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Recipe for family meals :

Indian Chicken

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Vandana who is very much a keen cook of Indian dishes. Hopefully there will be more to come!

I asked Vandana for a little background information:

"I live in Pune, India. I am a South Indian so many of my recipes are from that area. I enjoy cooking and my family and friends do say that it is appetizing! By profession I am a Relocation Consultant and the India head of an International Charity. I hope that covers the introduction".


800 gm Chicken cut into medium sized pieces
2 large onions chopped
1 cup gated fresh coconut
2 cinnamon sticks
6 cloves
2 dry red chilies
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp carom seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
8 - 10 black peppercorns
4 star anise
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
4 cloves garlic
4 tbsp vegetable oil
salt to taste
1 tbsp tamarind pulp / vinegar


  • Heat a little oil and roast coconut until light brown. Keep to one side.
  • Dry roast cinnamon, cloves, red chilies, poppy seeds, carom seeds, cumin, peppercorns, fennel, star anise and coriander seeds until there is a nice aroma.
  • Grind to a paste with garlic, turmeric, tamarind / vinegar and coconut.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a large pan and sauté chopped onion until golden brown.
  • Add the ground paste and cook until the oil separates.
  • Add the chicken pieces and sauté for some time.
  • Add two cups of water and salt and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook covered until the chicken pieces are tender.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.

Serves 4