Southern Indian Fried Chicken - Lifestyle by Swishintractiv 1-69f9fda3

Recipe: Southern Indian Fried Chicken

A South Indian fried chicken recipe that would taste amazing in a paratha with homemade tomato chutney.


For the spiced fried chicken

600g/1lb 5oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ginger and garlic paste (equal parts)

2 lemons, juice only

1 tbsp chilli powder

20 fresh curry leaves, chopped

75g/2¾oz gram flour

150g/5½oz rice flour

50g/1¾oz plain flour

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp salt

vegetable oil, for deep frying

2 tsp South Indian garam masala

For the tomato chutney

8 curry leaves

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tbsp chopped coriander

1 banana shallot, chopped

1 tsp salt

½ tsp chilli powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 lemon, juice only


Marinate the chicken in the salt, ginger and garlic paste, lemon juice, one teaspoon of the red chilli powder and the curry leaves. Cover the chicken and place in the fridge for an hour.

Meanwhile in a mixing bowl add gram flour, rice flour, plain flour, the remaining red chilli powder and salt.

Heat a deep fat fryer to 180C/350F (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.) Dust the marinated chicken cubes in the seasoned flour mixture, then deep-fry the chicken until crisp and cooked through. Sprinkle the chicken with garam masala.

For the tomato chutney, heat some oil in a small frying pan and lightly sauté the curry leaves. Drain on kitchen paper.

Place the curry leaves, garlic, coriander, shallot, salt, chilli powder, cumin seeds in a stone pestle and mortar. Crush the mixture gently. Add tomato wedges and lemon juice, blending them in to the mixture. Season to taste with more salt and lemon juice.

Place the fried chicken on a serving plate with the chutney alongside.

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