Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Kerala Style Pepper Chicken - Dry Version

Pepper chicken is one the easiest preparation of chicken. Only few ingredients and it is the most flavourful spicy chicken you will ever have. It is the magic of coconut oil and curry leaves that gives this amazing aroma to this chicken preparation. Crushed black pepper adds nice spicy crunch to the bite.

This recipe is perfect for beginners since it is easy to make and fool proof recipe. Chicken is marinated with red chilli powder, garam masala, salt and lemon juice for 30 minutes. Then it is cooked with loads of onions, ginger and garlic, finally sprinkled with fresh ground pepper.


For Marinating the Chicken ( 30 minutes to 1 Hour)

  • 500 Grams of Chicken with bones
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon

For The chicken Masala

  • 3 Tablespoon Coconut oil ( if you do not have coconut oil, please go ahead and use vegetable Oil )
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Large Onions chopped finely
  • 10 Garlic Cloves
  •  1 Inch Fresh Ginger Piece
  •  1 Green Chilli
  •  10 curry leaves
  • 2 Tablespoon Coriander powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 Tablespoon Black pepper corns
  • Salt to taste


1. Marinate chicken with the list of ingredients listed under 'For the marinate' for 30 minutes to 1 hour

2. In a pan, heat coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add fennel seeds and curry leaves. Let the leaves splutter. Then add ginger, garlic, green chilli and fry for a minute

3. Add onions and fry on low flame until onions are soft

4. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons of water and fry the masala for 2 minutes stirring continuously

5. Now add the marinated chicken to the pan and give it a nice stir. I had an appointment and I was . So I pressure cooked my chicken for 3 whistles along with marinated items and 1/2 Cup water to save some time


6. Add 1 Cup water along with salt to taste and let the chicken cook for about 20 minutes. Add more water if the water evaporates completely and chicken is still not cooked through

7. In a zip pouch, add black pepper corns and crush it




8. Add crushed pepper corns to the chicken and give it a nice stir


9. Switch off the flame when the water evaporates completely and the chicken is cooked through


10. Delicious spicy pepper chicken is ready. Perfect pair for pepper chicken is rasam rice ! It's a heavenly combo especially on a rainy day :)

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