Naatu Kozhi Thakkali Kuzhambu:
Country Chicken In Rich Tomato Based Curry. Desi Ka Murg, Tamatar Curry. Kodi Tomato Pulusu. Thakkali Kozhi Kuzhambu. Hot & Spicy Country Chicken Curry. Fiery Hot Tomato Chicken Curry. Fiery Hot & Tangy Chicken Curry. Desi ka Murg ki Salan.
I could say, I invented this dish...whatever I liked in my pantry and spice rack has gone into this curry. Turned out pretty amazing, actually! Well...very hot version, it could be either you like it or hate it!
Country Chicken 1 pound(Cage free bird/ Amish Chickens will do)
Garlic 2 whole head, peeled and grated
Country Tomatoes large 3-6 (made into puree)
Dry Red Chilies 10-15 (Roasted and Powdered)
Lemon 1 large fruit
Mustard seeds 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1/2 spoon
Dry red chilies 3 - crisply fried for decoration
Curry leaves crisply fried for decoration
Sesame oil 1-2 cups.
In a large non-stick wok, heat oil. Add mustard, cumin, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Let them pop and splutter well. Set aside to garnish on the gravy later.
In a pressure cooker, cook chicken with limited water till tender/semi-tender maybe...6 whistle sounds will do.
In a wide wok, add oil....add garlic and fry them till fragrant. Then followed by chili flakes/powder...fry till fragrant.
Stir-in chicken along with its water, add salt and turmeric now. Wait till all the moisture dries up.
Now add tomato puree to it. Cover and cook over medium heat. This gravy will splatter around your stove top. So keep it covered.
Once gravy consistency is achieved and oil shows up on top, remove from heat.
Squeeze lemon juice to it now. Garnish with the tempering spices(step 1).
Serve warm to go with you plain steamed rice, idly, dosa or barotta/roti.