Jul 16, 2013

Dry Pepper Chicken - Indian Style

Yesterday i had my baby shower celebrations in a traditional way. I am brought to my mum's place and i will be here untill i get my love in my hands. My hands are filled with so many glass bangles and it is really a lovely experience hearing those sounds. I am loving each seconds of it. I will be sharing my baby shower pictures very soon in facebook.

Now coming back to today's recipe, it is a chicken recipe and my favorite one. I have already posted chinese style pepper chicken recipe in my blog before. This is my indian version of it. It has lots of indian masala and stuffs in it. I love this one when served with naan or hot rice. I hope you will love it and let me know what you think.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 1 hour
Serves - 3 to 4


Chicken - 1/2 kg cleaned with bone
Oil - 3 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tblspn
Onion - 2 large sliced thinly
Green Chilli - 3 slit
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli podi - 2 tblspn
Garam Masala Powder - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh Ground Pepper - 2 tblspn
Lemon Juice to taste
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro for garnishing


Heat oil in a kadai. Add in fennel seeds and let them crackle.

Now add in onions, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for 5 to 10 mins till it turns light golden.

Now add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in all the spice powders and salt and mix well.

Now add in chicken and toss well with the masala.

Cover the kadai and let it cook for 30 to 40 mins till the chicken is cooked.

Now open the kadai and cook on a high heat and let the masala gets dry.

Add in fresh ground pepper and toss well.

Squeeze in some lemon juice and coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve with rice or any bread.

Take all your ingredients

Crackle fennel seeds in oil

Add in onions, curry leaves and green chilli

Saute till lightly golden

Add in ginger garlic paste

Add in all spice powders

Saute for 30 more sec

Add in chicken pieces

Saute with the masala
Cover the pan and let it cook

Now the chicken is cooked..

Open the pan and dry the chicken

Add in fresh ground pepper

Toss well with the chicken

Squeeze in some lemon juice

Add in some coriander leaves

Toss well



  1. Hi. Good Morning Aarthi. I like the way you present your recipes. Very easy. I know that if I want a recipe I can just go through the site & check it out. Congratulations for your Baby Shower & keep us posted. We luv you. Take care. :D

  2. The chicken looks lovely & the color is totally beautiful. This is very similar to the way I make it at home.

  3. fingerlicking gud!!! yummmm

    congrats fr ur babyshower and my wishes with u

  4. Many congo dear...Looking forward the pics in fb :)

  5. Hi aarthy..in this recipy did u add any chillypowder. I make this easterday it is little yellowish color,yours is dark brown in color. Plz Clarify it.I am your regular blog visiter.congratulations for ur baby shower..

  6. @meera nair No i didn't add any chilli powder, The colour depends on the brand of spice powders which we use. my coriander powder is a home milled one, so it gives a darker colour to the curry. And also the colour comes from the browning of the onions. I hope they tasted good.

  7. Hi...my mouth is watering reading this recipe....I will definitely try it...simply amazing....thank you for sharing it...

  8. Hi ... I liked the way it is described pic by pic ..I tried it. It came out really well.. Only thing I missed is the non stick kadai.Simple and easy to make .. The real....indian way...
    Sathya Angel

  9. wonderful explanation... with a lovely photos shown step by step. I just love it this kind of style and that's was my favourite recipe and I'll definitely make it!!

  10. Hi Aarti...You have an amazing blog. I followed all your baby food recipes for my 10 month old son and he is liking them and he has put on little bit of weight also (he was thin earlier). Thank you so much . Just love your step by step explanation with pictures which not many blogs have. It really helped me. Thank you so much. Keep blogging and i will follow them.

  11. Thanks for sharing the receipe. Am trying this for the first time today. Hope my mom and sister likes it. Will share the outcome once done.

  12. Done with the cooking Aarthi. It was good and my sister liked it very much!!! However, the chicken wasn't juicy. It was too dry.
    In general while cooking is there some method to keep chicken juicy till it is served??? Please suggest.

