Aug 13, 2012

Onion Chicken Curry / Chicken Drumsticks Cooked in a Spicy Onion Gravy

Hai Friends…Hope everyone kick started their week with a blissful monday..My weekend was really a cooking weekend, I made so many dishes these two days, don't worry I took pictures of them too..Those recipes will be live in my blog soon... keep checking untill then..

Now lets talk something about this chicken curry. I always wanted to make a chicken curry which has onion base in it. Couple of weeks back I found a bunch of spring onions which looked like it will go dry soon. I thought of putting it in right use somehow. I also had some big onions in my pantry, finally decided to make a curry of my dream. I used my pressure cooker for it, I love to use my pressure cooker to cook my chicken, because it makes the chicken cook untill it is tender and make the chicken to get maximum flavour.

I hope you will love this a much my hubby did and tell me how it turned out for you.


Chicken Drumsticks - 5 (You can use any chicken parts)
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
Onion - 2 large chopped
Spring Onions - 10 chopped
Tomato- 1 large chopped
Garlic - 5 cloves

For Tempering:
Oil - 3 tblspn
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small stick
Bay leaf - 1
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tsp
Cardamom / Yelakai - 3 crushed


Take ingrediants given for grinding in a blender and make into a fine puree.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add in the ingrediants given for tempering. Saute for a min.

Add in the ground masala and mix well. Cook this for 10 mins till the masala gets cooked.

Add in the spice powders and salt. Saute this for a min.

Add in chicken drumstick and mix well.

Pour a cup of water and cover the pressure cooker.

Let it cook for 4 whistle. Then simmer the flame for 15 mins. Switch off the flame and let the steam go all by itself.

Now open the pressure cooker and serve the curry with roti.

Take all your ingrediants
add the stuffs for blending in a blender
make into a fine puree
heat oil in a pressure cooker
add whole spices in it
add the pureed masala
and saute till raw smell goes away
add in spice powders and salt
mix well and cook for a min
add in the chicken
and saute well in the masala
pour over some water
and mix well
cover and cook
till the chicken is cooked


  1. Really a perfect combo for roti and hot steamed rice...

  2. We would both love this recipe. I have bookmarked it, Thanks. Diane

  3. nice easy curry i make chicken in th cooker when im pressed for time too.

  4. ¡Qué bueno! En casa nos gusta mucho el pollo y el tuyo tiene un aspecto sensacional. Seguro que estaba muy rico.
    Besos y feliz semana.

  5. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Fasting and craving FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD right now :D


  6. This pressure cooker chicken drumstick curry looks yummy

  7. சப்பாத்தியுடன் சாப்பிட சுவையாக இருக்கும்... நல்லா வந்திருக்கிறது

  8. simple yet delicious looking chicken curry!!

  9. Look delicious...Love the way you prepared..

  10. Phenomenal chicken!!

    I never imagined that i could achieve such a good taste with so simple ingredients.

    This is my third Indian recipe that i cook since I've found your blog and am now a big fan of your cooking.

    Thank you and keep posting those amazing recipes. :)

  11. Dear Aarthi,
    Thank you for the recipe. I live in a vegetarian household, so I substituted chicken with peas & potato and used your masala base. The curry was very tasty ! Loved it ! Your blog is excellent.

  12. Dearest Aarthi,

    you are the mother i never had, Thank u so much for this wonderful blog, my parents are separated and never had a guiding hand at cooking, i learnt from friends and their mothers cause i didnt want my husband and children to suffer. I got married in march and moved to malaysia, ever since cooking has been hard on me, but with ur step by step instructions it was like a mother's hand guiding me. Thank u so much. Today i tried this chicken curry by myself for the first time and its come out well. Love and wishes from my heart.


  13. Really a Great Post..I enjoy a lot..This will give the many informative ideas of the post..Thanks for the nice post..Keep Sharing..

  14. That's really amazing otherwise i don't look content like this but this one drawn me.

  15. I would encourage you to keep blogging as I highly enjoyed your article on Translator’s Dementia. Your sense of humour is what makes reading your blog worthwhile!

  16. Dear Aarthi,

    I've been lurking in your blog for a while, and today I tried your Onion Chicken and it was fantastic and turned out really well. I don't live in India, and really miss home cooked Indian food, especially Tamilnadu delicacies, thanks very much for such a lovely collection of 'Soul' food!. Your blog is very professional and well laid out. I've been to many south indian blogs before but never subscribed to any and I have for the first time subscribed to yours. Keep up the good work.

  17. Hi Aarthi,

    You are very talented and patient, well I tried this recipe. I am getting bitter taste after cooking the onion, garlic and tomato ground paste. I wonder why this happened. Any idea to avoid this next time around, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  18. @AnonymousIt is not meant to give bitter taste. I am not sure why this happenened. May be something is wrong with the vegetables i think so..Try it again and let me know.

    1. Generally if you include the "eye" of the onion in blender, depending on the type and intensity of the onion, it could turn bitter. Next time, cut the onion into half vertically and take out the middle portion which is the seed of the onion out and you should be fine.

  19. Hello, this dish looks amazing.
    Can you please clarify if we need to use the greens or the whites of the spring onions, or both?


  20. @Sanya KirplaniYou can use both the white and green part

  21. Tried this recipie.....nalla irunthuchu...nandri aarthi


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