Chicken Shakuti Recipe

Chicken Shakuti Recipes

Ingredients :

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 onions, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

50g (2 oz) desiccated coconut, toasted

1.5 kg (3 lb) chicken, jointed

25g (1 oz) roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

150ml (1/4 pint) coconut milk

150ml (1/4 pint) chicken stock

juice of 2 lemons

1/2 tsp salt


Spice mixture -

3 dried Kashmiri chilies

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

1/2 tsp peppercorns

1/2 tsp cloves

4 cardamom pods, seeds removed

1 small cinnamon stick

1 tsp turmeric

Method :

To make the spice mixture, spread the chilies, cumin, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, peppercorns and cloves over the surface of a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven, 200C (400F), Gas Mark 6, for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then grind to a powder with the cardamom seeds and cinnamon. Add the turmeric.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onions and garlic until softened and beginning to brown. Add the spice mixture and toasted coconut and fry, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Add the chicken to the pan and seal in the oil. Add the peanuts, coconut milk and stock and simmer gently for 40 minutes.

Once the chicken has cooked through and is tender, add the lemon juice and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, then serve.

Serves 4

Shakuti is a Goanese specialty; it is rich and coconutty, with a sour tang from the lemon juice.

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