Chicken stew

Last few months have been no-chicken days at my home. I got many requests for chicken recipes, but both my husband and I absolutely didn’t want to eat chicken. So these days I cook it only when we invite someone for lunch/dinner. Now the problem with that is, it is very difficult to take pictures when I am cooking some elaborate meal for guests and all that I want to do after cooking is, just sit down and take a deep breath. Taking pictures on these days definitely looks like a big chore to me. But since these are the only times when I cook chicken, I have no choice and most of the time, the pictures come out blur as the above picture.

Anyway, after that rant, let me come to this dish at hand. This is supposed to be Chicken stew from Kerala. I have adapted this recipe from theindian. The main thing that attracted my attention to this dish was the vegetables used in this dish. It has a coconutty taste to it because of the coconut milk used in it. The whole spices give a very good aroma to the dish. Both our guest and we enjoyed it a lot.

7-8 chicken pieces
1 tea spn fresh ginger-garlic sliced into thin pieces
1 and 1/2 cups coconut milk
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
6-7 curry leaves
1″ cinnamon
1 cardamom
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped potatoes
1/4 cup chopped carrots
2-3 green chilies
1/2 tea spn garam masala

Heat ghee, add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf. Fry for a min and add onions, ginger, garlic. Fry till they turn slightly brownish.
Add marinated chicken pieces and fry for 1-2mins. Add potatoes, carrots, coconut milk, green chilies, salt. Cover and cook for about 12-15mins till the chicken and vegetables are tender.
Now sprinkle the garam masala and mix well. Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 40mins

15 thoughts on “Chicken stew”

  1. you have some awesome recipes in here 🙂 I scanned thru ur website for a recipe to enter RCI : Karnataka, finally made Bele Saaru. Yet to post that!

  2. Oh yummy, I love chicken stew! My recipe is very similar, only difference is that I don’t grind the ginger and garlic … Traditionally everything is sliced thin and stewed for a long time to get the flavors out. I put everything in a pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time. 🙂 But either way, it is a delicious dish!

    Shilpa: Thanks for correcting Sig. I will update the post. Yes, the ginger and garlic pieces will enhance the taste.

  3. the dish is very simple and fast but i have a doubt, u haven’t mentioned the marination for the chicken can u please specify.

    Shilpa: Madhu, it does not require marination. You can directly put the pieces.

  4. Hi,
    It sounds delicious.Can you tell me,which cardamom should be used(green one or brown one).

    Shilpa: Swapna, I used green cardamom and stew was very flavorful.

  5. Thanks Shilpa…I was looking for a simple recipe, as my FIL likes chicken a lot and would prefer something with coconut in it. Will surely try during next week. Cant make it this weekend due to Vayna pooja and Ganesh Chaturti.

  6. You are right, most of my better ch. curries are on days when I have people over and it is impossible to either measure or click. My regular c. curry is not much blogging worth nad as a result I hardly have a Ch. curry dish in my blog

    The stew looks very flavorful. We do same but no curry leaves, c. milk or mustard seeds 🙂

  7. Shilpa, oh my gosh, I do empathise. It is the last thing one feels like doing when entertaiing, especially after spending all that time cooking and then to take photographs. But like you said, those are the only time we cook certain dishes.

  8. Since M does not eat chicken, we don’t cook chicken (or meats) at home. Only fish! I eat chicken in restaurants for lunch or with friends. Occasionally I used to make tandoori when friends visited. Now we just grill salmon and we prefer that. Any good salmon recipes? 🙂

    Shilpa: I haven’t tried cooking salmon at home yet. My husband does not like the taste of it very much. May be sometime in future :).

  9. Nice, quick and delicious recipe here. All the chicken recipes I tried so far are elaborate that I need to assign a few hrs for cooking and few more hrs for any possible repairs!!

  10. Hi Shipla,

    You can also cook King Fish like this. Just marinate the kingfish in Ginger garlic , termeric and salt fot 1/2 hour and fry in oil slightly. then add it in place of chicken.

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  12. Hai Shilpa
    Thanx yaa.It looks delicious.I had been looking for a long time for a nice recipe of chicken stew.The recipe I got from others were very complex and time consuming.This looks so simple.Anyway thanks for this and expect much more from you.

  13. Hey Shilpa,

    It’s a simple recipe and I am sure it will taste good and I will be trying it. I am wondering about adding Coconut Milk and bringing it to boil. Wont it get torn???? Coz I have been always adding it once the chiken is cooked right at d end after turning off the flame.. What is ur opinion about this?

  14. yummy,
    i never liked chiken like this before!
    this stew tastes heavenly, at first i was wondering how would it taste since u havent added tomatoes, but thumbs up to u
    u r wonerful, keep going

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