Nilgiri Chicken - This chicken dish looks as good as it is healthy and tasty. Nilgiris meaning Blue Mountains.

 

Nilgiri chicken - A delicious korma from the hills of Nilgiri! The beautiful combination of spices makes this very unique. The Nilgiris meaning Blue Mountains derives its name from the wild Neelakurinji flowers which during its flowering season.

Nilgiri chicken – A motorbike holiday in Kerala, India is an unforgettable experience. Kerala is the land of pristine beaches, beautiful lighthouses and mesmerizing greenery. In the state, one is spoilt for choices when it comes to decide the bike route. Ideal trip in Kerala would include a bike ride from Cochin towards the Southern Ghats where a wide variety of wildlife can be seen. All through the way the splendid views of the Tea and rubber plantations and paddy fields keeps the rider motivated. On the other hand a bike route at Southern Western Ghats, Kodaikanal welcomes bikers with open arms. The route shall pass through the famous tea plantations treks of Munnar district. The journey then continues towards Ooty and bikers have are required to ride to a height of 2,000 m into the Nilgiri Hills.

The Nilgiris meaning Blue Mountains derives its name from the wild Neelakurinji flowers which during its flowering season, carpets the whole of the mist-clad hill ranges in a swathe of blue and beckons the tourists to experience the scenic beauty. Neelakurinji  flowers bloom once in twelve years can be seen only in this Nilgiri hills.


The Badagas are an indigenous people inhabiting the Nilgiri Hills. During my trip to the Nilgiris, I ate some local dishes of the badaga people. One of them was the Nilgiri chicken, which I would like to share with.

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Nilgiri chicken - A delicious korma from the hills of Nilgiri! The beautiful combination of spices makes this very unique. The Nilgiris meaning Blue Mountains derives its name from the wild Neelakurinji flowers which during its flowering season,




Nilgiri chicken cooking instructions.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients to make Nilgiri chicken

Chicken on Bone cut into medium sized pieces on bone750 grams
Yogurt6 tablespoons
Oil2 tablespoons
Cloves4-5
Ginger-garlic paste1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder1 teaspoon
Salt
A few thin strips of gingerFor garnishing
A few quarters of cherry tomatoesFor garnish
For paste 
Spinach blanched1 medium bunch
Fresh mint leaves roughly chopped1/4 bunch
Fresh coriander leaves roughly chopped1/2 bunch
Green chillies roughly chopped2 nos
Fennel seeds1 teaspoon
Scraped fresh coconut1 cup

 

Method to make nilgiri chicken

 

  • For the paste, put spinach, mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies, fennel seeds and coconut with a little water in a mixer jar and grind to a fine paste.
  • Finely chop onions. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan; add cloves and onions and sauté for a minute.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chicken and salt and mix well. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the ground paste and mix well.
  • Add yogurt and mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer Nilgiri chicken into a serving bowl and serve hot garnished with ginger and tomatoes.
 
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Nilgiri chicken - A delicious korma from the hills of Nilgiri! The beautiful combination of spices makes this very unique. The Nilgiris meaning Blue Mountains derives its name from the wild Neelakurinji flowers which during its flowering season.

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Nilgiri Chicken

Nilgiri Chicken – This chicken dish looks as good as it is healthy and tasty. Nilgiris meaning Blue Mountains.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Nilgiri Chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 647kcal
Author Sumith Babu
Cost £5

Ingredients

  • 750 gms chicken on bone (cut into medium sized pieces)
  • turmeric powder
  • coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 6 tbsp yogurt
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cherry tomatoes (for garnish)
  • 1 ginger (julienne for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt (to taste)

For paste

  • 1 blanched spinach (bunch)
  • 1 fresh mint leaves (chopped (bunch)
  • fresh coriander leaves (hopped) (bunch)
  • 2 green chillies (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut

Instructions

  • For the paste, put spinach, mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies, fennel seeds and coconut with a little water in a mixer jar and grind to a fine paste.


  • Finely chop onions. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan; add cloves and onions and sauté for a minute.


  • Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chicken and salt and mix well. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the ground paste and mix well.


  • Add yogurt and mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.


  • Transfer Nilgiri chicken into a serving bowl and serve hot garnished with ginger and tomatoes.


Nutrition

Calories: 647kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Vitamin E: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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