Kozhikkodan Chicken Curry

Are you looking for a mildly spiced yet flavor-packed side dish for Appam/Idiyappam/Puttu/Pathiri… well those kinda things?

Look no further, here is a perfect Kozhikkodan Chicken Curry that goes well with almost anything!

This is basically a typical Kerala Style Chicken Curry recipe. It has spices, it has coconut milk. Then, what makes it different from the other Kerala Chicken Curries?

We are using whole spices here, adding lightly crushed whole spices in the beginning, adds flavor to the dish. Also, we are using pearl onions in the gravy, which adds more depth to the curry.

If you are a fan of traditional Kerala cooking, do try out this recipe and let me know what did you pair it with?

We had it with Puttu, Appam and Pathiri.

Kozhikkodan Chicken Curry
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Kozhikkodan Chicken Curry

Traditional Kerala Chicken Curry highligthing the flavors of spices and coconut milk. A great side dish for Appam, Puttu, Pathiri etc;
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Course: Breakafst, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Kerala, Keralan
Keyword: Kozhikkodan Chicken Curry, Chicken Curry, Kerala Chicken Curry, Chicken Curry with coconut milk
Servings: 5
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 500-550 gms Chicken (measured after cleaning)
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 small piece Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Whole black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 10 Pearl/small onion
  • 1 tbsp, each Chopped ginger & garlic
  • 2 Green chilli (sliced)
  • 2 big Onion (sliced)
  • 1 big Tomato (sliced1/2 -1)
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1.5 cups Medium thick coconut milk
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Thick coconut milk
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  • 6-8 Pearl/small onion (sliced)
  • 2 Dry red chilli
  • Curryleaves
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp Coconut oil
  • Salt


  • Crush together cardamom, cloves, cinnaomon, pepper and fennel seeds.
    Step 1 Kozhikkodan Chicken Curry
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  • Crush together pearl onion, ginger & garlic and green chilli
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  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep and wide pan. Add the crushed whole spices (cardamom-fennel seeds). Add sliced onion and cook till it browns.
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  • Add crushed small onion, ginger & garlic and green chilli. Cook for 3-4 mins or till the raw smell goes.
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  • Add sliced tomato, curry leaves and salt. Cook till tomato becomes soft.
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  • Add all the spice powders and cook for 3-4 mins, till the raw smell goes and oil starts appearing. Add 1-2 tbsp hot water to bring together the masala.
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  • Add cleaned chicken pieces. Mix well. Make sure the chicken pieces are coated well with masala.
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  • Once chicken starts changing color, add medium thick coconut milk. Bring it to boil. Reduce flame to lowest, cover and cook till chicken is done, around 25 mins.
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  • Add thick coconut milk and mix gently, so that it's incorporated well into the curry. Continue cooking on lowest flame for 5 mins.
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  • Meanwhile heat 2 tsp oil in a small pan and crackle the mustard seeds. Add sliced pearl onions, curry leaves and dry red chilli. Once it browns, add to the curry. Cover the dish and let it rest for 15 – 20 mins for the flavor to seetle in.
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The curry is medium spicy, if you want to increase the heat, increase the qty of green chilli and chilli powder.
The curry tends to thicken as it rests, so adjust the the qty of gravy accordingly. 
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5 thoughts on “Kozhikkodan Chicken Curry”

  1. Hi Maria,
    Made this recipe a few times. Fool proof recipe. Delicious and yummy.
    I have tried many of your recipes. Most of them are easy and tasty.
    Thanks for the recipes.


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