Let me be frank here. I wanted to make a totally new curry for this Blogging Marathon #88 – Dazzling Dal series, so that I could leave my drafts untouched. I even made cholar dal once, but it didn’t turn out well, so I skipped clicking it. Then something happened, that whole thought of wanting to cook and click a totally new dish, really puts me off these days. If you see my camera now, my clicks are so wide spread. I cook new dishes and click them only if I am really in a mood for it. Otherwise, I just leave it at that. I feel glad that my drafts are feeding my blog without me having to worry about the next dish to post. During those times, I used to wonder why am I in a hurry to cook and click, and now I clearly understand the purpose of it. Truly, His ways are great… 🙂
So after doing the Muringakka curry and the Dal Kabila, I was stuck on the third one, more of not wanting to cook, so I dug into my drafts, and came out with this delicious Kozhi Musuman I had made during a weekend. After so many deliberations, I decided it to be the third post for this theme.
This is one of the first recipes I had bookmarked from a favorite blog of mine, Kachu’s Delights. Hasna doesn’t blog anymore and I sincerely miss her lovely recipes. But then everybody has a reason to not continue with it. As per her post, this recipe belongs to her grandmother. I have made the Kozhi Nirachathu in two forms here and here, which is basically stuffed chicken, but this recipe was completely different. The chicken is cooked and then stuffed with a dal mixture, and cook in some more dal sauce.
I am really glad I got to try this recipe. The taste of the dish is amazing. I feel like it’s the reply of the Malabar area for the Murg Dhansak. We enjoyed it with some Masala Chor and a simple salad. The leftovers were mopped up with some khubz at night. I wouldn’t suggest to make this with chicken pieces. The thrill is in cooking it whole – that’s why it is called “Musuman”, which is the colloquial word for the Malayalam word, “Muzhuvan”, meaning “full”. The coconut paste and the slight sugar in it gives it a lovely after flavor. All in all, if you are in an elaborate mood, I would rate this a must-try! Off to the recipe…
- 1 kg whole chicken, skinned, cleaned and patted dry
- 2 onions, sliced
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 3 green chillies
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ½ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- ⅓ cup chana dal (bengal gram)
- FOR COCONUT PASTE:
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup grated coconut, divided
- 1 tsp fennel
- 4 pearl onions, peeled and chopped
- 1 clove
- 1 cardamom
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- FOR STUFFING:
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 small onion, sliced
- ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- Salt to taste
- FOR TEMPERING:
- 1 tsp ghee
- 2 pearl onions, peeled and sliced
- Coriander leaves for garnish
- Combine the chicken with ingredients from onion to salt and rub well.
- Place in a saucepan, pouring a cup of water, and cook on medium low flame, cooking by flipping the chicken till done.
- While the chicken gets done, soak the dal for 15 minutes. Cook with water in a pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles till done. Drain and set aside. The dal should be cooked el dente.
- To prepare the paste, heat oil and add ¾ cup of coconut. Saute for a couple of minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and saute till the coconut turns crisp and brown. Do not burn. Switch off and add the remaining ¼ cup of coconut and mix. Allow to cool. Add a little water and grind into a smooth paste.
- To prepare the filling, heat oil. Saute all ingredients except the coriander leaves till the onion is wilted.
- Add the coriander leaves and 1 tbsp of the cooked chana dal, mix well and switch off.
- Once the chicken is done, lift up and reserve into a plate. Fill the cavity with the prepared onion filling - just enough to fill. Tie the legs or prick with toothpicks to hold in place.
- Into the gravy which is simmering (the one we cooked the chicken in), add the coconut paste, the remaining chana dal and the filling if any remaining.
- Allow it to cook for a few minutes. Add the chicken and cook for another minute. Switch off.
- Heat ghee and fry the pearl onions till crisp. Pour over the gravy and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or pathiri.
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