Keralan chicken pepper fry


First published in 2021
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Heat a generous drizzle of oil in pan over a high heat, then once hot add the cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom and fennel seeds. Tip in the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots soften slightly (around 2-3 minutes)


Add the curry leaves and a good pinch of salt and continue to cook until the onions are translucent and beginning to turn golden. Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for a few more minutes until fragrant


Tip in the tomatoes and continue to cook until they begin to break down, adding a few splashes of water as you do so to help them form a sauce. Add the ground coriander, turmeric, chilli powder and black pepper and stir again – adding a touch more water and scraping the bottom of the pan to release any caramelised bits


Add the chicken and stir to coat the meat in the sauce. Turn down the heat, add another pinch of salt and gently simmer for 10 minutes


When the chicken is cooked, add the lemon juice and most of the chopped coriander. Serve with some more black pepper and the remaining coriander sprinkled over the top and some breads or rice to accompany

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • flatbreads, such as Malabar parotta, or cooked rice, to serve
First published in 2021
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