Pepper Chicken!

This is a spicy peppery chicken that works out well as a starter. If one prefers a spicy one, then this is the choice. The last time hubby had, it was prepared by Amma and he was all praise for this. So naturally I wanted to try again. But so many days passed by and yet couldn't find time right for this dish. Well finally found time appropriate for this as I made this for Sunday dinner with Pappu chaaru.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Marinating Time : 3 hrs
Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients Needed

To be Marinated
Chicken - 500 gms
Vinegar - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

For Spice

Pepper Chicken Masala - 5 tsp
Onions - 2 medium
Curry leaves - few
Coriander - few springs

Pepper Chicken Masala (makes for 1 kg chicken)

First combination

Pepper corns whole - 3 tsp
Cinnamon - 3 "
Cloves - 5
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 2
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp

Second combination of spices

Black pepper corns - 3 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Cardamom- 3
Cassia - 3"
Green Chilli - 2
Dry Ginger - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 3 pods

I have two proportions of this pepper masala, both works out well. These can be ground dry or with 1 tsp of oil and cooled and powdered.
This is an approximation, can be increased or decreased as per taste. Grind all the ingredients to fine powder. If desired pepper corns can be ground coarsely to get more effect.
Method to prepare:

Clean and cut chicken to desired size. Marinate the chicken with salt and vinegar for 3 hours.

Chop onions finely. Heat a pan with 2 tbsp of oil. Add onions and curry leaves. Fry onions till they are brown in colour.

Remove the chicken from the marinate and add to the onions. Cook on high for 2 mins, then add the pepper masala. Cover and cook for 20 mins or till cooked. Finally garnish with coriander leaves, roasted curry leaves and chilli.

Pepper chicken masala is very spicy, so take care to use as per taste.

Hubby liked it a lot, except wanted the pepper corns to be little coarse. So next time its not going to be a fine powder!


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