How to make Chettinadu Kozhi Sambar -

Spicy, mouth watering chicken preparation with arhar/ toor dal.Chettinad Kozhi Kuzhambu is a popular Chettinad style sambar variety served with hot rice for lunch or dinner.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Chicken (चिकन), Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) (तुवर दाल/अरहर दाल)

Cuisine : TamilNadu

Course : Main Course Chicken

For more recipes related to Chettinadu Kozhi Sambar checkout Chicken Tetrazini, Kolhapuri Chicken, Chicken Makhani, Chicken Chettinaad . You can also find more Main Course Chicken recipes like Baked Mozarella Chicken Chicken With Ginger Malabar Chicken Curry Murgh Badami

Chettinadu Kozhi Sambar

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Hindi: murgh
Be a kid or a teenage or an adult or an oldie, chicken lovers trend all over the world at all times! One meat that is a favourite of all beyond belief! When cooked, it can be presented in many guises. Sauté it, fry it, toss it, bake it, steam it – eat it the way you want to. Whatever its form may be upon being cooked, its flavour may change but its flesh remains high in protein, low in fat and can be digested easily.

Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chettinadu Kozhi Sambar Recipe

  • Chicken 800 grams

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1/4 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tamarind a lemon sized ball

  • Sesame oil (til oil) 6 tablespoons

  • Star anise 2

  • Cloves 4

  • Cinnamon 2 inch stick

  • Whole dry red chillies 2

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Onions chopped 2 medium

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped bunch 1/4 medium

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Garlic 8 cloves

  • Whole dry red chillies 6

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1 tablespoon

  • Green chilli 4


Step 1

Cut the chicken into medium size pieces (approximately sixteen to eighteen pieces). Marinate in turmeric powder and salt for three hours preferably in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Boil toor dal in two cups of water till soft and fully cooked. Soak tamarind in one-cup of warm water. Remove the pulp, strain and keep aside. Heat two tablespoons of oil and fry ginger,garlic, six dried chillies, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, split bengal gram and green chilli nicely. Cool and grind to a paste.

Step 3

Heat the remaining oil in a thick vessel and temper with star anise, cloves, cinnamon, two red chillies and curry leaves. Add onions and fry till light brown. Put in chicken, masala paste and sauté for two minutes. Add tamarind pulp, stir and simmer till the chicken is almost done. Add the cooked dal along with the water and cook till it combines and thickens to a curry consistency.

Step 4

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Step 5

You can substitute the tamarind with juice of one lemon.

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