Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chicken Varuval with Potatoes

Whenever I think of eating something flavorful and spicy I will make this dish. This is a dish that I will cook over and over again so much so that even Carlos is eating it now. He actually finished over half a plate of it that day. I have another recipe of Chicken Varuval here but this time I did some slight changes to it and also added some potatoes to the dish. Although the list of ingredients might looks like a lot but it does not take a long of time to make this. For this dish you can adjust the level of spiciness to your liking.


3 pieces chicken breast – cut into bite size pieces
1 stick cinnamon
2 cardamom pods
3 medium size potatoes
2 green chilies - sliced
1 medium size onions – sliced thinly
A small bunch curry leaves
1 tsp black pepper
Salt and sugar to taste

Grind into paste:

5 cloves garlic
2” ginger
4 shallots
½ tsp salt

Make into a paste with a bit of water

3 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp chili powder (more or less depend on how spicy you like)
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder

1. Clean and cut the chicken, marinate it with the blended paste for half an hour. In the meantime peel and cut potatoes into bite size pieces and pan fried it until soft and set it aside.
2. Heat up about 4 tbsp of oil in a non- pan, add in cinnamon stick and cardamon pods. Stir fry until fragrant and add in the chicken, and spread it evenly into a layer and let it pan fried until lightly brown on one side and turn it over and do the same to the other side.
3. Once the chicken is evenly brown, move the chicken to the side of the frying pan and add in the curry paste. Continue the stir the paste until fragrant. Add in the onions, curry leaves and chili. Mix everything together and well coated with the paste. Add in about ½ cup of water and stir until well combined. Add in a bit of salt and sugar.
4. Add in the potatoes, stir, and lower down the heat and cover. Let it simmer until everything is cooked and water evaporated. Add in black pepper, Stir well and check seasoning.
5. Dish out and serve with warm rice.


Shereen said...

Wah,so early to be up and busy on the computer???? We just got back and your blog was the first I checked.Looking at this dish makes us all super hungry...yours looks so much nicer than our butter chicken takeway we had for dinner tonight.Bet it tastes delish too!!!Ohh...we also couldn't shake off the image of your roasted pork...yum!yum!yum!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Wow Gert, looking at the spices you used, the flavour must be really good. I think I would add some hard boiled eggs and call it my one-dish meal!

Geraldine said...

oh Gert, its only 9.30am and you are making droll. Tried your other varuval chicken and loved it. Will try this one for sure.

MaryMoh said...

Love all the spices added....mmm....delicious! I would also love it with rice. That's enough to make me happy :D

petite nyonya said...

It looks really good on top of that plate of rice. With this dish, I won't need anything else to go with the rice! Yumm yummmm

gertrude said...

Shereen, weekdays or weekend I still get up the same time at 7.30am :) Looking forward to hear about your vacations.

Ju, great idea. I have to do that the next time. Maybe add some quail eggs :)

Geraldine, do try this out too.

Mary, yes this is great with rice.

Petite Nyonya, I usually cook this dish and another dish of vegetable and that was it.

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks and sounds better than the usual curry chicken dish!

ann low said...

Looks so good! Already bookmarked it!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

This looks so delicious, I also very often cook this type of curry because my kids just love this curry.

Gypsy Girl Gourmet said...

This looks delicious! Love love love the ingredient list! It's now on my list of recipes to try! :)Loving your blog!

Lisa Ho said...

Yumm.. Yummm.. for my tummy tum tum..

ps.. thx for adding me to your list.. :)


S said...

came to this recipe via tastespotting- it looks lovely. you have a very nice blog here, too.

Beachlover said...

yummy just by looking the chic with rice!! make me drooling big time now!! yesterday I just visit indian store ,bought some of their spices going to make nasi biryani or masala or tandoori..I notice these day the India store carry alot of pre-make sauce with different brand and the price it's pretty cheap too!!

ICook4Fun said...

Angie, this dish is dryer than the chicken curry.

Anncoo, thanks.

Sonia, for me I need to eat some type of curry once a week :)

Gypsy Girl, thank you. Hope to see you often.

Ho Ho Ho, you are welcome.

Shayma, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you often.

Lesley, yes the Indian store here too sell a lot of spices and ready sauce too. So far only tried out the briyani rice mix.

tigerfish said...

I would love this dish too cos I enjoy those spices you used :D

Donna @ Comin' Home said...

This would be a fabulous dish to add to my April Menu Plan at my blog Comin' Home. I think my readers would love it and I know my hubby and kids would! I'm soooo needing to get more creative in the kitchen, especially with oriental type dishes. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I don't care for cooking much, but your blog may change my mind! (I'm more into organization, quilting, and sewing. :o)

MaDiHaA a.k.a Ratna said...

hello gert..
the dishes look so tempting.. my husband sure love it because he love indian food... may be should try one day..

oh ya.. i've tried your recipe honey bbq chicken wings.. it's really delicious..! thanks for the recipe..

Dori said...

Sounds delicious!

ICook4Fun said...

Tigerfish, I too love all the spices in this dish. Really flavorful.

Donna, your are most welcome. Hope your family like this dish and looking forward to see your posting in your blog.

Madiha, glad that you like the chicken wings dish. Hope you try out some other recipes here.

Meeso, thank you.

Jessie said...

Another flavorful dish. Thanks for sharing your recipes! I always look up your recipes whenever I have no idea what to cook!

Jessie from