Chicken In A Coconut and Fennel Sauce Recipe


Preparation Time30 MinCooking Time35 Min
Ready In1 Hr 5 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyCuisine
Main Ingredient


 Corn oil5 Tablespoon
 Onions2 , very finely diced
 Curry leaves8
 Ginger pulp1 Teaspoon
 Garlic pulp1 Teaspoon
 Turmeric1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Chili powder1 Teaspoon
 Ground nutmeg1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Cinnamon stick1
 Lemon juice2 Tablespoon
 Coconut milk8 Fluid Ounce (250 Milliliter)
 Chicken2 1⁄2 Pound, cut into 10 pieces (One 1.25 Kilogram Piece)
 Chopped fresh coriander2 Tablespoon
 Fennel seeds1 Teaspoon
 Coriander seeds2 Teaspoon
 Cumin seeds1 Teaspoon
 Green cardamoms4
 Whole cloves2
 Black peppercorns3
 White poppy seeds1 Tablespoon
 Desiccated coconut2 Tablespoon
 Water3 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 3840 Calories from Fat 2534

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 289 g444.3%

Saturated Fat 110.9 g554.6%

Trans Fat 0.3 g

Cholesterol 759.8 mg

Sodium 908.3 mg37.8%

Total Carbohydrates 74 g24.7%

Dietary Fiber 29.9 g119.8%

Sugars 24.5 g

Protein 248 g496.2%

Vitamin A 94.4% Vitamin C 96.4%

Calcium 70.1% Iron 136.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. First make the spice paste. Heat a non-stick frying pan and dry-roast the whole spices and the coconut for a few seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for about 10 minutes, then grind the spices in a spice grinder. Turn into a bowl, pour in the water and work to a paste, set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and curry leaves and fry until soft and golden brown.
3. While the onions are cooking, mix together the ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon juice and coconut milk. Pour the mixture into the onions and stir-fry for about 2 minutes over a low heat.
4. Add the chicken pieces and coat well with the spicy sauce. Pour in the spice paste and stir thoroughly. If the mixture looks a bit dry, add about 150 ml (1 1/4 pint) water, cover with a lid and cook for about 12-15 minutes.
5. Check to see that the chicken pieces are cooked through, then stir gently for 2 minutes. Stir in the fresh coriander and serve with rice or pasta.