Pepper Chicken (Kurumulaku Chicken)

Here is the pepper chicken recipe, finally! I've been getting requests for this recipe for a long time. Though I came across many recipes, I didn't find any of it interesting to give it a try. I'm glad to say, the search ends here! Last time when I went to Kerala for holidays, I happened to see a cooking show featuring this recipe. It was a sunday and I was just lazying around, lying down on the sofa, surfing the channels. The moment I heard the word ‘pepper chicken' on TV, I just jumped out of the sofa, got hold of a piece of paper that I could find and started writing down.

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Sometime ago, when I was planning to cook chicken, I thought of this one and started searching for the recipe, but couldnt find. To top it, I wrote it down on a tiny piece of paper. How I wish everything had some kind of button or code attached to it, so that we can give it a ring just like the mobile phone & find it instantly! Dont you think so? Anyways… a few days later, when I opened my recipe diary, some bits of paper fell down. Tada! It was the pepper chicken recipe…

Though I started with the recipe on paper, I ended up with something totally different. It wasn't intentional, but it happened just like that. Anyways, I'm happy with the end result. I loved the colour, the flavour… Let me tell you, it  turned out quite spicy! You will get the sharp taste of pepper in the first mouthful itself. So please feel free to adjust the spice level to suit your requirements. Since this is a dry preparation, you can use this as a starter also. Btw, I somehow got the feel of a ‘thattukada' (street food) food from this, may be because of the spiciness and colour of the dish.

Hope you'll also enjoy this and wish you a spicy weekend ;)

Check out the video recipe below:

Here goes the step by step pictures…

Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces with salt, pepper powder & lemon juice…

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Crush the whole black pepper & keep it aside…

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Heat oil in a pan & cook the onions, till it turns dark brown…

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Add grated/crushed ginger & garlic, green chilli & curry leaves to the browned onions…

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Add masala powders…

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Add soya & tomato sauce…

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Add 1/4 cup water to the masala…

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Add marinated chicken pieces to the masala…

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Add 1/2 cup water & let it boil…

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Cover & cook till the chicken is done…

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The chicken is cooked…

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Add curry leaves & roast it a bit more…

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Pepper Chicken
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Pepper Chicken ( Kurumulaku Chicken)

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Servings: 3
Author: Maria Jose


  • 400-450 gms Chicken (cut into medium size pieces)

For Marination

  • 1/4 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • Salt

For Masala

  • 2 med – large Onion (sliced)
  • 2 – 2.5 tsp Crushed Ginger & garlic (each)
  • 1-2 Green chilli (slit lengthwise)
  • 1 1/4 tsp Whole Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chicken/meat masala (optional)
  • 1 tsp Soya sauce
  • 1 tsp Tomato sauce
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt


  • Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces with salt, pepper powder & lemon juice. Crush the whole black pepper (do not powder).
  • Heat oil in a pan & add sliced onion. Let it brown. Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic, green chilli and curry leaves. Let it cook till the raw smell goes, around 3-4 mins. Add crushed pepper, turmeric powder, garam masala, fennel powder and chicken/meat masala (if using). Mix well. Cook for another 2-3 mins. Add soya and tomato sauce/ketchup. Mix well.
  • Add 1/4 cup water and salt and mix well. Add marinated chicken pieces. Combine everything well and make sure that chicken pieces are coated with masala. When chicken starts changing the color add 1/2 cup water & mix well.
  • Let it boil. Reduce flame and cover and cook it till the chicken is done. Check in between, give a stir and add more water only if required. Once the chicken is done, remove the lid, add some curry leaves and continue cooking for another 5-7 mins on low flame, just to roast it a little more. Remove from fire. The dish will get a darker shade once it rests.
  • Garnish with onion & lemon/lime.


I strongly recommend using crushed pepper in the masala for the flavour and taste. Also if you are looking for that typical Kerala style preparation, use coconut oil. Be careful while adding salt, since the chicken is already marinated with salt and salt comes from soya sauce too. I suggest you prepare this dish in advance, so it helps the flavour to settle in.
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  • Hi Maria

    Nowadays I am referring to your blog for new recipes for chicken, fish, beef/mutton etc. as I want to try different menus, as I am a bachelor and get bored eating same items during the weekdays as I will eat at the hotel. So during the weekends I will try my hand on cooking with your menus.

    thanks for the same and keep up the good work. May be you can open a restaurant and I can try your food, as I am also based in Bahrain.

