Pallipalayam Chicken - Stir-fried chicken with red chillies and coconut | Keto, Paleo & Low Carb

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Pallipalayam is a town in TamilNadu, India where this recipe is said to have originated and hence the name, Pallipalayam Chicken. This chicken dish is a popular one and well-loved among the people in and around namakkal and erode region. These areas are all well-known for their kongunadu foods, a cuisine most unique to the kongu region. 

Kongunadu cuisine has its own traditional dishes one among which is the Arisiparuppu sadam which is believed to be originated  during the fourth century CE.

Coming back to pallipalayam chicken, this dish is made with simple balance of shallots, garlic and red chillies. The most important ingredient  is the addition of tiny pieces of coconut meat which gives this dish a unique flavor and the traditional kongunadu touch.

Being born and brought up in namakkal, one of the predominant kongu region of tamil nadu, i have grown up eating and watching my family making this dish all the time.

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Iam planning to include more of keto friendly, Paleo and low carb recipes in the site from hereon.

Pallipalayam chicken is very quick to make and most importantly if you are looking for a low carb, Keto-friendly and paleo option, then this is the perfect dish.

By Sathya Sankar 

  • 1pound chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • 1 cup of onion, finely chopped(preferably shallots 
  • 6 garlic pods, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5-6 dried red chillies, deseeded and broken into 1-inch pieces (found in the asian/indian market)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped coconut meat, preferably fresh (or frozen found in the freezer section of indian grocery) 
  • salt, to taste 
  • 2 cardamom pods (optional) 

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. once the oil heats up add the cardamom pods and wait for few seconds.
  • Add in the onion, garlic and red chillies. Saute in low flame for 2-3 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent. 
  • Add the chicken along with salt and turmeric powder. Mix well for a minute. close the lid, put the flame to low and let the chicken cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring in between. 
  • Once the chicken is 90% cooked and all the water has evaporated, add the coconut meat and give it a mix. let it sit for 2 minutes and switch of the flame.
  • Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves.

  • The red chillies are quite spicy, so deseeding them will reduce the spice level.
  • I highly recommend adding fresh coconut meat to the dish.

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