Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Coorgi Koli Saaru / Coorgi Chicken Curry


 Koli Saaru is a delectable Chicken dish from the region of Coorg. The curry is made with freshly ground spices which enhances the flavor of the curry. It's simple to make. It's served as a side dish, it's eaten with Akki Roti or Rice. I have used pressure cooker to speed up the time, but you can also slow cook it in a pot. 

To Marinate the Chicken
Ingredients
750 grams Chicken pieces washed and cleaned
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Chilli powder
Salt to taste


Method
Marinate the chicken with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt for 1 hour.

For the Masala powder
Ingredients
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Black Pepper corns
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
5 Cloves
1 medium stick Cinnamon

Method
Dry roast the mustard seeds, black pepper,coriander seeds and cumin seeds till a strong aroma releases. Cool it and grind them into a powder.

For the Wet Paste
1 Medium size  Onion chopped
1 Medium size Tomato chopped
6 Garlic Pods
1 Inch Ginger
2 Green Chillies
1/2 tsp Roasted Poppy seeds - I have not added
1/2 cup fresh or frozen grated Coconut

Method
In a grinder, grind the Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Ginger, Green Chillies and Coconut into a paste.

To make the Curry
Ingredients
Marinated Chicken
1 medium size Onion finely chopped
Few Curry Leaves
Wet Paste
1/2 tsp Kachampuli (Black Vinegar)
OR
1 tsp Tamarind paste
1 1/2 tbsp Dry Masala powder
Salt to taste 
3 Tbsp Oil

Method
Take a pressure cooker. Add oil, let the oil heat up, add the onion and curry leaves. Sauté on the onion medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the wet paste, stir it and cook for 3 minutes on a medium low heat. Add 1/4 cup water and continue to cook for 2 minutes more. Add the chicken pieces, stir and cook for a minute. Add the powder masala. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir for a minute. Cover the pressure cooker and allow 4 whistles. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release. Open the lid. Add salt and tamarind paste and stir the curry. Let it the curry simmer for another 2 minutes. Serve the Koli Saaru with Akki roti or Rice.