Chicken Fry – Kerala Style – Mom’s recipe and the best recipe

 

The best chicken fry in the whole world…

One of my fondest memories of Eid is waking up to the mesmerizing smell of fried chicken. My mom knows that nothing could possibly wake me up but the smell of fried chicken so she would always make that first thing in the morning. On the day before Eid, she would first make the marinade, spread it over the chicken and the chicken is allowed  to marinate overnight. Obviously, the marinade is what makes the chicken fry taste so divine and irresistible. Now, I am miles away from my mom, yet on every Eid I still wake up to the smell of fried chicken. It might sound weird, but it’s a fact…

I can boldly say that when I started imitating my mom in my kitchen, I turned into a good cook. Yet, I am no where near to my mom, she is the best cook I’ve ever seen and l want that to be like that forever…

So this time on the day before Eid, I made the marinade from scratch, spread it over the chicken, kept it in the refrigerator overnight and fried it in the morning. My hubby who was no where near to the kitchen until that time, rushed to the kitchen, grabbed one of the fried chickens, gave a big smile to me and just vanished…I used to do this when my mom fried the chicken.

Chicken fry is truly irresistible for both kids and adults. This can be baked or grilled too, but wouldn’t taste like fried ones. So on days of celebration, there is no harm in going overboard and pampering yourself with the food that you really love to eat. I pamper myself with this chicken fry!

Chicken Fry

Ingredients

  • Chicken, bone-in and skin removed- 5 leg-thigh piece or use 8 to 10 chicken legs
  • Oil- enough for deep frying
  • Curry leaves- 2 sprig, to add to the oil while frying

For making the homemade marinade

  • Small onion or shallots- 6-small ones or 3- large shallots
  • Garlic cloves- 4, large
  • Ginger, chopped- 3 inch slice
  • Green chili- 3
  • Whole cardamom- 3
  • Whole cloves- 2
  • Whole cinnamon- 2 inch slice
  • Chili powder- 1 1/2 to 2 tsp ( if you prefer less spicy use Kashmiri red chili powder, gives an intense red color)
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 2 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig (optional)
  • Salt- to taste
  • Water- just enough to make a smooth and thick marinade

Instruction

  • In a blender, add all the above mentioned ingredients to make the marinade with just enough water to make a smooth and thick sauce.
  • Don’t add too much water, so begin with little water and add accordingly.
  • Pour the marinade into a bowl.
  • Bone-in chicken pieces are good for frying, especially chicken legs.
  • So use bone-in chicken legs or leg-thigh combined pieces or other parts and I prefer skinned pieces.
  • Using a sharp knife, put a couple of gashes or shallow lines over each chicken piece.
  • Spread the marinade over the chicken pieces evenly.
  • Cover the bowl with the chicken using a plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • When it’s marinated overnight, all the flavors will get into the chicken and the fry will taste much much delicious.
  • If you don’t have enough time you could marinate for a couple of hours or so, make sure to marinate in the refrigerator for at least sometime.
  • Next morning, take the chicken out of the refrigerator, keep it on the counter top for 15 minutes or so.
  • Heat enough oil for deep frying in a frying pan.
  • It’s very hard for me to say if the marinade is salty enough, if the salt added is less, the fried chicken will taste blant. So here is a trick that I do, first cut a small piece may be a hanging part out of the chicken and fry that. Taste it and adjust the amount of salt and chili powder accordingly. If needed more, sprinkle over the marinated chicken pieces and combine well before frying them.
  • Place the chicken pieces in the oil without crowding them.
  • Add the curry leaves into the oil as well, curry leaves will really enhance the taste of the fried chicken. I just love adding curry leaves but it’s just optional.
  • Fry the chicken over medium heat till both sides have turned golden brown in color. Transfer to a kitchen paper towel and let it absorb all the excess oil.
  • Before frying the next batch, make sure to remove any fried particles or small fried slices that’s left in the oil using a slotted spoon. Otherwise, those particles will make the next batch of chicken burn very fast.
  • Serve the chicken fry on a platter and garnish with cut onions, tomatoes, cilantro and lemon wedges.
  • While having this chicken fry, squeeze some lemon juice over it and enjoy.
Tips:
  • Time saver: This marinade can be made way ahead and can be refrigerated for a month. If you want to store it for a few months, freeze it. Thaw it before spreading it on the chicken.
  • This marinade can also be added for making the biryani masala: after cooking the onions, tomatoes, add 2 to 3 tbsp of this marinade, cook for sometime and then add chicken to it.

 

Chicken Fry - Kerala Style - Mom's recipe and the best recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken, bone-in and skin removed- 5 leg-thigh piece or use 8 to 10 chicken legs
  • Oil- enough for deep frying
  • Curry leaves- 2 sprig, to add to the oil while frying
For making the homemade marinade
  • Small onion or shallots- 6-small ones or 3- large shallots
  • Garlic cloves- 4, large
  • Ginger, chopped- 3 inch slice
  • Green chili- 3
  • Whole cardamom- 3
  • Whole cloves- 2
  • Whole cinnamon- 2 inch slice
  • Chili powder- 1½ tsp ( if you prefer less spicy use Kashmiri red chili powder, gives an intense red color)
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Fennel powder- 2½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig (optional)
  • Salt- to taste
  • Water- just enough to make a smooth and thick marinade
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add all the above mentioned ingredients to make the marinade with just enough water to make a smooth and thick sauce.
  2. Don't add too much water, so begin with little water and add accordingly.
  3. Pour the marinade into a bowl.
  4. Bone-in chicken pieces are good for frying, especially chicken legs.
  5. So use bone-in chicken legs or leg-thigh combined pieces or other parts and I prefer skinned pieces.
  6. Using a sharp knife, put a couple of gashes or shallow lines over each chicken piece.
  7. Spread the marinade over the chicken pieces evenly.
  8. Cover the bowl with the chicken using a plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.
  9. When it's marinated overnight, all the flavors will get into the chicken and the fry will taste much much delicious.
  10. If you don't have enough time you could marinate for a couple of hours or so, make sure to marinate in the refrigerator for at least sometime.
  11. Next morning, take the chicken out of the refrigerator, keep it on the counter top for 15 minutes or so.
  12. Heat enough oil for deep frying in a frying pan.
  13. It's very hard for me to say if the marinade is salty enough, if the salt added is less, the fried chicken will taste blant. So here is a trick that I do, first cut a small piece may be a hanging part out of the chicken and fry that. Taste it and adjust the amount of salt and chili powder accordingly. If needed more, sprinkle over the marinated chicken pieces and combine well before frying them.
  14. Place the chicken pieces in the oil without crowding them.
  15. Add the curry leaves into the oil as well, curry leaves will really enhance the taste of the fried chicken. I just love adding curry leaves but it's just optional.
  16. Fry the chicken over medium heat till both sides have turned golden brown in color. Transfer to a kitchen paper towel and let it absorb all the excess oil.
  17. Before frying the next batch, make sure to remove any fried particles or small fried slices that's left in the oil using a slotted spoon. Otherwise, those particles will make the next batch of chicken burn very fast.
  18. Serve the chicken fry on a platter and garnish with cut onions, tomatoes, cilantro and lemon wedges.
  19. While having this chicken fry, squeeze some lemon juice over it and enjoy.
Notes
Time saver: This marinade can be made way ahead and can be refrigerated for a month. If you want to store it for a few months, freeze it. Thaw it before spreading it on the chicken.
This marinade can also be added for making the biryani masala: after cooking the onions, tomatoes, add 2 to 3 tbsp of this marinade, cook for sometime and then add chicken to it.

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