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Kerala Chicken Curry

Posted by Annita on June 23, 2008

This is an authentic kerala recipe,which involves a bit hardwork,but very aromatic and is full of flavours.It goes well with appam,puttu,roti or even bread.

Ingredients :-

Bonned chicken cut ito small pieces – 1kg
Potato cubed – 1/2 kg
Tomato sliced – 1
Thin Coconut milk – 2 cups
Thick coconut milk -1 cup
Onion chopped – 1/4 kg
Green chillies slit – 10
Garlic cloves crushed – 5 big
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp(for marinating chicken)
Poppy seeds(Khuskhus) – 2 tbsp (Soak it in water for 1/2 an hr and then grind)
Curry leaves – a sprig
Vinegar – to taste
Salt – to taste
Coconut oil – as needed

For Masala powder :
Whole pepper(Kurumulaku) – 4 -5
Cloves(Grambu) – 6
Cardamom (Elakka) – 4
Cinnamon(Karuva) 1 inch size stick – 1
Fennel seeds (Pereumjeerakam) – 1/2 tsp

Grind them together into a fine powder and reserve.

For Grinding:
Green chillies – 5
Shallots – 10 – 12
Ginger – 2 small piece
Garlic – 10 cloves

Grind everything seperately and keep aside.


Prepare a marinade with pepper powder ,turmeric powder,1 tsp of the ground masala powder,salt and vinegar.Marinate the chicken pieces using this for 1/2 an hr preferrably in a refrigerator.Mix the ground poppy seeds in little water or milk and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan and saute half of the onion until it turns translucent.Then remove the onion from the pan and keep it aside.Add remaining onions into the heated oil and saute it for a while then add slit green chillies and curry leaves and saute again.Now add the ground masalas one by one starting with green chillies,then shallots,ginger and garlic while stirring continuously.Then add the ground masala powder,fry for a while and stir in crushed garlic and coriander powder.Fry it well until oil starts to seperate.Now throw in the chicken pieces and fry for 5 minutes in medium heat.
Pour thin coconut milk into it ,close the pan and let it cook slowly.(If you are using canned coconut milk,always dilute it by adding necessary water even for the thick milk).When the chicken is half done,add the potato cubes into it and cook again.When it is almost done,add ground poppy seeds and sauteed onion into it.Mix well,check for salt,add tomato slices,sprinkle pepper powder and simmer it for 10 more minutes.

Finally add thick coconut milk,mix well and switch off the heat.Let it stand for sometime and then serve hot.

( You can simplify the recipe if you are willing to compromise the authentic taste.
What to do to make the recipe simple :
1.You can substitute powdered masala powder with store bought garam masala powder.
2.Instead of grinding the fresh masalas(chillies,ginger,garlic & shallots) seperately,you can grind them all together.
3.Saute all of the onions together instead of doing it in halves.)

Recipe adapted from a Cookery book ‘Veettammakkoru Kaithoozhi’.


27 Responses to “Kerala Chicken Curry”

  1. Asha said

    Great to see your post! Wonderful looking dish, bet it tastes great too. Love the masala ingredients!:)

    You know is stealing every Kerala dishes photos out there from the bloggers for their site including mine, keep an eye on them for this photo too. You never know!

  2. wow, great looking mustve tasted awesome..i also had that same book, but i guess i forgot to bring it to US :-)

    Thats a nice book,isn’t it?

  3. meeso said

    Looks good… The hard work must pay off :) was..:)

  4. ranji said

    great to see u back..delicous chicken curry…love this combo of puttu and chicken…great tips too…loved it..

    Thank you Ranji

  5. nags said

    i used to make it almost in a similar way. like u way, it takes a bit longer but the taste is definitely worth it, isn’t it? :)

    Yes Nags…You r right…:)

  6. Kalai said

    Absolutely delicious!! I’m sure the work is worth the end result! :)

    It sure is,Kalai

  7. Cham said

    Wow so tempting ur chicken curry with puttu in the background…

    Thank you

  8. pintoo said

    waiting for a veg recipe. lol

    Oh..sorry Pintooo…veg recipes coming soon

  9. rachel said

    The lengthier the process the end result is always good..I like what I see in the pics…

    It tastes great…Only thing is that its time consuming..

  10. notyet100 said

    looks delicious,..u have aapma recipe tooo

    Appam recipe is already posted..
    Check this out :


  11. Jyothsna said

    The fresh masala podi makes all the difference in the taste. Nice recipe.

    Thank u Jyotsna

  12. Nisha said

    Hi Annita,
    This recipe is a bit different from the traditional kozhicurry that I am used to. In our version we dont use potatoes, khuskhus and vinegar. I am gonna give this one a try. Keep writing!

    Try it out and let me also know abt it,Nisha

  13. mallugirl said

    hmm…finally found time to write regularly? how are u?

    Yeah…at last after a long break…We r doing good.
    How r u ?

  14. Jincy said

    Hey Annita,
    I tried this out yesterday..
    It came out really well eventhough I made some adjustments..
    Thanks for the recipe..
    Awaiting more & more recipies from you..
    Hope you got adusted to the new place..

    Thank you Jincy..
    Yes..we are almost settled..

  15. Cynthia said

    Um, um, um, I would love to have some of this right now.

    Try it out’ll really love it..

  16. Mishmash! said

    Annita , Isnt this your picture

    Yes,Mishmash..its mine..
    Thank you for the info..

  17. A well wisher said

    Hi……..I tried this out. N what to say its just delicious. I ve refered your site to my colleagues ere. N one of them is going to try this out. :)

    Thank you very much

  18. maheswari said

    Just found one of your picture here,

    Thank you for letting me know about it,Maheswari

  19. sunita said

    Hi…i tried this recipe…it came out really well….totally naadan. was a big hit at home.

    great going annita..

    Thank u Sunitha

  20. Denny V M said

    Hi Annita,

    I tried the recipe posted at home. It came out really well !!
    The aroma is just mind blowing ..


  21. deepa ravi said

    i tried the recipe and it came out really well. didnt make any changes.

    thanks annita

  22. Pinky said

    Hey Annita… Great recipes of yours. The chicken curry is delicious…I keep trying each recipes.. make one or the other every single day.. Everything has come out really well so far !! Jus loved your way of cooking… I would have been in trouble if I wouldn’t have found your site. Thanks dear.. and keep posting new recipes.. would defintiley try them out..

  23. Manju said

    Made the chicken curry as per your recipe and believe me, it came out excellent.I have tried many recipes from your site and always comes out great.Thanks a lot for sharing your recipes.

  24. ramya said

    nice looking dish.

  25. Neema said

    Hi Anitta,

    I prepared this curry for a party for my friends today and beleive me it came out so good.
    Your recipes are so good and inspires me to cook.

    Keep the good job

    Neema, Quebec, Canada

  26. Ruchi said

    I tried this today….hard work but worth it… I tweaked in a bit by marinating the chicken overnight in lemon instead of vinegar but the result is definitely awesome…..thanks a ton!!!
    BTW I never realised that grinding shallots, chillis etc separately will make so much difference it smelled awesome of each ingredient as I added it, loved it!!!
    Thanks again….

  27. Sree said

    It is an awesome recipe.I have made it few times now, one of my favourite …People even said this curry reminded them about how their grandmas used to make it..I got lots of praises …I wouldn’t change anything on this recipe if anyone wants to try it. Thanks heaps for the recipe.

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