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Ethakka Kozhi Curry ~ Chicken & Raw Plantain cooked in roasted coconut !

This is something very odd about us,Central Keralites-Thrissurites,to be specific.We love ethakka /plantains so much that we find ways to include these raw in almost everything we cook ! Here is one such very delicious combo of raw plantain and chicken.Among the Christians of this region it’s almost mandatory that the beef specialty of Sunday should include ethakka/plantain for a unique flavor.

The plantains are not been peeled to sustain the flavor and taste it possess.Combined with chicken and cooked in a medium spicy coconut base,it’s in fact a pleasure to have..Do try !


To cook chicken

450 gm chicken,cut into medium pieces
1 big raw plantain/ethakka,chopped with the peel
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup water

To roast & grind

1 heaped cup of grated coconut
1 tsp fennel seeds
3 cloves
1 piece of cinnamon -1.5″
1 small cardamom
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp kashmiri chilly powder
2 tsp coriander powder
water as required

For the final cooking

1/2 cup shallots,chopped
6 small cloves of garlic,crushed
1 piece of ginger (1.5″)
2 sprig curry leaves
4 tsp coconut oil (or any oil of your choice)


Slit the plantain/ethakka into four and chop to medium sizes.Drop this in turmeric water and keep for at least 10 minutes.This will remove the stain from plantain.Now wash it in running water and strain.Pressure cook the chicken along with these chopped plantain adding turmeric powder,salt and water.4 whistles will do.Switch off the stove at this stage.Meanwhile roast the grated coconut and when it start changing color,add the cloves,fennel seeds,cinnamon and cardamom.Roast again till the coconut turn brown.Reduce the heat and add the spice powders mentioned.Mix well and be careful not to burn them.Switch off and allow it to cool.Grind this to a fine paste adding enough water.1/2 to 3/4 cup water may be needed.Now heat oil in a cheenachatti/curry pot and drop the crushed ginger,garlic and saute for 5 seconds.Add chopped shallots and curry leaves and roast till the shallots turn brown.Now pour the roasted coconut mixture to this along with water if necessary.The mixture should be semi-thick.Bring this to a boil and add salt.You can add the cooked chicken-plantain to this along with the water it may have.Mix well and bring to a boil.Reduce the heat and simmer till the gravy turns thick and oil clears on top.Let it remain for a while so that the flavors will be well-blend.This curry tastes even better the next day.Serve with rice,puttu or pathiri !


27 comments on “Ethakka Kozhi Curry ~ Chicken & Raw Plantain cooked in roasted coconut !

  1. Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj
    September 29, 2012

    looks nice dear but couldn't taste this… am veg… he he he…

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  2. Tamilarasi Sasikumar
    September 29, 2012

    Love the combo…looks yum…


  3. മറ്റൊരാള്‍
    September 29, 2012

    ഞാനും തൃശ്ശൂര്‍ക്കാരനാണ് .ഇറചിക്കറിയിലെ നേന്ത്രക്കായും കൂര്‍ക്കയും …
    സവിശേഷമായ രുചി തന്നെയാണ്
    പുതിയ ലേ -ഔട്ട്‌ ഭംഗിയായിട്ടുണ്ട് .


  4. divya
    September 30, 2012

    Looks soo lovely combo and Tempting..!!


  5. Torviewtoronto
    September 30, 2012

    deliciously done chicken curry


  6. Asiya Omar
    September 30, 2012

    Delicious curry.


  7. Mélange
    September 30, 2012

    shariyanu.nethrakkaya pole thanne koorkkayum.Mathiyil koode koorka idum.aa seasonil.pinne beefil athu onnamtharam combo aanu.
    cheers Thrissurkkara…


  8. Swasthi
    September 30, 2012

    This is new to me. Looks great and delicious. Loved the color


  9. This is totally new to me, very interesting combination especially with chicken!
    Also like the changes on the website looks really nice :))


  10. Asmath Nawaz
    September 30, 2012

    New recipe to try….looks delicious….nice clicks


  11. Insignia
    September 30, 2012

    An interesting combination of Raw banana and chicken 🙂
    Isnt that puttu beside?


  12. Mélange
    September 30, 2012

    Yes,it's puttu Insi..The combo rocks !


  13. Vimitha Anand
    October 1, 2012

    Never tried raw banana in chicken curry… Looks new… will try soon


  14. Meg's Delicious Adventures
    October 1, 2012

    yummy curry and nice new look.

    Meg's Delicious Adventures


  15. Reshmi Mahesh
    October 2, 2012

    Adipoli combo and hey I loved the look of ur page…Cute cook there…self potrait anno…;)Nanayittundu…:)


  16. Vrinda
    October 2, 2012

    Never tried this combo,sounds gr8 n looks yummm


  17. Shabbu
    October 3, 2012

    Nice combo…looks delicious..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen


  18. Hamaree Rasoi
    October 3, 2012

    How …I mean how did I miss this delicious looking chicken !!1 wonderfully prepared


  19. Nitha
    October 4, 2012

    Love this one… My fav.. But no one here have heard abt this combo…


  20. Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj
    October 4, 2012

    Hey dear, you are having a lovely award in my space, please accept it as token of my love…


  21. PT
    October 4, 2012

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  22. Bikramjit
    October 5, 2012

    lovely recipe



  23. Nagalakshmi V
    October 8, 2012

    oh my, that looks superb. never heard of this combo before, but i love both the main ingredients 🙂


  24. Jay
    October 11, 2012

    looks sooo good…wanna try soon..
    Tasty Appetite


  25. Suja Manoj
    October 16, 2012

    Tried this combo once,unique flavor and taste,pics makes me drool..love it.


  26. Akila
    October 17, 2012

    Mouthwatering dish… Awesome clicks


  27. Manju
    October 17, 2012

    This is a very new dish to me…n I thought Central Keralites were Kottayam guys 🙂 I'm from Kottayam btw….

    That chicken curry has the perfect color…Yumm!


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