Spicy Chicken Kuzhambu / Chettinad Style / Kozhi Kuzhambu :

19 May 2012

Spicy Chicken Kuzhambu:

Here’s a spicy & aromatic Chettinad style Chicken curry recipe. It is so easy to cook & is also one of the tastiest.! 

In this recipe the chicken is marinated with chilly pwd, turmeric pwd, herbs paste and cooked in spicy masala. For best result, do start earlier to allow time for marinating the chicken pieces. And it goes great with plain boiled rice or with chapatis ( Indian flatbread ) . 

Make delicious chicken kuzhambu with this simple recipe.:)


  • Chicken                                     - ½ kg
  • Mint, curry & coriander leaves    - ½  cup
  • Turmeric pwd                            - ½ tsp
  • Red chilly pwd                          - ½ tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste                    - 1 ½ tsp
  • Oil                                            - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Mustard                                    - ½  tsp
  • Red chilly                                  - 3 to 4
  • Coriander seeds                        - 1 tbsp
  • Grated coconut pieces              - ½ cup
  • Milk                                          - ¼ cup
  • Onion                                       - 2
  • Green chilly                               - 1 or 2
  • Tomato                                     - 2
  • Lemon juice                              - few drops
  • Salt to taste


  1. Clean and wash the chicken pieces.
  2. Drain water and keep aside.
  3. Wash and grind mint, curry & coriander leaves to fine paste.
  4. Add this paste to chicken.
  5. Add salt, turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, ginger garlic paste and combine.
  6. Marinate for one hour.
  7. Meanwhile heat a tsp of oil in a pan.
  8. Add mustard, red chilly and coriander seeds.
  9. Sauté for a minute.
  10. Allow to cool & grind it to coarse masala pwd.
  11. Make a paste of grated coconut with the addition of little milk.
  12. Now heat 2 tbsp of oil in a fry pan.
  13. Add finely chopped onion.
  14. Sauté til it turns light golden brown.
  15. Add green chillies slit lengthwise and sauté further.
  16. Add mashed tomatoes and cook till oil separates.
  17. Add coconut paste in the pan.
  18. Fry well in medium flame for about 2 to 3 mins.
  19. Add the marinated chicken pieces.
  20. Mix well.
  21. Cover and cook in low medium flame till the chicken is cooked tender.
  22. No need to add water, as the water content in the coconut paste is enough to cook.
  23. Stir once in a while.
  24. Once the chicken turns soft & cooked, add the freshly ground masala pwd ( step 10)
  25. Mix well and close the lid.
  26. Allow to cook for 2 more mins.
  27. Add little water according to your desired curry consistency.
  28. The delicious chicken kuzhambu is ready.

  1. Serve hot in a bowl & sprinkle few drops of lemon juice to it.
  1. It makes a lipsmacking combo with steamed rice or with roti / chapatti.

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66 Yummy Comments:

Looks sooooo tempting Jay, Feel like taking a bite right away :)


DivyaGCP said...

Delicious chicken gravy.. Spicy and flavorful...
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beti said...

it looks delicious and comforting!

Kitchen Boffin said...

yum yum! the much awaited post has come..
great pictures too..
jai, you simply made me drool all over, gal ;)

Poonam Borkar said...

looks very tempting..drooling over the pics..yum yum!

hi jay, wow i can smell your chicken cooking, especially the curry..am hungry now, so happens i have not eaten my lunch yet and its 2pm. got to eat now :) happy sunday

simran said...

lovely!!!!!!tempting...tasty....i want some!

What's Baking?? said...

I will have second helpings if get some of your curry.

Any said...

It looks very very delicious! I have to try it!

Biny Anoop said...

wow love that thaali.....

SreeBindu said...

Tastes perfect with NAAN :)

Subhie Arun said...

such mouthwatering dish n pic....!!!

Asiya Omar said...

Looks very tasty.

ANU said...

wow very impressive...n nice..luv it!

Priti said...

Looks yum ...the spread is delish

GKtalks said...

I love to have this with Tandoori Roti, wow...

Alida said...

Lovely colourful chicken and very well presented too X

Joanne said...

That spicy sauce sounds super delicious!

Jay said...

thank you for your wonderful comments..
have a great weekend..;)

Absolutely delicious!! Have a great Sunday!

S.Menaga said...

such a droolworthy recipe,looks very tasty!!

Gosh! another mouth watering dish! Delicious ! :)

Gloria said...

look delicious!!

Very tempting clicks Jay, looks delicious!!!

Rosita Vargas said...

Es una verdadera tentación me encanta luce bellísima,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Chitra said...

looks absolutely delicious...

Loveliest dear...I just cooked some chicken perattal...pass me this dish pleaseeeeeee!

Julie said...

Very delicious..Feeling hungry ,jay:-)

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Sangeetha said...

chicken kuzhambu sounds so yummy...am drolling over your pics...too tempting Jay!
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Vinita said...

Hi! Lovely photos! I love any spicy Indian chicken curry...this one looks really good.

Honey said...

looks absolutely delicious.. love chettinad style recipes. :) I still have to try that chettinad chicken you made... I just need to buy Organic chicken.. and everytime I go to TJ's or Whole Foods, I end up going to dinner and the chicken may go bad. ;) Very soon I will!

Sravs said...

so yummy and appealing chicken !! wonderful one !!

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Mouthwatering..looks yummy


Sangeetha Nambi said...

Absolutely delicious Jay !

Follow foodie said...

Very tempting


Akila said...

Mouth watering kuzhambu....

M.E said...

I would love to cook this one day :)


hi jay, coming to your place always makes me hungry...these delicious chicken makes me com again :)

i just remembered i can send to agnel via comment email and i just did that. 5 minutes ago, i email her your reply on the hotel sambar recipe, wow your recipe is so popular jay... have a nice day

Priya said...

Definitely a fingerlicking and droolworthy chicken kuzhambu.

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Sheoh Yan said...

I feel like sinking my teeth on this bowl of curry.

Looks spicy and delicious! Have a great week!

Nancy said...

Looks delicious! :)

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

i can smell the goodness from here with the strong aroma from the curry leaves and spicy ingredients :)

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Shabbu said...

Yummy and tempting chicken recipe...

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Roshni said...

mouth watering

PT said...

very very yummy...following your space.. do stop by mine..


I love spicy curries... sigh am waiting to cook non veg!

Kitchen Riffs said...

I've got tons of mint growing in my garden, so I think I've just found a new use for it! Good recipe, good post - thanks.

Sweet Life said...

Love this spicy chicken. I'm going to try it!

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Vidhya said...

Curry looks finger licking good.

sofiaaurora said...

Ese pollo tiene que estar bien rico y la salsa para tener pan entre las manos, besos

Lynda R Young said...

Yum I'm going to have to try this because I love cooking with lots of spices.

Reeni said...

So spicy and delicious looking!

Kim said...

This spicy chicken looks just awesome!!!!

That looks like a cracker of a dish Jay!

Vandana Rajesh said...

so very tempting Jay..chicken is a favourite at my place and so this is on my to try list:) thks for sharing the delicious recipe.

Elaine said...

This looks beautiful and delicious! I can imagine how tasty it must be with the rice.

hemalata said...

Delicious looking chicken kuzhambu n mouthwatering presentation.

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Anzz said...

When it comes to non veg chettinad cuisine is the best. Thanx for the share.

Vrinda said...

Loved this spicy chicken preparation...

Teena Mary said...

So tempting & finger licking good!!!

faseela said...

super fingerlicking curry........

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