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Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.

Kerala chicken curry recipe with coconut milk (Nadan chicken curry)

Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It’s an easy and delicious nadan kozhi curry recipe. This recipe is our house favorite one and an evolved recipe over the time. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine kerala, south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 serving
Author Jane Jojo

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram chicken

Marination

  • 2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt

Masala Gravy

  • 4 number onion (medium size)
  • 4 number green chilli
  • 1.5 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1.5 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1.5 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoon fennel powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 3 numbers tomato (medium size)
  • 3 sprig curry leaves
  • 3/4 cup Thick coconut milk
  • coriander leaves
  • salt
  • coconut oil / vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Clean the chicken pieces. Marinate it with the ingredients listed under marination. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  2. Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  3. Thinly slice onions and green chilly. In a kadai, heat the oil. When oil is hot, add the sliced onions, green chillies, curry leaves, and salt. Adding salt helps the onion to get cooked fast.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  4. Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  5. Grind ginger and garlic into a fine paste. When the onions are lightly brown, add the ginger, garlic paste. Saute well till the aromatics release their flavor.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  6. Once sauteed well, add chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, fennel powder and saute. Add oil as needed to fry the masalas. I use home made garam masala. When you use store bought one, based on the brand you use you may have to increase garam masala measurement to 1.5 tsp or 2 tsp.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and mix it well in the gravy. Cover and cook until tomatoes are cooked. It might take around 5 to 8 minutes. Adjust salt in the gravy.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  8. Add marinated chicken pieces to the gravy. Mix it well. Cover and cook in low to medium flame until water releases from the chicken. Then increase the flame to medium.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  9. Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  10. This is probably the key step in the recipe. Once chicken pieces are cooked, allow water to dry up. Don't make it a complete dry.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  11. Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  12. Then add chopped coriander leaves and thick coconut milk. Refer notes on how to prepare coconut milk. Adjust the salt and allow it to boil.
    Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  13. Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.
  14. The final dish has semi thick gravy which makes it perfect with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao), chapathi, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads. Get it to the consistency that you like. Then, switch off the flame. Enjoy :)
  15. Chicken curry with semi thick gravy well flavored with spices and coconut milk. It goes well with pathiri, any sort of rice variants ( ghee rice, pulao, normal rice), chapati, parotta/paratha, appam or any other Indian breads.

Recipe Notes

1) Preparation of coconut milk from grated coconut - Grind 3 cup grated coconut with 3/4 cup lukewarm water. 3/4 cup thick coconut milk can be extracted from this. Luke warm water helps you to extract coconut milk well.

2) I sometimes prepare this chicken curry quickly from the leftover chicken roast of the previous day. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, fennel powder as needed. Roast the masalas and then add the leftover chicken roast. Once it starts boiling, add coconut milk and allow it to boil. Masala powders and Coconut milk quantity are based on the leftover chicken quantity and the gravy consistency you need.