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Pallipalayam Chicken Fry, Spicy Pallipalayam Chicken Fry

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Erode Pallipalayam Chicken Fry Recipe. Chicken roasted in Tamilnadu Pallipalayam style masala. Prepare with easy step by step pictures / images and video. சிக்கன் பள்ளிபாளையம் செய்வது எப்படி | பள்ளிபாளையம் கோழி

I first heard about Pallipalayam Chicken Fry from Chef. Jacob Sahayakumar Aruni who is no more. Chef Jacob did a lot of research on the food of Kongunadu / Coimbatore region and this is truly his find. Pallipalayam (பள்ளிபாளையம்) is located very closer to Erode. This is a very simple recipe. There are not much of masalas involved in this recipe. Nowadays people add a lot of masala and call it as Pallipalayam chicken. But in the traditional recipe, there are no masalas involved.

Most of the Kongu belt is arid in nature and food especially meat was scarce and reserved only for special occasions. Chicken Pallipalayam is a simple dish made with meat, copious amounts of shallots, red chillies and coconut that is added to the dish as small bits. There is an interesting history as to why coconut is added as bits. Since the region is very arid and not rich,the food was always a simple fare with whatever could grow. Meat was consumed rarely. Coconut bits are used in the dish to increase the volume of the dish along with the meat. Since coconut is meaty, it would give the same textural bite as meat.

Here is the video of how to make Pallipalayam Chicken Fry at home.

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Polypropylene Chopping Board
Knife for the kitchen
Non-Stick Frying Pan
Turmeric Powder
Virgin Coconut Oil

Here is the step by step procedure with images / pictures of how to make Pallipalayam Chicken Fry at home.
We need to use shallots (Indian small onions – chinna vengayam) for this recipe. No substitutes please. There is a slight spiciness that the shallot brings that is missing in the onions. If for some reason you cannot source shallots, then use onions. Also add in the garlic and make it into a fine paste. Add little water if necessary while grinding.

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Heat Oil in a non stick pan. Coconut oil please. The flavor of the coconut oil is so good in this recipe. I have found that non stick pan works well for this kind of recipe. Chop a dozen dried red chillies and add it to the pan. Add in the the ground shallot garlic paste and fry for a minute.
Note: If you do not want the chicken Pallipalayam to be very spicy, remove some of the seeds from the red chillies. I usually remove seeds from half of the red chillies.

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Add in the bone in chicken (preferably thighs), curry leaves, turmeric and salt. Lots of curry leaves please. Add small pieces of coconut for the crunch at this stage. Bone-in chicken is preferred for making chicken Pallipalayam recipe as bone adds a lot of flavour to the dish.

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Now comes the important part. Keep the flame on low and keep frying the chicken for 30-40 minutes. Yes its a long time. All of the shallot – garlic paste needs to be cooked and roasted and will finally adhere to the chicken. The chicken should be totally dry after 40 minutes. Do not rush, as the flavor develops only when the chicken is fried on a very low flame. Keep sauteing and turning once every 5 minutes. The chicken needs to completely become dry. If the onions are not roasted well and dry, the dish will be bitter. Dont add too much onions also.

Once the chicken has become fully roasted and the dish is dry, switch off the flame. Garnish with fresh curry leaves and the coriander leaves.

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Erode Pallipalayam Chicken Fry is ready. It is one of the easiest and most tastiest dish to make. Enjoy!

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Pallipalayam Chicken Fry

Erode Pallipalayam Chicken Fry Recipe. Chicken roasted in Tamilnadu Pallipalayam style masala. Prepare with easy step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

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For the Chicken Pallipalayam Fry Recipe

  • 500 grams chicken with bone
  • 150 grams Indian Shallots (chinna vengayam) (around 15 small onions)
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 12 dried Red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 5 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut, chopped

For the garnish

  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 3 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Grind shallots and garlic in a mixie / blender until its a coarse paste.
  2. Heat Oil in a non stick pan. Add in the chopped dried red chillies and add it to the pan. Add in the the ground shallot garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  3. Add in the chicken, curry leaves, turmeric and salt.
  4. Keep the flame on low and keep frying the chicken for 30-40 minutes. The chicken should be totally dry after 40 minutes. Once the chicken has become fully roasted and the dish is dry, switch off the flame.
  5. garnish with fresh curry leaves and the coriander leaves.

Notes

If you want the Pallipalayam chicken to be little saucy, finish it with little coconut milk.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Non-Veg, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu, Kongunad, South Indian

Keywords: Pallipalayam Chicken

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89 Comments

  1. Magesh

    What to do with 3/4 cup coconut, chopped

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Only 1/4 cup is used. I dont know from where you are referring to 3/4 cup.
      Please see the video to know at which stage its added.
      Thanks.

      Reply
  2. wedding cakes in Kolkata

    It was nice to go through your post. Thanks for sharing the recipe here. Keep up the good work.






