Restaurant Style Chicken Curry

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Restaurant Style Chicken Curry

I’ve posted around 15 + chicken recipes here, but… every single time I’m cooking for guests, I’m confused what to make! Happened to find this chicken curry during one such time and since then, it has become one of my constant companions while entertaining guests. I made this recently and that’s when I realised something… I haven’t shared it with you yet! I dont know how I missed it, but as I always say “better late than never”.

Also if you are looking for the thick gravy chicken curry types that you usually get in restaurants, give this one a try. I’m sure you will not be disappointed. While typing down the title of the dish, something caught my attention…There are many restaurants whose advertisements focuses on the fact that they try to serve homely food and here we, the home cooks want to make restaurant style curry, isnt that a sort of irony or is grass always greener on the other side ;)?

What I like most about this curry is,  it goes well with almost anything and it has that minimum guarantee. It’s a pretty basic and simple chicken curry, but the process gives it a whole different look and feel :) Hope you also enjoy it.

Recipe adapted from Live To Eat.

Here are the step by step pictures…

Heat oil in a deep pan. Add finely sliced onions and cook till it turns golden brown. Add crushed/grated ginger garlic and cook for 2-3 mins or till the raw smell goes…

Add turmeric, chilli, coriander, fennel, pepper powder and garam masala. Mix well. Cook till the oil appears, around 2-3 mins. Add chopped tomatoes and salt. Mix well…

Cook till the tomatoes becomes soft. Let it cool for sometime.Grind the masala to a smooth paste by adding 1-2 tbsp of water.In the same pan, add some more oil and add cleaned chicken pieces. Mix well. Cook till the chicken pieces start changing colour…

Add the ground masala. Mix well and make sure the chicken pieces are coated well with the masala and cook for 3-4 mins.Add medium thick coconut milk and give a stir. Cover and cook till the chicken is done…

Add thick coconut milk and stir. Cook for 5-7 mins. Remove from fire. Add the fried shallots and curry leaves to the curry…

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Restaurant Style Chicken Curry
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Recipe type: Side dish
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Serves: 5-6
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken – 950 gms, after cleaning, cut into small-medium size pieces
  • Onion – 3 medium-large, finely sliced
  • Crushed/grated ginger and garlic – 1 – 1.5 tbsp, each
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2.5 tsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Fennel powder (perumjeerakam) – ½ tsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Tomato – 1 big, chopped
  • Medium thick coconut milk – 1.5 cups
  • Thick coconut milk – ½ cup
  • Salt
  • Oil
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Small/Pearl onion – 6, sliced
  • Curry leaves
  • Ghee/oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a deep pan. Add finely sliced onions and cook till it turns golden brown. Add crushed/grated ginger garlic and cook for 2-3 mins or till the raw smell goes.
  2. Add turmeric, chilli, coriander, fennel, pepper powder and garam masala. Mix well. Cook till the oil appears, around 2-3 mins. Add chopped tomatoes and salt. Mix well. Cook till the tomatoes becomes soft. Let it cool for sometime.Grind the masala to a smooth paste by adding 1-2 tbsp of water.
  3. In the same pan, add some more oil and add cleaned chicken pieces. Mix well. Cook till the chicken pieces start changing colour. Add the ground masala. Mix well and make sure the chicken pieces are coated well with the masala and cook for 3-4 mins.
  4. Add medium thick coconut milk and give a stir. Cover and cook till the chicken is done. Add thick coconut milk and stir. Cook for 5-7 mins. Remove from fire.
  5. In another pan heat oil/ghee and splutter mustard seeds. Add sliced small onion and curry leaves. Cook till the onions turn golden brown. Add this to the chicken curry and serve hot.
Notes
I used coconut oil, but you can use ghee or refined oil also. The gravy tends to thicken as the curry rests, so adjust the consistency of the curry accordingly. It pairs well with ghee rice/pulao/roti/appam etc; You can also add cashew paste to make it more creamier. Soak 1-2 tbsp of chopped cashews in 2 tbsp hot water for 10-15 mins. Grind it to a smooth paste. Mix the cashew paste with thick coconut milk and add it to the curry.

