Kozhi or simply chicken curry is a flavour rich South Indian chicken curry, tossed out of hand picked spices from the suburbs of Tamil Nadu of India. A great combination with rice or kal dosa, this relishing gravy also compliments some of the finest biriyanis. The base of this Kozhi Varutha Curry has its roots from Chettinad, a place famous for its culinary heritage. The Arunachala Bhavan masala is sauteed in pure ghee. Garnished with cashews and herbs the curry when served in an earthen pot is perfect for those spice loving taste buds.
This delicious boneless chicken simmering in a chettinadu gravy is a great accompaniment for a bowl of steamed basmati rice or kal dosa. Kozhi varutha curry is one of the best selling gravies of the house. A perfect blend of Arunachala Bhavan masala and oil in a pre-defined ratio, the tomato puree adds that little tangy touch that makes it even more lip smacking. The chicken is pressure cooked on low flame to ensure the spices are not overcooked.
The boneless chicken is marinated in turmeric, chilli powder and yogurt. Along with it ginger garlic paste and salt is added. The yogurt helps keep the chicken soft and tender. Chettinad masala which is a mixture of fennel seeds, pepper corn seeds, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick forms the base of the rich kozhi varutha curry. Further the garam masala mixture enhance the aroma of the gravy making this also one of the spiciest recipes of the house. The turmeric powder enhances the colour of the gravy and adds medicinal values as well. Lemon drops further balance the spices and give you a lip smacking gravy. The curry is garnished with coriander leaves, that add the final touches for a perfect plating providing a feeling of freshness and completeness.
Chettinad is a region along the Sivagangai and Puddukottai districts of Tamil Nadu. By far, chettinad cuisine is supposed to be the most aromatic and spiciest cuisine in South India. Chettinad recipes are usually made of a combination of green chillies, dried red chillies and pepper corn that make the dish so spicy yet mouth watering.
So, when you are off to a restaurant and are looking forward to relish Kozhi varutha curry, expect a colourful, spicy gravy with oil floating on top, that will leave you mouth watering.