  13. It tastes yumm..tried it..v loved it ..! :)

  14. @MuraliIf you want your chicken juicy, you have cook to cook it low and slow. Cooking in a cooker helps it turn out juicy and soft

  15. Hi aarthi your recipe maked my Sunday very nice thanks for a simple
    And easy recipe. Ayesha

  16. Made it today, it was delicious. My father in law and mother in law enjoyed it a lot !!

    Thank you

  17. Do we need to add water to cook the chicken?

  18. @Vinodhini Muthuswamyno need the chicken will be cooked in its ow juices

  19. I came across your blog while looking for some Indian recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes :)

  20. Trying this today let's see how it come up

  21. Cooking for my family first time after wedding, and the dish was finger-licking good .. thanks! :)

  22. Nice trying now

  23. hi... excellent recipe.. I tried it on last Sunday and it came out very tasty... all at home appreciated.. thanks for sharing. :)

  24. Thank you for the receipt.. I follow your site a lot.Good work

  25. Hi Aarthi. I had tried this.It was amazing. I hav started cooking after watching ur blog. The way you run this blog is awesome. Keep it up. Thank you :)

  26. Hi hi hi. My name is niyati. I'm 14 I love chicken alot . Just saw this n now I'll prepare this dish... by the wayy congratulations n thaank you soo much for sharing this eassyy recipe..

  27. Thank you for the recipe it looks yummy :) My family is new to Indian cooking. I am an experienced cook but am unfamiliar with some of the ingredients. Are curry leaves the same as curry powder? if not what are the difference and what do I look for at the market? How hot spicy is this recipe? I have never used so much black pepper in a single dish...I am very interested in trying this so I look forward to your reply. Thank you again, tpm

  28. @Anonymouscurry leaf is not curry powder, These leaves will come from a plant.

    This dish is a bit spicy, you can reduce it as per your taste

  29. I made this and it was absolutely delicious. My husband proclaimed it one of the best pepper chickens he has ever had. I will definitely be making this again, thank you so much!

  30. Hi:)
    I tried Dry Pepper Chicken on last sunday. It turned out really well. Thanks for the recipe. Keep going!!!

  31. Wow mouthwatering dish
    Please tell the onion in gram or cup measure

  32. Thank you very much for your reply. It's really good.

  33. Wow looks wonderful.
    I was just wondering, why haven't you added tomatoes? Also, I read somewhere that coconut milk is to be used.
    Will the dish be something different if I add tomatoes and coconut milk?

  34. @Shalabhthis is a different style of recipe

  35. Hi there... Tried this recipe... And I must say... All loved it!! Followed it word to word.. It was sooo delicious!!
    Will try more of ur recipes

  36. Hi aarti...
    Tried this recipe yesterday... It was amazing.. My son loved it! He was so tired of my usual gravies... When made this he loved the taste, the smell.... Thanks dear!!

  37. hi, aarthi, last night I made tis. It turned out bitter , tink i burned d spices. My baby was very cranky :(
    what do i do with it now? How can i make it edible now

  38. @Anonymous add some tomato puree and adjust with some salt and a little sugar and make it like a curry. You can add some pureed coconut or cashew puree too

  39. Came out very well! So simple n easy too.

  40. Can we use chicken breast for this recipe? If yes then what changes should I do relating to cooking technique and time taken

  41. @Kaajal Bhawnaniu can use chicken breast. reduce cooking time.

  42. I am a 18 year old guy who just started cooking and this is one of my firSt time cooking chicken . Wish me luck and I'll soon try out future recipe. And thanks for this one.
    ps very excited ,thanks arthi

  43. Tried this dish today and my family said best pepper chicken ever..Thankyou

  44. Tried it a couple of times now and my family loved it ... thanks

  45. I made this yesterday. I used less sombu as both my husband and I don't like it very strong. This dish turned out really well. Both of us loved it.


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