Monday, January 19, 2009

Thari(Tahari) wala Murg..A flavorful Chicken Curry..!!

Its really foggy here n the visibility is almost zero.But looks beautiful outside,light straining to peep in through the white blanket,n quite sunny too ,since a couple of days.So its all gorgeous outside..:)

Time for another Non-Veg dish..It's been long since I posted one.As always my first priority for meaty food is Chicken.Not that chicken is the tastiest one.People say pork is the best out there,but luckily I have neva been into it and neither plans to also.Its always Mutton for me,but taking into consideration,the whopping amount of fat in it,I am forced to restrain it's intake to once in a month or so..

So talking about Chicken,as I always tell,you can dish out so many dishes,with mix n match of a multitude of ingredients,in varied forms,as whole,powdered or paste form.This dish is a slightly varied version of the original recipe "Thari wala Murg" that came in the X'mas issue of Vanitha,a Malayalam magazine.I still dunno,the origin of this dish.The "wala" word made be believe this is a North Indian dish.But after a bit of unsuccessful googl'ing'(am amazed!!) ,I saw the word Tahari coming under Andhra section.Andhra food asks for lot of chilly heat,atleast that's what I have learned from my experience.But this recipe asks for 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder and 2 tsp Coriander powder for 1 chicken,apart from some green Chillies.I guess that's too low heat for any dish,n it'll be too insipid(Hence I have altered it...)..So am still at sea,what to tag this dish as.Also how to pronounce it Thari or Tahari.Would be great,If you guys could throw some light into this..Will do the needful edit/update..

Anyhow,this is a quite delish,a tasty combo of so many flavorful spices,mellowed by cashew paste and curd.This has a very thich n rich gravy,n we really loved it..:)


1 Lbs Chicken

2 Cups of sliced Onions+Shallots

6-7 Slit Green Chillies

1 Medium sized Tomato chopped

2-3 Bay Leaves

2 Cardamoms

3 Cloves

1 inch Cinnamon stick

1+1 tsp Chilly Powder

2 tsp Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp Fennel Powder

1/2 + 1 tsp Pepper Powder

1 tsp Garam Masala (Cloves,cinnamon,Cardamoms,star anise)

1 Tbsp Curd

8 Cashews soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and ground

curry leaves n Cilantro leaves




Marinate the chicken with 1 tsp Chilli powder,1/2 tsp Turmeric powder n 1/2 tsp pepper powder.If using drumsticks,make slits and marinate the masala's well inside.

Meanwhile,heat oil n add the bay leaves and all whole spices.Saute till fragrant.

Add some curry leaves and saute again.

Add the onions and green chillies and saute well till golden brown.

Make a paste of chilli,coriander,pepper,fennel n half the masala powder and pour into the base.Mix well.

Add curd and saute for a minute or two.

Add the Chicken and Tomatoes and saute well till blended with the base.

Add some water and close the pan and cook.

Once its cooked,add the ground cashew paste,and saute for 2 minutes.

Throw in the remaining Masala powder and a tad of sugar and mix well.

Add curry and cilantro leaves,mix well and close till use.

Update: Finally I have dug it out that Tahari is a rice dish(kind of biriyani) that comes under Andhra cuisine.But still got no clue of its relation with Chicken..Andhra friendss..your turn..!!!!..:)

Am sending this to Ruth's Bookmarked Recipes event

16 Luv'ly people shared their views..:

Preety said...

my husband would love this..but i don't cook non veg:(

prajusha said...

hi varsha,
first time to ur blog. my little one 's name also varsha:)
u got a wonderful blog with yummy dishes.
chicken looks yummy..

renju said...

this is so exciting about my sister&i miss all those dishes she prepare&iam so happy that i can atleast read about all what she is cooking,eventhough i cannot taste any one of those

Anonymous said...

yummy for sure varsha...why dont you send some here ? finished ?

Cham said...

Wow, I would love to taste this spicy chicken !

Happy cook said...

Chicken looks yummu delicious. I too love chicken than any other meat.
I do make other meats, but then mostly eat the sauce than the meat.

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks Preeti..:)

Prajusha.Thanks for dropping by..:)

Tanks chetta for the lovely comment..:)

Ann,eppozhe finish aayi..:P


Happy..Ya..I love the sauce too..:)

Roopa said...

Got it Varsha :) Thank you :) you have such a wonderful collection of kerala non0veg goodies mmmm varutharacha meen curry super, i cant to try some of these one day :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Varsha,

Chicken looks perfect..Wow!! what a nice texture..I love it..


aquadaze said...

spicy chicken? Anyday, anytime! Looks delicious :)

Priti said...

Looks delicious....along with roti or aur kya chahiye

Maria said...

Varsha, chicken looks colorful and delicious too :) bookmarked!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Makes me hungry? I want it now......... :-(

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks Roopa,Kalpana,aquadaze,priti,maria n Lubna..:)

BR Guest Host said...

That sounds like a wonderful combination of flavors. :) Thank you so much for contributing this dish to this week's Bookmarked Recipes.

Anonymous said...

I must digg your post so other people can see it, very helpful, I had a tough time finding the results searching on the web, thanks.

- Thomas

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