Chicken Stew Recipe

Chicken Stew- Chicken cooked in thin gravy, mild spices and loaded with veggies- can’t get more comforting and nutritious than this. Goes very well with dosas, appams or rice.

My relationship with Nitesh has changed so much since we first met. We started dating years ago and had no idea what we were getting into when we got married. Each stage had a different flavour and left us with a lot of sweet memories and learnings.

We have been married for two years. It might not seem a lot to people who have been married for years. But for us, this short journey has been enough to give a lifetime of love and happiness.

When we were dating, both of us thought I was the more emotionally intelligent person out of the two. In retrospect it seems naïve to have thought like that. He is not someone who is great at expressing his feeling explicitly. But he lets his love and warmth known through his actions. He is more of a doer than a talker, in every sense of the word. He silently supports me through every big exam (like my New York bar), through every big submission (like my Rajasthan report), through times when I can’t see the future and still have to take a decision (like our move to India) and all the times when I need pure courage and grit to take a leap of faith. Art, socializing, social media and hosting people are few of the things that is not part of his intrinsic personality, but he constantly pushes me to pursue them. We are very different people, but he understands and helps me become a better version of myself.

Is it hunky-dory for us always? Heck no! We have had our share of trials and sacrifices to make. We are both from diagonally opposite cultures, have contrasting personalities and any one can tell the stark difference in our dreams and ambitions. When it falls into place, all these make for a great combination. But when things go hayward, we struggle to come to a common ground. What has really helped us in the last few years is to be patient, be respectful of each other even when we have differences and to have a support system who we can approach when we can’t see reason in our actions.

I’m excited for everything I will learn and experience in this marriage!

About this dish, I learnt this recipe from my sister Ruchi di who makes out of the world chicken stew..

Recipe Notes:

  1. Coconut oil lends a very nice smell and flavour to the curry. But if you don’t find it, replace it with your usual cooking oil.
  2. I haven’t added curry leaves although the original recipe does. Feel free to use a swig of curry leaves if you want to test both the versions.
  3. You can also experiment with the thickness of coconut milk. I like it a little thin and soupy. You may add coconut cream to make it thicker.

Moving on to the recipe:

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian (Kerala)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 450 gms chicken
  • 3 Choti Elaichi (green cardamom)
  • 4 Laung (Cloves)
  • 5-6 Kali Mirch (Black peppercorn)
  • 1” Dalchini (Cinnamon)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 big Onion (broadly sliced)
  • 3 tbsp Homemade ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cashewnut paste
  • 1 Aloo (potatoes), diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 4-5 beans, cut in big pieces
  • ½ cup green peas
  • 5 tbps coconut oil, for cooking
  • 5 tsp black pepper powder, freshly crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups thin coconut milk

Instructions:

Preparation

  1. Marinate chicken with 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste and salt and keep aside for an hour.

Cooking:

  1. In a pressure cooker, heat coconut oil and add elaichi, laung, kali mirch, dalchini and bay leaf. Cook for a minute.

3. Add green chillies and chopped onions and cook till they turn pink. Don’t let them brown.

4. Add 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste and fry for 3-4 minutes till the raw smell goes.

5. Add carrots, potatoes, beands and fry again for 5 minutes.

6. Add chicken and fry for 5-6 minutes.

7. Add green peas, cashew nut paste and coconut milk and ensure the coconut milk covers all the ingredients.

8 .Let this come to a boil and add black pepper powder and salt

9. Cover the lid of the cooker and cook up to 3 whistles.

10. Open when the pressure drops on its own. Chicken stew is ready!

Thanks for reading !!