Chicken Pot Curry (Chicken Curry Cooked in a Clay Pot)

This Chicken Curry is one of my favorite. It consists of simple masalas yet tastes good. Back in the olden days, pots were the only help for cooking dals, curries, rice etc.. People say, food cooked in the clay pots always tastes good. I must say its true after couple of  trials. When we cook food in the clay pots, the pot absorbs the excess oil and hence its healthy way of cooking our food. Meat gets cooked well and remains tender and juicy. Make sure you cure the newly bought clay pot before use. 
So lets start making Chicken curry in the clay pot!!

To Make This Recipe You'll Need : 

500 grams
1 Teaspoon + 2 Tablespoons
Poppy Seeds
2 Tablespoons
1 Teaspoon
Star Anise
2 (I used 2, but I recommend to use 1 )
Desiccated  Coconut Powder (or) Dry Coconut Powder
½ Cup
Onion ( Medium Sized, Chopped)
Tomato (Medium Sized, Chopped)
Ginger – Garlic Paste
1 Tablespoon
Red Chilli Powder
1 Tablespoon
Coriander Powder
1 Teaspoon
To Taste






Oil and Salt.

  Method :

Begin by adding oil (1 Tsp) to a small pan and fry the Poppy seeds,Star Anise and peppercorns. (You could also dry roast the above ingredients which works absolutely fine.)
Next, collect them into a mixer, add the coconut powder, enough water and grind it into a fine paste.

 Now, heat oil (2 Tbspns) in the claypot, add chopped Onions, fry until it turns translucent, add chopped tomatoes followed by dry spices and ginger garlic paste. Mix well and cook until the onions and tomatoes forms like a gravy.

Now, add the chicken pieces followed by water as needed and cook until the chicken gets done. (About 15 to 20 mins on medium flame). Keep checking the chicken, so that it does'nt turn tough which generally happens when you over cook the chicken. Finally add the coconut + other spice masala paste and cook further for 5 mins.

Add more water if you want more gravy and cook for 5 minutes.
 Garnish with coriander leaves and serve. 

Enjoy :)

Note : You could also use, 1 Teaspoon of Fennel seeds (Saunf) instead of  Star anise.

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