Malabar Chicken Curry

Chicken cooked with a spicy and flavrourful coconut masala - a malabar speciality.

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Main Ingredients Chicken, Coconut oil
Cuisine Kerala
Course Main Course Chicken
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 21-25 minutes
Serve 10
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Malabar Chicken Curry

  • 1 kilogram Chicken cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander seeds
  • 3 Dry red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon Black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 2 inch piece Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Coconut grated
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 Green chilli
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 3 medium Onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/2 cup Fresh coriander leaves chopped


  1. Heat one tablespoon oil a non stick pan and addcoriander seeds, dry red chillies, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon stick and coconut till fragrant.
  2. Remove from flame and grind to a coarse paste adding sufficient quantity water.
  3. Heat oil in a non stick pan add ginger garlic paste, green chillies, curry leaves and saute for a minute.
  4. Add onions and saute till light brown.
  5. Add chicken pieces, turmeric powder, salt and grounded paste and ½ cup water and saute for a minute and let it cook till chicken is tender.
  6. Serve hot garnish with chopped coriander leaves.