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Jul 10, 2014

Chettinad Chicken Curry Recipe / Chettinad Chicken Kuzhambu Recipe

Chettinad Chicken, The most popular chicken curry, how did i stayed away these long without posting it in my blog. I dont know. Anyway now i have found that and immediately made it and took pictures of it to post here. I have made this so many time, it is a so tasty dish, different from the one which you get in restaurants. In my place i couldn't find a good chettinad chicken, every thing tasted either too spicy and not much flavourful..

This curry has lots of freshly roasted spices and coconut which is then ground to a fine paste and added it to the chicken. YUMMY..Your total house will smell heavenly when you make this..And i cooked the chicken in pressure cooker, if you dont have one, just make this in a kadai and simmer it for a long time till the chicken is cooked. I hope you will give this and try and let me know how it turned out.

Mean while Check out my another roasted spiced chicken curry which is a kadai chicken recipe..

Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 45 to 50 mins
Serves : 3 to 4


Chicken - 1/2 kg / 500 grams
Onions - 2 large sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 2 medium size cubed
Curry Leaves a small handful
Oil - 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice - 2 tblspn
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro - 3 tblspn chopped finely

For Chettinad Masala:
Coriander Seeds / Mullu Malli - 3 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli - 4 to 5 or to taste
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Cinnamon Stick / Pattai - 5 cm stick
Kalpasi / Black Stone Flower - 3 pieces (dagad phool/patthar ka phool) 
Whole Peppercorns - 2 tsp
Cardamom Pods / Yelakai - 5
Star Anise / Natchathira Sombu - 1 
Cloves / Krambu - 4
Fresh Coconut - 1/4 cup grated and packed


Add salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice to chicken and mix well. Let it marinate for 15 to 20 mins.

Now Make the chettinad masala. Dry roast all the spices except coconut in a kadai till it turns golden. once it turn golden add in coconut and roast till the coconut turns light golden. Remove them to a mixer and grind them to a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add in onions and saute till it turns soft.

Add in curry leaves and ginger garlic paste. Saute for a min.

Add in marinated chicken and mix well. Add in cubed tomatoes and mix well. Cover the cooker and cook it for 2 whistle, simmer for 10 mins. Switch off the heat and let them steam go all by itself.

Open the cooker and pour the chicken in a kadai. Add more water if needed. 

Add the ground masala and mix well.Cover and simmer for 10 mins.

Add in coriander leaves and serve.

Take your chicken pieces

Season with some salt

Add in turmeric powder

Squeeze some lemon juice

Mix well and let it marinate for 15 to 20 mins
Spices for chettinad masala

Add all of them to a dry pan

Roast them till it turns golden

When it is almost golden, add in coconut

Toast them till it turn little golden

Spices beautifully roasted

take them in a blender

Puree them by adding some water

Now take your other ingredients

Heat oil in a pressure cooker
Add some onions

Saute till it turn soft

Now addd in ginger garlic paste

lots of curry leaves

Add in marianted chicken

Mix that around

Add in cubed tomatoes

cover and cook

Now the chicken is cooked to perfection

Transfer that to a kadai

Add more water if needed, Bring it to boil again

Add in the chettinad masala

mix well

cover and simmer

This is how it looks after simmered for a while

Add in lots of chopped coriander leaves



  1. Yummy I tried it today for Sunday special lunch.. It turned out fantabulous... :) Thank you for the special dish.. :)

    1. Thanx for this will try soon! Do you hv a recipe for Pineapple rasam?

  2. @Vaish Krishnanhttp://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2014/07/pineapple-rasam-recipe.html

  3. I made this for lunch today , it was very tasty & easy to prepare . For evening m going to try the chicken tangdi kabab .... Thanx Aarthi for the delicious recipies

  4. Yummy but more spicy.

  5. Loved it.. bagged appreciation too..really yummy

  6. Really yummy..mmmm...thanks yaar

  7. @Anonymous

    Hi, I've made this and other similar recipes before but it doesn't work out quite right...almost like only half the masala should go in at the end...always ends up like grainy curry (despite the masala being very finely ground to a paste) and quite dry. Any suggestions? thanks

  8. I can sum up the Recipe in just one word.......Amazing.

    It reminded me of a restaurant recipe and I had it with naan.

    Thank you for this amazing recipe aarthi.

  9. Hi aarthi I tried this receipt today it was awesome came out very well .everyone in our family appreciated me and asked receipe .

