Thakalli Masala Kozhi (Chicken Tomato Masala)
Thakalli Masala Kozhi is a tomato based spicy chicken curry from the heart of Chettinad region - Kairakudi. Ready under 30 minutes this is a dish you should be bookmarking.
- 3 tbsps vegetable oil
- 2 inchs cinnamon piece
- 3 pods cardamom green
- 2 onions small finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 and 3/4 tsps chilli powder (kashmiri or goondu preffered)
- 3 - 4 pods garlic of minced
- 1 inch ginger minced
- 1 cup tomato fresh puree
- to taste salt
- 500 grams chicken curry cut
Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadhai. When hot toss the cinnamon and cardamom and saute, till fragrant and the cardamom has plumped up.
Add onions and stir, saute till the onions are translucent. Then add the dry spices, minced ginger and minced garlic. Saute 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.
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