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07 September 2013


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Spicy Kerala Chicken Fry

  1. Chicken,(medium sized pieces)-500 gms
  2. Onion,sliced-1/2 cup(one medium sized)
  3. Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
  4. Oil-as required
For Masala paste
  1. Kashmiri chili powder-2 tsp( or to taste)
  2. Coriander powder-1 tsp
  3. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds-3/4 to 1 tsp
  5. Black pepper corns-1/2 to 1 tsp
  6. Green chilies-1 or 2 nos( according to taste)
  7. Ginger-1 inch piece
  8. Garlic-3 to 4 large cloves
  9. Vinegar-1 tsp
  10. Water-as required
  11. Salt-to taste
  • In a blender,combine together all the ingredients listed under 'For masala paste' and blend to form a smooth paste.
  • Rub this onto the chicken pieces and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan cover and cook the marinated chicken until it is 3/4 th done.Keep aside
  • Heat oil in a pan( use oil just enough to shallow fry the chicken pieces) and add the cooked chicken pieces , sliced onion and curry leaves,fry until it turns golden brown,carefully turning once or twice in between.
  • Add more curry leaves if required.
Serve with rice or chapathi.


  1. Can i bake chicken instead of frying ?

    1. Yes you can!!Instead of frying ,grill the chicken pieces..
      Happy cooking

  2. Looks yummy...., mouthwatering clicks...

  3. heavenly pictures ! What a great looking fry that is !

  4. Hi
    I didn't get the 3rd step, about cooking 3/4. How do I cook chicken without adding water?

    1. You don't have to add water while cooking the chicken,as the meat will let out water as it cooks.

    2. Sorry ya, can you please explain a bit further how to cook the marinated chicken?

    3. Okie...what you have to do is ,place the marinated chicken in a heavy bottomed pan.Cover with the lid and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes on a medium flame or until chicken is soft or is almost done and the masala coats the chicken pieces well.(Check in between and give it a stir to avoid burning.)
      Then heat oil in another pan and shallow fry the cooked chicken pieces (+ onion and curry leaves) until it turns golden brown on both sides.

      ( anyways...ill try and include step by step pictures for this recipe ...soon)
      btw,..Sorry for the delay!!...Regards ..Vidya

      You can mail me @ kurryleaves@gmail.com,if you have any doubts...okie..
      Happy cooking

  5. Thanks Vidya

    My wife is pregnant and she was craving for chicken fry! I tried your recipe and it turned out to superb, however, the cooking marinated chicken part got me! I found the chicken pieces bit burned :O, still the fry tasted awesome.

    Thank you for the comment, will try again soon.



  6. I made this, with the following changes : added two cubes of chedder cheese to the marinade, one fourth TSP of Chinese five spice to the marinade and a spn of olive oil. I also fried onions with coarsly ground fresh cocunt, fried along wit h coconut. Then poured over the cooked chicken. Still tasted very malabari, but the cheese made the masala stick to the chicken better. Ooops forgot a tbspn of powdered jaggery, making the dish very savoury. Overall yummmmm.


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