Kerala Chicken Curry

Its been sometime right? What can I say, there isn't any particular reason for this gap apart from my laziness ;). Anyways I've decided to get back into action and post this chicken curry recipe. I am not very sure what kind of a recipe is this, so am just calling it “Kerala Chicken Curry”, nothing fancy about it :). I played around with some of the recipes that I've posted before and got this one, it turned out to be a decent one. So I thought of sharing with you :) It goes well with almost anything…rice, roti etc but I like it the best with puttu :)

Before going to the recipe, I want to share some happy news with you. Ann & Nancy were kind enough to pass on some awards to me. Thanks a ton friends, it always feel great to be at the receiving end of something sweet & beautiful, right? I would like to share it with all bloggers & especially Veena, Tina, Ally, Happy Cook, Reshmi, Ria & Divya.

These are the awards:

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Girls, hope you too will like it :)

Here is the recipe…

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Chicken Curry

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, Keralan, South Indian
Servings: 4 -5
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 750 gms Chicken (measured after cleaning)
  • 4 med – big Onion (sliced finely)
  • 1 – 1.5 tbsp Crushed Ginger & garlic
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilly powder
  • 3/4 – 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Black pepper corns
  • 1 med – big Tomato (chopped finely)
  • 1-2 tbsp Cashew paste
  • 3 – 3.5 cups Water
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Curry leaves

For Garnishing

  • 4-5 Small onions / Pearl onion
  • Curry leaves


  • Grind together ingredients from ginger garlic – black pepper corns, with 1-2 tbsp water, into a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onions. Cook till it becomes golden brown colour. Add ground masala & curry leaves. Fry the masala till the oil appears. Add chopped tomatoes. Mix well & cook for 3-4 mins. Add cleaned chicken pieces & salt. Mix well and make sure that chicken pieces are coated well with masala. Add 2- 2.5 cups of water. Cover & cook till the chicken is almost done.
  • Add the cashew paste to 1 cup of water and pour to the curry. Mix well and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame. Cook for a few more minutes & remove from fire. Garnish with fried small onions & curry leaves (optional)


The gravy tends to thicken in due course, so adjust the consistency of the curry accordingly. For cashew paste, soak around 10-12 cashews (you can adjust the qty as per your taste) in 3 tbsp hot water for 10 mins & grind to a smooth paste. I used coconut oil for this curry.
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53 thoughts on “Kerala Chicken Curry”

  1. thank u maria for this wonderful recipe……as a beginner of cooking ,u n ur blog are amazing for me……

  2. hiii maria…..
    this is just to thank u for the recipes i tried from ur site and became a success….
    prawns briyani,chicken stew,chicken korma,dragon chicken,mixed fried rice,chicken curry.
    ….as u see its mostly hubby(also Jose)is crazy abt chicken dishes wen ur site came so much in handy…
    thank u in tons….god bless u even more thru which we al can be blessed wit ur recipes…

  3. I want to cook this for my wife but she’s not too big a fan of Coconut oil. You think i could use regular veg oil and the taste would still be ok or does not using coconut oil effect the final outcome by a great deal?

    • Hi Santhosh,

      You can make it with sunflower oil or any other vegetable oil. The taste wont be affected much.

      Hope your wife likes this :)


  4. Thanks Maria for this recipe…I was feeling too lazy and my kids were bringing the roof down for appams and chicken curry! This was an instant hit…I love your recipes as its uncomplicated and easy to make.

    Btw, does your site allow us to post recipes?!

  5. Thanks Maria for this recipe…I was looking for something easy and this turned out to be a hit with Appams! Btw, if I want to post a recipe…is that allowed on your site?

    • Thanks Annet! Glad that you liked this recipe.

      Presently, we are not posting recipes from others. If we plan something like that in the future, I’ll be posting about it in the site :)


  6. hi maria,
    congrats to you for an awe-inspiring blog!
    i’ve tried out lots of recipes from your blog and i must say it always turns out well. great work!
    i’ve a doubt concerning this recipe. 
    i’m planning to make 2 kg chicken…so will i have to make cashew paste with about 20 cashews? sometimes when i double the quantities, i get confused!

    • Thanks Elsa dear! Nice to know that you like recipes posted here :)

      You can make cashew paste with 15-20 cashews for 2 kg chicken.


  7. Awesome recipe Maria!
    Came across your blog this morning.You have a great blog.
    Tried this chicken curry recipe.
    Such a simple recipe but tastes so good.Thanks!

  8. hi maria….whenever Ineeded to to prepare something different i visit ur blog…n i should convey all my friends good words regarding the food to u rather than taking to my heart. thank u so much n i am waiting for more yummy recipies…

    • Hi Resmy,

      Its such a pleasure to know that you visit this space for your cooking experiments :) Thanks a ton for sharing your comment here, appreciate it very much.


  9. Well i had an amazing time trying youur recipe..It came out so well.. I just want to know whether u can recommend me a substitute for cashew nuts.

