Chicken Stew For The Soul

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


For marination-
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
For the stew-
1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
salt to taste
fresh coriander
whole spices-
5 cloves


Slice the onions, slit the chillies, cube the potatoes and keep aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan or pressure cooker, splutter mustard seeds.
Add the whole spices and stir till you begin to get the aroma of the spices.
Add sliced onions,curry leaves and green chillies and saute.
Stir in the ground coriander and add the marinaded chicken. Stir so that the chicken is covered well in the sauteed mixture.
Cover and let it cook. When it is half done add the cubed potatoes.
When the chicken is almost done add the garam masala,salt and coconut milk and stir.
When done put off the heat and garnish with chopped fresh coriander.
Have I forgotten the most important ingredient? Stir it with lots of love for the family and friends who will partake of the meal.
Serve hot chicken stew with freshly made appams.




I have not been able to blog recently since my little girl was a wee bit ill. As I kept awake at nights to nurse her to health, I couldn't help reflecting - some of my dear friends ask me "how do you manage two kids when I find it difficult with one?" and I wonder how my mom brought up four of us. And my grandmoms with six and seven kids each. Bearing in mind that they didnt have access to the conveniences and gadgets that I most often take for granted.

My mom is undoubtedly the best cook in our family. Her siblings, in-laws, nephews, nieces, children, grandchildren all love to eat anything prepared by her. We have a custom,- after a wedding in the family the newly wed couple gets invited to each extended family for a meal. A way of welcoming, getting to know and bonding with the new member of the family. By the end of all the visits, the couple put on loads of weight, with the best spreads topped with a lot of love! During these visits all the married members into the family have also become fans of mom's cooking at the first bite.

Mom's Chicken Stew is a served with delicious Palappams (which I promise to post soon). Like most traditional cooks, mom's recipes had no measures. Just a little bit of this and a little bit of that... Before I left home I was determined to record her recipes and managed to do so successfully and most importantly I learnt that the main ingredient was lots of love. I hope someday my kids will also join me in the kitchen, like many of my foodie friends are already doing a good job of it.




Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 11:32am


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