Chettinad Chicken Kuzhambu

 Chettinad is famous for it dishes,we can see almost chettinad restaurant in almost all place,many are fond it me too.I think the freshly made masala give good aroma for their dishes.Coming to the recipe,chicken gravy,i mostly make with out coconut.Last sunday i thought why won't we try chettinad chicken and so googled and got the recipe.

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To marinate:

  • Chicken- 300-500 gms(cut into pieces)
  • Curd- 3 tbsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Turmeric- a generous pinch

To roast& grind:

  • Grated coconut- 2 tbsp(don't add more)
  • Red chillies- 6 to8(acc. to ur spice level)
  • Coriander seeds-1\2 tbsp
  • Pepper corns- 1\2 tsp
  • Jeera/cumin seeds-1\2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds- 1 tsp

To temper:

  • Rice Bran Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf-1
  • cinnamon-1 stick
  • cloves-2
  • cardamon-2

Other ingredients:

  • Small onion/shallots- 1\2 cup
  • Tomato-1
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • green chilli-1
  • curry leaves
  • salt.


1.Clean the chicken well ,marinate it with curd,turmeric powder& salt for 1 hrs the more the time the better the dish.

2.Heat a pan,add red chillies,pepper corns,jeera and coriander seeds and dry
roast till a nice aroma comes then add grated coconut and roast till colour changes.Cool it and grind to a fine paste with little water.

3.Heat a pan,add oil followed by bay leaf,cinnamon,cloves,cardamon,then add small onions and saute for some time,then add ginger garlic paste,curry leaves and saute.

4.Now add ur marinated chicken to it and saute for some time,then add tomato,ground paste,salt and mix well.

5.Add 2 cup water to it ,check for spice levels add if needed and close the pan till the chicken is cooked.

6.Open occasionaly to check for water content and add if needed.When it gets little thicken switch it off.

Serve hot with rice or roti.



1.You can use pressure cooker also to cook,after adding water pressure cook for 10 min,and open if its watery allow to thicken, but pan is best.

2.You can grind onion & tomato to a coarse paste and saute.

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  1. Very nice curry dear...looks delicious.

  2. Delicious chettinad chikcen curry.

  3. yummy chicken and loved it:)

  4. Lipsmacking good chettinad chicken gravy.

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  5. looking for chettinad curry and now got it. appreciate if you could visit me too.

  6. Love the flavor of spices added to it...Really spicy masala curry..

  7. i love chettinad preparation.. tempting curry,,

  8. delicious n tempting clicks dear...

  9. Hi I new to your place, very yummy and spicy chettinad chicken. I just love it. You have great collection of recipes. Iam happily following you. See you around


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