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Chicken Stew and Appam

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Chicken Stew and Appam
  • Recipe Servings: 3
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  • Chicken Stew is an easy recipe that makes for a good side dish with Appam, which is a popular breakfast fare in Kerala. Chicken and potatoes simmered in coconut milk served with Appam, a rice pancake.


  • For the chicken stew:
  • 1/2 kg chicken
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli (chopped)
  • 2 green chillies (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 potatoes (diced)
  • Coconut milk- 1st and 2nd extract from 1 coconut
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • Small bunch of coriander

  • For the appam:
  • 1 cup soaked rice
  • 3 Tbsp grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp cooked rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar


  1. For the chicken stew:
  2. In a deep pan, take some coconut oil, add chopped onions, red chilli, green chilli, ginger garlic paste. Fry until soft and golden.
  3. Add chicken to the masala mix and fry for 3 minutes.
  4. To the chicken, add tomatoes and potatoes and mix well. Add 2nd extract coconut milk.
  5. Season the chicken with pepper, salt and add water. Put the lid on and simmer for 45 minutes.
  6. To the chicken add 1st extract of coconut milk, coriander and lemon juice.

  7. For the appam:
  8. For Appam, in a deep bowl take cooked rice, add grated coconut and soaked rice. Blend it well into a smooth paste. Keep it overnight for fermenting.
  9. To the fermented paste, add baking soda, salt, sugar and water. Blend the paste to a smooth, consistency.
  10. In a small kadhai, pour 1 ladle of appam mix and move the kadhai such that the mix is spread out evenly.
  11. Cover it for 1-2 minutes.
  12. Let it cook until holes appear throughout appam and the edges become brown.