  10. Hi aarthi I tried this today for lunch it came out very well .everyone in our family appreciated me and asked the receipe

    Good job ya

  11. Thank you for sharing
    Will try this

  12. Hi, today made this dish. But I felt the smell of cardamom was strong. I think I went wrong while roasting.

  13. Hi, Tried this recipe today but the Smell of cardamom was strong. What may be the mistake??

  14. @AnonymousYou have added too much cardamom or may be burnt it while roasting.

  15. The cooking time for the chicken is too much if u're using broiler chicken. It's perfect for desi chicken though. Awesome recipe! Thanks!Gulshan devaiya?

  16. Mouth watering receipe......! Could u please tell how to make dry methi powder from a fresh methi leaves

  17. Awesome.. The pictures really help and makes it easy to go through the recipe :-)
    Keep it up..

  18. Great recipe...like most of your others ! The step by step pictures are a big help, and sets you apart from the other websites. Keep cooking ! Keep sharing ! Thanks a ton !!

  19. One of the best recipe.
    Thank you. Keep up your great stuff and innovative presentation. Thanks.

  20. Your blog has almost all the recipes I google for... U rock big time!!! This recipe is outta the world... Hats off!!!

  21. Awesome recipe Arthi. I tried it out today n it came out really well. spicey Spicey yummyyum...

  22. Tried today after a tiring day. It was awesome. Thanks for the steps. It suited very well for idly.

  23. Yummy recipe...... Www.planetfoodgeeks.com

  24. Tried it today , turned out a tasty aromatic dish ... Great demonstration .. Loved it 😊 thank u

  25. Hi, thanks for the really nice recipe, but can u pls tell why we need to transfer the chicken to kadai before adding the masala ? Why can't we just add it to the pressure cooker ?

  26. @Anonymousu can cook it in pressure cooker itself. but i transfer so i can take pics easily and clearly

  27. My father use to cook this recipe well when i was kid ;now he is aged cant make it like before; last week i prepared with 1.5 kg chicken and served whole family; every one said it resembled my fathers preparation.

  28. I'm vegetarian so I tried this recipe with potato instead of chicken. Was amazing!! Look forward to trying more of your recipes.

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  30. I tried your chetinad chicken curry recipe ...it's was superb

  31. Hai dear Chef.
    I am keen in trying new recipes...Now only i find your Chicken chettinadu in this one , and i tried it and i find it good ans very authentic .We are enjoying your curry ...Good ....dear . Jagadeesh Panicker.

  32. Hi Aarthi


  33. I am yet to try this and do have a doubt. Incase I am gonna cook 1kg or 1n half kg chicken..does the masala content remain same or do I increase everything in ur recipe list.

  34. Fantastic receipe I tried it today en it has turned to b awesome. I m nt a very frequent cook. But followed ur recipe as mentioned en it has turned to b same look alike at least. For sure it would b tasting to same. Lovely would follow ur receipes henceforth..... πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  35. Hi I cannot get kalpasi here can I use anything else thank you for your reply as I would like to try this recipe ����

  36. Hi...I don't have the kalpasi....can it be avoided

  37. Hi this sounds yummy. Excuse my ignorance but what is kalpasi? Do you have a picture? Thanks!

  38. Hi Aarthi. This looks yummy. Forgive my ignorance but what is kalpasi? Do you have a picture? Thanks

  39. Hi Aarthi. This looks delicious. Forgive my ignorance but what is kalpasi? Do you have a picture? Thanks.

  40. @Aussie Girliecheck this link

  41. Hi ..I tried the recipe... Came out really well... Thank you for awesome pictures... Helps a lot..

  42. hi aarti today morning i saw ur recipe and decided to give a try.. and it turned out really yum.. thank u for this wonderful recipe.. while taking coriander i do felt is it more but it turned out very flavoursome..

  43. i asked my mom to do that it was amazing i like to know how to centre fill a cake wish tell me soon ;D

  44. I made this for my husbands birthday. In fact I pureed the onions. It came out really well.

  45. Good and tasty recipe. Thanks Arthi

  46. I tried this today. As usual other recipes of yours, came out perfect. Kudos to you and your photography.. !

  47. Hi Aarthi,
    Thanks for the recipe. I tried this out twice and felt the powder did not mix well and a bit grainy. I followed all the steps and the whole dish did not blend well. When I tasted it the taste was good but I am making some mistake and think the dish can turn out even better. Can you please give me any suggestions?

  48. Can i use cashews/poppy seeds instead of coconut?

  49. While adding chicken in the cooker do we need to add water or without water we need to pressure Cook.


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