Spicy Chicken Curry

Kerala Chicken Curry

  I know of many beginners in the kitchen who search for simple and spicy chicken curry recipe, to impress their better half especially during the initial years of marriage. Well, I was one among them. My sister says that she too often googled for naadan curry recipes. So, this recipe is dedicated to all those gals, who are seriously trying to win the heart of their hubby….This curry goes well with chapatis, idli/dosa, appam, puttu, idiyappam, bread, porotta, rice etc etc. There are several ways to make the gravy thick apart from adding coconut milk/cashew paste. I usually grind some of the sauteed masala. One of my friends, Preetha gave me another tip where you grind the ginger, garlic, curry leaves and tomato for a thicker gravy. Here I have followed that method:

Ingredients ( Serves 7)

For Marinade

  1. Chicken – 1.5 kg
  2. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  3. Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 tbsp
  4. Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  5. Garam masala powder – 2 tsp
  6. Salt – To taste
  7. Yoghurt โ€“ 1 tbsp

Marinate the chicken with the above ingredients for at least 2 hrs.

Marinated Chicken

For gravy

  1. Onion – 2.5 medium, sliced and chopped
  2. Green chilies – 2, slit
  3. Tomato – 2 small
  4. Ginger – 2 inch piece, chopped fine
  5. Garlic – 7- 8 chopped
  6. Curry leaves – 5
  7. Coriander powder – 4 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  9. Home-made garam masala powder โ€“ 1 tbsp or to taste
  10. Sliced coconut / thenga kothu – 1/4 cup
  11. Salt – To taste
  12. Coconut oil / vegetable oil – As required


1. Grind ginger, garlic, curry leaves and tomato to a fine paste  in a mixer.

2. Heat around 1.5 – 2 tbsp coconut oil in a deep pan or pressure cooker, add the sliced coconuts and saute until golden. Next add the sliced onion, green chilies and saute until  they turn lightly brown. Add the ground tomato-ginger-garlic-curry leaves mixture and  saute well until their raw taste is gone and oil separates.

3. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder.  Saute for a few minutes and add the marinated chicken and a few curry leaves. Mix well and saute until most of the water evaporates ( for about 6 โ€“ 10 mts).

4. Now add 1/2 cup hot water and cook at medium heat until it is about to whistle (if you are using a pressure cooker). Bring down the flame and cook for around 10 mts at low heat. Open the pressure cooker when the steam is released. Throw in some curry leaves, check for masala and salt. If you need a thick gravy, bring to a boil and cook until it reaches your desired consistency.

Chicken Curry


1. You can add thick coconut milk (around 1/4 – 1/2 cup) for a thicker gravy and extra taste. Add it before switching off the stove.

2. For extra taste and aroma, you can fry 5-6 pearl onions in around 2 tsp coconut oil and pour over the prepared chicken curry.

Garam masala (Yield – Around 3.5 – 4 tbsp)

  1. Fennel Seeds (Perumjeerakam)-  2 tbsp
  2. Cloves (Grambu)- 13 – 15
  3. Cinnamon stick (Karuvapatta) – 2  inch
  4. Cardamom (Elaikka) – 3 – 4
  5. Star anise (Thakkolam) -  1
  6. Whole pepper (Kurumulaku) -15 – 20
  7. Poppy seeds (Kus Kus) – 1 tsp (optional)

Dry roast all the ingredients lightly in a pan at medium-low heat for about 2-3 mts. When they cool down, grind to a fine powder in a coffee grinder. Store in an airtight container. It will  be flavorful even if you do not dry roast them.


  1. Wow! Very tempting pictures, looks too good. You are really good at both cooking and photography.

  2. Adipoli chicken curry, very easy yet looks spicy and tasty..Great yummies…

    Kairali sisters

  3. ymmu yummy……. luks so delicious and very spicy too nice color

  4. very tempting…love that marinating version,too gud…Dam sure the taste must me yum…

  5. Nice…this is something I make quite often at home…The chicken dish looks great..:)..The other day I had fun browsing through your recipes…Great clicks with step by step photos…Appreciate ur effort…:)

  6. Mouthwatering chicken curry,yum yaam

  7. chicken curry assal aayittunde… This is the usual one which my mom makes… But she never grinds the tomatoes.. that seems to be a good idea..

  8. Delicious and spicy chicken curry..adipoli…sure must have tasted great..nice clicks.

  9. adipoli…vayiluda kappalodunnu….enthu mordern curry undakkiyallum nammuda nadan curry kazhijitta athinnu ok sthannam ullu alla….appol husintta nalla commend kitti kannum alla..keep it up…

  10. Slurpppp!!!!very tempting and droolworthy chicken curry, makes me hungry…

  11. Wow yummy..looks so tempting dear…

  12. Looks incredible :)

  13. wow delicious chicken i love it

  14. thanks for the recipe.. it is good to show the weight of the chicken too :) I will try this recipe next time (to win my wife’s applause :D). Your ‘chicken roast’ is our all time fav by now :)

  15. wow looks so nice dear

  16. i am bookmarking this for sure…

  17. I like the grinding tomato idea…looks yummy…

  18. Looks superb, very appetizing one for sure…pictures makes me very hungry.

  19. so true about impressing the better half with cooking something special… I had my days.. trying to make chicken chilli to impress my hubby… :) The recipe along with the story is on my blog… Love your simple yet spicy chicken curry…

  20. Thanks for asking me to post some ayurvedic diet recipes. Will surely do that at the earliest. Intesrestingly most of the Indian recipes are all Ayurvedic in nature. Only thing the use of processes( like boiling, steaming etc), spices ( like cumin, black pepper, corinader etc.), in doshas and in our well being need to be explained. Will try and explain , the recipes with ayurvedic aspect. Thanks again, Its a pleasure to share

  21. Looks absolutely mouthwatering…love to have with hot soft chapatis dear.

  22. Looks mouthwatering, spicy and yum

  23. yummy team really simple and spicy chicken curry .the picture itself saying the deliciousness of this chicken curry nice one

  24. wow. such a look. I love spicy chicken curry very much. u gals are making me drool. wonferful clicks too. Nicely made.

  25. when i made this my curry tasted tomato….i dont knw wht went wrong….can u plz help me …i grinded one big tomato instead of ur 2 small tomato…

    plz reply and help me … :( iam beginner in cuking!

  26. Sorry about that, Shabs..Actually I am not very sure what went wrong with the recipe. Did you follow it exactly? For 1.5 kg chicken, adding 2 small tomatoes or 1 large would not make the curry taste like tomato. Those of my friends who have tried this before never had such a problem. Did you use ripe tomatoes and did you saute them well? Using unripe tomatoes can result in a difference in taste. Better luck next time Shabs.

  27. Thanks for sharing this simple recipe, yummy team. I tried it yesterday and came out really well.

  28. Roshni,

    Thanks a lot for trying it out and for your feedback. Really happy to know that it came out well. Hope you continue to enjoy our recipes..

  29. your recipes look awesome. I am trying it on way now..
    What abt the green chillies ??? where should v use it ???

    • I am really sorry for the late reply, Dhana..You need to add the green chilies along with chopped onion. I have updated the recipe. Thanks for pointing it out!

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