Malvani style chicken curry is famous dish from the Konkan region of Maharashtra. This curry is the part of a combo dish ‘Malvani Thali’ along with ‘Kombadi/Malvani vade’. This curry is very rich and creamy in texture, not too spicy/hot but it is full of flavors and aroma. I like hot/spicy food so I made it spicy according to my taste.
1/2 Kg/ 1.10 pound chicken
3 Garlic cloves
3/4 inch ginger
3 Tsp Malvani masala
1 Tsp kashmiri chili powder
1 1/2 Tsp red chili powder
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
Pinch of asefoetida/Hing
2 Bay leaf
1/2 Cup Coconut milk
1-1 1/2 Cup warm water
Salt as per taste(around 1-1 1/4th tsp)
2 1/2- 3 Tbsp oil
1/4 Onion sliced(Optional)
Make ginger garlic paste.Wash Chicken, drain water. In a bowl Transfer chicken, add salt, turmeric, ginger garlic paste and all the remaining ingredient which is mentioned in the marination. Marinate for 30 minutes- 1 hour.
In a deep vessel, heat oil on medium. Add sliced onion, fry till translucent, now add marinated chicken and saute for 1-2 minutes or chicken starts to look white. cover and cook for 5 minutes on low flame. Add coconut milk, water and let it cook on low flame till oil starts to float on surface. Add salt if needed. Garnish with Chopped coriander and enjoy with Kombadi vade, suka chicken, rice and solkadhi.
1) To reduce the cooking time one can skip the marination process but marination makes this curry more flavorful.
2) I like spicy/Hot curries so I have taken red chili powder according to that. If One wishes, reduce or increase the amount of red chili powder.
3)Coconut milk becomes little thick after cooking, so add water according to that. But still if one wishes, reduce/add water as per desire to make thick/liquid consistency.
4) If you do not have Coconut milk, Use fresh coconut/ frozen grated coconut. If making coconut milk at home using fresh coconut and planning to throw residue after straining the milk. Add less water in the curry as homemade milk will be thinner than store bought coconut milk.
5)If fresh coconut/readymade coconut milk is unavailable, Soak 3/4 of whole dry coconut in enough warm water for 4-5 hours and blend it into mixer grinder using the water we soaked into and strain the milk.