Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kozhi Milagu Kuzhambu | Spicy Chicken Pepper Curry | Pepper Chicken Curry Recipe | South Indian Pepper Chicken Curry

Kozhi Milagu Kuzhambu
Kozhi Milagu Kuzhambu | South Indian Pepper Chicken Curry Recipe with step wise pictures. Today's recipe is a spicy, flavorful and healthy chicken curry that is prepared using freshly ground spices & Pepper corns. For the first time, tried a chicken recipe of my own. Generally, I hesitate to experiment with non-veg recipes and always follow my mom/mil's recipes or from websites.
But this time, wanted to try something different and healthy curry recipe with Pepper corns. I have already shared a vegetarian Poondu Milagu Kuzhambu recipe, keeping a base of that recipe I tried this kozhi milagu kuzhambu and it turned out so good with lovely dark brown color and flavor. It tasted so spicy and yummy with thinai Idli/millet idlis & plain rice as well. I made this 2 weeks back for our weekend breakfast along with idlis. It was slightly spicy for my kids but still they loved it with idlis. Perfect Hot & spicy curry for this cold weather.

Pepper Chicken Curry
Kozhi Milagu Kuzhambu Recipe
Prep Time : 15 minutes | Cook Time : 25-30 minutes
Recipe Category : Side Dish/Curry Recipe
Serves 4-5
  1. Chicken   300gm/less than 1lb(i used Organic skinless, boneless breast Chicken pieces)
  2. Turmeric Powder   1/4 tsp
  3. Chilli Powder   1/2 tsp
To Roast & Grind
  1. Oil   1-2 tbsp
  2. Clove   4 no.
  3. Cinnamon  1/2" stick
  4. Pepper Corns   1/2 tsp
  5. Fenne Seeds/sombu/Saunf   1 tsp
  6. Khas Khas/Poppy Seeds  3/4 tsp
  7. Dry Red Chilli   2 no.
  8. Coriander Seeds    2 tbsp
  9. Onion   1 medium(roughly chopped)
  10. Coconut,shredded  1/4 cup
  11. Cilantro/Coriander leaves  3-4 stems(take leaves alone)
  12. Curry leaves   few
  13. Pottukadalai/Roasted gram dal   1 tsp
For Kuzhambu/Gravy
  1. Oil   1/2 tbsp(sesame oil or peanut oil)
  2. Freshly Ground Pepper powder    1 + 1 tsp
  3. Ginger   1" piece(crushed)
  4. Garlic   2 fat cloves(crushed)
  5. Curry Leaves   few
  6. Onion  1 small(finely chopped)
  7. Tomato  1 medium(chopped)
  8. Chicken Masala Powder   1/2-1 tsp
  9. Chilli Powder   1/4-1/2 tsp
  10. Salt   to taste
  11. Mint leaves    few finely chopped
  12. Cilantro   few finely chopped
To Temper
  1. Oil   1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
  3. Fennel seeds   1/2 tsp
  4. Ground Pepper   1/2 tsp
  5. Curry leaves   few
  • First marinate chicken with turmeric and chilli powder and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai to roast spices, when it is hot add clove, cinnamon, fennel seeds, poppy seeds,pepper corns and fry well.
  • Then add dry red chilli, corainder seeds and saute it and add chopped onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • And then add coconut pieces and saute for a minute and turn off the stove.
  • Allow the ingredients to cool and grind it along with cilantro, curry leaves and pottukadalai with little water to a smooth paste.
  • After that heat oil in a pan, when it is hot add ground pepper, crushed ginger and garlic, curry leaves and fry well.
  • Then add finely chopped onions and saute till golden brown and add tomato and saute until it turns soft and mushy.
  • Now add chicken pieces and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • And add 1 tsp ground pepper, chicken masala powder, chilli powder and stir fry well.
  • Now add 3/4 to 1 cup water or to desired consistency and enough salt, few chopped mint and coriander leaves and cook covered in medium heat until chicken gets cooked well.
  • Once the chicken is cooked and the oil floats on top, switch off the stove.
  • Heat oil in a tempering pan, add the tempering ingredients fry well and pour it to the gravy.
  • That's it...Spicy & Flavorful Kozhi Milagu Kuzhambu Ready. Serve hot with Idlis / Dosa / Plain Rice / Phulka / Parotta.
I added ground pepper in 3 steps,this way the pepper flavor and spiciness gets incorporated well with chicken curry/kuzhambu.
The above measurement gives you a spicy kuzhambu, for less spicy reduce ground pepper or add to your taste.
I like add few mint leaves to my non-veg curries, that gives nice aroma and taste to the dish but it is optional.
I used boneless chicken breast but you can use whole chicken pieces or Drumstick chicken also.
You can also cook the kuzhambu in pressure cooker and lastly add tempering.
Kozhi Milagu Kuzhambu

Pepper Chicken Curry


  1. Ok, so next on my to do list.. I make a similar gravy with eggs.. I would love to make & taste this soon :)

    1. Please give it a try, definitely you will love this...Also if you try, don't forget to share your feedback.Thank you :)

  2. That sounds very flavourful. Going to give this a try for sure.

  3. I'm planning to step up the recipe with 4 times the chicken quantity. Do I blindly step up all ingredients 4 times ? Is there any ingredient that needs to be toned down while increasing the quantity? Thanks. .

    1. Yes.,increase the chicken quantity and other spices 4 times. Only thing, adjust Pepper Quantity according to your spice level.


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