Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Coconut Chicken/Chicken Xacuti

Coconut Chicken is a spicy variety of chicken with lots of coconut. It is speciality of konkan chicken cooked in lot of spices and coconut and served with Rice or Bhakari or  thick Dosa (pole)

  • 1 Kg Chicken
  • 2 cups  Coconut 
  • 1 ½ cup Onion 
  •  1 medium size Tomato 
  •  2 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves 
  •  2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste Oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  •  Salt
  •  Garam masala 
  •  6-7 Cloves
  •  2″ piece Cinnamon 
  •  2″ piece Nutmeg 
  •  7-8 Pepper 
  •  1 tsp Shahjeera(caraway seeds) 
  •  1 tsp Dagad Phool 
  •  2-3 Japatri(mace)
  • 5-6 Red chilies
  • 1 tsp Khus khus(Poppy seeds)
  • 1 tsp  Fennel seeds(badishepi)


  • Mix ginger garlic paste with chicken and leave it for around 1-2hrs.
  • Heat oil and fry the spices on a low flame in it taking care not to burn them. Take it out of pan  add 3/4 cup onion and fry till they turn brownish.
  •  Grind fried onion with spices to a smooth paste and keep aside. (brown Paste) 
  • Roast the coconut(without adding oil) till it turns slightly brownish. Grind to a smooth paste. This takes a very long time to become smooth paste as roasted coconut is being ground (do not mix both pastes as these are added at different stages to the gravy). (white paste).
  • Heat oil and fry remaining onion till they turn slightly brownish. Add the marinated chicken and fry for sometime. 
  • Add 1/2 cup water and ½ tsp turmeric, close the lid and cook till chicken becomes tender.
  • Add the white pastecoconut, cook for a minute.
  •  Add tomatoes chopped into big pieces and chopped coriander leaves. 
  • When the mixture starts boiling, add the brown masala and salt. Cook for another 5-6mins.
Serve with Rice or Roti

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