Tellicherry Pepper Chicken is an easy Indian chicken dinner that is perfect for any weeknight dinner!
Although many people believe that Tellicherry peppercorns are only grown in the town of Thalassery (formerly known as Tellicherry) in the Indian state of Kerala, this is a misnomer. Tellicherry peppercorns are grown throughout the Malabar coast. Tellicherry peppercorns starts the way any pepper plant does. The difference comes in the harvest. When they are harvested, the largest peppercorns only are reserved for the status of Tellicherry peppercorns. A Tellicherry peppercorn must be 4.25 mm or larger. There is a larger size also that comes at a premium price that is sold as Tellicherry Extra Bold, which is 4.75 mm or larger.
I’m lucky enough to have the world at my fingertips here in NYC and was able to get the authentic Tellicherry peppercorns to make this scrumptious dish, however if unavailable, whatever peppercorns you have at your disposal can easily be susbstituted.
IN THE MAKING – HOW TO MAKE TELLICHERRY PEPPER CHICKEN
Serve with Basmati rice.
Tellicherry Pepper Chicken
- 3 lbs. chicken pieces cut into large pieces
- 8 cloves garlic
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- 2 tablespoons peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon red chile powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 strand curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 2 chopped onions
- Grind peppercorns in a spice grinder or mini chopper. It's alright if they are a little coarse. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric, chile powder, salt and 8 tablespoons water and process until smooth in a food processor or mini chopper.
- In a pot, combine chicken with contents of food processor. Add 1/3 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
- In a deep skillet or pot, heat oil. Add curry leaves. Fry for 1 minute. Add cumin seed and fry for another minute. Add onions and cook on low heat for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Add chicken with its sauce into this pot and cook on medium high heat for 15 minutes.
- Serve with Basmati rice.