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Easy Chicken Pepper Fry | Kerala Chicken Kurumulaku Fry

Easy Chicken Pepper Fry

Easy Chicken Pepper Fry | Kerala Chicken Kurumulaku Fry

Spicy kerala style chicken pepper fry.
Recipe source:Taste of Kerala
Prep Time: 30 to 40minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2 to 3

  1. Chicken,cut into small pieces – 400 to 500 gms
  2. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  3. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  4. Lemon juice- 2 to 3 tsp
  5. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  6. Coconut slices – 1/4 cup
  7. Black Pepper powder- 1.5 to 2 tsp( according to taste)
  8. Garam masala powder – 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  9. Fenugreek powder- 1 pinch
  10. Sliced onion- 1 or 2 tbsp ( optional)
  11. Salt- to taste

For masala paste:

  1. Shallots – 6 to 7
  2. Ginger – 1.5″ piece
  3. Garlic – 4 to 5 cloves
  4. Tomato,diced- 1 small
  5. Green chilies- 2


  • Combine chicken with turmeric powder ,curry leaves ,lemon juice and salt to taste.Marinate for about 30 minutes.In a blender,combine together all the ingredients listed under ” For masala paste” and grind to form a  paste.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan /non-stick pan.Add the masala paste and cook for about 5 minutes or until the raw smell leaves.
  • When the masala is cooked add the marinated chicken and mix well.Cook for about 5 minutes,mixing well in between.Add more salt as required.
  • Now add coriander powder and mix well.Cover and cook until chicken is 3/4 cooked and gravy coats the chicken pieces.
  • Now add the coconut slices and mix well.Cook until chicken is done and turns slightly darker in colour.
  • Now add black pepper powder to taste and mix well.Cook for few more minutes,stirring gently in between until the chicken pieces are browned evenly.
  • Next add garam masala and stir gently until combined.Finally add fenugreek powder and mix well.
  • Switch off the stove.Add sliced onion ( if desired) and mix well.


  • Adjust the quantity of black pepper powder according to your taste.For best results use freshly ground pepper powder.
  • I used 400 gms chicken.For best results use chicken thigh cut into small pieces.
Easy Chicken Pepper Fry | Kerala Chicken Kurumulaku Fry

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Nisa Homey
    August 26, 2014 at 3:40 am

    OMG! this pepper chicken brought fond memories of my ammachi (grandmom) and how I wish I could just grab a piece and munch on like I used to do as a kid. Your pictures complete everything about the recipe….thanks a ton for stopping by 🙂

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