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Dec 10, 2013

Chicken Kuzhambu / Tamil Nadu Hotel Style Chicken Kuzhambu / Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

I prepared this Chicken Kuzhambu quite long back, a week before Purattasi and due to other events and special days this Non Vegetarian Post didn't got any attention. Finally, today decided to post it here as it fits to the Event, Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday by Nalini. This is a spicy Chicken Kuzhambu with freshly ground spices and this is traditionally prepared with Country Chicken / Naatu Kozhi. This chicken Kuzhambu tastes exactly like the one which I have tasted in one of the famous hotel, Selvi Mess in my home town. I made this kuzhambu 3 times and every time it turned out awesome, so spicy and flavorful kuzhambu. This pairs well with hot fluffy idlis, crispy dosa or with flaky parottas, biryani and even with plain rice.

Recipe Source : Spice India online Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 20-25 minutes
Serves   4
  1. Chicken    1 lb (i used chicken legs & thighs with bone)
  2. Onion    1/2 cup or 2 medium (finely chopped)
  3. Tomato   1 no. (chopped)
  4. Green chilli      1 no. (chopped)
  5. Garlic        4 clove(crushed)
  6. Ginger      1" piece(crushed)
  7. Coconut Paste     3 tbsp
  8. Turmeric Powder     1/4 tsp
  9. Coriander leaves      few finely chopped
  10. Salt       to taste
To Roast & Grind
  1. Dry red chili   6 no.
  2. Coriander seeds    2 tbsp
  3. Raw rice      1 tsp
  4. Black pepper corns  1/2 tsp
  5. Cumin seeds        1/2  tsp 
  6. Fennel seeds       1 tsp 
  7. Poppy seeds      1 tsp   
  8. Split roasted grams(pottukadalai)    1 tsp 
  9. Cinnamon    1" stick
  10. Cloves    2 no.s
  11. Cardamom   1 no.
  12. Dry Coconut flakes      1 tsp
To Temper
  1. Oil     3 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Bay Leaf    1 no.
  4. Curry leaves     1 sprig

  • Wash chicken then marinate chicken with 1/2 tsp chilli powder & 1/ 4 tsp turmeric powder, pinch of salt and mix everything well and keep covered aside.
  • Heat a pan, dry roast all the ingredients given under the heading "To Roast & Grind" in medium flame for 2 minutes. Cool for a while and grind it to a fine coarse powder and keep aside.
  • After that heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds allow to pop, then add bay leaf fry it.
  • And then add crushed ginger, garlic & curry leaves and stir fry for a minute.
  • Now add finely chopped onions and saute till turns soft and golden brown.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and saute until it turns soft and mushy.
  • And add marinated chicken pieces and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • After that add ground masala and stir fry with the chicken for 6-7 minutes in medium flame.
  • Then add 1/2 cup water, enough salt and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add coconut paste, adjust water to desired consistency then cook till chicken get soft and tender and oil floats on top.
  • Lastly garnish with cilantro, and switch off the stove.
  • That's it...Spicy Chicken Kuzhambu ready. Serve hot with idli/dosa/parotta.

Adjust chilli to your desired spice level, the above one is a spicy kuzhambu.
For coconut paste - Grind 3-4 tbsp coconut with 2 tbsp water to a smooth paste and use it in the recipe.


  1. Irresistible chicken curry. Flavorful and delightful.

  2. Selvi mess kuzhambaa , super sangee.My dad usually buys kuska from there :)

  3. Spicy and yummy chicken kuzhambhu.

  4. the curry looks so lipsmacking... i would love to have it right away...

  5. looks soooo fantastic n mouthwatering curry.....

  6. Finger licking chicken kulambhu,tastes delicious with idly,dosa and rice..

  7. Hi your chicken curry looks yummy. .just had a question. .whenever I use chicken breast boneless it becomes very it better to pressure cook or open pan cook

    1. Cooking in pressure cooker gives you soft and juicy chicken. Or in open pan cooking, marinate chicken with yogurt, chilli and turmeric for at least 15-20 minutes then cook in recipe with lid closed. I usually cook in pressure pan or pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles.

  8. halo,,
    i love this curry,would like to try n cook
    for coming chinese new year,,may i know can i used curry
    powder instead of gring those spice,,how u can help,,
    thanks--xin xin--singapore chinese,,

    1. Yeah you can very well use any store bough Chicken Curry masala powder 2-3 tbsp for the above recipe. But the above mentioned roasting and ground spices will gives you authentic Tamil Nadu style curry. Hope this helps! If you try plz let me know how it turned out to you. My advance New Year Wises!!

  9. Tried this out and it came out really really awesome. Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe... One more addition to your list of main dishes this works as sides for is Biriyani...

  10. I just cooked this gravy .. its tastes like superb one. Which I cooked so far. I have a pic of that. Pic sharing is not enabled.
    Great work with step by step process. . Thank u

    1. Thank you for your prompt feedback. You can share your pic via email - OR send me a Facebook message at Spicy Treats' Facebook Page.

  11. Hi it looks mouthwatering.... Can i make this without coconut as its not available in our place. .. Gonna try this out once i get a reply from u....

    1. Yes., you can try without coconut, Or if you get coconut Milk then use 1/3 cup of coconut milk for the above recipe. Alternatively, you can make it plain gravy without coconut or coconut milk, if so reduce the spices and spice powder quantity to 1/4-1/2 tsp.

  12. This is an absolutely wonderful recipe. I have made it a number of times now - and it never fails to please. Thank you so much! This is one of my treasured dishes.

  13. Wowww...... I tried out your recipe... It turned out to be such an aromatic authentic tamilnadu taste... Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome recipe.. Keep posting..thanx.

  14. I tried the same way as explained here. It's really awesome. Thanks a lot. My friend's enjoyed fully.

  15. Gravy came out yummy, thank you 👍 😊


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