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  3. Shankar Ram

    I found this website is very useful for preparing delicious veg & non veg items. One of best channel ever I found. Thank you for making this very informative with each small steps. 👋👋🙏

    Reply
  4. Dhayalan Paul

    Hi I am Jacobs relative, we spent some time growing up. Happy to see you keeping his tradition going.

    Awesome.

    Dhayalan.
    9535444662






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  5. Shama Elangovan

    Hi, when to add the shredded coconut .

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Not shredded chicken. small pieces you need to add. Add it along with chicken.

      Reply
  6. Vj

    Hi Mam,
    What is the difference between Chicken Chinthamani and pallipalayam chicken

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      The method of preparation is completely different. Chintamani uses ground coconut and is more on the semi gravy side.

      Reply
      • Vj

        Thank you. Also, I must mention Your page is the index for many kongunad receipes.

        Reply
  7. Vinod Manikkath

    Your dish descriptions and preparation process shown is so easy, lucid and easy to understand.
    The pictorial depiction is also spot on. Congratulations

    Reply
  8. Sunil

    Is Pallipalayam chicken and Chappathi a good combo

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      You can add a little coconut milk before finishing to make it a semi gravy. It will go well for chapati.

      Reply
  9. Garnet Moses

    There’s coconut in the ingredients but it isn’t mentioned again in the cooking process.

    Reply
  10. Vasu

    We have tried this recipe last week. The taste was so great!!! thanks Ms. Suguna Vinodh…

    Reply
  11. Priya S

    This came out so well, flavorful yet easy… Thanks so much for sharing this Kannamma. RIP Chef Jacob, he was so passionate and had such an affable and down to earth air about him…

    Reply
  12. Krithish Haldorai

    wonderful recipe! keep up the good work!!






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  13. Shelia

    I love your recipes, Delicious and flavorful






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  14. Sathia

    brilliant recipe. I did both the bones-in-chicken and boneless and both was superb. My preference is bones-in-chicken.






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  15. Sathiarani

    i tried this- match it with pigangkai (ridge gourd) kootu and rice. Totally awesome thanks.






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  16. Priyanka Haridas

    I tried this recipe, it turned out to be a flavour bomb. Truly enjoyed it! Thanks for the detailed recipe!

    Reply
  17. Sriram

    Hi Suguna,
    Adding slivers of coconut pieces will enhance the taste of this dish.

    Reply
  18. Priya

    Hi Suguna,

    Thanks for the great recipes, is this to be made with boneless chicken or are bones fine?

    /Priya

    Reply
  19. Ann

    Can we make this in a clay pot?






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  20. Priya

    Hi akka,
    DO you have a recipe for the gravy version?

    Reply
  21. Praveen Shekhar

    My daughter has gone nuts about with your Thalapakatti Biryani. Refuses to let me make any other biryani at home now :(. Making this Pallipalyam for the umpteenth time today. Modified with 1 green capsicum added to paste while grinding and used Byadgi red chilled. Finished off with a dollop of butter at the end and 1 Tbsp fried , grated coconut. Has turned out different but good.






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  22. KANNAN V C

    Nice read. Short sweet and to the point

    Reply
  23. Naveen

    Here we can use ginger r not???






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      You may use if you like ginger. But the original recipe does not use.

      Reply
  24. Arun

    Nice dish…. Thank you..






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  25. Shefali

    Hi,
    Thank you for a great recipe. I had a question. Whenever I grind raw shallots or onions the taste is very bitter. Is there anything I can do about it. Or can I fry the shallots before grinding. Thank you

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      The trick is to saute for a long time and the bitterness should not be there if sauteed for a long time.

      Reply
      • Shefali

        Thank you. You mean I should saute the shallot and garlic paste for a long time after grinding them raw.

        Reply
  26. Janani

    Hi Kannamma,

    I am new to cooking. I tried this with country chicken. The flavour was like yummy. But the chicken was little hard. Could you pls suggest some tip for making it soft.

    Thanks






    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Country chicken is a little hard when compared to broiler chicken.

      Reply
  27. SIVASABAAPATHI PALANISAMY

    myself tried pallipalayam nattukoli chicken as wife was away. it was fantastic. downto earth tasty my daughter liked it .so tasty better than top restaurantof erode. thanks

    i added scrapped coonut and few pieces in addition
    is there any pallipalayam gravy ?
    add a cup of water to make it ?






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thanks Sivasabaapathi. . You can add coconut milk at last to make it a gravy if you want.

      Reply
  28. Latha

    Hi, is it country chicken or broiler?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Country chicken tastes good but you can make it with broiler too.

      Reply
  29. Preethi

    I have a question. Is it mandatory to add curry leaves as I don’t get it here in the US? Will the recipe not be up to the mark if I didn’t add curry leaves?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Hi Preeti, Curry leaves imparts a very earthy flavour to the dish. You can omit it but it will be missing the punch.

      Reply
  30. B.CHIDAMBARANATHAN

    In palipalayam chicken they used to add sliced and julliened coconut pieces but u have not mentioned about it






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  31. abi

    extremely out of d world …. simply super…. highlight is tat I’m from erode and I’m nt even known abt this recipe yet….. I tried n country chicken and it cme out vryy well…. keep Rocking suguna…. good luck ??

