This is my Mom's specialty Chettinad Chicken recipe, great to have with hot Chapati or Steamed rice with Rasam.
Onions big( finely chopped)-2
Tomato big( finely chopped)-1
Ginger and Garlic paste-2tbsp
Red chilly powder-2tsp
Salt to taste
Roast and grind the following together
Sombhu/ Aniseed/ Fennel seeds-1tsp
Marinade chicken pieces in 1 tsp of ginger and garlic paste, 1tsp red chilly powder and 1/4tsp of turmeric powder for atleast 10 minutes. Heat required oil in a pan add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, fry until aroma rises. Add the chopped onions, ginger and garlic paste. Stir fry until the raw smell leaves, add the marinaded chicken pieces and fry for few more minutes. Now add the tomatoes and fry until the tomatoes are mashed, add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, pepper powder and salt. Fry until masala powder is cooked, add enough water for the chicken to cook, simmer heat, cover with lid and allow the chicken to cook well. When the chicken is done increase the heat and stir until the mixture becomes thick, now add the ground masala and fry for a minute. Serve hot with Chapati or Steamed rice.