Sunday, December 19, 2010

Avarakkai Chicken Gravy

  • Chicken 1lb
  • Avarakkai seeds 2cups (Lima beans)
  • Oil 4tbsp
  • Cloves 4
  • Cinnamon 1"
  • Ginger garlic paste 2tsp
  • Onion chopped 1cup
  • Green chillies 4slit
  • Mint leaves chopped 2tbsp
  • Coriander leaves chopped 3tbsp
  • Tomatoes chopped 1/2cup
  • Turmeric 1/2tsp
  • Chili powder 3/4tsp
  • Dhania powder 1 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper corns 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut shredded 1/2tsp
  • Fennel seeds 1/2tsp
  • Water
  • Salt to taste       


  1. First Clean the chicken and cut into small pieces and keep aside.
  2. Grind the cloves, cinnamon and pepper to course powder. This is called the spice powder.
  3. Grind coconut and fennel with little water to a very fine paste.
  4. Heat the pressure cooker, when hot add oil. To it add onions and chillies fry until onions are golder brown.
  5. Now add the spice powder and ginger garlic paste. Saute it.
  6. Now add the chicken and mint leaves, saute well.
  7. Add tomatoes and coriander leaves. Saute and cook until tomatoes are soft.
  8. Add turmeric, chili powder, dhania powder and saute.
  9. Now add the avarakkai seeds and saute for few mins.
  10. Add the grounded coconut and adjust water to make curry.
  11. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Allow untouched until steam is out.
  12. Serve hot with Dosa, rice, puri, roti, etc.,

If the Avarakkai seeds are frozen, then you should pressure cook with water for 3-4 whistles before making the curry. Later again pressure cook with chicken.
If you have fresh avarakkai seeds then you can directly pressure cook with chicken.

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