Coorg style chicken with tomatoes(Koli barthad)

This is another dish that I cooked from Coorg special. This is a very simple dish to make and turns out lip smacking good. I love such simple dishes when I am making a big spread. It helps to increase the number of dishes ;).

1/4 kg chicken
1/4 tea spn turmeric powder
1/2 tea spn red chili powder
1/4 tea spn cumin powder
1/2 cup onion
3-4 strands coriander leaves
1/4 cup tomato
1 tea spn chopped garlic
1/2 tea spn pepper powder
1 tea spn chopped ginger
4 green chilies
1 tbl spn lemon juice

Add turmeric, salt and red chili powder to chicken pieces and keep aside.
Heat oil and add chopped green chilies, ginger, garlic, onion till onions turn brownish. Add tomatoes and fry for some time. Add chicken pieces, fry for about 5mins. Pour about 1/2 cup water, cover and cook till chicken is almost done.
Now add cumin powder, pepper and cook till chicken is completely done. Now pour the lemon juice and cook till all water is absorbed.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 20mins

23 thoughts on “Coorg style chicken with tomatoes(Koli barthad)”

  1. quick-to-make dry chicken dish has me drooling..2 queries..will it taste good with bone-less chicken too? how long it needs to be marinated for.

    Shilpa: Yes Purnima. Boneless chicken also works fine here. Actually long marination is not required. Apply salt, chili, turmeric to the chicken and keep aside till it is time to add to the dish – just may be 5-10 mins till you get everything else ready.

  2. Everyone seems to be praising you. The receipes are good and you seem to provide a lot of choice…but you need to drastically improve on the quality of photography and the overall layout of the site…take professional help if needed. It will give you more milage. Thanks

    Shilpa: Thanks Wel wisher for your inputs. I am doing whatever I can do and I am continuously trying to improve.

  3. shilpa,
    i used firefox and IE. but i was able to view the pics from home. so it looks like my officer server blocks some contnets from ur website.

    Shilpa: Thanks Sia for letting me know. We had to disable hotlinking to pictures because we found many blogs/sites hotlinking to our pictures. It was creating unnecessary load on server :(. We will check to see what we can do about it.

  4. Hi Shilpa,
    Nice looking chicken dish-by any chance,is this also called “Balti Chicken”??Coz I have a cook book with a similar recipe listed under Balti Chicken.So,trying to find more info.Thanks.

    Shilpa: I don’t know Sumitra. It was listed as “Koli Barthad”. It is possible that people call it by different names.

  5. hi…..i love ur recipes.My mother tongue is konkani too and ur blog opened doors to a variety of dishes in my kitchen.I have added u in my blogroll.Keep up the good work:)

  6. Hey,

    Turned out really wonderful with few changes.. thanks for the base recepie.. dint know that chicken tastes this good without garam masala 🙂


  7. Hey Shilpa,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to put up so many yummy recipes! 🙂
    your recipes are awesome! 🙂

  8. Hi Shilpa can you please help me with a very basic question that I have. I will be vey grateful.I make a lot of chicken dishes because I love chicken but the chicken is not cooked perfect. I crave for tender moist chicken like my mom made or even like we get in restaurants, but mine ends up dry, rubbery. I think I just don’t know when the chicken gets done , so I overcook. I try to cook until i can cut chicken with spoon but I am missing something here. I have tried cooking less time but then chicken had bad smell and I had to throw away dish couple times. Do you know what I am doing wrong? I ask my mom and she thinks I am stupid because this is such a basic thing but I just don’t seem to get it right. Any tips for me? Thanks!

    1. Do you use frozen (from deep freezer) chicken? That is one of the reasons for getting it hard. If possible, buy the one from normal freezer and use up as soon as you can. If you buy this in bulk and freeze, then completely thaw it in refrigerator before making any dish with it. I buy the 3 pack Organic chicken from Costco or Whole Foods and freeze it, I use it up within 2-3 weeks.
      When you are cooking, keep checking the chicken (first few times till you get a feel of how long to cook it). It turns white from a pinkish raw chicken color. Once it turns while, allow it to cook for 3-4 mins more and then cut a piece and see if it has cooked. If it has cooked, then take it off heat (In India, the country chicken that we used to get needed a long cooking time, here the read to cook chicken takes very less time). I hope this helps.

  9. I just tried this and served it for my wife who is a coorgi and she loved it. I used Country chicken instead of the regular one and it just was wow 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful recipe

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