    • Hi Shwetha,

      Though I make garam masala at home, I dont have any specific proportions. I use cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and fennel seeds to make garam masala.


  • Hi maria,
    Its long time I wanted to thank you for your lovely recipes. I have tried many. Your site has become my reference book..Loved all of them.
    Keep posting!!!!

  • Dear Maria, I have to confess…when I stood there in church getting marred, I thought life would be all about writing love letters and running around trees ! when I reached home, reality struck! and I was left running around the kitchen in agony for the next 30 years. and just when I was tiring of impressing my hubby and his relatives, not to forget my son in law, I discovered YOU! thank you for the quick, easy, super tasty recipes you have in your wondeful collection! most of all, thank you that I dont need to spend hours in my sauna kitchen! Your pepper chicken is super yummy….. truly!

    • Dear Annette,

      Your comment brought a big smile on my face :) I also had similar thoughts when I got married, except for the running around trees part ;) I’m awed by the fact that after this many years also you are taking efforts to impress your family with your cooking. I should say your family is really luck to have you.I know many people who’ve given it up.. I’m really touched and honored to get a good feedback about the recipe from a person who has so much of experience.

      Take care,

  • Hi maria ,

    I will definitely try this recipe as i love pepper chicken. I just want to tell you that eventhough i dont comment i always try your recipes and all of them turned out very tasty. Oh yes onething i started baking cakes just because of your recipe as it is very simple to follow and they are awsome .Simple recipe is your key point, keep going

    • Hi Anitha,

      I do hope you will like this recipe of pepper chicken. Really happy to know that you try out recipes from here, especially baking ones. Thank you so much for taking time to share your feedback with me, appreciate it very much :)


  • Hi Maria, tried this recipe yesterday! Just yum! My friends and I have tried many of your recipes and the result has always been awesome!

  • The first dish I tried using your recipe was Kerala beef fry. When I searched in Google the first hit I got was for your dish and ever since I am a great fan of yours.
    I don’t know to cook any vegetarian dishes but know to cook beef and chicken thanks to you.
    Thank you Maria

  • Halo Maria,

    FIrst of all thank you so much for posting such awesome recipes. I have written to you few years ago once. Now am writing to you regarding some modifications of the text. Please make the text color to black. When I print it, it prints in light grey color. Hard to read. Print out is easy than running back to the Lappy screen every time…..I need the recipe with me till am done cooking LOL….Please do the needful. Thank you once again and Happy New Year 2016

    • Hi Pramod,

      You are welcome! It’s coming out in black colour when we are taking prints, so I’m not sure why it’s different on your end :((

      Thanks for your wishes and wish you too a wonderful new year!


  • Hi Maria ,

    This was the first ever non vegetarian dish I tried or rather started with.My Hubby being a hard core vegetarian couldn’t stop relishing and surprisingly even believing that I had actually made it. I’ve attached the pic of what I had made. Please bear with the absence of garnishing the dish like how beautifully you had done to yours. (As I was super tired after this successful attempt :P ) A Biiiiiiig thanks to you! :)


    • Hi Priya,

      Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback :) I’m really happy that chose recipe from here for your first non veg cooking experiment! Great to know that your husband enjoyed the dish. Thanks a lot for sharing the pic too… I’ll share it on MM FB page one of these days..

  • I am a true lover of continental chicken recipes. Actually I just embraced with the pics and kicked into this. You had explained about this recipe very simply. My wife ones prepared this for me. Still my mouth is watering……. I think I need to call my wife…..right now.

  • Basically I am Tamilian from chennai married to a true blood mallu, who takes his food very seriously. I am not very familiar with mallu cuisine, and last Sunday I came across this recipe of yours. Wat do I say, in one word AWESOME!!!!! I also love the way you attach a picture at every stage. Very simple recipe with crystal clear instructions!!!! Love your blog!!!! It is blessing for amateurs like us!!!! Thanks a ton!!! God bless!!!!!

    • Hi Leena,

      Thanks a lot for your wonderful comment :) Really happy to know that your husband enjoyed this recipe. Hope you get to try other recipes from here and like them too..

      Happy cooking :)


  • Tried this recipe and turned out to b great.Maria, I must say, ur a real-life saviour for ppl like me. I suggest you think about starting an app for this site.