 

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  • juvaria shifaz

    will definetly try out this weekend :D

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hope you got to try it Juvaria and liked it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Akki’ Mommy

    hey maria..looks very delicious..will def be trying it during this weekend.but i have a small doubt,is it similar to ur chicken tomato roast as i fee lthe ingredients look similar?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Akki’ Mommy,

      Thank you! Did you get a chance to try it?

      Yeah the ingredients is kinda similar, but the taste is different. That’s what I felt :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • tes

    Maria, thanks for the recipe.I wanted to share a tip with you.Instead of staring from scratch, I always make a paste of whole garam masala, onions, ginger-garlic, corriander pwd, chilly pwd,, turmeric pwd, jeera pwd,, meat masala and tomatoes, saute it in oil and store it in the fridge for a week. This is the base for all my gravies, so that way i have to only add meat or any vegetable and curry is ready.
    Got this tip from a restaurant chef!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tes,

      That’s a wonderful tip! It sure saves a lot of time especially for working people. Thanks a lot dear for sharing it here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shirley david

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.Going to try it tomorrow. By the way ur chilli powder is really tempting red. May I know the brand.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shirley,

      Thank you! Hope you liked it. About my chilli powder brand, I’ve to say it’s my mother in law’s brand :) She actually gets it powdered in Kerala and packs for me.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/meghna.balan Meghna Balan

    My hubby makes this curry often… It was one of his experiments which turned out a hit:) guess we will rename it as restaurant style curry from now on ;)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hey Meghs, how are you? Hope you are settled in the new place.

      So this is Danny’s hit experiments, eh :) Great!

      Take care dear…
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/meghna.balan Meghna Balan

    Will definitely try out your version too :) it is indeed delicious..

  • Kripa

    Thanks a lot Maria.

    Me & my husband were on a no chicken diet for 1 1/2 month and last Sunday we bought chicken and I was supposed to make chicken curry for yesterdays dinner. When I checked my mail there was your new and attractive recipe and wasted no time and made it and it was really tasty. Thus the return to chicken was grand.
    When he asked me whats the new taste I told him it was Maria’s menu, yea he too likes Ur blog.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Kripa,

      You are welcome dear! I’m so glad that you got the chicken recipe on time :) Thanks a lot dear for trying this and also for sharing your feedback with me. Thanks to your husband also :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • radhika

    I tried this recipe tdy.. came out well..had it with porotta..super comb & taste.. thx for recipe

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Radhika,

      Thanks a lot dear :) I’m sure it pairs well with parotta..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Preethy

    Thank you Maria for this great recipe. I just made it and it came out amazing.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :) Thank you very much for sharing your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonaki.thomas Jonaki Ghosh Thomas

    Hi Maria – tried the recipe yesterday . Hubby & kids loved it. Thanks :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you very much Jonaki :) Glad you liked it!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Liz

    Maria, Looks very tempting.How do you make your garam masala? Cant wait to try it out!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks dear! Hope you get to try it soon..

      hhmm I dont have a special measurment or anything for garam masala. I just dry roast cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, fennel seeds, star anise. Once it cools, I grind them, that’s it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sunitha

    Thanks Maria 4the recipe the curry was yummy!:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :)

  • Azeela

    Thank You Maria… Tried this on Sunday and it came out delicious!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Azeela! I’m glad you liked this recipe. Thanks a lot for the comment dear :)

  • rose

    it came nice maria,thanks for ur recipe!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Rose :)

  • Mani Menon

    Sounds yummy yum! My wife and I are trying this recipe tomorrow!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Mani :) Hope you got to try it and liked it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Mani Menon

        I’m so so sorry, Maria, for not commenting earlier. The dish was an absolute delight! We had it with soft, paper thin chapathis. Thanks a heap, Maria.

