Chicken Ghee Roast

The first time I tried this Keralan delicacy was at this cozy,chic place in the north of Goa.

It was this rich ,spicy gravy perfectly balanced with tangy tamarind and had a lovely sweetness cutting through it with the jaggery. What was more was the combination of the light,fluffy appams that complimented it so well. A match made in heaven.

For someone who likes spice, this is a must try. And it is surprisingly pretty easy to whip up

Ingredients :-

1/2 kilo chicken( I used the leg pieces)

1 tsp of turmeric powder

1/2 cup of curd/yogurt

1 tsp salt

2 tablespoons ghee

10-12 curry leaves

Masala for grinding:-

6-7 kashmiri chillies

10 peppercorns

1 tsp coriander seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

3-4 big garlic cloves

1 lime sized ball of tamarind

2 tablespoons of jaggery powder


Marinate the chicken with the turmeric, curd and salt overnight or a couple of hours.

Roast the dry spices and chiilies till nice and fragrant. Dont burn the spices. Allow to cool to room temperature and then grind them to a smooth paste with tamarind,jaggery powder and garlic cloves. Add a few tablespoons of water while grinding.

In a pan,add the ghee and allow it to heat up. Add the chicken and fry on a medium to low flame for 20 minutes till 80 per cent done. Add the masala to this and mix well. Fry this mixture for 7 minutes or so till the masala darkens. Add the curry leaves and quarter cup water and cover and cook for a further 7 minutes to get a nice thick gravy.

Taste best with appams.

Spices and ingredients for grinding
Chicken Ghee Roast
Add the dry spices to a pan and roast them till they turn nice and fragrant
Chicken Ghee Roast
Add all the ingredients for grinding to the blender jar and grind to a smooth paste with a little water
Chicken Ghee Roast
Add two tablespoons of ghee to a kadai
Chicken Ghee Roast
Add the marinated chicken to the kadai and fry for 20 minutes till almost done
Chicken Ghee Roast
Once the chicken had been fried well add the ground masala
Chicken Ghee Roast
Fry the ground masala with the chicken for around 7 minutes. Add quarter cup of water and curry leaves
Chicken Ghee Roast
Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Your delicious tangy,spicy and sweet chicken ghee roast is ready. Best served with appams