Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mooli - Traditional chicken stew (Serves 6)




Below is what Chindus has to say about this delicious chicken stew..

‘The taste of memory’ – how apt for what we have for you today. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of mooli is the anticipation of being able to have, at last, non-vegetarian food after a long break. When I was a kid, I used to dream of appam and mooli awaiting me after mass, instead of giving any attention to what the priest drones on; not that I listen to him even now. The very smell of mooli takes me back to the bosom of the memories of my childhood. In my family appam and mooli is our traditional end-of-lent breakfast or the breakfast we have when we get back from church after Easter mass.
This recipe is from my paternal grandmother who passed away 6 years ago. I am not sure whether this recipe is her own creation or from her family because neither my mother nor my mother-in-law knows of it. Well, regardless of its origin, it is the perfect partner for appam. Enjoy!!!

Chicken 2 lbs, cut to bite size pieces
Big Onion  2 nos, chopped
Green chilies  6 nos, split lengthwise
Ginger 1 big piece juliened
Garlic 10 -18 pods juliened
Cloves, cardamom, cinnamon  1tsp powder or whole 6 each
Coconut  1 cup (ground to a paste)
Coconut milk  ½ cup thick milk and ½ cup thin milk
Turmeric powder  ¾ tsp
Lemon juice  3 tsp
Curry leaves  2 sprigs
Salt  as needed
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Oil  2 TBSP
Coriander leaves to garnish

Preparation

Heat oil (med high)and splutter the mustard seeds. Saute the whole spices and then ginger, green chilies and onion in that order for a minute. Now throw in the garlic and saute until a nice aroma oozes out. Add the coconut paste and turmeric powder. Cook till the water from the coconut paste has evaporated completely. Add the chicken pieces, salt and thin milk (randaam paal). Cover and cook till the chicken is done. Once the chicken is done, add lemon juice and remove from heat. Now, add the thick coconut milk (onnaam paal) and keep covered for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and enjoy with appam....


Tips

We prefer to use boneless chicken for this recipe, but one can use boned chicken too
If you need more spice to the curry, it can be adjusted by adding black pepper powder

30 comments :

  1. The chicken stew looks gorgeous! Looks like this is well worth the wait..for chindus and others too.

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  2. Wooow!!! Nice green chicku curry dear looks inviting n beautifully presented..Makes me hungry n adding coconut milk gives nice flavour dear..

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  3. Chicken stew looks gorgeous..adipoli.
    appam kooti kayikkan kothi varunnu..nice clicks and super presentation dear.

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  4. Chicken stew looks simply delicious, but why do you call it as mooli?

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  5. Chicken stew looks sooo yummy and love the pics!!!! Nice pic..

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  6. Awesome!!Awesome!!!! njan angottu varatte....

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  7. yummy recipe...loved your colorful click.

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  8. Hmm...That's a highly tempting dish..Wonderful pic

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  9. Looks very creamy and delicious, great photo too...

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  10. looks different and yummy...nice clicks as always.

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  11. hello sujie delicious one yarr..superb..i love the stew with appam.like it with chapathi too..looks so yummmmmmm.all dish is related to one or the other memories..

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  12. Slurppp!!!thats a droolworthy and delicious stew, irresistible dish..

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  13. Lovely presentation and delicious looking dish.

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  14. Superb chicken stew!! Njangalum chicken stew post cheythittundu, recipe pakshe othiri difft annu..Love this stew with appam and idiyappam. Brilliant pics as usual..

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  15. chicken stwe looks so yummy and delcious.......added color and treat with tht tomato garnish....lovely clicks......

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  16. lovely presentation and delicious stew...

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  17. Hey nice chicken stew yaar...really i alwz think how we get such colour in restaurants..but now i got it.... :) thnx..

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  18. wow delisious...njan pentagon chicken post chythittundu keto...nejal undakkiya athu polla colour vannilla...enthannu ennu aryilla....nokkiyittu para.....njan yithum try chyum keto....kandittu vayiluda kappalodi...

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  19. Looks yum...nice pics dear

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  20. I m so glad to visit ur space finally.Kure naalayi vere blog visit cheyumbol Kairali sisters nu kanarundu..visit cheyanam nu eppozhum vijarikum pine maranu pokum..Kidilan recipes anallo...this one looks yummy yummy.

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  21. Mouthwatering chicken stew...but the name mooli is new to me..

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  22. Looks delicious. Mooli is a new word for me but I do look forward to appam and stew after lent.

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  23. Chicken stew looks delicious.... yummy... Thanks a lot for the awards dearies...

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  24. so glad to see a totally different recipe for stew. i didn't know it was called mooli!

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  25. Wow, thats great. So u got this recipe from ur grand mother. Same like the chicken stew preparation except for the fact that tomato is replaced by lime juice. Really a precious keeper coming down from generations. I too feel happy sometimes when I make my grand mothers recipes.
    I wish I could have studied some more interesting recipes from them.
    The Moole looks so tempting. I love to have with appom as well as Ari pathiri(orotty).
    Yes, I am from Kollam. Which place are u from gals??

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  26. beautiful pic! Appam and stew is one of my all time favs :) Btw, the name mooli is new to me :)

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  27. nice recipe and nice click too. pls check my blog
    http://entepachakasala.blogspot.com

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  28. your pics are really beautiful always and presentation is just superb...just loved this as well

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