Kerala Chicken Curry

Kerala chicken curry
  • Yield : 1
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 50m
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Kerala Chicken Curry

Kerala chicken curry is a spice-rich chicken preparation. Chicken is prepared in a wide variety, depending on the region and culture of people. It is a food stuff which has good source of protein in it. It is unhealthy to prepare chicken with excess amount of oil such as in deep frying. Here you can enjoy a traditional Kerala chicken curry.


  • Chicken - 1 kg
  • Kashmiri Chilli powder (കാശ്മീരി മുളകുപൊടി) - 1 Table spoon
  • Coriander powder (മല്ലിപ്പൊടി) - 2 Table spoon
  • Chicken masala (ചിക്കന്‍ മസാല) - 1 Table spoon
  • Turmeric powder (മഞ്ഞള്‍പൊടി) - 1 Pinch
  • Pepper (കുരുമുളക്) - 1 Tea spoon
  • Ginger (ഇഞ്ചി) - 2 Pieces (1 inch each)
  • Garlic (വെളുത്തുള്ളി) - 6 Cloves
  • Green chilli (പച്ചമുളക്) - 2 Nos
  • Shallot (ചെറിയ ഉള്ളി) - 8 Nos
  • Onion (സവോള) - 3 Nos
  • Tomato (തക്കാളി) - 1 No
  • Curry leaves (കറിവേപ്പില) - 3 Sprigs
  • Coconut Oil (വെളിച്ചെണ്ണ) - 3 Table Spoon
  • Mustard seeds (കടുക്) - 1 Tea spoon
  • Salt (ഉപ്പ്) – as needed
  • Coconut milk (തേങ്ങ പാല്‍) - ¾ cup (optional)


Step 1

Cut the chicken into medium pieces, clean it well and keep aside.

Step 2

Heat kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder, chicken masala and turmeric powder in a frying pan on a low flame.

Step 3

Grind this roasted mix with pepper, ginger (1 inch piece), garlic (3 cloves), green chilli, curry leaves (2 sprigs) and salt (to taste) into a paste.

Step 4

Marinate chicken with the ground paste and keep aside for minimum 30 minutes.

Step 5

Crush the ginger (1 inch piece) and garlic (3 cloves). Chop onion and slice shallot & tomato.

Step 6

Heat 2 table spoon coconut oil in a cooking pan (preferably non-stick), put crushed garlic & ginger, then finely chopped onion and saute till brown. Add salt to taste.

Step 7

To this add marinated chicken pieces and sliced tomato. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and cook it covered till done. (reduce the flame to medium when it starts boiling).

Step 8

Add coconut milk (optional) and remove from the flame.

Step 9

Heat 1 table spoon coconut oil in a cooking pan and put mustard seeds. When it splutters, to this add shallots and curry leaves (1 sprig). Saute till brown. Add this to the prepared chicken.

Step 10

Kerala chicken curry is ready for serving. Serve hot.


1) To avoid raw odour of chicken, 1 table spoon of vinegar or lemon juice can be used, when cleaning the chicken.

2) Adjust the spices according to your taste.

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Nutritional Profile

Main nutritional contents are,

  • Protein

  • Vitamin B

  • Selenium

  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium


1 Table spoon = 3 Tea spoons
1 Dessert spoon = 2 Tea spoons
1 Tea spoon = 5 ml
1 Cup = 236.588 ml


Myself, Shaan Geo basically a Software Engineer started my career in IT Industry. I have had a passion for food and cooking from an early age. This habit made me keep an eye out for the new variants of food and the different cuisines where ever I go. According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

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Comments (12)

  1. posted by Jijin Daniel on June 14, 2013

    Thanx for your great recipes..
    In this recipe of kerala chicken curry, if we don’t use coconut milk, should we add more water..

    • posted by Shaan Geo on June 21, 2013

      Hi Jijin, Thanks for posting your comments. Coconut milk is optional for this preparation. You need not have to add extra water even if you are not adding coconut milk.

  2. posted by Merlin on August 20, 2013

    Today I made the chicken curry it was very tasty and easy. Now we have vacations here, and trying all this recipes. Thanks once again.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 22, 2013

      You are welcome Merlin, Thank you very much for the regular visit and also for the feedback. Hope you are enjoying you vocation. Happy cooking :)

  3. posted by Siba on September 10, 2013

    Hey Shaan, Finally a mallu guy who loves to cook !!!! I do make chicken curry but never thought to marinate it before hand. thanks for the info.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on September 10, 2013

      You are welcome Siba. Happy cooking :)

  4. posted by Ameena on October 9, 2013

    Nice and tasty curry. My grand children very much liked. I add little cashew paste. It turn very nice. Thank you once again.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on October 9, 2013

      You are welcome. It is pleasure to know that you all liked this chicken curry. Thanks a lot for the tip and also for the feedback.

  5. posted by Lincy on January 3, 2014

    Hi, today I have tried this chicken curry with chapathi and idiyappam. Its yummy…… thanks for this simple and delicious dish… :) :)

    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 5, 2014

      Lincy, Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and also for the feedback. Nice to know that the chicken curry came out well for you. Hope you will try other recipes too.

  6. posted by kp on March 1, 2014

    chicken curry kollam.. ishtappettu..

    • posted by Shaan Geo on March 4, 2014

      Thanks KP :)


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