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          it’s ok, no probs at all… Great to know that you enjoyed this recipe, thank you!

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Mridula

    this came out very well and the gravy was really thick. thank you so much!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mridula,

      Thanks a lot for trying this and also for the comment. Nice to know that this recipe worked well for you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/prerna.jena Prerna Jena

    hi!! i tried out this dish today..and it came out really well..n i must
    say u deserve all the compliments and appreciations..the best thing
    about ur recipe is the ingredients that u mention are very easy to
    get..plus ur recipes are really helpful for a beginner like me who
    doesnt know anything about cooking….thanx a lot..u r doing a gr8
    work:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Prerna,

      Thanks a lot dear for such a wonderful comment! I was really happy to see your comment :)

      Great to know that you find this site useful. Thanks again dear :)

  • Mercylin

    I tried this recipe when there was a small get together of my husband’s frnds…trust me they didn’t even leave enough for me to taste…it came out really nice

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mercylin,

      Thank you very much dear :) May be next time you can make a little extra especially for you..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Falak,

    Thank you very much for your wonderful comment! I’m so thrilled to see the list of items you tried from this space, wow!!

    I’m so so happy that you like the recipes posted here. Thanks again for taking time to share your feedback here, appreciate it very much :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Meena Rajesh

    Maria, I tried this recipe and it came out superb ! my husband and son were literally licking their fingers. Thanks for posting this in ur blog. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you very much Meena for sharing your feedback here :) It’s a pleasure to know that your family enjoyed this dish..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Geethu Rakesh

    Thank u Maria for this wonderful recipe..i tried it for my husband and it came out delicious….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Geethu! Nice to know that this recipe worked out well for you.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/juli.sgsg Juli Ray

    Hi Maria.. I tried this recipes it really a easy and it’s taste Suppperrr Yummmy..!! Luv it..!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks July! Glad you likes it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • ammu prethesh

    I was not sure about trying this recipe simply because the recipes i have tried by pureeing the masala were ultimate flops. But about 50 comments that said it came out well,gave me a confidence n i gave it a go..and am so glad I did.. one more yummy recipe for chicken! And whenever i buy chicken I always check here for some new recipe tht goes well with rice n chapathi ..my current addiction is your pepper chicken..hav already made it atleast 6 or 7 times! keep adding such yummy recipes! ;)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi di,

      Thanks a lot dear :) Even I havent tried the pepper chicken that many times ;)

      This is one of my fav recipes, I’m happy that it came out well for you too..

      Love,
      Maria

  • Rekha

    Maria…am just done cooking that curry and had to sit down for a few ticks and say…Thanks a ton for sharing this ! must say I had some doubts about whether this recipe will actually go with chapathis /north Indian pulao /ghee rice…it seemed more like a side for rice flour based stuff…but just had to pin down something or the other for dinner for a guest tonight.and just cos i am beginning to have a whole lot of faith in your little collection of lovely recipes, I went ahead. And boy! I love it…and am sure it’s going to be devoured with gusto. :) ..am making some dal, ghee rice, fish fry and salad ,a veg Korma ,rotis and a cucumber raita to go along with it followed by some pineapple biscuit pudding. Keep at it, Maria..u are gifted!
    Another Syrian christian mallukutty :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rekha,

      Thank you so much for taking time to share your feedback here, appreciate it very much :)
      Hope your guest also enjoyed it and your menu sounds awesome!
      Wish you a happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • karma

    what do we use if there is no coconut milk available

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi,

      You can use water and add cashew paste for a rich gravy.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Lakshmi Nair

    Maria, to say that I am a big fan of yours would be an understatement. I have been trying your recipes continuously for the last one week, and I must say, they all came out excellent – restaurant style chicken, pepper chicken, chilli chicken, carrot halwa, carrot cake, and today, malabar fish curry. I have been following your blog for the last few months, but this last one week, I have tried some recipe of yours each day.