  • Hi Maria,
    I have tried several websites for my cooking adventures and I must say your’s stand out! All my friends are now fan of my pepper chicken dish and kudos to you for that :)

  • Hi Maria, thanks for the recipe. Few questions for you –
    1. Are you using whole cut up chicken for this?
    2. Can the recipe easily be doubled/tripled or should I reduce the amount of spices if I double/triple the chicken?
    3. When you suggest to make in advance, do you suggest I make a day in advance and then heat up in the oven before I serve?

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Rebecca,

      You are welcome :)

      1. I used fresh chicken cut into medium size pieces for this recipe.
      2. If you are doubling the recipe, you can double the amount of spices also
      3. Yes you can make it a day in advance and I generally heat it on stove top.

      Hope you get to make this and like it too..

      Happy cooking :)


  • I have made this several times now, and it is amazing every time… but I’ve never ever been able to get it anywhere near as dry as you seem to get it, not even close, I generally serve it with the remaining thick gravy from the pan…

    so what am I doing wrong? this probably sounds dumb, but am I meant to let the water boil off completely before I cover it. or just let it come to a boil and then cover it as per the instructions?

    In any case it is still delicious, and the heat is just right (for me.. my wife has a pretty hefty serve of yoghurt with it). Thanks!

    • Hi Nick,

      Good to know that you’ve tried this recipe several times, thank you :)

      Towards the end, remove the lid and cook the chicken on low-medium flame,stirring in between, so that the water dries out completely. Make sure you have a close watch on the dish, otherwise the chicken tends to burn .
      Hope you could get the dried version next time.


  • Hi Ranju,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Great to know that your guests also enjoyed this dish. Thanks for sharing the site with them :)

    I do hope you get to try more recipes from here and like them too..


  • Hey Maria
    Tried your pepper chicken today, awesome! I couldn’t get it as dry as seen with your pics, because wifey wanted the dish to be bit watery, so that our 8 years old terror could have her chapatis for lunch.
    Else the taste is so new and different. Keep up the good work!

    Loads of thanks from #Kuwait


    • Hi Rajesh,

      Good to know that pepper chicken came out well for you. Hope your wifey and lil girl enjoyed daddy’s cooking :)

      Regards to all at home..


  • For a Punjabi vegetarian to cook this for a malyalee husband was nothing less than a day full of praises. Maria, for any Malyalee dish i need to make i refer your site only. The recipes are not just easy but as well very well explained, Thanks !!

  • Hi Maria,
    This is a fabulous dish!!! :) I have been searching for a pepper chicken recipe for long and this was one was just right. My husband has fallen in love with it so much that he insists for this every time we get chicken home! Thanks a lot.. :)

  • Hi Maria…

    I dont know how many times I have made this pepper chicken..It was a big hit every time I made it..Made this for dinner last night along with the fried rice…please find the pic attached

    • Hi Resh,

      Looks like you’ve made it more than me :) I appreciate it so much that you take time to let me know the feedback of the recipes you’ve tried from here, thanks a ton dear :)


  • mariaaa…thankk u soo mchhh!!! since v onlyy get frozen chicken over here…evn thou m a pretty decent cook my chickenn wud alwyass b a biggg disaster!!had almost given upp cookin chickenn..dats ven i thot abt pepper chickenn.n came across ur recipee..n mus sayy its awesomee…my chicken wud always b blandd n wud nt blend vt d masalas…dis one is perfectt…thankkku:)

  • heyy maria,
    thnx for the awsumm recipe…!! Can i make this dish waithout addin the sauces..? Will it completely alter the taste..? cozz i am not a big fan of soya saucee….also i wanted it to have the authentic kerala tasteee…!

    And you have a wonderful blog dear…i am already a BIGG fan… :D
    Keeep upp the Good workk..!!

  • Hey Maria…

    Tried out your pepper chicken…It was just woooooow…My husband just loved it…It was so yummy..I recommended this recipe to one of my friend also..I have also tried your chicken pasta…it was good too…your food blog is really too good..Cheers….

    • Hi Resh,

      Thanks a lot for your comment! Great to know that you’ve tried the recipes and it worked out well for you.

