This is my mom's recipe,she used to make for lunch.. Unlike the usual chicken recipes , its less time consuming as you don't have to stand near the stove and keep on sauteeing the ingredients one by one . An ideal dish for those who have very little time to spend in the kitchen..Tastes yummy too... It goes well with Kerala meals, chapathies, bread etc...Another advantage is that you can easily turn it out into a delicious curry by adding coconut milk and let it simmer for some time till the gravy reaches the desired consistency.. I use Maggi coconut milk powder for this purpose.. This makes the work even less time consuming..:)
- Take a large cooking vessel, pref: a non stick one, and put all the ingredients into it.
- Mix them all well .Cover the vessel and bring to a boil.No need to add water, as the water that oozes out from the chicken pieces and tomatoes will be enough.
- The mixture will look pale now.Once it reaches the first boil, remove the lid and let it cook uncovered till all the water dries up and the oil starts to float.
- Stir well occasionally during this time.
- Let the chicken pieces and the other ingredients get sautéed in this oil for some time till it reaches the desired consistency.
- Raw taste will disappear now.
- If you want to get a more drier version , fry it for a longer period...Serve hot garnished with curry leaves.
- Enjoy with a meal of hot rice, veggies and fresh curds or Kerala style 'Moru Kachiyathu'.
- Coconut oil and coconut flakes ( thenga kothu )will make the dish yummier.However other veg oil can also be used.
I usually cook the mixed ingredients at medium high flame during the first half of the cooking procedure. Then once the water dries up, reduce flame to medium low or low.Depends on the kind of vessel you use.In a good nonstick one its much easier .