CHICKEN RECIPES - CHICKEN POLLICHATHU / CHICKEN COOKED IN BANANA LEAF

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CHICKEN RECIPES - CHICKEN POLLICHATHU / CHICKEN COOKED IN BANANA LEAF


                     Hi foodies...Welcome to AYESHA'S KITCHEN. Today's recipe is a  must try chicken recipe with the fine lovely aroma of banana leaf, inside which the chicken is cooked. Here chicken is shallow fried, and then cooked in banana leaf  along with the sauteed thick gravy.This is a tasty aromatic chicken recipe from the gods own country, Kerala. Usually the keralites prepare this dish with fish instead of chicken which is known as karimeen pollichathu / Pearl spot fish pollichathu. So lets see how to cook chicken in banana leaf wrap.




INGREDIENTS
Chicken                          - 6 medium sized pieces
Banana leaf                    - 2 large sized (to wrap the chicken)

FOR CHICKEN MARINATION
Red chili powder            - 1 tsp
Coriander powder          - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder            - 1 tsp
Lemon juice                    - 1 tsp
Salt

FOR THE GRAVY
Shallots / pearl onion     - 1 cup, finely chopped
Tomato                           - 2 nos, chopped
Ginger garlic paste        - 2 tsp
Fennel seed powder       - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder   - 1 tsp
Red chili powder             - 2 tsp
Coriander powder           - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder             - 1 tsp
Vinegar                            - 1 tsp
Curd                                 - 2 tbsp
Salt

FOR THE SEASONING
Mustard seeds                    - half a tsp
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Oil
Salt

PREPARATION

  • Grind together all those ingredients for marination and marinate the chicken with that paste, keep refrigerated for minimum 15 minutes(preferably 2 hours).
  • Now heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the chicken pieces in a medium flame. Set aside. Do not over fry the chicken.
  • Now we have to prepare the gravy. So heat oil in a wok. Saute finely chopped shallots, ginger garlic paste until golden  and then add chopped tomato along with garam masala powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder, fennel seed powder and salt.
  • Cook it in low flame, until the oil separates and tomatoes become mushy.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste  and add curd. Cook till it blend nicely with the masala. Finally add some coriander leaves and curry leaves. Remove from flame.
  • Now the next step is wrapping chicken in banana leaf .
  • Take the desired size plantain leaf and wash it.
  • Place half of the gravy over it and keep the fried chicken, then place the remaining gravy over the chicken.
  • Now cover and wrap the plantain leaf like a closed parcel. You can also cover the entire parcel  in a foil.
  • Heat a tawa or pan with 1 tsp of oil.When hot place the chicken wrap and cover the pan with lid.
  • Cook it in low flame for 5 -8 minutes on each sides.
  • Now remove it from tawa and open the parcel and serve hot.


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