Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chicken Ularthiyathu

A yummy Kerala dish- Chicken Ularthiyathu

One of my favorite dish which is close to my heart- Chicken Ularthiyathu. Chicken slow cooked in crushed onion, coconut and other spice mix. Kerala is known as the land of spices and most of the spices used in the dish makes it very different from the normal chicken dishes. As usual I love having a special chicken dish with a simple Moru curry and red rice.


For marination
Chicken – 1.5 kg
Garam masala – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Fenugreek powder – 1 pinch
Corriander powder – 2 tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tbsp or more (according to your taste level)

For masala
Onion – 5 (medium), thinly sliced
Coconut – ½ , grated
Chilli powder – 1 tbsp (I used 2 tsp chilli powder, 2 tsp kashmiri red chilli)
Corriander powder – 3 tsp
Pepper corns - 1 ½ tsp
Garam masala – 1 ½ tsp
Ginger – 5 pieces (1 inch each)
Garlic – 20 cloves
Cloves – 1 tsp
Cinnamon – 2 inch
Fennel seed – 1 tsp

Curry leaves


  1. Marinate chicken with all the masalas mention in marinade and keep it overnight in refrigerator or keep the marinade for atleast two hours in refrigerator. 
  2. In a blender, crush all the ingredients. Make sure you don’t make it in to a fine paste. Coconut and onion should be crushed well along with other masala and spices. 
  3. Mix the crushed masala with the chicken. 
  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan (Use a non stick pan), add curry leaves and chicken. 
  5. Keep the flame in low. Stir well and keep it closed for 5 mins. Water will start coming out from chicken. 
  6. Continue the same process in every 5 mins till water gets completely dry and oil start appearing. Once the water gets completely dried, take out the lid. 
  7. Add 2-3 tbsp oil and mix well. Fry till you hear the spluttering sound of coconut. Chicken should be dark brown in color and coconut masala should become dry. This will take almost 1.5 hours.
  8. Add more garam masala and chilli powder according to your taste buds. 
  9. Serve hot with rice or Indian bread :)
Chicken Ularthiyathu with rice and Moru curry        

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