      Also a big Thank you for recommending this space to your friend :)


  • Maria i have tried pepper chicken twice from 2 different sources but didn’t turn out well.With apprehension tried this one and to my surprise it was finger licking good glad i tried this :) and it also tasted restaurant like am so proud :) and all thanks to you for such a simple n delicious dish ,this is going to be a keeper :)

  • tried out this recipe this weekend…came out amazingly…its really finger licking good..thanks maria for this wonderful recipe…

  • my husband and me tried this and your recipe worked like magic :) it was so yummy. We made much more than we wanted and had for 2 days. And I should tell you, it tastes even better the next day!!
    Thanks a lot for sharing this, Maria.

  • my husband and me tried this and your recipe worked like magic :) it was so yummy. We made much more than we wanted and had for 2 days. And I should tell you, it tastes even better the next day!!
    Thanks a lot for sharing this, Maria.

  • my husband and me tried this and your recipe worked like magic :) it was so yummy. We made much more than we wanted and had for 2 days. And I should tell you, it tastes even better the next day!!
    Thanks a lot for sharing this, Maria.

  • This is just absolutely amazing. It made my day yesterday ! I consider myself quite a rubbish cook ;) honestly! But this( pepper chicken) pretty much had my other half smiling at the dinner table. So a big ‘Thank You’ to you , you are a very talented lady and the way you write the recipes, i.e… tips and quantities of the ingredients are just spot on! Not many food recipe sites get that right.(I’ve been disappointed before, I know!) Keep up the good work. You are appreciated a lot!

    • Hi Tanya,

      Thanks a bunch for your wonderful feedback dear :)
      Great to know that you find this space useful. Thanks for taking time to share leave a comment here, appreciate it very much :)


    • Hi Tanya,

      Thanks a bunch for your wonderful feedback dear :)
      Great to know that you find this space useful. Thanks for taking time to share leave a comment here, appreciate it very much :)


  • This is just absolutely amazing. It made my day yesterday ! I consider myself quite a rubbish cook ;) honestly! But this( pepper chicken) pretty much had my other half smiling at the dinner table. So a big ‘Thank You’ to you , you are a very talented lady and the way you write the recipes, i.e… tips and quantities of the ingredients are just spot on! Not many food recipe sites get that right.(I’ve been disappointed before, I know!) Keep up the good work. You are appreciated a lot!

  • hey maria thnxs for this wonerful recipe on this cold winters night needed something like this. Just finishe cookin……….

  • Oh dear Maria,
    I am divya from Sydney. I recently stumbled up
    on ur blog and hey girl, its amazing… I went thru almost all the recipes and bookmarked almost all .. hi hi.. cudnt stop doing that.. I love cooking and me and my hubby love to explore food…!
    I have made ur pepper chicken and I must tell this… Ummmmmaaaa… It was soo good. Hubby loved it and he asked me to pass on his regards as well.. you take good care maria.. God bless you. Gonna try the rest… Bye for now..

    • Hi Divya,

      Thanks a bunch for your wonderful comment dear! I’m glad you stumbled upon this space :)

      Hope you get to try the recipes and like them too.. Please convey my regards too to your husband.

      best wishes to both of you and have fun in the kitchen!


  • hey this one was really good. Suraj (my husband) liked it a lot!! Thanks Maria:) This is the second recipe of urs am trying after the tomato chutney. I will try one of your cakes soon., just that i have never done baking..anyways will give it a try as my friends birthday is comin up ;) Thanks!

    • You are welcome Deepthi! Nice to know that this recipe worked well for you..

      I do hope your baking experiments also become successful! Happy baking and all the best!


  • Dear Ma’am,

    Lip smacking, finger licking good. never in my life have i thought that i will be entering a kitchen, leave aside writing comments on a food blog. maybe it was due to my professional arrogance of  being a helicopter pilot. anyways, never had to cook anything in my life as my wife and mom are both cook amazingly well. since my wife was  busy with her exams and i was tired of eating take away food, i decided to take matters in my hand and entering the kitchen. the world was saved when my wife let out the secret of her success in kitchen..a blog called ‘maria’s menu. the success i achieved has even made me bold enough to try out the plum cake recipe and it came out well too. the fact is that i can be seen in the kitchen more than my wife nowadays.

    you made me realise waht an amazing stress buster cooking is.. i owe you a big one,


    Vipin Nair

    • Hi Vipin,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback :) It’s a pleasure to know that this space was helpful for you. I agree with what you said, cooking is a stress buster!

