Fried Chicken Curry

I love red meat and given a choice I prefer red meat to chicken. But I think the number of Chicken recipes here is more than the combined number  (beef & mutton)of red meat recipes. Looks like, when it comes to non veg, Chicken is the crowd pleaser ;)

Here is another chicken curry recipe that goes well with rice and roti. This chicken curry is packed with flavors and the shallow frying of cooked chicken pieces gives a texture to the curry. Though it goes with plain rice, I recommend serving this with some kind of variety rice.

Hope you get to try this dish and like it too.

Recommended sides: Ghee Rice, Jeera Rice, Peas Pulao, Coconut Rice, Neer Dosa or Roti.

Here is the recipe…

Fried Chicken Curry
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Fried Chicken Curry

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Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 700 - 800 gms Chicken (measured after cleaning)
  • 4 small - medium Onion (sliced)
  • 1 - 1.5 tbsp, each Crushed ginger & garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 medium - big Tomatoes (sliced)
  • 8 - 10 Small / pearl onion (sliced)
  • 2 Green chilli, slit lengthwise (optional)
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil (I used Coconut oil)


  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add sliced onion and cook till it browns. 
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  • Add crushed ginger & garlic. Cook for 3-4 mins, till the raw smell goes.
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  • Add kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric and fennel powder. Cook for 3-4 mins, till the raw smell goes and oil starts appearing. You may add 1-2 tbsp water to bring together the masala. 
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  • Add sliced tomatoes and salt. Cook till it becomes soft.
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  • Add cleaned chicken pieces and mix well. Make sure the chicken pieces are coated with masala. 
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  • Add 1 1/4 cup water, bring it to boil. Close the cooker and put the weight on. Pressure cook till 1 whistle, on highest flame. Reduce flame to lowest and cook for 5 more mins. Switch off the gas and let pressure drops completely. 
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  • Separate the gravy and chicken pieces. In a deep and wide pan, heat 2 - 3 tbsp oil. Shallow fry the chicken pieces, till it becomes a golden brown color. 
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  • In the same pan (add oil, if required), add sliced small onion, green chilli (if using) and curry leaves. Fry it till it becomes golden.
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  • Add the gravy to this and cook it for 5-7 mins, till it reduces a bit.
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  • Add fried chicken pieces to this and mix well. Make sure the chicken pieces are covered with gravy. Cover and cook on lowest flame for 5 mins. Switch off the gas and let the curry rest for half an hr, before serving. 
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If you are planning to serve it for guests, I recommend you make it one day in advance. I felt the flavor is better on second day ;)
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6 thoughts on “Fried Chicken Curry”

  1. Your recipes and excellent. I have tried your mushroom and peas masala . And all those authentic Kerala dishes are amazing.

  2. I am sure this will be delicious. My problem is the chicken tends to become hard. I usually buy fresh chicken. Is there a way to help the chicken to become tender?

    • Thanks Anna :) Chicken tends to become hard when it’s overcooked. Please keep a close watch on your cooking time while cooking chicken. Also, I’ve seen in some recipes, they soak chicken in buttermilk to tenderize the chicken, especially when frying it. May be you can try that and see. Hope this helps..



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