grind the ingredients given under" to grind raw" to a fine paste.
marinate chicken with 3/4th of the prepared masala, turmeric powder, salt and let it rest for 1 hour.
heat oil in a kadai, saute curry leaves and sliced small onions until brown.
add tomatoes and fry till mushy.
further add remaining prepared masala, salt a pinch. close and cook the masala for few minutes.
add the marinated chicken pieces, sprinkle water, mix well.
close and cook for 20-30 minutes while stirring in between.
open and cook when the chicken is soft.
fry in simmer until it is semi-dry and slightly roasted.
serve hot with rice or roti.