Chicken Shakuti I (chicken cooked in coconut)

Chicken Shakuti I (chicken cooked in coconut)

Introduction :

A favourite Goan Chicken dish (also see recipe II tomorrow)


Ingredients :

1Kg chicken, cut into desired pieces (or or off the bone)
6 tblsp ghee
10 onions
2 coconuts – thick and thin milk extracted from one, the other grated and roasted in a large pan with two of the onions (sliced) and a little ghee. This should be roasted until the coconut has gone a pale brown.
Grind this roasted coconut/onion mixture.

2 tblsp corriander seeds
5 peppercorns
15 dried red chillies
dry roast the above and grind into a paste with a little water and add 1tsp turmeric

dry roast the following and grind into a paste with a little water
6 cloves
1/2 inch piece cinnamon
1/2 nutmeg
3/4 tblsp aniseed
1tblsp poppy seeds

2 limes


Chop four of the onions and fry until light brown.
Add the chicken and brown.
Add the corriander etc. paste, fry for a minute and then add the thin coconut milk.
Cook until chicken is tender.

Cut the remaining onions into quarters and add to the chicken, along with the roated coconut and cinnnamon etc, paste.
Simmer for a few minutes then add the thick coconut milk.
Add salt if required.
Simmer for 10 minutes or so until sauce has thickened.
Sprinkle over some lime juice prior to serving.