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much Abi! Glad you liked it!

      Reply
  32. Latha

    Hi,the dish looks yummy.No water needed? If so, should we use broiler or country chicken?






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  33. jincy

    I tried this,was superb, but i think next time 5 to 10 garlic pods would be fine for this






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much! Sure. you can try with less!

      Reply
  34. Svetha Chandrakumar

    Looks Delicious. Cant wait to try it this weekend. Thank you Kannama. I make all my dishes referring to your blog. You are doing an amazing job. Keep it up.

    Reply
  35. Lija

    Hi kannama,

    I have tried various recipes from your blog always with success and I have shared most recipes with my mom who too loves cooking. I just felt this one was a bit garlicky yet we liked the dish. I did cook it for a long time in low flame. I cooked 11/4kg chicken and doubled garlic. May be that was not right?

    Thanks,
    Lija






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      This dish has to be nicely roasted for a long time. Since you say that you cooked for a long time, may be reduce the garlic next time.

      Reply
  36. Jay

    Hi suguna…though I knew this dish .I tried it as you mentioned and it’s awesome…I love your way of explaining the cooking






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  37. Mrs Uma Samuel

    Awsome ? dish. Cooked for my family this dish with your small onion sambar. FANTASTIC.

    My children and hubby craving more items from your recipes.
    Thank you sooooo much for sharing. God Bless.??






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  38. Sankar

    Hi Suguna Vinoth,
    I must say I am indebted to you. Your awesome recipes: be it Chennai Briyani, Thalappakatti or other veg recipes makes me feel like a pro. Family and friends simply love my trials. Thanks. And today’s Pallipalayam chicken fry is a killer. Thanks again and keep the good work going.






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thanks so much Sankar. Thanks for trying out! Happy Cooking.

      Reply
  39. Deep

    Hi just asking this as you had specified a non stick pan . What is your take on Teflon and ceramic, please ?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      I change my teflon pans once in two years.

      Reply
  40. anitha

    hi mam ,i tried this chicken for weekend special.very very tasty.my husband and my kids like the dish verymuch. thank u.

    Reply
  41. subbulakshmi periyasamy

    Mam today I tried this dish.my husband likes this so much.I tried many recepies of urs each one is fantastic!!thank u:)






    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much. Your comment means a lot to me.

      Reply
  42. tharangini

    Hi. Wonderfull recipie. my doubt is whether to use broiler chicken or naatu koli

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      I use broiler chicken for fry. Naatu koli is good in kuzhambu, curry.

      Reply
  43. Parveen Suresh

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Good Morning.

    My husband refer your website.I saw your website . I like Many dishes and also i tried 10 dishes. Thank you . All 10 dishes are very tasty. My husband very impressed my food. Thank you so much. Now i am in china. Once i reached in India, will try so many our Indian type of foods . Kindly send any other Chinese style of foods details, in this mail ID – [email protected].

    Once again Thank you so much.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Parveen Suresh

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thanks Parveen. All recipes are posted in the site. You can subscribe to the mailing list so you get all the recipes delivered to your mail box. Thank you.

      Reply
  44. Rupa

    Thank you so much for a very detailed and simple recipe tried it out today came out very well … Your recipes are very tasty. Keep up the good work.

    Kind Regards,
    Rupa






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  45. Thamizhan

    Loved this recipe. This with paruppu saatham, reminded me of my grandma.
    Thanks!






    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Food is memories. Thank you Thamizhan.

      Reply
  46. Thamizh

    I jus tried pallipalayam Chicken . It’s Awww !!! Another Best Chicken Dish I had in recent times !! Kudos






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  47. Chandrika

    Prepared this dish today and it came out very delicious. My family loved the dish. I have one doubt. Should I close the pan with the lid while cooking? I didn’t close with the lid as it isn’t mentioned anywhere in the recipe and thought it doesn’t make sense as the raw smell of onion wouldn’t go from the dish.

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Hi Chandrika, Yes. you dont cover the pan but you cook in low flame and roast for atleast 35-40 minutes. The raw smell of onion should not be there after 40 minutes.

      Reply
    • Chandrika

      Hi Suguna,

      I want to cook this dish again 🙂

      Is this dish an authentic variety of some place? Should I cook using only non stick pan? What other pans works best for this dish? How did the elderly people used to cook this dish during their period?

      Thanks,
      Chandrika.

      Reply
      • Suguna Vinodh

        You can use a stainless steel pan. Add oil every time masalas get stuck at the bottom. I use non stick so the additional oil can be avoided. The traditional method in a steel or a mud pot will consume lots of oil. That’s the difference. Yes. Pallipalayam is a place near Erode.

        Reply
  48. Rasmi

    Woman, you are amazing!!! This recipe is outstanding. I’m making it for the second time.And you are a godsend for a cooking dunce like me.






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much Rasmi. Really happy that you liked the recipe. Don’t forget to send us a picture next time.

      Reply

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