Friday 30 August 2013

Coorgi Chicken Curry with homemade Coorgi Masala Powder | Coorg Style Chicken Curry

Chicken prepared in Coorgi style with freshly ground Masala & sauteed onions

Each of us have our own unique ways of celebrating our special days. Some do it with sweet, some with wine & yet others would be out in the wild :D We do it with chicken, but now you guys would not be surprised as I have already mentioned many a times of our undying & dedicated love for this lovely ingredient. And for those of who are asking what's special today, it's Deeps' birthday. Though he did not want any celebration a.k.a indication that he is older by a year, I wanted to do prepare something simple yet not the regular kind of food for our lunch today. He is not a great fan of sweets nor cakes. so I resorted to our all time favorite, chicken. I did not want to try something very new for the fear of something going wrong somewhere, hence decided on this simple & flavorful Coorgi style chicken curry. 

I had already prepared this awesome gravy (adapted from Sinful Curry) 2-3 times before & every time it received a good review, by Deeps as well as some guests to whom we served this :) So I paired it up with the subtle yet lovely Peas pulav & wrapped it up with a rich creamy custard fruit salad with ice cream. Both mind & tummy full & satisfied :D And coming to the recipe it was originally for pork, but since the strong flavors & the simplicity of the recipe pulled me towards it, I had to replace it with chicken. And also this authentic recipe requires Kanchampuli, the Coorg special vinegar prepared from Gambooge, but since I did not have neither the extract nor the whole Gambooge I used our normal tamarind & extracted the pulp & used it. So nothing else would stop you now from trying out this. Enjoy :)

Recipe Source: Sinful Curry

I Took: 40 minutes + 2 hour(marination)

Serves: 2-3 persons

I Used:

For Coorgi Masala powder:
Coriander seeds -3 tbsp
Pepper -1 tsp
Cumin seeds -½ tsp
Mustard-¼ tsp
Cinnamon -An inch piece
Cloves -4 no
Green cardamom -2 no

To Marinate:
Chicken -½ kg
Coorgi Masala powder -2 tbsp
Red chili powder -1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder -¼ tsp
Tamarind Extract-1 tbsp (Refer notes)
Salt-As Needed

To Saute:
Onions -1 medium sized - sliced
Shallots -5 nos - sliced
Ginger-Garlic Paste-1 tbsp
Coorgi Masala powder -2 tsp
Mustard seeds -¼ tsp
Curry leaves -A sprig
Coriander leaves-To Garnish
Oil-2 tbsp

The Way:

  1. In a pan dry roast (without oil) the spices under 'For Coorgi Masala powder' until they turn brown & the aroma of the spices come out. Allow it to cool & then grind it to a fine powder in a mixie. Keep aside
  2. Clean & cut the chicken into small or desirable sized pieces. Marinate it with the ingredients under 'To Marinate' & refrigerate them for 1-2 hours
  3. Cook the marinated chicken with ¼ cup of water until done. Alternately you can pressure cook the chicken for a whistle or two as well
  4. In a pan, heat oil. Splutter mustards & curry leaves. Add shallots & onions and saute them nicely till they turn deep brown. Take care not to burn
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste & fry till the raw smell goes off. Now add coorgi masala powder & give a stir
  6. Now add the cooked chicken pieces & cook on low flame until they are mixed well & the gravy thickens to your desired consistency. You can also let it dry completely if preferred
  7. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves
Serve with Jeera Rice/Peas Pulav/Coconut Milk Rice or Roti/Appam/Idiyappam !


  • The original recipe calls for Kanchampuli (the Coorg vinegar extracted from kachampuli or gambooge), but since I did not have it I used normal Tamarind
  • The original recipe is for Pork, since I do not eat it I used chicken instead



  1. lovely the 2nd click..awesome :-)

  2. Not sure what is coorgi masala but I am loving the spicy punch in this chicken curry, the must for almost all my meals.

  3. This looks and sounds so amazing. I love freshly ground masala. A must try.

  4. Love masala! Your chicken curry looks so flavoursome!

  5. Always love home-made freshly ground masala.. Chicken cury has come out very well..

  6. Wonderful click and dish looks inviting!

  7. I am sure the mustard and tamarind with chicken is bringing the noticeable difference in taste.Looks yum!!

  8. Omg, mouthwatering here, love the colour and flavour of this chicken curry..Fingerlicking definitely.

  9. Spicy and tangy chicken, yummilicious. Very new to me, bookmarked it.

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  10. Me encanta su receta colorida y bien condimentada,saludos y abrazos

  11. Happy Birthday to Deeps...
    Lovely chicken curry and perfectly paired with peas pulav. love it dear. I am book marking this to make it soon. Lip smacking and totally irresistable...

  12. that rice looks so appealing to me chitra dear:)

  13. Amazing flavors - this looks simply scrumptious!
    Mary x

  14. Spicy nd never had tasted coorgy curry bfre

  15. lovely combo,wonderful clicks.Love the flavor of freshly ground masala

  16. beautiful and clean presentation dear......

  17. This looks delicious Chitz.. I make the pork version but never tried with chicken..

  18. it looks delicious..A new recipe for me to try.Nice pics!

  19. Beautiful chicken and pulav. I would lov eth your recipe for peas pulao. Hmmmm! this is the kind of birthday I will love. Belated wishes to Deeps!

    1. Didnt take the clicks of the pulav. Will post it as soon as I make it the next time Archana :)

  20. WOW what a platter .....Pass it to me :)

  21. Wow.... looks appetising..... beautiful color to the dish.... planning to try it

  22. I love those clicks Chitra :) Really good ones - I just wish I could grab that plate right off the screen. And a belated Happy B'day to Deeps. May you guys have a very happy and blessed year ahead!

  23. Looks simply amazing ! Awesome clicks ! since u stay a little close about shipping me some :) Tempting !

  24. fingerlicking preparation, delicious curry with homemade powder...

  25. Coorgi Masala powder is new to me. I swear I have never seen that here in goa nor did I see somebody using it online. I might be able to make this after all if you used tamarind. There are enough fallen in the garden waiting to be used. =) Thank you for sharing!

  26. awesome recipe...can feel the aroma hmmm....thanks for sharing the Coorgi masala powder..

  27. Looks absolutely lipsmacking... just looks at the color!!! Wud luv 2 try sometime...

  28. looks so delicious. Beautiful clicks and neat presentation.

  29. This is indeed great spicy treat love to make some, I may try it in vegetables.

  30. Wow...that's a lovely chicken recipe....that coorgi spice powder sounds flavorsome to me....

  31. Lovely gravy recipe...looks yummy ....

  32. Delicious curry with mouthwatering presentation, looks great.

  33. love the masala. looks very delicious.

  34. Wish that I can smell the fragrance of this curry... It be smelling more beautifully than its look.


  35. Looks so inviting... Loved the presentation with the peas pulav...Nice recipe...sauteed onions make the dish even more attractive :)

  36. wow the platting looks so inviting very nice love the bright vibrant colour in masala nicely done.

  37. Looks really good Chitza, I must say chicken is always a favourite for our house too! bookmarking this for this weekend lunch!

  38. aah...think i was late in here...really liked the ingredients in the masala blend...very very tempted to have a taste of the dish..good one,

  39. wonderful recipe...looks delicious...that makes me real hungry now.....

  40. Thanks everyone for ur lovely wishes & heartfelt comments :)


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