Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhambu / Karaikudi Chicken Curry


1/2 kg chicken
2 onions, sliced
1 big tomato, chopped
5-7 big garlic cloves
1 big piece ginger
1 1/2 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup grated coconut
1 tbsp cashew nuts
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp pepper corns
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste


  1. Cut the chicken into pieces, clean it and keep it aside. Grind the garlic and ginger together to a paste.
  2. Grind the grated coconut, cashew nuts and poppy seeds together to a smooth paste adding little water.
  3. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a thick bottomed pan and add sliced onions and saute well.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute well till the raw smell disappears.
  5. Then reduce the flame and add the turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Add kashmiri chilli powder and saute well for a minute.
  7. Add garam masala, chopped tomato and salt and mix well and cook covered on low flame till the tomato gets cooked.
  8. Then add cleaned chicken pieces and enough salt and mix well. Cover and cook on medium flame till the chicken is half cooked.
  9. Add 3/4-1 cup of water to this and boil well.
  10. Then add ground coconut paste, mix well and cook it covered on low flame till the chicken is cooked well and the gravy is slightly thickened. Switch off the flame.
  11. Heat little oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add pepper corns and fry it and reduce the flame to low and add cumin seeds.
  12. Switch off the flame and add a pinch of chilli powder and mix well. Pour this over the curry and garnish with coriander leaves…
Recipe adapted from here..

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