Thursday 11 April 2013

Chettinadu Kozhi Kulambu

Chicken cooked in Chettinadu Style with shallot & tomato paste & freshly ground coconut masala

If there is one ingredient with which I would cook anytime without getting bored then that would be chicken. And every time I like to try on a new type or variety. And mostly only when there are guests, would I make an already tried & tested version. Just to be on the safer side u know..  

There are some other great chicken recipes, passed down from my mom, which I thought would make it to this place before this one. But somehow this one made it first. This is an extremely flavorful desi style chicken curry. The pre-process involved is a little bit of effort. But believe me, once the dish is done, you will feel every second of the work that you put in was very worth it :) And serve it with some hot idiyappam or idly or dosa or steamed rice, you will experience some unseparable combos. Last but not least, I would not suggest this with any biriyani or other elaborate one pot meal.. So go, make some and have fun eating !!

Recipe Source: Sanjeev Kapoor

Serves: 4 persons

I Took:

Preparation Time: 30-40 minutes

Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes

I Used:

Chicken - 500 gms
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tsp
Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
Poppy Seeds / Khus khus - 1 tbsp
Green Chilly - 1 no
Fennel Seeds - 1 tbsp
Shallots - 20 - 25 nos
Tomato - 2 nos
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Mint - 2-3 sprigs
Bay Leaf - 1
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Cloves - 2
Cardamoms - 2
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt - As Needed

The Way:

Prep Part

  1. Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces (cut into medium sized pieces) with yogurt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder & ginger-garlic paste. Refrigerate the marinated chicken for 15-30 minutes
  2. Grind together coconut, poppy seeds, green chilli and fennel seeds to a fine paste
  3. Grind the shallots to a fine paste
  4. Grind the tomatoes and keep the puree aside
  5. Crush the garlic
  6. Mix red chilly powder, coriander powder and the remaining turmeric powder with ¼  cup of water to make a smooth paste

Cooking Part

  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamoms and cloves and saute
  2. When the aroma of the spices start coming, add the crushed garlic & shallot paste 
  3. Saute well on medium heat till the shallots turn golden in color
  4. Add the powder paste (Step 6 of prep part) and saute till the raw smell goes off
  5. Dash in the curry leaves & mint leaves and mix well
  6. Now add the coconut paste and saute for another 2-3 minutes
  7. Mix in the tomato puree and saute for 2-3 minutes
  8. Now add the marinated chicken and salt and combine well
  9. Add the required amount of water (around 1.5 - 2 cups) and cover the pan and allow the chicken to cook. Note that the chicken would release some water, hence adjust the quantity of water that you add accordingly
  10. Allow 10-15 minutes of cooking depending on the chicken, for it to be well cooked
  11. Sprinkle the lemon juice over top & serve hot


  1. That is one heck of a scrumptious and authentic kozhi kulambu. Reminds me of my granny's village style gravy. Looks tempting and also the chicken in the first snap looks too tender and soft.
    When I used to eat non-veg(8 years back) - my family used to make too good recipes, but I never liked them back then, from the time I quit eating NV, it is become a ritual to drool on all of that I'm missing. HeHe (Sheepish me)
    Also love the wooden table shot, looks perfect. Love ur recipe, Go girl - make some veggie recipe for vegetarians :)

    1. Hehe.. I knew exactly, u wud tell this darling.. Coming up soon is Cauliflower Manchurian for u.. But that involves some deep frying. Hope u dont mind it for once :) And see, u understand the worth of something, once u leave it !! But I salute ur will power mam :) Too tight !!

    2. Ahaa, Cauliflower Manchurian recipe soon - love it!
      Once in a while deep frying is required to satiate the hunger of vegetarians, yaar!! So absolutely fine :) bring in!
      Will power, me?? No way, I drool ;-) HaHa

    3. Sure.. Will post sometime next week for sure :)

  2. OMG! Droolworthy chicken curry. Yummy and delicious.

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  3. dat second pic is badly temptg me........pass the plaate

  4. Wow! That chicken curry looks super yummy! Drooling over here!! :)

  5. Wow! Looks yummy Chitz :-)

  6. Hey I'm drooling here....I love chicken too & u remind me of one of my roomie,who's name was Chitra too & and she was so fond of Chicken that we used to call her 'Chicken Chitra !':)

    1. Lol.. That's a rhyming name :) And it kinda suits me too :) Thanks Reni :D

  7. wow chitz drool worthy chicken....

  8. Super,delcious and mouth watering chettinadu chicken...
    I just love it, wish I had some now...

  9. With this sort of entertainment I would love to be ur guest anytime:))

  10. Flavorful and delicious curry...yummy..

  11. Super delicious curry,chitz..:-)

  12. Love the spice mix,flavorful,sure must have tasted super yum

    1. Yup,.. It was certainly a delight Suja :)

  13. Full of flavours,yummyilicious and fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

  14. Its early in the morning and I have not had my breakfast, so can you imagine what I am going through after looking at this delish curry. Its worth getting the ingredients, preparing the curry and enjoying a good meal with rice and splatters of this awesome curry on top.

    1. Rightly said Nava :) We feel it's worth a worth after the tedious preparation :)

  15. Chitz, thi sis our family's fav dish..U've made me drool once again, osm prep

  16. This looks like one seriously yummy bowl of chicken!!

  17. one wonderful chicken gravy that i will never say a no rich in flavour....

  18. Chicken curry is one of my favorite. This curry looks incredible. Love it.

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  20. chicken with full of flavors tastes great with rice...a wholesome meal

  21. hii dear, after looking photo of the post in my blog space i could not stop myself to comment over, n i completely forget that it is non-veg dish n i m pure vegetarian.. really it looks delectable....

  22. Complimenti per la bellissima ricetta!!!

  23. I love chettinadu style chicken. This looks and sounds yummy.
    Thanks for visiting my blog as it got me introduced to yours. Happy to follow you :)

  24. awesome...i love the curry...

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  25. Hey Citz,

    Thanks for stopping by, leaving a lovely comment and to follow me...

    you have a nice space with yummy recipes too..

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  26. Amazing recipe Chitz..I love the spicy thick masala so much.

  27. I love the chettinadu flavors,looks very yummy!!

  28. Here is my plate. I will take three servings :D The curry looks so yum :)

    1. Hehe.. U r always welcome home dear :)

  29. Hi chitz! this curry looks fabulous . nice clicks too. Thanks for visitng my space.

  30. I don't eat chicken but your recipe looks fabulous..lovely clicks...

    1. Thanks a lot for ur lovely words dear :)

  31. An indulgence truly this nook of yours and I love this curry. So early in the morning and you have my mouth watering.

  32. Lovely curry and looks great with steamed rice..

  33. I too like to experiment with chicken and just as u said I also never do experiment when guests are there..I lov chettinadu curry..I have tried chettinadu chicken curry,it's one of my fav :)

    1. We play the same with chicken :) Thanks Vineetha !!

  34. Es una tentación al paladar una receta de lujo me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

  35. Yummy n mouthwatering!!luv d cliks.

  36. OMG Chitz.....this is a mind blogging dish. Super love the clicks and
    so tempting.

  37. Yummy recipe :)

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  38. loved the thick gravery,and a great combo with rice..god one, Chitz.

  39. Hi Chitz ....
    Lovely blog, Thanks for visiting my space and leaving your valuables comments :)
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  40. curry looks eonderful deliciously flavoured

  41. It's true, I always like to have chicken on hand, and am always looking for new chicken recipes. This looks great!

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