Madurai Chicken Roast | Chicken Thokku Fry | Restaurant Style Chicken Masala


Madurai Chicken Roast
Madurai Chicken Roast
Madurai being the third largest city in Tamil Nadu is famous for many historical places and for their unique culinary style. Few of their famous recipes include Paruthi paaljigarthandapanangkarkandu paal and chettinadu varieties like appamkuzhi paniyaram, etc. Tasty, lip smacking food with a sure droolworthy eyecatching platters are not for the faint hearted. You will find many aromatic recipes that are sure to tickle your tastebuds. Today I am sharing one such recipe that will keep your tastebuds asking for more- a spicy Madurai Chicken Roast/ Chicken Thokku Fry. A simple dish but filled with tons of flavours, the secret is in the method of cooking and using small onion/ shallots & gingelly oil. Now lets move on to the recipe.


Chicken Thokku Masala
Chicken Thokku Masala

MADURAI CHICKEN ROAST | CHICKEN THOKKU FRY

Recipe Source - Own
Serves - 4 people generously
Prep time - 5 mins
Cook time - 20-25 mins
Serving Suggestion - Sambar, Rasam, Curd, white rice

Ingredients

To Marinate

Chicken thigh - 500 gms
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To Grind 

Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon - 1" stick
Cloves - 4 nos
Cardamom - 4 nos
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera/ Cumin - 1 tsp

For Thokku 

Gingely oil - 2 tbsp
Small onions / shallots - 15 nos, chopped
Onion (medium) - 1 no, chopped fine
Curry leaves - 1 spring, 10 leaves
Tomato - 1 large, chopped fine
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Corrainder powder - 3 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

Method

1. Wash chicken in cold running water 3 times and drain away all excess water. In a bowl add chicken pieces, salt and turmeric keep covered to be used later.
2. In a mixer grind all the ingredients mentioned under to grind into a slightly coarse powder, set aside.
3. Take a wide pan add oil once its hot, add the coarsely ground powder let it sizzle to release flavours. Now add the small onions/ shallots and saute for 3 minutes until golden. 
4. Add curry leaves, regular onions saute for 2 minutes with little salt to caramelize the onions. 
5. Add chopped tomato, ginger garlic paste and cook further for 3 minutes until mushy. 
6. Now add the marinated chicken and saute well for 5 minutes until the chicken changes colour. 
7. Add the spice powders - red chilli powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and saute well for 2 minutes until well combined.
8. Now add 1 cup water bring it to a boil and in high flame use a lid to cover let the curry cook for 5-7 minutes until nice and thick.
9. Remove the lid give it a stir and cook in medium flame for 7 minutes until the masala/ thokku oozes out oil and becomes thick. Check for salt and spices.
10. Switch off serve hot along with your favourite curry.

South Indian Chicken Masala
South Indian Chicken Masala
Cooks Wisdom

Step 1 

1. Adding gingelly oil and shallot in this chicken dish adds amazing taste, so do not miss adding these ingredients.

Step 2

2. This chicken thokku is mildly spicy you can increase or decrease the amount of red chilli powder in the recipe.

Step 3

3. Marinating the chicken pieces in turmeric and salt adds flavour and also softens the chicken.

Step 4

4. The flavours develop when the curry is slowly getting cooks so don't be in a hurry to run through the steps.

Step 5

5. You can reduce amount of red chilli and add pepper to make the same dish as a pepper chicken thokku masala.

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CHICKEN LOLLIPOP
CHETTINAD CHICKEN MASALABOILED EGG CURRY
CHICKEN GHEE ROAST
FRIED CHICKEN CURRY
MUTTON PEPPER FRY


8 comments:

  1. I too love madurai for its exotic food...I have eaten this thokku next times..delicious..

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  2. Lovely and delicious looking chicken roast. Wonderfully prepared.
    Deepa

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  3. I am always on the look out for new recipes for chicken... this looks really so delicious....

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  4. My mouth is just watering here, i can happily have this roast with some sambhar rice.

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  5. We were near madurai a few weeks ago but we didn't reach there since we were tight on time. Sounds like I better check out this city in the future. Another great spicy chicken recipe and it looks easy to recreate at home. =)

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  6. Tried it today. My husband loved it :-) Thank you :-)

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  7. Hi priya,dont know how i mised dis post,searching dis recipe in goole landed here..tried n tasted. i dont cook with gingelly oil becoz hubby didnt like that taste.really me too fear while i tempered with gingelly oi ,ohh god me too couldnt realize the oil smell ...super taste.thx u!!

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    1. sorry ,lots of mistake in the comment,while correcting the mistake my lil one press the publish button..sorry!!

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