Today, Rasha’s exams started. And it started with Science – something that she hates. I asked her, “How was it, molu?” She very innocently replied: “The teacher gave me four sheets, three sheets I’ve done correctly, but the fourth one I know is full wrong!” 🙂 OK, no problem… Seriously, I don’t want to push her. In our house, we never had that tradition, or in fact, my D never pushed us to really study as such. He would always tell umma, “Avarku venamengil avar padicholum!” (If they want, they will study…) And I’ve got that same thought in my head. Oh well, that’s remind me – today’s is International Father’s Day. Even though I will not be celebrating it as such, I just know that my D will be my first hero for all the years that I will be alive on this earth for sure, InShaAllah… 🙂
Off to today’s recipe, it’s a very easy chicken curry with coconut in it, with a very “Malayalamised” name – Kuruma. It’s basically Korma, but when you tell it in Malayalam, the whole slang changes!!!! Hehe… just like how we love to call “stew” as “eshtu”. I used to always wonder about it, but now I know what it is… 😀 We have a funny language… hehe… Kozhi Kuruma is a rich gravy in itself and goes amazingly well with some neychoru or Kerala porotta. The gravy is thickened by a coconut paste and that explains its richness. Kuruma is also made with a cashew base. Off to the recipe…
- 1 kg chicken cut into medium pcs
- To grind:
- 1/2 cup grated coconut
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 inch pc cinnamon
- For curry:
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp garlic paste
- 2 large onions sliced thinly
- 2 large tomatoes chopped
- 3 green chillies slit (add more for spiciness)
- 2 tbsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- A few coriander leaves
- Salt to taste
- Griind all the ingredients under the "To Grind" section into a smooth paste, adding very little water.
- Heat oil in a saucepan. Saute the ginger and garlic paste till the raw smell goes.
- Add the onions and saute till transparent.
- Add the tomatoes and the green chillies and continue cooking till tomato gets nicely smashed and the onions are thoroughly cooked.
- Add the chicken pieces and mix well.
- Add in the masalas and the ground masala paste along with salt. Cook till the chicken becomes tender.
- Serve garnished with coriander leaves.