Helen Sequeira makes this amazing Kori Chicken or Chicken sukka. This morning she came over to show me how to make this simple chicken dish which has always got me salivating. Recipes MUST be shared. There is no point in taking them to your grave. Enjoy and let me know how it turned out.
Peppercorns 2 table spoons
Jeera 2 heaped tea spoons
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Kashmiri chilly 30
Coriander seeds 7 heaped table spoons
Chicken 1 ½ kgs
Onions 3 medium
Ginger garlic paste I table spoon
Grated coconut ½ coconut
Lime juice ½ lime
On a hot pan, roast for a minute all the ingredients for the masala except the chillies. You know that the dry ingredients have roasted when some of them begin to pop. While you roast the ingredients stir them a bit so they don’t burn. After this, in a fresh pan add a little oil and fry the red chillies. Dry grind the chillies and the roasted masala ingredients. Your masala powder is ready. The above is sufficient for 2 kilos of chicken or 1 ½ kilo if you like it very spicy.
In a large kadai, fry the finely chopped onions in two tablespoons of oil (you may need a little more later). Next add the chicken which has been cut to bite size pieces and thoroughly washed. The chicken should be with bone. Also remember that the reason why the chicken is cut into bite size pieces is because it cooks faster and is easy to eat. Stir this for two minutes before adding the ginger and garlic paste. In a minute, add the dry ground masala powder (go easy if you don’t want it too spicy) and mix it well. Add half a cup of water and let the chicken cook. You want your chicken dry and not with a gravy. Finally, add the freshly grated coconut while mixing it all together. Garnish with fresh coriander and if you like add half a lime juice before serving.
Fr. Warner D'Souza is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Bombay. He has served in the parishes of St Michael's, Mahim, St Paul's, Dadar East, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bandra and at present is the priest in charge of St Jude Church, Malad East. He is also the Director of the Archdiocesan Heritage Museum and is the co-ordinator of the Committee for the Promotion and Preservation of the Artistic and Historic Patrimony of the Church.