Chettinad Chicken

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Chettinad Chicken


Cooking Time

Preparation Time :1 Hr 0 Min

Cook Time : 30 Min

Total Time : 1 Hr 30 Min


Serves : 4
  • 1 kgs chicken

  • 1 tbsp kashmiri chili powder

  • 2 nos tomatoes,(small,finlely chopped)

  • 1 sprig curry leaves

  • 1 cups coconut milk

  • 1 tsp salt to taste

  • 1 cups pearl onions/shallots

  • 1 tbsp oil

  • 3/4 tbsp for grinding :fennel seed

  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander seed

  • 3/4 tbsp cumin seed

  • 7-8 nos dried red chilies

  • 3 nos cardamom

  • 1 tsp pepper corns

  • 2 nos cloves

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick

  • 1 sprig curry leaves

  • 1/2 tsp oil

  • 3-4 nos green chilies

  • 5-8 nos garlic cloves

  • 2 inch ginger piece

  • 1 tsp poppy seeds


  • Soak poppy seeds in warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Wash and cut chicken into medium pieces.
  • Make paste from ginger,garlic,green chilies and poppy seeds and keep this aside.
  • Heat a frying pan to medium-high, add 1 tsp oil. When hot, add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves dried red chillies,curry leaves,.
  • stir well this constantly until lightly roasted. Cool and grind to a powder.
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the bay leave.shallots/small onions and curry leaves and saute till transparent.
  • Add the kashmiri chilli powder and turmeric powder and just stir for few seconds.
  • Add the grounded ginger,garlic,green chillie and poppy paste. Continue to stir and fry for about 4 minutes, drizzling little water to prevent sticking.
  • Add chicken and cook on high heat,stir until they are well coated with the masala for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Reduce to medium heat, add salt,tomatoes and combine well. Cook the chicken for 4-5 mts, uncovered, Now add the coconut milk and 1/2cup of water(if needed) allow to boil.
  • Turn the heat to medium low, cover and simmer until the chicken is almost cooked, about 20-25 minutes. Open lid and combine well.
  • Finally add the ground masala powder and cook for 3 mts. Turn off heat.
  • Garnish with curry leaves.Yummy chettinad chicken curry is ready.