This is an absolute classic from the southern part of India, Tamil Nadu- something of a darling-child dish, adored and celebrated by the region.
Chettinad cuisine is hailed as being one of the most complex and well balanced cuisines in the whole of India – this chicken dish does not disappoint with its flavours and textures that pack a punch. This dish wouldn’t have it’s name without the Chettinad masala mix so don’t feel as if you can substitute it with Garam Masala or some other spice blend. There is a recipe for the masala mix here but you may also be able to find a pre-made version in a good Indian supermarket.
Finally, if you can’t get your hands on tamarind paste, substitute with a mix of equal parts lime juice and brown sugar. Using tamarind will add a sourness to the dish which will lift the whole thing and really help to heighten the other flavours going on.
Just made this…..with a few forced improvisations (including making my own spice mix as my supplier moved away!!!).
Absolutely delicious as always!