Kozhi Kuzhambu / Chicken Kuzhambu

Chicken Kuzhambu

Here’s a yummy Tamil Nadu style chicken kuzhambu recipe. It goes well with idiyppam, idli, dosa, rice and chapathis. Hope you give this a try..

Chicken Kuzhambu Recipe


1. Chicken – 1/2 kg ( I used 5 – 6 chicken drumsticks, halved)

2. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

    Kashmiri chili powder – 3/4 tsp

    Ginger-garlic paste – 3/4 tsp

    Salt – As required

3. Oil – 2 tbsp

4. Cloves – 3, Cardamom – 2, Cinnamon stick – 1/2 inch

5. Onion – 1 cup, finely chopped

6. Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp

    Curry leaves – A few

7. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

    Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 tsp

    Coriander powder – 2 tsp

    Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp

8. Tomato – 1 medium-small, cubed

9.  Hot water – 1.5 – 2 cups

10. Cilantro – Few sprigs

11. Salt – To taste

To grind to a fine paste

12. Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

      Cashews – 5 – 6

      Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp


1. Marinate chicken pieces with the ingredients numbered 2. Set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the whole spices numbered 4. Stir for a few seconds. Next add finely chopped onion and little salt. Saute until onion turns transparent. Add ginger-garlic paste and few curry leaves. Stir until their raw taste leaves and onion starts to change color. Bring down the heat to low. Add the spice powders numbered 7. Stir for  a few seconds until their raw smell leaves. Add tomato cubes and cook for 3 – 4 minutes until mushy.

3. Add chicken pieces and mix well. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1.5 – 2 cups of hot water and a few cilantro sprigs. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 10- 15 minutes until chicken is half-done. Open the lid and add ground coconut paste. Mix well. Again cover and cook until the chicken pieces are completely done and curry is medium-thick. Check for salt.  Sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro. The gravy will thicken over time. Serve the yummy chicken kuzhambu with idlis/ idiyappam/ chapathi / dosa / parotta or rice.

Kozhi Kuzhambu


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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