Nadan Kozhikal Fry / Chicken Drumstick Fry / Kozhi Porichathu

Chicken Fry


1. Chicken drumsticks – 6

2. Ginger – 1/2 inch

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Chilly powder – 1 tbsp

Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp (Optional)

Cumin powder – 2 pinches (Optional)

Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Home-made garam masala powder – 3/4 tsp (Click here for the recipe)

Fennel seeds – 3/4 tsp

Salt – To taste

3. Curry leaves – 1 – 2 sprigs

Thinly sliced onion – 1/2 cup

Crushed garlic – 2-3

4. Oil – To deep / Shallow fry


1. Grind the ingredients numbered 2 to a paste. Clean and wash the chicken drumsticks. Remove their skin and make a few slits so that the masala can penetrate inside. Make somewhat deep slits in the fleshy parts of the chicken drumsticks. Marinate them with the ground paste overnight or for at least 5 hrs in a refrigerator.

2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan at medium heat. Fry the chicken drum sticks in 2-3 batches, turning them over a few times in between. It would take at least 20 minutes for them to get properly cooked. Try to fry them at medium heat. The masala coating would get burnt if fried at high heat, also the chicken would not get cooked inside. If you want a crispy outside, increase the heat up to a little past medium, after the chicken is almost done and fry for a few minutes. Drain the fried chicken pieces onto paper towels using a slotted spoon. 3. Now fry the curry leaves, drain onto a paper towel. Fry the sliced onion and crushed garlic until golden. Drain on to a paper towel. You can also fry the left-over marinade if you want. Combine the chicken drumsticks with fried onion, garlic and curry leaves. Serve chicken fry immediately with thinly sliced onion and tomatoes mixed with a pinch of salt, lemon juice and finely chopped green chilies.

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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