    • Hi Deepthi,

      Thanks a lot for trying this recipe, good to know that it came out well :)

      If you want to use another nuts instead of cashew, you can try almonds. Though the taste will be different.

      Another options are adding cream, instead of cashew paste and also you can add a coconut & poppy seed paste, instead of cashew paste.

      Hope this helps…


  10. hi maria,
    i have been going thru ur site for past couple of months. tried one of ur recipe it turned out great. i have a dinner n lunch coming on 24 & 25 respectively & am planning to make this chicken curry to go with ghee rice. i have not tried it bfr but anyway going to make it seeing the comments. .. hope everyone likes it.
    hope i will be able to try out more of ur recipes in future.


    • Hi Susan,

      Thanks for visiting MariasMenu.

      Btw, I remember posting a reply for your comment earlier, but we had some technical error and it got deleted I guess. I’m not sure whether you got my previous reply.

      Anyways, I do hope that the chicken curry came out well.

      Wish you & your family a lovely new year!


      • hi maria,
        i indeed got ur reply.. thanks for it! i couldnt reply to it bfr. was busy with couple of things..
        i made the chicken curry recipe of urs 2 times. one for christmas eve, i took it as potluck (11pax)n then on christmas day at home(15pax). everyone liked it very much. the recipe was simple to make n the cashew powder i bought ready made, made it even easier.
        will be trying out more of ur recipe.. ciao

        • Hi Susan,

          Great to know that the curry turned out well.Thanks for the comment :).

          I’m on vacation now & dont check mails frequently, hence the delayed rep. Sorry about it.

          Hope to see you here more often.


  11. Dear Maria

    Recently in dropped into maria’s menu and to my astonishment ur recipies are so simple and delicious at the same time…..needless to say they r homely too…..thank u so much for ur endeavour…..

    I wanted to try a new taste for chicken apart from the prototypes that i was preparing at home……i tried out this recipie and a few more too….it turned out to be great……my lil one even enjoyed the food…….hats off to u…..keep going on……

    Thanks again

    • Hi Princy,

      Thanks a bunch for such a beautiful comment :) Also thank you for trying the recipes from here. Please continue to try the recipes & share your feedback.

      Happy cooking :)


  12. Dear Maria/jose
    I am joykutty , organiser of shalom. I know about u by Dr.Paulose. I am saw your site. Very nice congragulations for your effort.
    may god bless you.

  13. Hats off to you Maria!!!…
    The chicken curry recipe is simple but it tastes awesome n yummy.. this recipe is very apt for lazy gals like me.. :) i first made it 3 weeks before n now i make this dish atleast once a week..n my hubby he just loves the taste of it…
    thanks to u dear… :)

    • Hi Ponnu,

      Thanks a ton dear for the lovely comment :)

      Really happy that you liked it. Appreciate very much that you have taken time to leave a comment at this space.


  14. Hi Maria,

    Tried out this dish for the first time and it tasted simply divine. I also find your website a treasure of awesome and great recipes. Thank you for posting.

  15. Hai

    First time am tried ur dishes.I prepared fish curry follwed ur recipe its awesome.i liked so much .u told to keep it for next day.really the taste was incresed .its so amazing.Appretiating ur talent in cooking and Thanks to share to all.

    • Hi Greeshu,

      Thank you for trying the recipes from this space. Really glad that you liked it :)

      Thanks again for sharing your comment too.


  16. Hi maria,
    I am from Sharjah. I found out your blog 3 days before.. Yesterday tried this chicken curry with green peas pulav. My husband liked the chicken curry so much. On tasting it, he was feeling nostalgic, since he used to have the same curry from a hotel near his college, back in kerala… Anyway so many thanks for giving such wondeful recipes. Today your MEEN VEVICHATHU is my target :) I will let you know how it turned out….

    • Hi Nishya,

      Thanks for visiting this place and for trying out the recipes. I’m very happy that your family liked it :)


  17. my first visit to ur blog.. i was searching for some tempting yet unique chicken curry… ur recipe looks apt for me.. tempting n yummy!
    Happy Blogging!

  18. I was wondering why people were trickling into my page from here…now I know.

    The award looks good, Congratulations once again:-)

    The curry looks really yummy…will be trying it ofcourse;-D

  19. The curry looks tempting…great presentation as well… I am a follower of your website and you are one of my inspirartions to start a blog….I have 2 awards waiting for you at my blog… please collect those…

  20. Awesome Maria dear..(Happy new year & wedding anniversary,though late!!)
    I too love puttu and chicken.Hey,that photograph looks terrific !

  21. hi aria…nice recipe.I wanna know wat does cashew paste do….is it to add taste or to thicken the gravy?????????????


    • Thanks Biny :)

      Cashew paste thickens the gravy and also give a rich & creamier taste. Also you can add coconut milk instead of cashew paste, though the taste will be different.


  22. Oooh! That curry look so creamy! YUM! I love that extra taste a seasoning of ‘cheriya ulli’ can give to the curry!

    Thanks a bunch for the award! Mwwwwah! Gracias!

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