Gongura Chicken

Gongura or sorrel leaves or ambadi are good for our health. Being rich in iron and calcium they are good for our bones health and also improve our metabolism by burning bad calories and breaking starch faster than before. They are sour to taste and are used extensively in Andhra cuisine to make various dishes. Here chicken is cooked with gongura to make a delicious curry.

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Gongura Chicken

Main ingredients Chicken on the bone, Sorrel leaves (gongura), Oil, Onions, Ginger-garlic paste, Dried red chillies, Tomato, Red chilli powder, Cumin powder, Coriander powder, Garam masala powder, Turmeric powder, Green chillies, Fresh coriander leaves
Cuisine South Indian
Course Main course chicken
Prep time 10-15 minutes
Cook time 25-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Tangy
Level of cooking Easy
Others Non vegetarian


  • 750 grams chicken, cut into 2 inch pieces on the bone
  • ½ medium bunch of sorrel (gongura), leaves separated
  • 3-4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced 
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 4 dried red chillies
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 green chillies, slit
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Steamed rice to serve


  1. Heat oil in an earthenware pot, add onions and salt and sauté till golden brown.
  2. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add dried red chillies and mix. Add tomato and cook till it turns pulpy.
  4. Add chicken and sauté on high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
  5. Add sorrel leaves, mix and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add ½ cup water and mix. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Add green chillies and coriander leaves and mix well.
  7. Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot with steamed rice.