chicken and mutton and give practice for at least 6 months before fighting. Two owners leave the cocks in cockpit and only one will be alive.

Coming to Kodi kura/Chicken curry, Coastal Districts are very famous for spicy chicken curry and coconut paste is an common ingredient. I theoretically learned this recipe from my mom and practically from my hubby, so I never go wrong with this recipe. This recipe is very simple and tasty. 

Coming to  the flowers and leaves in my photo, my daughter found them in the park.

Serves : 3

  • Chicken - 1/2 kg or 1 lb
  • Onions - 3, medium
  • Green Chillies - 4
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin-coriander powder  - 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice - 4 tbsp or Curd - 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup
  • Curry leaves - 1 spring
  • Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Cashews - 1 tbsp
  • Dry Coconut - 1 tbsp  
  • Oil - 4 tbsp
  • Clean chicken and marinate with ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, cumin-coriander powder.
  • Soak cashews and poppy seeds for 20 minutes and grind into paste by adding coconut and keep aside.
  • Chop onion and slit green chillies.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add curry leaves and green chillies and for a second and add chopped onions and little salt and fry till onions turn brown.
  • Add marinated chicken, cashew-poppy seed- coconut paste and cook on medium heat with lid on.
  • Chicken will oozes out water which will be sufficient to cook the chicken. If require add little water and cook until chicken is well done by stirring in between.
  • Add garam masala and adjust salt and cook for a minute.
  • Serve hot with rice or any Indian bread. 
  • Adding poppy seed and cashew paste mixture will increase taste and we will get more gravy.
  • Adjust spices according to your taste.

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