Nadan Kozhi Thoran Recipe - Chicken Thoran Recipe - Kerala Stir Fried Chicken

Cheers to my friend and reader of this blog, who shared this recipe! This is another recipe I have been wanting to post from a long time. This aromatic kozhi /chicken thoran made a place in my hit chart from the very first time I made this, since that this dish has been a regular visitor on our table.  



This recipe is from my friend Arun, who is loyal reader of this blog. He currently runs a beautiful resort named Mountain View in Wayanad (Kerala). They serve authentic Kerala cuisine to their guests. So if your planning a holiday in Wayanad, then do try to visit this resort and enjoy beautiful scenery and their mouth watering delicacies.

One day during our regular chat, he shared couple of wonderful fail proof nadan recipe with me straight from his resort kitchen and this nadan kozhi thoran is one of the specialty dish in their resort...so it's precious recipe indeed! Oh yes, I will share the other recipe with you all, pretty soon for sure :) so stay tuned!  Thanks Arun for sharing your recipe with us, we loved it! .

Coming to recipe, This is a classic chicken preparation from Kerala. The boneless chicken pieces cooked  in an earthenware pot or man chatty along with spiced grated coconut. The interesting part of this dish is the slow mixing procedure along with the perfect blend of  spices, coconut oil, and curry leaves; which gives the dish rich and aromatic flavor. It is simple to prepare and tastes so delicious. It pairs well with almost anything you can think of – Flavored rice, Ghee riceKerala parotta, any Roti /Indian bread varities, biryani's etc.


If you love Nadan style /Country style spicy recipes,  this dish will definitely tingle your senses! 


Nadan Kozhi Thoran Recipe - Chicken Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Stir Fried Chicken with Coconut
Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 30 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients :
Nadan Kozhi /Boneless Chicken : 1 lb / 1/2 kg (cut into very small pieces)
Shallots /Small : 25-30 nos /2 cups
Onion : 2 medium / 2 cups (thinly sliced)
Ginger : 1" piece /1 tbsp (crushed)
Garlic : 4 pods /1 tbsp (crushed)
Green Chilly : 4-5 (slit lengthwise)
Curry Leaves : 4 springs
Coconut Grated : 1 cup
Red Chilly Powder : 2 tsp or to your tolerance level
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Freshly Grounded Black Pepper Powder : 1/4 tsp or to your spice level
Homemade Garam Masala or Store Bought Garam Masala : 1 1/2 tsp (To Make Fresh Homemade Garam Masala : Fennel Seeds /Perum Jeerakam : 1 tsp, Cinnamon Stick/karugapatta : 2 inch pieces, Cloves/Grambu : 2, Star anise / Takkolam : 2, Green Cardamom /elakka : 2 pods)
Mustard Seeds : 1 tbsp
Coconut Oil : 3 tbsp
Salt to taste


How to make Nadan Kozhi Thoran - Chicken Thoran : 

1. Clean and wash the chicken with little turmeric powder; drain and cut chicken into very small pieces.
2. Crush and blend  shallots /red small onion using ammikkal (mortal and pestel set made out of stone) or in a food processor or blender; pluse them 2-3 times to coarse paste.
(Note : This recipe calls for coarse paste, so care should be taken not to be ground to smooth paste; If you have ammikkal it's best to use to ground the mixture; that will enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients).
3. Using your hands mix grated coconut with 3 sprig curry leaves, green chillies, red chilli powder, 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder well and keep it aside.
4. Pour 2 tbsp of coconut oil in earthenware pot or man chatty or in a heavy bottomed pan and tilt the manchatty or pan in such a way that oil gets spread evenly.
5. Add mustard seeds and when they splutter add the crushed shallot and saute till golden brown.
6. Add the crushed ginger, crushed garlic and saute for couple of minutes.
7. Add 1 cup of thinly sliced onions and saute till it turns to light brown color.
8. Add the cleaned chicken pieces and now add the remaining 1 cup of thinly sliced onion and mix well. Close and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the chicken is 3/4 th cooked and start to ooze out water .
9. Now add reaming 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, salt, homemade garam masala, black pepper powder; mix well and cook for 5 more minutes.
10. Now add the spiced grated coconut mixture and combine well. Add the remaining 1 tbsp coconut oil and dry roast it in medium heat till browned up (Note : Stir in between to avoid burning and it takes 10 to15 minutes approximately. Do not close the lid after adding oil.) Once the chicken mixtures have attained the dark brown color and completely dried then remove from the fire.
11. Tasty Nadan Kozhi Thoran /Chicken Thoran is ready to serve...Serve as a side dish with Flavored rice, Ghee rice, Kerala parotta, any Roti /Indian bread varities, biryani's etc...Enjoy!

Notes:
  • You may adjust the spiciness by increasing or cutting down amount of chilli powder, pepper powder, green chillies according to your spice level.
  • Adding lots of curry leaves boosts the flavour of this dish.



