10 August 2015

Nadan Chicken Curry / Kerala Chicken Curry

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Nadan Chicken Curry

Kerala style spicy Chicken curry.
Cooking Time: 50 to 60 minutes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5
  1. Chicken,medium pieces- 600 to 700 gms
  2. Ginger,finely chopped - 1.5 tsp
  3. Garlic ,finely chopped - 1.5 tsp
  4. Green chilies,cut vertically - 1 or 2( according to taste)
  5. Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  6. Shallots,sliced - 1/2 cup
  7. Onion ,sliced - 2 cups ( 2 large)
  8. Coconut,sliced - 1/4 to 1/3 cup
  9. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  10. Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  11. Kashmiri chili powder- 1.5 tbsp(see notes)
  12. Garam masala powder - 1.5 tsp
  13. Tomato ,chopped - 1/2 cup( 1 medium)
  14. Hot water - as required
  15. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  16. Salt - to taste
  17. Coconut oil - as required
For Marination:
  1. Kashmiri chili powder- 1/2 tsp
  2. Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  3. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  4. Ginger -garlic paste - 3/4 tsp
  5. Salt - to taste
  6. Water -2 to 3 tsp

  • In a bowl add the chicken along with the all the  ingredients listed under ' for marination'.Keep aside for about 20 to 30 minutes.Heat oil a manchatti/clay pot.Add garlic,ginger, green chilies ,curry leaves and  shallots
  • Saute until shallots turn soft.Next add onion and mix well.
  • Add coconut slices and saute until onion turns soft and golden brown.( for about 20 to 25 minutes over medium low flame.Add 2 to 3 tbsp of water in between so as  to avoid burning)
  • Now reduce the flame to low, add turmeric powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri chili powder and garam masala powder.Mix well until combined.Saute till raw smell leaves.
  • Add tomato and mix well until combined.Cook over medium flame until tomato turns mushy.Stir well in between to avoid burning.
  • Next add the marinated chicken.Add more salt if required.Mix well.
  • Add sufficient quantity of hot water.Stir gently,cover and cook until chicken is tender.(Make sure you stir well in between to avoid burning)
  • Uncover and cook until the gravy turns slightly thick.Switch off the stove and add more curry leaves and drizzle 1 tsp coconut oil on top.Serve with rice / appam /chapathi.
    • For best results , use homemade garam masala , you can find the recipe here.
    • I used 2 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder as we wanted it really spicy.Adjust the amount of Kashmiri chili powder according to your taste.


    1. I tried this nadan chickn curry.. it was super.. thanks a lotttt..! Best one i evr made..

    2. It is really good. I made it couple of times already.

    3. Is the coconut actually "Sliced" or should it be "Shredded"? Could I use "Shredded" instead of "Sliced"?

      1. use sliced coconut and not shredded.You may skip using coconut slices if not available

    4. Good recipe. Tried now and it came out well. I added a bit of coconut milk as well.

    5. We don't need to use chicken masala ?

      1. Hi Alwin you can use chicken masala instead of garam masala..make sure you adjust the quantity of chili powder accordingly.

    6. കലക്കൻ chicken curry dear.. made it and it was lipsmacking gud.

    7. Can we add readymade coconut milk in the end instead of the sliced coconuts?

    8. i tried this, i made exactly like this by following above instructions..its really yummy...

    9. Looks nice. Will try and let you know..


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