Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Here we go, back to coconut.
Did you know that the early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means "monkey face" because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey.Now, don't tell me that this post should have been titled differently :). Coconut is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber and oh! .........fat and calories too.With that said, I am not going to harp on health benefits and disasters but I have to add that coconut has myriad medicinal properties as well. So, because I'm a coconut addict, I convince myself that the pros outweigh the cons and thus, anytime is coconaka time :)

This chicken curry goes well with rice or rotis.What's even better is, it takes hardly 20 minutes to fix.
INGREDIENTS(makes 3-4 servings)
  • Chicken -1-1/2 lbs(cut into peices)
  • Oil - 2 tbspns
  • Onions- 1 large (sliced)
  • Green chillies-2 nos.(slit)
  • Tomatoes - 2 nos.
  • Ginger- garlic paste - 1 tspn
  • Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
  • Chicken curry masala- 2 tbspns(available in Indian grocery stores)
  • Coriander powder - 3 tspns
  • Turmeic powder- 1/2 tspn
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander leaves- to garnish
  • Heat oil in a pan and saute slit green chillies in it.(be cautious of splutters).
  • Add onions and saute till transparent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and keep stirring it for about 4-5 mins.
  • Now, add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, chicken-curry masala and salt and saute.
  • When the masala is well-fried, add chopped tomatoes and stir well.Add chicken and 5-6 tbspns of water . Cover and cook on low heat till chicken is done.
  • Add coconut milk and stir well. Cover and cook for another 2-3 mins.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.
Luv 'n' luc'


  1. Wooww...thats an awesome curry....i liked ur writing about the spanish coco...Never knew it.U always surprise me with shocking info....I too love coconut and anything that has coconut....

  2. anil has been praying for trying the chicken the kitchen way..i mean instead of the grill.
    i guess his prayers are finally answered.will give it a try next week, will get back to u in case i need details and let see!!
    patti ko khush kiya jaye!!

  3. Coconut milk always tends to make a dish taste so 'out-of this-world'!! Gr8 recipe :)

  4. i love coconut milk..curry looks so creamy

  5. hey smittens..which coconut milk would u recommend? gime some specific brand i can hunt!

  6. The curry looks creamy n delicious Smitha! I'm also nuts about coconut and love the taste n flavour, its addition to any dish imparts :)

  7. Yummy chicken curry...and very easy one..

  8. I'll go nuts for this delicious curry.I'm beginning to learn the goodness of coconut milk recently,we didn't use much of coconut back home besides the dry kind and ofcourse my favorite hair oil is the coconut oil (:
    The agave nectar is not widely available, only in well-stocked natural food stores,I luckily found it in Costco.And thanks for refering my blog to your buddy :D

  9. wowo..thats our nadan amazing curry na..I add coco milk only when it goes too spicy,but my hubby loves it this way..:)

  10. cocnut milk added to anything tastes awesome!! my version of chicken curry always has coconut milk :)

  11. Wow..thats a delicious curry...looks so thick with coconut milk :)

  12. Yet to meet a mallu who isn't nuts about coconut. Thats an awesome recipe...just my kind.

  13. That is super duper easy recipe. It is like my kinds :D Sounds yummm!

  14. I love chicken curry with coconutmilk in it!! :) Loved the info 'COCO' girl! :P

  15. hi smitha,
    I love the flavour and aroma of coconut.. it enhances the flavour of any kinda dish...hmmm the chicken curry looks so creamy and rich!

  16. delicious looking curry.....yummy

  17. Wow ... First time here .. Nice blog , recipe looks yummy....

  18. looks yummy!!!!!I love everything with coconut...

  19. I love coconut in any dish:) Malabar chicken curry looks awesome. Good to know the meaning of coco:)

  20. Mmm yummy yummy malabar coconut curry smitha. I love coconut in curries. Ur blog is cute, following.. do check mine..!

  21. I love coconuts too. The chicken curry looks just delicous...I like the color and the flavors.

  22. coconut adds so much flavor to any dish nah.....nice recipe smitha!!!!
    Hope u r enjoying ur weekend.

  23. totally my kinda curry...looks so nice and creamy

  24. Chicken curry with coconut milk! So good!

  25. hey...strong wheat flour has a higher gluten content. In my recipe, i've used strong wholewheat flour (I used waitrose) and white bread can also use all purpose flour in place of bread flour, but try and use the strong wholewheat flour as that makes a lot of diff. Hope this clarifies.

  26. Malabar chicken curry, who could resist this authentic to have them with chappathi!!

  27. New to your blog Smitha..Good Mng..
    hey I loved your blog..was browsing here..Gorgeous.missed you till day.haha..but following from now.expect ?

  28. The posts are few and far between.Come up with something for vegans

  29. hey babe..planning to make chicken long should i keep the chicken covered to cook?
    this is the first time im making chicken in my kitchen, its alwqays been the grill...i cant taste, so decided to make it today when anil is around..any tips u wanna give?
    email me -
    will b starting to prep in another half hour.

    i got few thigh pieces, how many u think shud i put for quantity? or how long should i cut them into pieces? like an inch long peices?


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