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Until next time, Bon Appetit,
Sangeetha

35 comments:

  1. Very yummy n tempting preparation dear.... Can u pass that with some chapathis...

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  2. I have never made this !! your beautiful chicken thoran clicks are going to haunt me for sometime...

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  3. loved the way you have presented it ! amazing idea !

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  4. What lovely pictures! Recipe sounds delicious

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  5. OMG what a yummmy and delicious thoran... just love it...

    Event: Dish Name Starts With N till August 31st
    Learning-to-cook

    Regards,
    Akila

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  6. chicken thoran looks delicious! lovely snaps..

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  7. looks delicious, beautiful presentation

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  8. Awesome recipe and love the pics of the coconut shell. Delicious!!

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  9. ooh so yum! Very intriguing name have heard of veggie thorans but never with chicken :) A must try!

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    1. Hi Rose, Yes it's surely a must try...Do try, I'm sure you will like it and don't forget to share your feedback with me :)

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  10. Hi Sangeetha,

    I have been to wayanad many times but did not see this recipe in any restaurant. I have been living in Kerala for a long time and have tried most of the hotels in Ernakulam too. I am new to this recipe. It appears interesting to me as I have seen chicken only in curries and as fry.

    I stopped eating chicken for a year as some of my friends suggested that the chicken we get here are mostly treated with Hormone injections and it may affect the body.

    Shall try this if I get a chicken grown up naturally. :)

    Thanks for sharing it.
    Regards,
    Abhi

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    1. Hi Abhilash, Your welcome :-) I am so glad that you liked the recipe, do try it if you get hold of organic chicken :) it is amazingly good. Talking about the restaurant in Wayanad...This resort is new one and they just opened it couple of months before and they don't have any restaurant as such, its more like home stay, they serve homemade foods to their guest and this dish is most popular one.

      Have a great day! Rgds,
      Sangeetha

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  11. Thanks everyone for stopping by and for your lovely comments...Much appreciated!

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  12. Very good recipe...i will try it soon.
    Cardiac Surgery India

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    1. Hello Alex Jacob, Thank you :) Good luck and let me know how it turned out!

      Happy Cooking!
      Sangeetha

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  13. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Hi, Tried out this authentic kerala recipe today. It has turned out very well, even if I say so myself :). I came upon your blog quite by chance, but will be a regular follower now. Thank you,
    Bina

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    1. Hello Bina, So good to have you here at kothiyavunu. You're welcome! I am so glad it worked out for you! Thx for trying from this space and letting me know that :) Hope you get to try other recipes too and like them too.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  14. Anonymous9:11 AM

    hello sangeetha, it is a mouth watering recipe. Thanks for sharing. Gonna try this tomorrow. Shall let you know how it turned out! Lekshmi.

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    1. Hi Lekshmi, So good to have you here...Pls do try and let me know your feedback! Hope you like it :)

      Happy Cooking!
      Sangeetha

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  15. Saneej5:26 PM

    Excellent recipe. Good attention to detail and works out well if followed exactly.I made this dish exactly as given in the recipe (just adjusted quatities according to requirements/availability). Came out excellent!!..

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    1. Hello Saneej, I am so glad it worked out for you! Thanks for trying and bothering to come back and leave a feedback. Hope you get to try other recipes too and like them too.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  16. Praseetha6:45 AM

    Yummmyyy... delicious...!! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe..!! :)

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    1. Hi Praseetha, You're welcome! I'm happy you like it :)

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  17. asha nair6:56 AM

    hiiee...lovlyy dish...my roomie always usd to brng ths wenevr she goes hom wth puttu..her mom usd to mak chkn thoran and puttu and pak it fr bth of us...i usd to lov ths dish frm then....and ths pic luks delicioussss...thnx a lot fr postng ths recipe...frst thnx to r frnd arun and thn a special thnx to kothiyavunnu.com....though i hav nvr postd comments am a regular learner frm ths blog....me and my sis r a huge fan of yrs...hehe....am gona try ths today..had nvr gt a chance to cuk ths...wish me luck..hehe...and keep postng yummy recipes...

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    1. Hi Asha, Thank you so much for taking time to share your feedback here, appreciate it very much :) Nice to know that you and you sis like this humble space and also enjoy the recipes posted here. Did you try it out? let me your feedback.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  18. asha nair6:57 AM

    i must say the way u presnt the pics and yr recipes r realy helpful fr beginners lik me...thnx a ton...

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  19. Great way of serving in the coconut bowl :)

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  20. this recipe is the traditional food of trivandrum.it is very tasty.thanks for the recipe

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    1. You're welcome Nidin! Did you get a chance to try it?

      Thanks!
      Sangeetha

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  21. I tried this recipe today and it turned out really well. I had this in a restaurant in trivandrum with my roommates few years ago and really liked it. Glad to find a good recipe for it.

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