    By the way, i used cows milk instead of coconut milk in the restaurant style chicken, and it came out good. Thought I should tell u.

    Do keep up the good work.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Dear Lakshmi,

      Thanks a ton dear for the wonderful comment. I’m so thrilled to see the list of recipes you’ve tried from here :)

      Hope you keep trying the recipes and like them too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Bindu

    Hi Maria..

    Made this curry at least 5 times now.. for guests as well as for the family… everyone loved it each time.. then i thought it was high time i came back here n gave u credit ;)
    Thanks Mariakutty………….
    Bindu

  • Bindu

    Hi Maria..

    Made this curry at least 5 times now.. for guests as well as for the family… everyone loved it each time.. then i thought it was high time i came back here n gave u credit ;)
    Thanks Mariakutty………….
    Bindu

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Bindu :) Majority of the credit goes to the cook ;) Glad that this recipe works well for you…

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Bindu :) Majority of the credit goes to the cook ;) Glad that this recipe works well for you…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • kaushik

    I am so thankful to u for this recipe….i made this gravy for my grandparents and they loved it so much…i always try making chicken gravy with masala packets since i dnt knw the actual procedure and i am a boy..:p the pics provided r very much helpful so that i dont make any mistakes…thanks once again…I am gonu follow a lot of recipes from u:)

  • kaushik

    I am so thankful to u for this recipe….i made this gravy for my grandparents and they loved it so much…i always try making chicken gravy with masala packets since i dnt knw the actual procedure and i am a boy..:p the pics provided r very much helpful so that i dont make any mistakes…thanks once again…I am gonu follow a lot of recipes from u:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Kaushik for your comment :) Really happy to know that your grandparents liked this dish.

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Kaushik for your comment :) Really happy to know that your grandparents liked this dish.

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Divya

    Hi Maria,

    After a very long time, we bought chicken for this week….and since it was after a long time, i wanted to try something…and finally decided to go ahead with this recipe….. And you know the result…. it came out really well….was yummmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy…………..we had it with a veg pulao……very good side dish for the pulao……my hubby really liked it……

    i love your blog…i have tried few dishes from here easter chicken curry, coriander chicken, pepper chicken, gobi manchurian, stew, mushroom peas, Egg n pas kurma, chicken paalu curry, paalpayasam…… they all came out excellent…..

    thanks dear for all these wonderful recipes………

  • Divya

    Hi Maria,

    After a very long time, we bought chicken for this week….and since it was after a long time, i wanted to try something…and finally decided to go ahead with this recipe….. And you know the result…. it came out really well….was yummmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy…………..we had it with a veg pulao……very good side dish for the pulao……my hubby really liked it……

    i love your blog…i have tried few dishes from here easter chicken curry, coriander chicken, pepper chicken, gobi manchurian, stew, mushroom peas, Egg n pas kurma, chicken paalu curry, paalpayasam…… they all came out excellent…..

    thanks dear for all these wonderful recipes………

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Divya,

      Thanks a bunch dear for the comment! I’m so thrilled to see the long list of recipes you’ve tried from here :)

      Thanks again for trying all those recipes and also for taking time to leave a comment here.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Divya,

      Thanks a bunch dear for the comment! I’m so thrilled to see the long list of recipes you’ve tried from here :)

      Thanks again for trying all those recipes and also for taking time to leave a comment here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • semaj4@tiscali.co.uk

    Maria,I tried this tonight and found it to be watery with no taste so i finished up adding another 1.5 tsps of garam masala and reducing a bit more.Maybe because i had to add more water to get the masala to blend.Tastes nice now though.I’m just having a few beers and will try soon with some naan bread

  • semaj4@tiscali.co.uk

    Maria,I tried this tonight and found it to be watery with no taste so i finished up adding another 1.5 tsps of garam masala and reducing a bit more.Maybe because i had to add more water to get the masala to blend.Tastes nice now though.I’m just having a few beers and will try soon with some naan bread

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Semaj,

      Sometimes, it happens that the water content from the chicken is too high, in that case the masala may not blend well with chicken.