      I do hope your wife’s exams went well, please do convey my regards and thanks to her. Btw, you can offer an helicopter ride in return ;)

      Happy cooking n have fun in the kitchen!


  • Dear maria,

    its amazing flavour. i have tried and my husband likes it more, thanks for posting such recipes and keep on posting new ones….

    let our husbands love us more ha ha ha…

  • Hi Maria,

    I want to thank you for this awesome recipe. It was a big hit with my hubby and the guests. I used boneless chicken thighs and it turned out yummy. I’m a regular reader of ur blog but this is the first time I’m commenting:) My hubby is from Kerala and I’m a Maharashtrian. I will b experimenting with lot of other recipes from ur blog. Thnx again for the gr8 work:)

    • Hi Teju,

      Thanks dear! I’m really happy to know that you are a regular visitor of this space :)

      Hope you will like the other recipes too..

      Happy cooking!


  • My sister suggested your website and I must say  this is great! Waiting for my pepper chicken to get ready. I am going to make stufffed pepper chicken burger with that. 

  • Thankyou for creating this blog .The recipes are easy to follow with clear instructions and the food always comes out good.

  • hi maria,
    your pepper chicken was too good ya.
    i toned down the spice level a bit to suit my childrens needs.
    but all in all a great recipe.
    keep up the good work.


  • hey Maria,
    I tried this recipe yesterday and my family and friends enjoyed it!! thank you for sharing it..


  • The pepper chicken recipe was really good and so simple.Only question i have is why most of your chicken recipes have open cooking and not in the pressure cooker?

    • Hi Sapna,

      Thank you! Nice to know that pepper chicken came out well for you..

      I use broiler chicken mostly and it doesnt take much time to cook. So I dont see any need for using pressure cooker, that’s why :)


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    • Hi Shabasy,

      Thanks for dropping by! Nice to know that you also like cooking.

      I post here whatever I happened to cook in my kitchen on a daily basis. Please go through the archives to find out the kind of recipes you’ve requested.


  • hi maria, i’ve been wanting this recipe since a long time now. I have finally found this recipe on ur  blog & i’m sure its going to taste gr8. I’ll let u know once i prepare this recipe. Thanks.

  • Hi Maria

    This is the second dish i tried from your website and my family enjoyed it really it was quick and easy also, thanks for that


  • I made this yday for my daughters bday party and it was a big hit. Got lot of compliments.. thanks for sharing the recipe with us :)

    • Hi Anu,

      Belated b’day wishes to your daughter! Nice to know that it was a hit at your place. Thank you so much for trying this and also for the comment :)


  • Hi! I’m a new cook! Can you please tell me how to make this with 1 kilo chicken? And can you tell me what all spices to add for making garam masala powder? 

    Thank you

  • will try this one for sure…my husband frowns at new tastes of any food, he likes to keep to his traditional tastes  especially for fish. but i think he will surely like this one as it seems to be spicy.

  • hi maria,
    i’ve tried this recipe a few times,n each time it turns out really husband gets confused each time n feels that i had ordered it from a hotel.being a keralite i know v few kerala recipes n now thanx to u am tempted to try out all ur recipes.thank u fr all the lovely recipes.will be trying ur vartharacha meen curry v.soon…..

    • Hi Bindu,

      Thanks a bunch for your wonderful comment dear :) Great to know that you are tempted to try recipes from this place. Hope you will like varutharacha meen curry too…


  • I made this for my Husbands Uncle and Aunty who are british and they loved it ! Thank you for a lovely recipe

    Today i’m going to try the egg curry :)

  • I tried it today. The occasion was – My husband returned from US who was dying to have some local food. I wanted to cook him something nice and when I tried this, I must admit it turned out really delicious and he was really happy.
    Thanks Maria for sharing such wonderful recipes

  • Thanks Maria..This came out so good..I added a little ginger paste and manchurian sauce instead of soya sauce..Thank you for sharing the recipe  :)

    • Hi Remya,

      You are welcome! I’m hearing about manchurian sauce for the first time, is it available ready made? Anywaya, nice to know that you liked this recipe. Thanks for the comment.


  • hi maia superb wow… words to xpess….really awsome……al at my home liked te dish vey much thank u very much for ur recipes…..

  • i tried the pepper chicken maria…nd it came out jst delicious…nd the addition of sauses made it into indo chinese.

