Dry roast all the ingredients of the Malvani masala in a pan and coarsely grind them.
Then grind all the ingredients of the coconut masala into a paste.
In a kadhai, heat oil, add the onions and the ground coconut masala.
Stir and cook for about 10 minutes.
Add 3-4 tsp of the ground Malavani masala, red chilly power and salt to taste.
Mix in the chicken and then water.
Cover and let it cook on low flame for about 40 mins till the gravy thickens and the chicken is tender.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut.
Key Ingredients: Chicken, desiccated coconut, vegetable oil, onion, coriander leaves, bay leaf, nutmeg, cloves, red chilli, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, turmeric, green chillies, garlic, ginger