Chettinad Style Chicken Curry Recipe

Chettinad cuisine is the regional cuisine from Chettinad in Tamil Nadu. Chettinad fare is spicy and incredibly aromatic. 

In true form, this traditional Chettinad chicken curry is wonderfully spicy. Spices are dry roasted and then ground together to create a well-balanced curry.

Serve this curry as a main dish with steamed rice or Malabar parathas.

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Spicy Chettinad Curry!
A delicious South Indian chicken curry recipe.
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  1. Combine the ingredients to marinate and coat the chicken with them.
  2. Allow the chicken to marinade for a few hours.
  3. Dry roast the 'to roast and grind' ingredients and allow them to cool.
  4. Grind these ingredients together to form a powder.
  5. Stir in a little water to make a paste.
  6. Heat the oil and sauté the bay leaf and onions for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Stir in the chicken and fry for five minutes.
  8. Stir in the tomatoes and mix well.
  9. Sprinkle in the turmeric, salt and chili powder.
  10. Fry for two to three minutes.
  11. Then add the ground paste and curry leaves and fry for two minutes.
  12. Add a cup of water and cook the chicken until its done. Cover the pan while it cooks.
  13. Once the chicken is done, garnish with curry leaves and serve.


  • Anita
    September 24, 2017 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I tried it today and it was very tasty.

    • September 25, 2017 9:30 am

      That’s great! We’re glad you liked it. 🙂

  • November 7, 2016 12:55 am

    amazing flavour . Everyone at my place loved it <3

    • November 7, 2016 5:23 pm

      Glad to know that Akanksha 🙂

  • tony
    October 1, 2016 2:31 pm

    very tasty with good aroma

  • Rahana
    September 15, 2016 5:50 pm



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