Friday, March 5, 2010

Black Pepper Chicken Varattiyathu

Few days back, one of my friend just rang me during her lunch break and was having a casual talk. In b/w she asked me "Do you make chicken fry in Thalassery (Kannur district, Kerala state) style"? Even though being from kannur, I never made such chicken fry. I have to say I never knew such sort of fry. The reason she asked me is because she was having the same for lunch. I was curious & just asked her the ingredients & preparation method. Got a quick summary & here comes the dish in my style. The most peculiar thing of this dish is that its absolutely non spicy & comes with crispy coconut slices.

Chicken - 1/2 kg (Chopped to medium sized pieces)
Black Pepper - 2 1/2 t spoon (Coarsely powdered) (1 1/2 t spoon for marination)
Turmeric Powder - 1 t spoon
Salt - To taste
Coconut Slices - 1/4 cup
Cinnamon Stick - 1/2 inch
Clove - 5 nos
Bay Leaf - 2 nos
Garlic - 5 cloves (Chopped into fine pieces)
Ginger - 1 1/2 inch (Chopped into medium sized pieces)
Onion - 3 nos (Sliced half length wise)
Curry Leaves - 2 sprig
Coriander Leaves - 2 sprig
Oil - 2 1/2 table spoon

Marinate the chicken pieces with turmeric powder, 1 1/2 t spoon of black pepper powder and salt and keep aside for 20 minutes.

  1. Heat a sause pan with oil.
  2. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and saute till fragrant.
  3. Add coconut slices and saute till it becomes firm.
  4. Add ginger and garlic and saute well.
  5. Add the sliced onions and saute well till onions become translucent.
  6. Then add the marinated chicken, mix well. Cover the sauce pan with the lid and cook over medium flame till the chicken is almost cooked.
  7. Add the remaining pepper powder, curry leaves and mix well and cook it completely.
  8. Transfer it to a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.


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  2. wow!really looks perfect pepper looks yummy aparna!

  3. wow! a non-spicy pepper dish - That sounds interesting.. should try this out... looks yum...

  4. New to me da!tnx 4 sharing
    navile enikku vattupidikkunnu ithu kandittu

  5. ahaaaa...lovely variety of chicken...fabulous aparna...

  6. nice colour and looks tooo tasty also..

  7. Slurppp!! thats a tempting pepper chicken, would like to have some rite now..

  8. Delicious spicy to use fresh black pepper,gives such a good taste to the chicken...

  9. superb da....looks so yummy !

  10. Great dish and a superb presentation dear. Love it!

  11. Hi there.
    Me first time in you blog.Just went through ur recipes collection but only veg items, because i am veg he he he.
    Nice collections.I am gonna follow u

  12. nalla colour..pine after I saw the ney meen mutta fry I have been craving for it..yst when I went for shoppin bought some fish eggs and tried it..kidilan..njan post cheyyam tto.....pakshe neymeen mutta alla..eviduthe english mutta anu :(

  13. Tempting chicken.This is how my hubby would make this (The only chicken dish he knows to prepare)..:D
    pinne, paneer try cheythittu parayane da..Have a nice week end !!

  14. Ammooo ingane kothipikkalle....Adipoli ayirikanu kuttiye...

  15. Delicious and spicy chicken..

  16. Pepper chicken looks awesome dear...lovely click :)

  17. Pepper chicken looks spicy, yummy and mouth watering. You have presented very nicely.

  18. Yummm...I enlarged the picture to fill up my screen. It looks DELICIOUS!!

  19. Chicken dishesil ente fav annu pepper chicken..enne kothipichu..hmmmmmmmm.Adipoli da.:)

  20. @nami pavam hubby ethokke ariyallo,thanks all for ur luvly comments i luv reading ur comments

  21. woooow! Great pic..Am drooling!