Chicken Curry with Roasted Spices Recipe

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Chicken – 1 kg, cut into 12 pieces
Coconut – 2 cups, grated
Onions – 2, medium, sliced
Kashmiri Chillies – 10
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 1 1/2 tbsp
Poppy Seeds – 2 tsp
Black Peppercorns – 6
Cinnamon – 2 one inch stick
Cloves – 8
Star Anise – 1
Fennel – 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Vegetable Oil – 5 tbsp
Onions – 2, medium, finely sliced
Ginger – 1 1/2 tsp, minced
Garlic – 1 1/2 tsp, minced
Salt – 2 tsp
Lemon Juice – 2 to 3 tbsp

1. Grind 1 cup coconut with 1/2 cup warm water and extract 3/4 cup thick coconut milk.
2. Add 1 cup warm water to the coconut again and extract 1 cup thin coconut milk.
3. Keep both aside.
4. Heat a frying pan and dry roast 1 cup coconut till light brown.
5. Dry roast the onions for a few minutes.
6. In the same pan, add 1 tsp oil and saute the Kashmiri chillies for 1 minute.
7. Remove and saute each of the next 8 ingredients separately with a few drops of oil for a few seconds.
8. Do not allow any of the spices to burn as they with turn bitter.
9. Grind the roasted coconut, onions and spices with the turmeric powder and a little water to a smooth paste.
10. Heat the oil in a large pan.
11. Add the onions and saute till soft and golden.
12. Add the ginger and garlic.
13. Saute for 1 minute.
14. Add the chicken and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on high heat till brown.
15. Add the roasted coconut spice paste and mix well.
16. Add the thin coconut milk and salt, mix well, bring to the boil, lower heat and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the gravy is thick.
17. Add the thick coconut milk and lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes.
18. Adjust seasoning.
19. Serve hot with rice or pulao.

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