Monday, 2 December 2013

Pepper Chicken

All set for Christmas??  Here comes another spicy chicken dish for your Christmas Treats. 

PEPPER CHICKEN, is one of our family favorite dishes, which I regularly prepare. This was on my weekend menu and is true delight for spicy food lovers. Like other spices, freshly ground pepper is much more aromatic and flavorful, than the ground powder in the tin. It is one of the authentic delicious menu items in the restaurants of Kerala. This dish tastes excellent as side dish for fried rice, pulao, roti, plain white rice etc. 

Today I am sharing the recipe of pepper chicken, which is one of my favorite dishes. In this recipe the freshly crushed pepper lends the spicy touch and the curry leaves provides a very strong flavor. Adding soy and tomato sauce balances the spiciness to an extent. Let’s go to the recipe now.

·      Chicken – 400-450 gms, cut into medium size pieces
·      For Marination
·      Pepper powder – ¼ tsp
·      Lemon juice – 1 tsp
·      Salt

·      For Masala
·      Onion – 2 med-large, sliced
·      Ginger & garlic – 2 – 21/2 tsp each, grated/crushed
·      Greenchilli – 1-2, slit lengthwise
·      Whole Black pepper – 1¼ tsp
·      Garam masala – ½ tsp
·      Fennel (perumjeerakam) powder – ¼ tsp
·      Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
·      Chicken/meat masala – ½ tsp (optional)
·      Soya sauce – 1 tsp
·      Tomato sauce – 1 tsp
·      Curry leaves
·      Coconut oil
·      Salt
1.  Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces with salt, pepper powder & lemon juice. Crush the whole black pepper (do not powder).

2.  Heat oil in a pan & add sliced onion. Let it brown. Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic, green chilli and curry leaves. Let it cook till the raw smell goes, around 3-4 mins. Add crushed pepper, turmeric powder, garam masala, fennel powder and chicken/meat masala (if using). Mix well. Cook for another 2-3 mins. Add soya and tomato sauce/ketchup. Mix well.

3.  Add ¼ cup water and salt and mix well. Add marinated chicken pieces. Combine everything well and make sure that chicken pieces are coated with masala. When chicken starts changing the color add ½ cup water & mix well.

4. Let it boil. Reduce flame and cover and cook it till the chicken is done. Check in between, give a stir and add more water only if required. Once the chicken is done, remove the lid, add some curry leaves and continue cooking for another 5-7 mins on low flame, just to roast it a little more. Remove from fire. The dish will get a darker shade once it rests.

5.  Garnish with onion & lemon/lime.
I strongly recommend using crushed pepper in the masala for the flavour and taste. Also if you are looking for that typical Kerala style preparation, use coconut oil. Be careful while adding salt, since the chicken is already marinated with salt and salt comes from soya sauce too. I suggest you prepare this dish in advance, so it helps the flavour to settle in.
Recipe source : Maria Jose 

Apart, from its unique flavor, this black beauty has lots of medicinal benefits that includes, helps in digestion, reduces intestinal gas, antioxidant and antibacterial effects, improves blood circulation, alleviates constipation and even helps to fight against cancer. So include black pepper in your diet and stay healthy.

Check out this hot and spicy authentic recipe ….it’s really going to  be a treat for your taste buds…

Christmas Spl - Pepper Chicken


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