Spicy Chicken Curry South Indian Style

Spicy Chicken Curry South Indian Style

This was a special request from the hubby, who had gotten pretty much tired of my usual yogurt marinated chicken curry... this one features a spicy masala paste made with dry roasted spices... best served with white rice.

Nirmala Prem


  1. 1 chicken , cleaned and cut into pieces
  2. 2 potatoes , cubed
  3. 1 tomato , sliced
  4. 2 onions , sliced
  5. 2 Tablespoons garlic , chopped
  6. 1 Tablespoon ginger , chopped
  7. 2 green chillies , slit lengthwise
  8. 1 cinnamon stick
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 4 cloves
  11. 2 pods cardamom
  12. 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  13. 2 Tablespoons coriander seeds whole
  14. 4 chillies whole dry red
  15. 4 Tablespoons coconut grated / dessicated
  16. handful curry leaves of
  17. 2 Teaspoons chilli powder
  18. 1 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  19. 1 Teaspoon coriander powder
  20. 1/4 Teaspoon mustard seeds


35 mins
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    Clean the chicken and cut into medium size pieces. wash well, drain and marinate with 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and a bit of salt. set aside.

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    Dry roast the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods, bay leaf, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, whole red chilies, desiccated coconut and a few curry leaves. keep mixing it well so that no part of it gets burned. the coconut should have turned an even brown, and the curry leaves should be wilted and dry.

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    Transfer the dry roasted spices and coconut to a mixer and grind to a paste using a little water. set aside.

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    Heat oil in a kadai / vessel. add the mustard seeds.

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    When the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves and toss about for 10 seconds.

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    Add the slit green chilies, ginger and garlic. Stir till they turn a slight golden brown.

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    Add the sliced onions and the remaining turmeric powder. stir till the onions are translucent.

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    Add the tomato, remaining chili powder and coriander powder. stir well (about 2 minutes).

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    Next, reduce the heat to medium and add the masala paste prepared earlier. mix well, about 2 minutes. then add the potatoes and stir well. cook covered for about a minute.

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    Increase the heat to high, and add the marinated chicken pieces. stir them around till the pieces are evenly coated with the masala and turn slightly opaque.

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    Add enough water to form a gravy, and return to a medium - low flame. cook covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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    By this time, the fat should have separated from the curry. add salt at this stage, stir and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes.

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    Check seasoning and test the potatoes to see if done, and switch off the flame.

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    Let the curry rest for about 20 minutes, before serving. serve with rotis or rice.

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