Chicken Stew

Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Indian, South Indian, Kerala
Keyword: Kerala Style Chicken Stew, Appam and Chicken Stew, Kerala Chicken stew recipe, Easy Chicken stew recipe, Side dish for Appam
Servings: 4 -5
Author: Maria Jose Martin
A traditional Kerala Chicken Stew Recipe, that goes well with Appam. Chicken cooked with cardamom, pepper, cloves & coconut milk.
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  • 750 gms Chicken cut into medium size pieces
  • 2 medium Onion thinly sliced
  • 4-5 Green chilly
  • 1 tbsp Ginger & garlic finely chopped
  • 1 medium Potato cubed
  • 1 small - medium Carrot cubed
  • A small piece Cinnamon
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Whole pepper
  • A small pinch Fennel seeds
  • 2.5 - 3 cups Medium thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup Thick coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Cashew paste optional
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves


  • Crush the whole masala (number 4 ingredient). Heat oil in a deep pan & splutter the whole masala. Add onion, ginger &garlic, green chilly & curry leaves. Saute till onion becomes soft and keep in mind that onions should not brown in this recipe.
  • When onion becomes soft add chicken pieces, salt and potato cubes. Mix well.
  • Add medium thick coconut milk and cover & cook.
  • When the chicken is half done, add the cubed carrots too. Continue cooking until the chicken is fully done. (optional to add carrots)
  • Soak the cashews in hot water for 15 mins. Grind to a smooth paste.
  • Add the cashew paste to the thick coconut milk & mix well. When the chicken is cooked completely add the thick coconut milk. Reduce the flame & cook for 5 -7 minutes or until you get the required thickness.
  • Garnish with fried small onion/shallots & curry leaves. Serve hot with appam or bread.


I used chicken with bones. The weight f the chicken given here is after cleaning.  Cashew paste is usually added to thicken the gravy & make it more creamier. To enhance the taste & flavor, you can garnish the stew with small onion & curry leaves fried in ghee/coconut oil. You can also make this in a pressure cooker in the same way.