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Malabar Chicken Fry

This is chicken Fry (version 2). I have already post a southern Kerala style chicken fry. This is a inspired by the Malabar Chicken fry/kozhi varuthathu. I got this recipe from my mother-in -law. We tried at home and loved it. This is usually deep fried in hot oil.But here I cooked the chicken first with the marinade and then shallow fried it. It is crispy in the outside and soft in the inside. The combined flavors of spices and roasted coconut makes it very pleasing to the palette. Try this you will surely love it.


To marinate..

Chicken - 1/2 kg
Ginger- garlic paste- 2 tsp
Green chilly and mint paste- 1/2 tsp(optional)
Kashmiri chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
( or yogurt- 2 tsp)
Salt to taste

Coconut grated- 1/4 cup
Curry leaves- a few
Thinly sliced ginger- 2 tsp

Clean and pat dry the chicken drumsticks( remove the skin) and make two or three gashes. Mix the ingredients listed under marinade and spread all over the chicken and into gashes. Keep aside for at least half an hour. 

Note: If you are using the deep fry method and wish for longer hours of marinade do not add vinegar or lemon juice. Add these only half an hour before cooking. Mix the rest of the ingredients and keep refrigerated for three to four hours. 

Cover and cook in the heavy bottom pan in medium flame. It will cook in its own water.When the chicken is cooked and all the marinade is absorbed switch off the flame. Heat a fry pan and add oil and shallow fry this chicken till the outer is crispy on both sides. If you have the rest of the cooked masala in the pan add coconut, ginger and curry leaves into it and mix well. Add this also over the chicken so that they will also get slightly roasted and crispy

Note: If you are using the deep fry method heat oil to a nice high temperature and add the chicken and after a minute reduce to low and continue frying till both sides become brown and crispy. When it is almost time to take chicken out of the oil add the curry leaves, grated coconut and sliced ginger.

Serve this with rice, chapatis, parottas or pathiri..

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Hey ithu kandittu kothiyavunnu...Super aayittundu ketto...

  2. Suja,

    I think you are tempting with beautiful pictures, my hubby will love it. I will show him. Adipoli.

  3. Superbly done. Can feel the taste of it.Luks Real Yumm.Luv it.

  4. So tempting and super delicious chicken fry,absolutely inviting..

  5. The pics are awesome & am pretty sure the chicken is's just too tempting.

  6. Oooh! Yummy! This looks so irresistible.

  7. hey Suja..this is a mouthwatering healthy chicken fry...superb

  8. irresistible chicken Suja..adipoli aayi..

  9. Entamme..It's superb..What a nice click there. Absolutely tempting recipe.

  10. irresistible Chicken fry..........

  11. soooo tempting and mouthwatering...

  12. Malabar Chicken looks perfect and yummy

  13. vvvveeeerrry it...nice flavour of fennel

  14. girl, i love ur spicy ones and fries.....looks so tempting every time i see ur pics...

  15. Can't take my eyes out of the picture...simply mouthwatering!

  16. Mouthwatering here, really irresistible. I've to stop coming to your blog when I'm hungry :)

  17. Suja I can't help myself from drooling all over the key board,this is so crisp and what a yummy color

  18. irresistable n it..:)
    excellent cliks suja...Am turning a big fan of your food photography..
    Tasty Appetite

  19. chicken looks delicious... fabulous recipe...

  20. wow...thats one yummy chicken fry dear...loved it absolutely !

  21. Thanks all for the sweet comments:)

  22. Hi r u? Feel like it's been a while since we spoke! I've posted a chicken fry recipe on my blog too..wonder whether u hav checked it out. This looks really good btw! i hav a little doubt though..should we cook the chicken before you fry it first? Also, how long does it take, apprx, to deep fry the chicken till its crispy?

  23. Hi Neets,how are u? Here fine dear..
    There is no need to fry was big sized ones and I wanted to make sure that it cooks properly inside. so it became somewhat a roast+ fry recipe:)
    Since it was cooked I just shallow fried it with little oil till the outer became crispy..two minutes on either side in medium flame.
    I have another deep fried chicken,wonder whether u have checked it out. I took about 10-12 minutes for each batch in medium low flame.

  24. i just made it and had it for dinner.... it was simply awesome. thank you for the recipe. the whole house is filled with a beautiful aroma. thank you once again

  25. Thanks Dona for the feedback,so happy that you like it,you made my day
    Please visit again,enjoy and have a great day :)


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