OK, nobody I know have heard of this dish. It even has a weird name. The worst part is that my mom told me that she got this dish from my father-in-law’s mother so I proudly cooked a batch years ago and he’s never even heard of it! Strange, right? I checked with my aunt, who is my father-in-law’s sister-in-law (it’s complicated) and again, she said that she learnt to make this dish from her mother-n-law which my father-in-law has not even heard of nor tasted! I still don’t get it.

Well, whatever the story is, this is one fabulous dish. It starts with frying small winglets and baby drumlets till cooked. Then, in a wok, you fry curry leaves, dried chillies, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, finely diced onions, garlic till really fragrant. And then you add in the fried chicken. And then you add a bit of brown sugar and chilli powder. Stir till everything’s well-coated.

I cooked this again recently but I used chicken thighs instead. The loveliness actually comes not from eating the chicken but all the lovely spices with hot white rice.

The oil is wonderful!