This is not a traditional dish but rather how i make simple chicken curry in Sri Lankan Style with simple ingredients at home. Its quite a hot curry and goes well with side dishes like pol sambal and dhal curry.
750g chicken cut in to pieces
1 medium onion chopped fine
2 clove garlic minced
1'' lemon grass cut in to 3 pieces
spring of fresh curry leaves
2 green chilies roughly chopped
2 tsp roasted red chili powder
1 tsp roasted curry powder
1 tsp of pepper
1tsp salt or to taste
2 tsp white vinegar
1tsp tamarind paste
1 cup coconut milk
2tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp brown sugar
Marinate the chicken with pepper, salt, vinegar and tamarind paste dissolved in 1/4 cup of hot water.Keep for 30 minutes.
Heat a pan with oil, add the onions, garlic, lemon grass, green chilies, cardamons, cloves, curry leaves and fry till the aroma goes off for a minute or two.
Add in the chicken pieces (with out the marinade) and stir fry for a minute. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the left over marinade and 1/2 cup water( depend on how much gravy is preferred) and cover and cook stirring occasionally till chicken is tender. Simmer for 40 minutes.
Adjust seasoning and add coconut milk and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.
Take off heat and sprinkle sugar and mix well.
Serve with plain rice.