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Malabar Chicken Curry

Malabar Chicken Curry

This chicken curry is one of our family favorites.  It is a great accompaniment with ghee rice,pathiri or parotta. Chicken is slowly cooked in a rich gravy of crispy fried onions,coconut and cashew nut paste. Try this,you will surely love it.

1)Chicken - 2 lb
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
lemon juice-1/2 lemon

For the gravy
Thinly sliced onion- 3 medium
Ginger garlic paste-2 tbs
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Chilly powder- 1 1/2- 2 tsp
(adjust according to taste)
Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk- 1 cup
Thin coconut milk-2 cup
Cashew nuts- 8-10
Whole garam  masala- cinnamon stick one inch peice-3
Cardomon-2, clove-5,star aniseed-1
Curry leaves - a few

Clean chicken,wash and drain and marinate with ingredients listed under (1) for about 10 minutes.
Soak cashew nuts in warm water for some time and make a fine paste.

Heat a little oil in a pan and add onions and salt and saute and fry till crispy. Add tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes are soft and cooked. Allow this to cool and make a coarse paste of this mixture.

Heat one tsp  of oil and add the whole spices and saute till there is a nice aroma. Add curry leaves and after a minute ginger garlic paste and saute till raw flavor disappears. Now add the ground onion paste and simmer till it is reduced and oil separates. Add turmeric powder,chilly powder and coriander powder and cook for one minute.Add chicken and mix well. Continue mixing and frying the chicken for about five minute till the chicken turns pale. Add the thin coconut milk cover the lid and cook till the chicken is almost cooked. Add cashew nut paste and simmer for another two to three minutes, Finally add thick coconut milk and simmer for a minute and switch off the flame. Enjoy with ghee rice, pathiri or chapati.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy :)


  1. feel hungry, looking at this delicious curry..

  2. Excellent and irresistible,makes me hungry..

  3. Chicken curry looks rich and delicious.. Very inviting..

  4. Yummy curry...looks it dear...

  5. Am drooling here.. Perfect with some pathiri

  6. Having my lunch rightnow drooling over the recipe.. Yummy recipe, Suja!

  7. Rich gravy and almost like rest style...Terrific work Suja..SO many are slurping here..haha.

  8. Mouthwatering curry n color is gorgeous...

  9. This is my fav. i am feeling hungry. Love the platter. Pls pass it to me dear.

  10. Chicken curry looks fabulous, Suja.

    Today's recipe:

  11. shooo kappal oduneee... I'm hungry... yum yum curry

  12. Makes me feel hungry. Looks very creamy and flavorful !!

  13. Kothipikunna curry...yummy...Love with chapathi...

  14. So appetizing. Delicious currry.

  15. wow looks so delicious Suja, love it

    Cook like Priya

  16. simply awesome preparation..

  17. Hi Suja,
    Chicken curry looks delicious..perfect with aything :)

  18. Awesome looking curry...Bookmarked..

  19. Chicken curry looks very delicious...perfect.

  20. Wish i live near you, such an irresistible chicken curry..Inviting.

  21. What a yummy gravy..I have tried out prawns with this.

  22. my favourite. . . .looks delicious:-)

  23. I want to taste this... Looks delish :)

  24. wow suja...i am drooling dear. so thick it

  25. Chicken curry looks amazing. Will surely give it a try. But when to add the red chili powder and turmeric powder mentioned in the gravy ingredients?

    1. Thanks Manju for pointing out,Please add it after oil separates from the ground onion paste. Once the raw flavor disappears add the chicken. Hope you will try this chicken curry :)


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