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Everyday South Indian Chicken Curry with fresh Coconut and homemade spice mix

The everyday South Indian Chicken Curry

The everyday South Indian Chicken Curry
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword The everyday South Indian Chicken Curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1.2 kgs Chicken(almost 1 whole chicken cut into medium sized pieces)
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 20-30 Curry Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Tamarind soaked in ½ cup hot water

Masala Paste

  • 5-6 Red Chillies
  • 2 tablespoon Poppy Seeds(Khas Khas)
  • 10 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 inch Ginger
  • ½ Cup Fresh Coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 Star Anise


  • Dry roast the fresh coconut first on medium flame.When it turns golden brown add the red chillies, poppy seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, black pepper, cardamom and star anise.Add the Ginger and garlic cloves.Roast for 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Remove from the heat. Let it cool and grind it all together with a splash of water.
  • Heat the oil in a deep pot.Add the onions and cook till they start turning golden brown.
  • Add the curry leaves and the masala paste.Cook for 10 minutes till the masala starts to darken.
  • Add the chopped up tomatoes,salt and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Once the tomatoes are mushy, add the chicken to the pot.Add ½ cup water.Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Adjust the salt, squish and add the tamarind along with the water.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes on low heat.


The curry is mildly spicy.Increase the amount of black pepper while making the masala paste to make it more spicy.