One can spend a lifetime going from state to state and community to community with their many variations & numerous nuances all in the quest to making that humble albeit unforgettable chicken 'curry' i.e. chicken masala or kura.
This version comes from traditional Andhra cuisine from the state of Andhra Pradesh which is in Southern India on the Eastern coastline. Mind you each region of Andhra Pradesh brings form its own classic chicken which varies depending on religious and cultural back grounds.
Needless to say, ingredients classic to South Indian cuisine take center stage in this dish namely curry leaves and coconut.
I have often said, that there is no 'one-fits-all' spice blend in Indian cuisine and each spice mixture is blended, roasted and ground for each recipe for a truly authentic and traditional experience.
And so, beautiful scented spices such as coriander seeds, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick & dessicated (dried & ground) coconut come together to create an incredibly flavorful and unique ground masala.
And as you can imagine, the gravy is infused with a real depth of flavor making this kodi kura simply, delicious!