Saturday, December 8, 2012

Chettinad Chicken Gravy | Chicken Kuzhambu Recipe

I usually prepare this gravy atleast once in a week, a delicious gravy goes well with rice/roti/dosa...I took this pictures few months back n just got time to post it :-(. Many of you asked for non veg recipes, so here it is...Try this weekend n hv gr8 time with ur family :-)
Ingredients to grind
Big Onion - 1 n 1/2 (Medium size) chopped roughly
Tomato - 1/2 (Medium No.) chopped roughly
Curry Leaves - 4-5 No.
Dry Red Chillies - Lenthy 4 No.
Sliced Garlic - 5 No.
Coriander seeds - 3 Tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Black/Whole Pepper corns - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
Whole Cinnamon - 1 No.
Whole Cloves - 4 No.
Shredded/Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Roasted gram/Dalia (Pottukadalai) - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4tsp

Other Ingredients 
Chicken - 1 lb or around 500grams
Tomato - 1/2 No.
Yogurt - 1/4 Cup
Oil - 2 Tbsp
Pepper - 1tsp
Curry leaves - Few
Small Onion - 12 No. (or replace with 1 Big onion)
Coriander Leaves - To garnish
Salt n Water - As Needed
  • Clean n cut the chicken in to pieces.
  • Marinate the chicken with yogurt, turmeric n salt for atleast 30mins.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a pan, add cumin, pepper, fennel, whole red chilli, onion, garlic n coriander seeds, saute well.
  • When onion changes light brown finally add turmeric powder, coconut n dalia, remove from heat. Toss for few mins when the mixture cooled completely grind it to a fine paste.
  • Again add oil to the same pan temper with whole pepper, curry leaves then add finely chopped small onion(Picture 3), tomato saute till tomato mashes well then add marinated chicken and start cook in medium flame for few more mins.

  • When chicken starts leaving water add the ground paste (Picture 4 n 5) and transfer it to the pressure cooker (like I did for Pepper Chicken Chettinad gravy) allow 2 whistles (Picture 6).
  • When pressure goes off again transfer to the wide open pan/kadai n allow to cook for few mins till the gravy gets thick, the gravy consistency is upto you.
  • If you like to have bit watery then cook for shrot time otherwise add less water while grinding n cooking chicken then cook in low flame to evaporate excess water n when oil floates on top, then put off the stove...
  1. Can substitute coriander powder in place of whole coriander.
  2. If you like to have more spicy then add red chilli powder at any time.
  3. Can use mix of red n green chillies too..


  1. Chettinad cuisine is of my fav, how flavourful this chicken gravy will be na, inviting.

  2. wow!! superbly done!! yummmm..

  3. I am a fan of Chettinad recipes, if it with chicken means never failed to try it...this sounds so spicy n flavorful...will try this soon, love it with hot idlis :)

  4. I love this gravy.. so full of flavours..looks very temtpting!

  5. OMG...I'm literally drooling over your curry dear!

  6. Love chettinad preparations and this is so flavorful :) Nice one Sangeetha :)
    Prawn Biryani / Eral Biryani - Using Pressure Cooker

  7. Looks delicious and spicy...loved it.

  8. full of flavors, yummy!!
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  9. Delicious chicken gravy Sangeetha, Looks yum

  10. Yummy curry with loads of flavors...Love this with rotis..

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  12. looks superb Sangeetha! good step by step clicks


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