Chicken Perattu is a wonderful Christmas delicacy from God’s Own Country. This dry curry dish involves slow cooking of chicken pieces in a spicy masala mixture. The spicy aromas get completely absorbed in the meat making the dish one of the top rated dishes in Kerala Cuisine. Slow cooking of bite sized chicken pieces in a fiery mixture of chilly powder, pepper powder, aromatic masalas, that is how I will illustrate this Chicken Perattu. Though hot and spicy, and you can see your eyes are watering, yet you will not stop savoring the ‘perattu’. You will ask for more until you have observed that your tummy will hold no more. That is the beauty of this wholesome chicken dish. This is a traditional dish and I am lucky I got the authentic dish from my grand mother. The only difference is we prepare on gas stove but the original dish was prepared on ‘aduppu’. And one more specialty, locally available country chicken was used for preparing the dish. If country chickens are available in your area, then it is more preferable.
Chicken Perattu takes some time to cook and though the steps are elaborate, do keep courage. Its worth the effort. And one more tip from me, prefer using coconut oil that blends well with the masala mixture. You can feel the aromas floating through the room. It fills the room and there is a hurried lunch because your family would have lost all patience. This is a festive dish and is quite popular for marriage functions and other special occasions. The spicy flavored Chicken Perattu goes well with rice, Indian breads – chappati, roti, Malayale’s favorite ‘porotta’ and even pathiri. Try the dish and do send me feedback that will definitely motivate me to post more authentic recipes. You can explore a well detailed Chicken Perattu recipe here.