Kerala Chicken Curry / Nadan chicken curry | Step wise pictures

Sunday means either chicken/mutton or sometimes beef.Last Sunday while thinking about it was to try a new recipes from my regular one.I love kerala dishes very much i don't know why may be i am from nagercoil,the border of kerala i love all their dishes.Made this spicy chicken curry and we all loved it.Give a try once and i am  sure you will make it again and again.

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  • chicken-1\2 kg
  • Big onion-2 ,sliced
  • Tomato-2 medium sized,sliced

To marinate:

  • Turmeric powder-1\2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder-1 tsp
  • pepper powder-1\2 tsp
  • green chilly-2
  • Salt-1 tsp
  • curry leaves-few

To roast and grind:

  • Coriander seeds-1 tsp
  • red chilly-3
  • Pepper corns-1\2 tsp
  • cloves-2
  • cinnamon sticks-2
  • cardamon-2
  • bay leaf-1
  • Turmeric powder-1\4 tsp

ginger-a big pieces
garlic-6 cloves


  • Oil-2 tbsp
  • mustard seeds-1\2 tsp
  • red chilly-1

 Grated coconut-1\3 cup


Leaving ginger,garlic and turmeric powder dry roast all the ingredients under "to roast & grind".Switch off then add turmeric powder and roast in the heat that persist.Cool and transfer to the mixer.Add raw ginger and garlic  to it.Make a fine paste of it with some water.

In a bowl add the cleaned chicken.Add in all the ingredients under " to marinate" and mix well.Let it sit for some minutes.

Heat oil and season it with mustard seeds and red chilly.Add onion and saute till it becomes translucent.

Then add the chopped tomato and saute till it mash well and ooze out oil.

5.Then add in the ground masala and saute for a while till the raw smell of ginger and garlic goes.

Then drop the marinated chicken pieces and saute for some time.

Grind 1\3 cup coconut with some water to a fine paste.Add that coconut paste to it.check for salt and spice.Add water as needed.

close and cook till done.

The gravy should not be too thick nor too thin.when you see oil separating on top it is almost done.

Spicy and yummy nadan chicken gravy is ready.

Can be serve with Indian flat bread/naan or even rice.


1.Use coconut oil to get the original kerala taste, but i used ordinary cooking oil only.


  1. Very nice Chicken curry Babi!!

  2. Would love to grab that plate .. Chicken with hot steaming rice ...

  3. OMG its lunch time and I wish I can grab that bowl... Looks too good

  4. wow tempting dear happily following you

  5. Wow..this looks absolutely yummy dear :)

  6. That's one yummy chicken curry , babi:-)


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