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Kerala Style Chicken Curry

Cooking Method , ,
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 1 hr Cook Time: 40 mins Rest Time: 10 mins Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Servings 4
Best Season

If you want to try one of my Indian recipes, please try this one! It has officially become my favourite. It is so delicious and so flavourful! I've never been to Kerala but I was lucky enough to try authentic south Indian food and I simply fell in love with it. If you are a coconut and spice lover, you will love this too. If you don't find curry leaves in your country, you can just skip them. I would not recommend using dry ones because they lack the flavour, so if you find frozen ones, then use those, as their flavour is preserved much better. You will impress all your guests with this curry! I found the inspiration on but I have adjusted the recipe a little and I served the curry with some coocnut rice for more flavour.

    For the curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 Piece cinnamon stick
  • 0.5 teaspoons cloves
  • 0.5 teaspoons green cardamom seeds
  • 1 Piece Kashmiri red chilli, soaked in hot water for 5 minute (use regular chopped chilli if not available)
  • a couple of curry leaves (15-20)
  • 1 Piece ginger (1 inch, sliced)
  • 6 Pieces garlic cloves
  • 1 Piece small red onion (sliced julienne)
  • 30 grams whole dry coconut or fresh coconut (whole dried coconut is found only in India and Indian stores, if not available, use fresh coconut)
  • 0.5 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • For the curry
  • 800 grams chicken (a combination of thighs and drumsticks)
  • 1 Piece big onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 400 grams finely chopped tomato
  • salt (as per taste)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • For the coconut rice
  • 250 grams basmati rice (boiled and drained)
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 fresh coconut slices, cut into small pieces
  1. Preparing the curry paste

    Start by heating the oil in a pan and add the cumin, coriander, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves and green cardamom seeds. Allow to splutter (don't burn!) then add the curry leaves. Give everything a stir and add the hydrated chilli. Add the garlic, ginger, onion, turmeric powder and some salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the coconut slices, cook for 1 more minute and transfer on a plate. Allow to cool down completely. After that, transfer everything into a grinder/blender and mix with some water until you get a nice and thick paste. Set aside.

  2. Preparing the curry

    In a pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add the chopped onion and a little bit of salt. Cook until slightly caramelised (5-7 minutes). Add the curry paste and cook it for 2-3 minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes and the sugar. Mix everything well.

  3. Brown the chicken

    In a separate pan, heat some oil and add the chicken pieces, together with some salt and cook then for 2 minutes on each side until they get a little bit brown. Once they are brown, put the chicken pieces one by one in the onion, curry paste and tomato mixture. Boil for approximately 30 minutes on low heat or until the meat falls apart slightly from the bone.

  4. Preparing the rice

    For the rice, you will have to prepare a tadka, that means frying whole spices in a little bit of oil in order to release their flavours. In a small pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add the curry leaves, allow to splutter. Finally, add the coconut slices and cook until they become slightly golden. Take the tadka and pour it over the drained rice. Mix everything well and serve with the curry. Enjoy!