  • Hi Shwetha,

    Welcome to MariasMenu! Good to know that this recipe was a hit at your place :) Thank you so much for trying it and also for sharing your feedback here.


  • Hi Maria,i chanced upon your blog when i was searching for a “pepper chicken” recipe …i made this preparation on Sunday for a party at home…it came out awesome and i got a lot of compliments all thanks to you!!

  • Hi Maria,I am a regular visitor of ur blog.Although I am a regular visitor of ur blog, I have not commented before.Infact I should say this is the first time I am commenting on any blog. This recipe is so awesome…Very easy and tastes superb.I have an iron wok,when I make this in the iron wok, it is even more tastier I felt.After you have posted this recipe,I have tried it every week and always it gave perfect results.Another recipe which I like from ur blog is the Ultra
    Moist Chocolate Cake.So light,easy and yummy…Thanks for sharing these recipes.

    • Hi Sera,

      Thank you very much dear for taking time to post a comment here. I’m really happy to know that you are a regular here :)

      I’m sure the iron wok adds extra flavour to this dish. Also, I’m thrilled to know that you’ve made this recipe every week, thanks again dear.

      Take care…


  • I’ve been trying your recipes from the time I started cooking 6 months back and I have to say I have never gone wrong making one of your dishes…Its amazing how easy its to follow your recipes and make great tasting dishes time and time again.

    Thank You so much!

    • Hi Ranjit,

      I’m thrilled to read your comment. Thank you very much for your feedback. I’m really happy that you find the recipes here easy to follow :)

      Keep trying the recipes and happy cooking!


  • Is tomato sauce referring to tomato ketchup or is it different? Also what garam masala powder do you use?

  • wowie Maria kutti :) luks so temptin! im definitely tryin it soon! :) just wanted to confirm if its boned chicken pieces dat i need to use? thanks!!

    • Hi Annie,

      I’m really happy that your first trial from this site turned out successful. Hope you get to try other recipes too…

      Thanks a bunch for the comment :)


  • Hi Maria, 

    Thank u so much for posting this recipe. However i tried preparing this as per ur instructions but after i added the chicken it started oozing out water and it turned out to be a gravy. How do i avoid this next time. Please suggest.

    • Hi Anupama,

      Sorry to hear that it didnt come out perfect! I think its best to add water to the chicken after waiting for some time. Because some chicken has more water/fat content. In that case, its better not to add additional water. Hope this helps…


  • Hi Maria
     You look very familiar. did you by any chance do your schooling at st thomas and did you attend an academy called Thrupthi in Trivandrum for cooking or craft classes?

  • hi maria,
     I always view ur blog, nd i also had prepared some of ur dishes. all are wonderful…….
    nd im writing a comment for the first time….i made this was very very nice. wen i just went through the recepie it told my mind it is a good one…….really im thanking you for the recepie. looking forward for more recepies……….

  • hi maria

     I made this 3 times in a row. I hv tried other recipes of pepper chkn but this is the best ever. Thanks a lot Maria.


  • Dear Maria,
    The Pepper chicken came out really well.. and was much loved by the family.Your tried and tested blog is Godsend for rushed-off -the -feet working mothers like me! thanks a ton.. it is with surewin confidence that I try out your recipes!
    Lakshmi, Chennai

  • Maria kutti..adipoli ketto…though i wrote to u..had to publically comment also ! another big hit… hubby loves pepper flavour and this was the best dish that could have been made for him.. :)

  • Hey Maria, amazing recipe. I tried it and here is the pic. I dint use curry leaf and used veg oil instead of coconut oil. 

  • Wow..Just came across this site and tried this yesterday and my hubby and me loved it… simply delicious!!! loved the naadan pepper chicken taste.. thanks for the recipe and the detailed instructions!!!

  • Hi Chechi,
    I’ve been following your recipes for quite some time now. I have to say that your recipes have helped me survive college without any gastric incidents. Your site is so awesome that even my 75 year old grandma is hooked. Just wanted to say that I have given you an award at my blog. Do check it out :)

    • Hi Zach,

      Nice to know that you find this blog helpful. I’m specially honoured and thrilled to know that your grand mother also likes this space. Please do convey my special regards to her :)

      Thanks a lot for the award. Will drop in at your place.


