Hello Everyone, how are you all doing today? I was hoping to say hi to you all in between, but it didn’t work out. It’s been a very hectic days lately. Well, Say hello to Thattukada Chicken Fry /Kerala Thattukada Style Chicken Fry-Kozhi Porichathu another street food/thattukada copycat recipe you can make at home. Chicken that is bursting with heat from the spices and tang from the lime makes this dish special and makes you want to eat more and more with every bite.
Thattukada is a malayalam word for local street food stalls. This is a hot selling dish in “thattukada”/roadside vendors back in Kerala, South India. During my childhood days, we long for to have food from hotels but my mom never gave a chance since she prepared all the varieties at home. Honestly I got chance to taste variety of foods outside home only after my marriage. My husband is a foodie 🙂 so he is the one who introduced me to taste different cuisines.
This is one of the most delicious recipe I would have made several times in my kitchen, and in these 6 years of food blogging, I never got an opportunity to shoot this thattukada chicken fry all the time, yes as usual it goes straight to tummy and nothing left for taking picture. Believe me! It’s good recipe!. Somehow last Sunday when I cooked this for our friends get-together, I was lucky enough to save little to take pics. So here you go, an easy and simple street food chicken fry for you to try.
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How to make Thattukada Chicken Fry – Kozhi-Chicken Porichathu Recipe – Kerala Street Food Stall Chicken Fry
- Chicken with Bones : 2.2lb/ 1kg cut into medium pieces or 10 chicken drumstick
- Dry Red Chillies : 15-20 (make a paste using little water)
- Ginger : 1" piece (crushed)
- Garlic : 15 cloves (crushed)
- Curd/Yogurt : 4 tbsp (less sour)
- Egg ; 2
- Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp
- Chicken Masala Powder or Garam Masala Powder : 4 tsp
- Pepper powder : 1 tsp (Add more if you want it more spicy)
- Fennel seeds : ½ tsp, crushed
- Juice of a lime
- Green chillies : 3-4 (slit lengthwise)
- Curry leaves : few
- Oil for frying (Preferably coconut oil,if you wish to get the thattukada taste)
- If your using chicken legs then make 2-3 deep slits on the fleshy part of the chicken legs till close to the bones. Place the chicken in a large shallow dish.
- Make a paste of dry red chillies using little water.
- Mix all the ingredients listed above except green chillies and curry leaves; marinade the chicken on all sides using your hand into the slits and massage it well. Place them in the refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight. (Note : More you marinate better the taste. Do not marinate for longer than 2 days). Remove the chicken from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking.
- Heat enough oil in a heay bottom pan for frying chicken at medium heat; fry the chicken pieces in batches for about 5-8 minutes and then turn it around and continue frying for another 5-8 minutes or until the chicken is evenly browned and its crispier on the outside (Note : Make sure you keep the heat at low-medium, so that the inside of chicken gets cooked well too and flip the chicken pieces frequently to avoid burning.)
- Remove from the fire and transfer it to a paper towel and allow to slightly cool.In the same oil fry a little bit of curry leaves and green chillies and garnish. Garnish with fried curry leaves.
- Serve hot as side dish with steamed Rice, or with Kerala Parotta & Enjoy!
The oil shouldn’t be too hot so make sure you keep the heat at low-medium, so that the inside of chicken gets cooked well too and flip the chicken pieces frequently to avoid burning.Don’t fry for too long or else the chicken will become dry.
More you marinate better the taste. Do not marinate for longer than 2 days
Little marinated batter will come out of the chicken and settle at the bottom of the pan. Do take out those bits too and place it on top of the fried chicken when serving .It tastes yum!
Hope you all will enjoy making this Chicken Fry Thattukada Style/ Kerala Thattukada Style Chicken Fry – Kozhi Porichathu! Don’t forget to let me know your opinion if you try.
Happy Cooking and Happy Eating!
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