Kerala Chicken Stew with Coconut Milk and whole spices is a perfect meal for summer (or any other season). It goes well with appams, dosa, rice or a nice toasted slice of sourdough bread. Sharing a kickass recipe today which I got from a friend’s mother.
This Kerala Chicken Stew is what summer dreams are made of. I hardly feel like eating meat, poultry or seafood in summer primarily because the heavy masalas and preparations don’t sit right with the stomach. But this light and flavorful dish from Kerala changes everything.
Honestly, there was a time when I used to think Kerala stew is so blah. That there is hardly any flavour in it, it is bland and other stuff. But I soon realised that the reason is probably the stew you get in various restaurants. I realised how beautiful the flavours of stew can be once I ate it in a friend’s house. Then sometime later, I ate the gorgeous Veg stew that Sudha made in Sujith’s sourdough bread workshop.
After that workshop, I knew I have to hunt down a recipe for this stew that works like magic. And for me, it had to be the recipe my friend’s mum uses. So here is what I got from her. I also learnt that when it comes to making the best Kerala Stew two things are very important. One, less is more. The flavours are supposed to be milder, it is the whole spices doing all the action here and the key is to let that happen. Two, make your own coconut milk and see the huge difference it makes to the stew. Of course, you can use the ready ones but the flavour of freshly made one is just amazing.
Suggested meal combination with Kerala Chicken Stew
One, of course, is having the stew with bread or appam but if you are looking at serving it as a part of a larger meal this is what I suggest