  • Hi Maria,

    This is first time I am putting in my comments though I have tried a number of your recipes before like caramel custard, cutlets – chicken, fish and meat, beef fry, red fish curry and many more and needless to say all of them have come out pretty good.
    Today I was at a lost about what to prepare and thought I would give your chilly chicken recipe a try and opened up your site and saw the pepper chicken recipe. I am such a huge fan of pepper chicken that i thought I would give this one a try, and it came out really well, a little on the spicy side but it was still delicious. I have tried pepper chicken once or twice before with other recipes but your recipe is by far the best.
    I am a huge fan of your site.
    Keep up the good work.


    • Hi Lakshmi,

      The list of recipes that you made from this blog made my day :) Thanks a lot for trying all those recipes and also for taking time to post a comment here.

      Nice to know that you liked the pepper chicken recipe, yeah its a bit spicy :) Hope you get to try the chilli chicken recipe also sometime…


  • Maria this is a sure to be tried recipe. I really don’t like restaurant style pepper chicken becos of their overdose of pepper. This one looks yumm.Will let u know once I try it.

  • Hi Maria,

    I tried out the Pepper chicken recipe yesterday and to be honest all in my family liked it.  Only variation I did is I added 1/2 tsp of coriander pwdr instead of meat masala.  It was very delicious !  Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.  I’ve recommended this site to many of my friends and cousins. 

    Joyce Koshy

    • Hi Joyce,

      I’m really happy that you liked this recipe. Great to know that your family also liked it.

      Thank you so much for the comment and also for recommending the site. Appreciate it very much dear :)


  • That turned out too good to be true. Didn’t find it too spicy. All of us like spicy food…
    Thanks a lot Maria….

    • Hi Salim,

      This means you like really spicy food :) Because it was a bit too spicy for our taste. Anyways, I’m happy that it turned out well for you.

      Thanks for the comment!


      • Hi Maria,

        We have a Yahoo forum where guys who studied in our school meet. I had posted a link to this recipe in the forum. One of the members too tried it and gave the opinion that even    though the dish was quite spicy and tasty, it did not have the expected “peppery” taste (that’s true). Another member, a lady settled in Australia posted a recipe. I tried it yesterday and found that it was superb. The recipe is as follows: 

        My mother made chicken or Pigeon pepper like this;1 pound chicken cut into 2 inch pieces1 level tbsp ground black pepper2 large onions thinly sliced and one onion chopped1 tsp ground ginger2 green chillies slit5  cloves and 1 inch cinnamon.1 Diced tomatocurry leavesoilsalt and vinegarRub chicken with the pepper, salt, ginger and vinegar and marinate for 1/2 hour.Pour oil in a thick bottom vessel and heat.Put the sliced onions and  fry till golden brown. Now fry the chicken in the oil and onions, and keep turning it over till all sides are browned( lower the heat if necessary).Put in the curry leaves and green chillies and the spices.Add the tomatoes and chopped onion and cover and cook till soft and mushy  (I added half a cup of water too).Open and keep frying till there is hardly any gravy leftSprinkle vinegar and turn off the stove.  

  • Hi Maria,

    I had asked for the recipe of Pepper Chicken some months back.  Today when I just kept searching your new recipes, I saw this post and was so happy.  I’ll definitely try it out and let you know the result. I also tried your kerala style egg curry and it was great.  You are wonderful and I am a fan of yours.  Keep going and wish you all success.

    Mrs. Joyce Koshy 

  • Good Morning  dear,

    My mouth is watering here, I am sure it must have been so tasty.

    Have a nice day ahead.



  • waaahh!!!! kya baath he…. no words ,, it was awsommee…  i wanted to giv ma hubby a surprise dinner and i prepared this ,, but he understood tat i was cooking smthng spl whn he rchd home frm office , coz he got smell of the curry from the gate itself … the blend of coconut oil nd pepper was incredible,,,, thhnkkz a tonn  for sharing this…

  • looks yummy to try it soon..but our spicy tastes have diminished a lot these days :( hope i can tolerate all tht pepper..and i like ur new way of showing pics in every sure does take time n effort..well,ppl love ur it pays off anyway :)

    • thanks di :) u better reduce the level of spices n then try this. Its pretty spicy!

      yeah step by step pics is def extra work for me, but then it’s great to know that many appreciate it :)


  • Why not kurumullaka kozhi,why chicken? He he,just pulling ur leg! Happy new year dove! How about some honey ham roast recipe? Ta

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