Varadi cuisine belongs to the region of Maharashtra.
Located in the interior of Maharashtra and away from the coastline this region is known as Vidarbh. This region has its own cultural and historical background distinct from rest of Maharashtra.
I was introduced to this regions dishes after my marriage Initially I had a tough time adjusting to the Chilly factor. It gave me creeps. And still does.
Varadi Komdi is one of the well known dishes of this region.
Komdi means Chicken in marathi. I got this recipe from my ma in law. She is a great cook. The use of Chilly powder is too much but again you can adjust it according to your taste. I have.
Love the flavor and the way it is prepared. Completely different & delicious.
This recipe serves 3 -4 people
500 gm Chicken
1 tbsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp coriander powder
2-3 slices of onion (Kept aside from masala 1)
1/2 cup oil
1 tbsp salt
2 cups of water
3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 big onion sliced (keep 2 - 3 slices separate)
5 cloves of garlic
2 inch ginger
1 green chilly
4 -5 sprigs of coriander leaves
Whole garam masala
1/2 tbsp dry coconut powder
1/4 tsp poppy seeds or 3-4 cashew nuts
FOR MASALA 2:
Dry roast poppy seed & coconut powder & grind to paste with little water
STEPS TO PREPARE VARADI KOMDI: