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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chettinad Chicken Curry


Chicken- 1 lb

Masala for Grinding:

Cinnamon – 1.5″
Cloves – 4
Green Cardamom – 3
Dry Red Chili – 7-8 or to taste
Cumin Seeds – 1.5 tsp
Fennel Seeds – 1.5 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp
Khus Khus/Poppy Seeds – 1 tbsp
Fresh Coconut – 1/2 cup
Water for Grinding – 1/2 cup

Oil – 3 tbsp
Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
Minced Ginger – 1 tbsp
Minced Garlic – 1 tbsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – a few sprigs
Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp or to taste
Tomatoes – 2 large, chopped
Lime or Lemon Juice – to taste
Water – 2-3 cups or as needed for gravy
Coriander/Cilantro Leaves – for garnish


1. Dry roast on low heat – Cinnamon Stick, Cloves, Green Cardamom, Red Chillies, Cumin Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Coriander Seeds & Poppy Seeds.
2. Keep stirring till the seeds change color and there is a fantastic aroma.

3. Add in the the Coconut and again, stir till the coconut gets a color and looks dry and dehydrated.
4. Once done, transfer and allow it to cool.
5. Grind to a smooth paste using 1/2 cup of Water and keep aside till ready to use.
6. In a pan, heat the Oil on medium flame and once hot, add in the Onions.
7. Salt the Onions just a bit and cook till translucent.

8. Add in the Minced Ginger and Garlic, Turmeric Powder, Curry Leaves, Spice Paste and Red Chili Powder. Cook for a min
9. Add in the Tomatoes, mix and cook uncovered till the oil separates from the mixture.
10. Add in the Chicken, mix and cook for 5 minutes.
11. Add Salt and a squeeze of Lime or Lemon and mix well again.
12. Add in Water for gravy as needed, mix and cover and cook for 20-25 minutes.
13. Once done, garnish with Cilantro just before serving.
14. Enjoy this dish with Rice, Chapatis, Naans, Parathas, Idlis or Dosas.


  1. looks absolutely delicious dear !awesome recipe !

  2. Absolutely divine!!!


  3. Love chicken Chettinadu, thanks for sharing recipe

  4. Oh Harika am drooling over here... That chicken curry looks so very rich and yummy...

  5. fab recipe...sounds delicious Harika..
    Tasty Appetite

  6. My fav chicken curry with dosa and idly.Looking fabulous.

  7. lovely recipe dear....I'm bookmarking this....with the ingredients used in this recipe I can recreate the same with fish...I'll definitely let you know once I do so...n thanks once again for passing on the awards dear !

  8. Awesome recipe...yumm....
    Hey vl collect the award when I get some free time...;)

  9. wow curry looks so wonderful and yummy !!

  10. Very nice recipe...will try this sometime ..

  11. Wat a flavourful and inviting chicken curry,i dont bother to have with some rotis rite now..

  12. Hey Harika,there is a chettinad chicken recipe in my drafts. Loved your version.

  13. Great looking chicken recipe. TFS

  14. very tasty chicken curry!...looks nice...perfect with dosas and vadas
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  15. Mouth watering chicken the flavor and spices in there..yum!