Chettinad Recipes : Thakalli Masala Kozhi (Chicken Tomato Masala)
This week as a part of the Chettinad recipes, I have one of my favorite and easy chicken dish. Thakalli Masala Kozhi or Chicken Tomato Masala. Pair it with rice, paranthas and dal and the perfect meal can be put together in under an hour.
Thakalli Masala Kozhi is a tomato based spicy chicken curry from the heart of Chettinad region - Kairakudi. I ate it first at the Bangala and this recipe has been adapted from The Bangala Cookbook. It is a hit at home everytime it is made.
Thakalli Masala Kozhi (Chicken Tomato Masala)
- Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadhai. When hot toss the cinnamon and cardamom and sauté till fragrant and the cardamom has plumped up.
- Add onions and stir, sauté till the onions are translucent. Then add the dry spices, minced ginger and minced garlic. Sauté further for 2 minutes.
- Add the tomato puree and salt and cook, stirring occasionally till oil separates from the masala. At this point add the chicken. Stir to coat chicken and add 3/4 cup of water. Cover and cook till the chicken is tender approximately 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with hot rice and dal as a perfect weekday dinner or sunday lunch.