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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Chicken Chettinad ~ Chettinad Style Chicken Curry

Chicken Chettinad ~  Chicken Curry
Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad ~ Chettinad Style Chicken Curry
Chicken Chettinad ~ Chettinad Style Chicken Curry

Chicken Chettinad mainly gets its name from a region in Tamil Nadu called 'Chettinad'. Not many are aware of this fact that Chettinad is actually a name of a place and invented by a community called 'Nattukotai Chettiyars'. This is the advantage of food blogging, that we bloggers actually go deep into the recipe and its history which is now easily available at our fingertips.

This dish falls into the category of those curries whose recipe remains the same or a slight change here and there but the overall taste and even the color remains the same. Here you will not see a typical curry with a reddish hue as the red chilies are reduced and more of black pepper and other spices are used making it look brown in color. The best accompaniment for this curry should be rice based more like idlis, dosas, appams, neer dosa, pathri or even typical Kerala style parotta.

You can watch video here

Chicken Chettinad

A spicy and aromatic preparation of chicken curry from the Chettinad cuisine of South India.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Marinating time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 cup = 250 ml capacity
Serves 3


For marinade: (Mix together and marinate for 30 minutes)
500 grams chicken (cut into small pieces)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 teaspoon salt

Chettinad Masala:
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds (badi saunf)
2 teaspoon black peppercorns (sabut kalimirch)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 inch piece cinnamon
3 cardamom
5 cloves
1-star anise
5 dry red chilies
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
8 curry leaves
1 tablespoon coconut (dry/fresh)
1 small onion chopped

For curry:
2 medium onion sliced
1 large ripe tomato chopped
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
6 curry leaves
1 dry red chili
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
5 tablespoon cooking oil

For Tadka:
10 curry leaves
3 tablespoon coconut oil


1. Marinate chicken pieces with lemon juice, salt, black pepper powder and turmeric powder for 30 minutes. You can also start cooking right away even without marinating.
2. Prepare Chettinad masala paste by dry roasting first nine spices from the Chettinad masala list for 2 to 3 minutes on medium flame. Place the roasted spices in a grinding jar along with ginger, garlic, curry leaves, coconut, and onion. Add 2 or 3 tablespoon water and grind to a smooth paste.
3. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan and fry onion till soft and translucent. Then add chopped ginger, dry red chili, and curry leaves and fry till onion turns light golden.
4. Now add chopped tomato and fry for few minutes till it combines well with onion and oil starts to separate.
5. Add marinated chicken pieces and cook for 2 minutes on high heat followed by the Chettinad masala paste, lemon juice, and salt if needed. Stir well, cover and cook till chicken is fully done. Add water only if needed in small quantity, but it is better not to add any water at all.
6. Finally, add chopped coriander leaves and cook for 1 more minute.
7. Turn off the heat and remove the curry in a serving dish.
8. Heat some coconut oil and add curry leaves. Cook for few seconds and pour this tadka over the chicken curry.
9. Serve hot with rice or Kerala parotta or naan.

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  1. Shall i double everythng fr 1kg chicken?? Even the ingredients in the chettinad masala??

    1. Not exactly double ....just increase 1/2 tsp of everything. 2 medium onion and 2 medium tomatoes

  2. This is so aromatic! I was drooling literally while watching your video... hehe...

  3. This recipe is originated from Tamil Nadu and I am eager to taste it as it looks so delicious. Chicken Chettinad is indeed one of the unique recipe of chicken.

  4. For country chicken can we follow the same step,when I do country chicken it gives a smell

  5. I made this tonight and it was a big success!
    What food processor do you use in this video?