      Good to know that it turned out well in the end.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Semaj,

      Sometimes, it happens that the water content from the chicken is too high, in that case the masala may not blend well with chicken.

      Good to know that it turned out well in the end.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • jiss

    hii maria chechii…i tried this recipe last day for ma family members every 1 loved it…nd it came out very well thaks a lot chechiiii 4 ur such a wonderful recipe..

  • jiss

    hii maria chechii…i tried this recipe last day for ma family members every 1 loved it…nd it came out very well thaks a lot chechiiii 4 ur such a wonderful recipe..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Jiss dear :) I’m glad that your family liked it.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

      Btw, you can call me Maria ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Jiss dear :) I’m glad that your family liked it.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

      Btw, you can call me Maria ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • jiss

        sureeee maria

      • jiss

        sureeee maria

      • jiss

        sureeee maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    You are welcome Deepa dear :) Great to know that recipes turned out well for you..

    Thank you so much for sharing your feedback here.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Sharmila

    Hi Maria ,

    I prepared this curry ; but the chicken was hard. is it because i kept it on the fire more than it was necessary before adding the masala?

    Sharmila

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sharmila,

      Chicken becomes hard when it’s overcooked, if you are using broiler chicken, it cooks pretty fast.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anu

    Hi!

    I am a vegetarian married to a Kerala boy!! :-)

    I bought some “fake” chicken strips. Is there any modifications I need to make to your recipe if I want to use Soy substitutes?

    Please let me know. I tried your Papaya Thoran and he liked it a lot!

    Thanks
    Anu.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anu,

      Thanks for trying the thoran :)

      I havent tried this recipe with soya, however, I dont think, any modification is required. Hope it comes out well.

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • veena

    Hi Maria,

    I usually follow ur blog. I am vegetarian and my husband is non veg. So I cook non veg at times and followed this restuarant style chicken style.it was instant hit :-) and followed the same recipe to make green peas curry and also with soy chunks..what to tell..it was super duper hit :-) thanks..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Veena :) I think green peas and soya chunks using this recipe is a great idea. May be I can try it when I’ve some veg guests…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • jisheena farid

    Tried this!!! It was super tasty!!! just like in restaurants!!! keep posting

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you! Glad that you liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Roshini Jojan

    Hai Maria

    I have tried this recipe. My kids like too much. Thank you.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Great to know that this recipe was a hit at your place. Thanks for the comment dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • gurung

    This really works..it impressed my friends n alk jn my birthday party..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you! Nice to know that it was a hit at your party :) Belated b’day wishes!

  • Joseph Chakola

    Maria Chechi greetings from Tanzania, I’m this bachelor guy who likes to get into the kitchen once in a week Your restaurent chicken curry looks perfect :)Keep the easy ones coming :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Joseph :) I hope the restaurant chicken curry didnt disappoint you! Happy cooking!

      Btw, please call me Maria :)

  • tarrasbulba

    Hi Maria.
    Simply love this recipe, I am having a Dinner soon for 10-15 guests and want to prepare this for them. What are the ingredient quantities for 10-15 guests?
    Much Appreciared
    Terry from Cape Town, South Africa

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Terry :)

      I think you will need 2.5 kg chicken for that many people. So kindly adjust the qty of other ingredients accordingly.

      Hope it comes out well and you’ve a great dinner.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • chetan m

    i’ll try this one for sure. please upload recipes on youtube

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Chetan, I do hope you like this.

  • shalini

    Luvd tis dish. .easy as well as tasty..to top it the final look yummy yummy…its going to b one of our regular chkn dishes frm now on…thanks a lot maria….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shalini,

      Thank you :) It’s one of my “go to” recipes especially when I’ve guests.

      I’m happy that you also liked it.

      Cheers
      Maria