South Indian Cuisine
Chicken 65 is a spicy, deep-fried chicken dish originating from the South Indian city of Chennai. The interesting fact about this dish are the different theories of its origin.
One theory suggests that Chicken 65 was invented by a gentleman called A.M. Buhari in the year 1965. It was introduced at the Buhari Hotel; a fine dining restaurant in Chennai which also offered other dishes like Chicken 78, Chicken 82, and Chicken 90.
A second theory, says Chicken 65 was made with 65 awfully spicy chillies. It was believed if you could finish off a whole plate of Chicken 65, it would be reflection on your true manhood.
Yet another theory tells about soldiers in a Chennai garrison canteen who were presented a long menu which had this dish against the serial number 65. Due to language barriers the easiest way for soldiers to remember the dish was to refer to it as Chicken 65.
Then there are also absurd theories like the fact that the chicken was cut into 65 pieces or that the chicken was 65 days old or that the chicken was marinated for 65 days.
However, regardless of its origins, its crazy saltiness, crunchiness, and the punchy flavours of curry leaves, ginger, garlic, chillies and all the ingredients that make Chicken 65 unique South Indian dish.