Chettinad Chicken Masala

Also Known As:  Chettinad Spicy Chicken Gravy, Chettinadu Kozhi Curry, Chetinad Kodi Kari, Chetindu Koli Saru, Chettinaad Murgh Kulambu

Category:  Curry

Region:  Chettinad

Type:  Non Veg


  1. Chicken     1    Kg
  2. Chopped Onion     1    cup
  3. Chopped Tomatoes     2    cups
  4. Garlic     6    cloves
  5. Minced Ginger     1    tbsp
  6. Turmeric Powder     ½    tsp
  7. Garam Masala     1    tsp
  8. Red Chilli Powder     1    tsp
  9. Black pepper     1    tsp
  10. Cumin Seeds Powder     1    tsp
  11. Salt     1    tsp
  12. Seasoning
    1. Oil      4    tbsp
    2. Curry Leaves      4    stalks
    3. Cinnamon Pieces (Patta)      2    piece
    4. Crumbled Bay leaves      1    no.
    5. Peppercorns      6    no.
    6. Fennel Seeds(Perumjeerakam)      ¼    tsp
    7. Cumin Seeds      ¼    tsp


  1. Wash the chicken thoroughly and remove the skin.Cut the chicken in to small pieces.Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the curry leaves, cinnamon, bay leaf and peppercorns. Fry over medium heat, till the peppercorns splutter.
  3. Sprinkle in fennel and cumin seeds turn brown.
  4. Stir in the onions,tomatoes, garlic, ginger and turmeric powder.Cook till the onions are soft.
  5. Add the chicken. Brown well and cook over high heat till it become opaque (partially cooked).
  6. Reduce heat and sprinkle in the remaining spice powders and salt. Mix till the chicken is well coated with spices.
  7. Simmer covered over low-medium heat for 30-45 minutes, till the chicken is tender.Stir frequently,adding 1 cup of water,as required to prevent the chicken from sticking to the skillet.
  8. Alternatively, cook the chicken in a pressure cooker with 1-2 cups of water, for 10 minutes after cooker reaches full pressure.Transfer chicken to an iron skillet and cook over medium-high heat, till the gravy is reduced and the chicken is well coated.

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