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Chettinad Chicken Curry

Chettinad Chicken Curry

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Spicy Chettinad style chicken curry.
Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 to 30 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5

  1. Chicken,cut into medium size pieces- 1 kg
  2. Ginger,chopped-2″ piece
  3. Garlic – 10 to 12 small cloves
  4. Onion,chopped- 1 large
  5. Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
  6. Tomato ,chopped- 2 to 3 medium
  7. Red chili powder- 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  9. Lemon juice- 1.5 to 2 tsp
  10. Coriander leaves,chopped- 2 tbsp
  11. Black pepper powder- to taste( optional,see notes)
  12. Salt- to taste
  13. Oil- as required
  14. Water- as required

To roast and grind:

  1. Grated coconut- 1.5 cups
  2. Dry red chilies-6 to 8 nos
  3. Poppy seeds / Khus khus- 2 tsp
  4. Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
  5. Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
  6. Cardamom – 3 nos
  7. Cloves-2 nos
  8. Cinnamon- 1″ piece
  9. Star anise- 1/2 of a small
  10. Fennel seeds- 1 tsp


  • Heat oil in a pan and add all the ingredients listed under ‘ To roast and grind’.Roast until it turns golden brown,stirring continuously on a medium low flame.Allow this to cool slightly,add ginger and garlic to this and grind to form a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan,add onion and saute until it turns golden brown.
  • Add curry leaves and the  coconut masala paste. Saute for few minutes.
  • Now add tomato,chili powder,turmeric powder and salt to taste.Mix well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add chicken and mix well.Cook for 5 minutes.Now add 2 cups water and lemon juice.Mix well,cover and cook until chicken is done and gravy turns thick.Add black pepper powder to taste ( if using) ,mix well and switch off the stove.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice /roti.


    • As we wanted it to be spicy,I used about 8 Kashmiri red chilies, 2 tsp kashmiri chili powder and 1/2 tsp black pepper powder.Adjust the quantity according to your spice level.

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    nandoos kitchen
    March 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    lovely colour and absolutely yummy chicken curry.

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    Priya Suresh
    March 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Even a vegetarian will drool here, very tempting spicy chicken curry..

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    March 14, 2014 at 3:40 am

    tempting curry
    happy to follow you!

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    March 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    gorgeous chicken curry! glad I found your site.

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    May 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm


    I tried this recipe tonight and it was really good instead i didn't suceed having a smooth paste in the first part. But the taste (with less garlic and no dry reds chillies) wa really good.
    Thanks !

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    November 19, 2014 at 8:54 am

    It looks fabulous! I bet it tastes delicious!

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    April 15, 2015 at 8:25 am

    i tried this recipe,it was easy to prepare and so tasty thank u

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    April 26, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    How do you grind coconut into a smooth paste? I also did not succeed..

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      December 14, 2015 at 5:05 am

      its ok,just make a fine powder of it,if you are not able to make it into a smooth paste.Usually when you grind roasted coconut the oil seeps out and thus the mixture tuns to a smooth paste.

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    Zara Imthiyaz
    December 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I just tried this recipe today. Though I ran out of a few spices required by this recipe, it didn't come short in taste. I am a fan of yours now!

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      December 14, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Thank you so much Zara.
      Happy cooking

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    October 24, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Shall try tonite

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    June 27, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Made this curry. It was one of the yummiest chicken curries I've had. Thanks!

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    January 19, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I have tried several recipes for Chicken and most turned out good but this one, I must say was the best of them all and the taste bettered even those I got from highly rated hotels around my location. Only issue was that while grinding coconut masala I could not get it as a paste. Once I tried adding a little water but it spoiled the taste. Now I dont add water to get that tingling flavor. I love this, even my puppy too. She gorges on the chicken like heaven. Only one word to describe this Recipe. WOW!!

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