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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kori Rotti Chicken Curry | Mangalorean Style Chicken Curry

This is a typical Mangalorean delicacy of Bunt Community, with an excellent combination of a spicy coconut based chicken curry paired with crispy rice crepes. We rarely see anyone making these crepes at home as it needs to be prepared by people who specialize in this skill and is much time consuming. It is better to buy it rather than make it at home as they are too delicate to handle. As a Mangalorean I would like to treasure these traditional and valuable recipes and pass it on to the future generation.

The recipe for chicken curry is a traditional one. By 'traditional' I mean that the recipe remains the same and no changes are made to it, no matter what. You need to keep some crepes on the plate and pour a ladle full of curry over it. Within few seconds you will find the crepes are fully soaked in the curry making it taste heavenly. You can never find this kind of combination in any other food.

  • 1 kilo gram of Chicken (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (fresh or made with powder)
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup fried onion (for garnish)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon (1 inch)
  • 2 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil
  • For tempering: 5 curry leaves and 2 dry red chilies

 For Masala:
  • 12 dry red chilies (medium spicy)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 3 cloves of garlic (big size)
  • 1 small onion roughly chopped
  • 1 cup tamarind soaked water  (or 1 tbsp ready made tamarind pulp)   
  • 2 tbsp oil 
To prepare the Masala:
  1. Heat oil in a pan and roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilies and peppercorns. Fry for 1 minute on slow flame or till they slightly change color.
  2. Then add grated coconut, chopped onion, chopped garlic and turmeric powder. Again fry everything on low flame till aromatic. This will take another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Transfer all the roasted ingredients into a grinding jar. Along with tamarind pulp grind to a smooth and fine paste.
  4. Masala is now ready.
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Add 1 medium sliced onion and fry till light brown.
  2. Add chicken pieces and cook for 1 minute till all the juices are sealed in.
  3. Now add the masala paste, salt and 3 cups of water. 
  4. When the curry starts to boil, reduce the heat and cover and cook the chicken till it is fully done.
  5. Finally add coconut milk and cook for another 5 minutes. Taste and check the salt. Add more water if the consistency is too thick, as we need a medium consistency curry for the crepes to get soaked. Once the curry is cooked, remove from heat.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small pan and add curry leaves and dry red chilies. Pour this tempering over the curry, garnish with fried onion and serve hot with Kori Rotti.
Note: In case the Kori Rotti is not available at your place, this curry goes very well Ghee rice, Pathri, Roti and Idlis.


  1. That looks delicious!😍Would like to try it..In sha Allah!

  2. That looks delicious!😍Would like to try it..In sha Allah!