1 Kg chicken, in pieces 1 teaspoon red chilli powder 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 pieces of cinnamon 4 cloves 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds 7-8 strands coriander leaves 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic 1/2 teaspoon chopped ginger 2 green chillies 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped tomato 1/2 cup fresh coconut Oil 1/4 teaspoon tamarind extract or 2 pieces of tamarind soaked in warm water Salt
Apply red chilli powder and turmeric to chicken pieces and leave it aside. Grind together coriander-cumin seeds, ginger-garlic, green chillies, coriander seeds, cloves, cinnamon, poppy seeds. This is called raw masala. Roast (without oil) coconut till it turns slightly brownish. Grind it to a smooth paste. Heat a little oil and fry onions. When they turn slightly brownish, add tomatoes and fry for some time. Now add raw masala and fry till the raw smell goes off and a nice aroma comes out of it. Now add the chicken pieces, salt and fry for about 5mins. Add 2 cups of water, cover and cook till chicken is tender. Add the ground coconut, tamarind extract and cook for about 7-8 minutes till the curry thickens.