Chicken Stew


Chicken – 1 kg cut into pieces

Potatoes – 4 cut into pieces

Carrots – 4 cut into pieces

Peppercorns – 1 tsp

Bay leaves – 2 small

Cardamom – 5

Cinnamon – 3 (2″ pieces)

Cloves – 6

Onions – 2 big sliced

Ginger – 2 tbsp chopped

Green chillies – 6 slit

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Water – 1 cup

Thin coconut milk – 2 cups

Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup

All purpose flour / Maida – 1 tbsp

Water – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 1 tsp

Salt  – to taste

Coconut oil – 3 tbsp


Heat oil in a large pan and splutter peppercorns.  Add the whole spices, followed by onions, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves.  Saute till the onions turn light brown in color.  Add the thin coconut milk, water and salt to taste.  Then add the chicken pieces and potatoes.  Mix well, cover and cook for a while.  Open the lid and add carrots and sugar.  Cover and cook till done.  Add the flour mixed in 1/4 cup of water.  Stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.  Finally add the thick coconut milk, mix well and switch off the fire before it starts to boil.  Delicious Kerala style ‘Chicken Stew’ is now ready to be served.

‘Chicken Stew’ is a must for Christmas breakfast.  Serve it with appam or bread and enjoy with family and friends!!!

  1. This with appom or our bakery white bread, just pure heaven 🙂

  2. SO perfect and yummy!! .. since i m on lent i made one last month for the christmas post ..hehehhe

  3. Thats a delectable stew,makes me hungry..

  4. Thank you Lissie Auntie, never tried Stew, will make this for Christmas and surprise my mom 🙂
    Merry Christmas Auntie, to you and your family, won’t be in Bangalore, going to my Mummy’s place..

  5. Looks utterly yummy chechi..njanum ithu lastweek end undakki.:) Christmas preparation okkee thudangiyoo??

  6. Dear Lissie Auntie,

    I tried this today for dinner, wanted to try it once before christmas, this is SUPERB! My father in law very rarely appreciates, today he appreciated me 🙂 Thank you! I served this with mixed flour dossa.. My father in law said this combination is great! My hubby simply loved this.. he said Three cheers for Lissie Aunite.. Hip hip hurray !!!!!


  7. Dear Priya,

    Thanks a lot for all the praises! So glad to hear that your FIL appreciated you…! And sorry for the delay in replying!

    Merry Christmas to You and Your Family! Convey my regards to Ryan and your Mom…


  8. Chicken looks fab!!! I’m so hungry right now 😉

  9. Dear Lissie,

    We just get one type of coconut milk in South Africa…. So…

    1. How do I know if that is thick or thin?

    2. If that is thin, what can I do for the the thick coconut milk?

    3. If that is thick, how do I make it thin?



  10. Hi Aseem,
    The type of coconut milk commercially available is always thick. You can add the desired amount of water to make thin coconut milk.

  11. Dear Lissie,

    We could not wait for the replies! So we just went ahead and made it!

    Your recipe has become a star amongst all my friends in Johannesburg…

    I made a couple of changes though – I increased the curry by half… that way we had lots of liquid to dip our Italian loaf into!

    Thanks a million!