Stuffed Chicken Roast in Spiced Gravy

Directions
Marinate
2 Kg – Chicken, skin off
2 Tablespoon – Red Chilly powder
1 Tsp – Black Pepper powder
3/4 Tsp – Turmeric
2 Tablespoon – Lemon Juice
Salt

Braise
3-4 sprig – Curry Leaves
Coconut Oil

Stuffing
2 – Eggs, boiled
2 Tsp – Concentrated Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoon – Black Raisins
14 – Cashew nut, whole
1 Cup – Red Onion, sliced
1 – Green chilly, chopped
1/2 Tsp – Garlic, grated
1 twig – Curry leaf
1/4 Tsp – Turmeric powder
1/4 Tsp – Chilly powder
1 Tsp – Coriander powder
1/4 Tsp – Pepper powder
1/8 Tsp – Cumin / jeera powder
1/8 Tsp – Garam masala
Salt
Ghee (Clarified butter)

Gravy
2 Cups – Red Onion, chopped
2 – Green chilly
3 twigs – curry leaves
2 Tsp – Ginger, grated
1 Tablespoon – Garlic
3 – Tomato, chopped
1/2 Tsp – Saunf /Fennel seed powder
1/4 Tsp – Turmeric
3/4 Tsp- Chilly powder
1 Tsp – Coriander powder
1 Tsp – Pepper powder
1/4 Tsp – Cumin\jeera powder
1/4 Tsp – Garam masala
1/2 Cup – Thick Coconut Milk
Coconut Oil

Garnish
1 – Egg, boiled and sliced
Lime wedges

Directions
Marinate
Remove the packet of giblets from the cavity of the chicken.
Discard the skin.
Wash the chicken then drain and blot dry with paper towels.
Make incision on the legs, thighs and chicken breast
In a bowl enough to hold the whole chicken, mix chilly powder, pepper, turmeric, lemon Juice and salt and rub this marinade all over the cleaned chicken. Make sure to get inside the incisions
Tie the legs together with a twine.
Marinate for at least 1 hour
Braise the chicken
Take a wok\kadai with a lid. This pan should be large enough to hold the whole chicken.
Heat coconut oil and add the curry leaves and saute for a minute and then add the whole chicken. While braising add oil enough to cover the whole surface of the wok/kadai else the chicken will stick to the bottom and you will end up using more oil during the process.
Let it cook on all sides until you see some browning
Close the lid and cook further to make sure that the chicken is cooked through
Take out the whole chicken and keep it aside to cool
Stuffing
While the chicken is cooking, take another pan and add some ghee to it.
Add the raisins and when they fluff up strain and keep them aside
Now add the cashew nuts and sauté them until golden brown. Strain and keep it aside
To the remaining ghee, add the sliced onions and curry leaves and saute until they are golden brown.
Mix in green chilly, garlic, turmeric, chilly powder, coriander, pepper, cumin and garam masala and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
Cut the boiled eggs into half. I used 2 for the stuffin and 1 boiled eggs to garnish
Take the pan off the heat and add the fried raisins, cashew nuts and boiled eggs. Gently stir carefully making sure not to rupture the eggs
Stuff this mixture into the braised chicken
Gravy
Heat coconut oil in a pan and add curry leaves, onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies and sauté until the onions are golden brown. I made this in the same pan in which the chicken was braised so I got some flavored oil to start my cooking. If you have too much oil in the pan, discard the rest and work with the amount you need.
Now add the spices: saunf, turmeric, chilly powder, garam masala, pepper, cumin and coriander and sauté for 2 minutes.
Once the raw smell from the spices disappears, add the tomatoes and sauté until they are cooked and almost like a thick sauce.
Add coconut milk to this and cook until the desired consistency is attained
Now add the stuffed chicken and cook for a few minutes. If the chicken looks dry smear some of the sauce onto it while cooking. You can close the lid and cook for some time to make the chicken more mosit
Drizzle with lemon juice and serve with sliced boiled eggs
Notes and Tips
Braise means to fry lightly and then stew it slowly in a closed container.
Please dont forget to tie the legs of the chicken together before cooking otherwise you will end up with a funny looking bird! I inserted toothpick to get the wings tucked in between the legs and the body.
I highly recommend coconut oil and ghee while cooking this dish
Be sure to add curry leaves to coconut oil before starting to braise the chicken.
While braising add oil enough to cover the whole surface of the wok/kadai else the chicken will stick to the bottom and you will end up using more oil during the process. After you have braised the chicken, if you end up with a lot of oil, use it to make the gravy and discard the rest.
If the chicken is cooked right, the pieces will fall right off while cutting
Serving suggestions: Serve with Pulav, Naan, Roti/Chappati or Kerala Paratha