Great Grandmother's Pepper Chicken

Great Grandmother's Pepper Chicken


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A family favorite, this recipe can be made with any kind of meat. However chicken was frequently used as my aunt kept chickens and had no compulsions in slaughtering them. It was also very easy to make and ready in a jiffy. The women in my immediate family were great cooks. Any occasion was a time to socialize and also to exchange recipes and ideas. And we children were the beneficiaries as we were ready to devour anything at any time. In fact this recipe made our mouths water as the most delicious aromas wafted on the evening breeze from the kitchen, right into the garden enticing us to the dining room well ahead of time. My mother cooked this pretty often and my children love it too. They swear that Nana's cooking is the best in the world In fact, though an expert in international cuisine, my favorite food will always be the recipes my mother inherited from her mother, grandmother and other family members. These recipes not only hold the family together, but give us a peek into the past. What an awesome legacy and what an awesome feeling to be bound to the past through something as ordinary as a recipe. Viva la Mother. Happy Mother's Day. This is essentially a dry dish and is great grandmother's original recipe.

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 1 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

2 servings


  • 2 lb. (1 kg.) chicken, jointed
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbs. vinegar salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper powder or more to taste
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2-3 fried potatoes
  • Curry leaves for garnishing

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Cook chicken with 2 chopped onions, turmeric, 1 C. water, salt, vinegar and pepper. When done keep aside. Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a frying pan and add the curry leaves, followed by the onions. Fry onions to golden brown. Add the chicken reserve stock and gently fry till brown. Add the reserved stock and simmer till it evaporates. Add the roasted and powdered spices. Gently mix and remove. If gravy is desired, can add more water simmer 2 minutes and remove. Garnish with fried potatoes and curry leaves. Serve with curd white rice mixed with yoghurt rice or plain white rice or bread.

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