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Thani naadan Kozhi curry | A traditional central Kerala chicken curry with minimum ingredients

This is perhaps the oldest chicken preparations I have come across in my family.A synonyms of the real soulful preparations from central Kerala villages.Today we can’t imagine a curry without tomatoes and whole spices like cinnamon and cloves.But this chicken curry doesn’t demand any such from you.I remember most of the earlier preparations in our village confined to what we could access from our own yards.A fry made with the bunch of spinach or a theeyal evolved from brinjals in kitchen garden.Since tomatoes remained the store-brought extravaganza,the ultimate they could aspire was few shallots and coconut.Yet the absence of ready-use powders and spices could do the magic.It’s been a moment of heavy emotion for me ,bringing back the bygones.


1 kg chicken,cut into curry pieces
2 green chillies,slitted lengthwise
2″ ginger, crushed
12 garlic cloves, crushed
2-3 sprig curry leaves
Coconut oil,salt as required

To roast and grind

1 cup fresh,grated coconut
4 tbsp coriander seeds / kothamalli
4 dried red chillies / vattalmulaku
2 tsp fennel seeds / perumjeerakam
8-10 shallots


Prepare the masala powder first.Roast the ingredients mentioned in the particular section till coconut turn brown and brings a delightful aroma.Grind this well without water and keep ready.Heat coconut oil in a curry pot and roast ginger,garlic,green chillies and curry leaves in law flame.You have to be patient till the raw smell disappear.Add the chicken to this and cook adding salt.This can be done with a closed lid in medium flame for the first five minutes.Reduce the heat to minimum after that and cook chicken till tender.Once chicken is cooked and still water remaining (chicken will bring enough water to cook the meat), you may add the prepared masala along with little water.The gravy can be medium thick.Cook again in law flame for 5-8 minutes.Check salt and switch off.An aromatic chicken curry is ready to be served with hot rice !


6 comments on “Thani naadan Kozhi curry | A traditional central Kerala chicken curry with minimum ingredients

  1. Rafeeda AR
    August 18, 2013

    Look at that color…n hardly any work!!! Yumm….


  2. Priya Suresh
    August 18, 2013

    Sounds very easy and fingerlicking as well, prefect for lazy day's cooking..Thanks for sharing Dhyuthi.


  3. Suja Manoj
    August 18, 2013

    My mother-in-law once told me about this coconut chicken,simple yet tasty right..thanks for sharing dear,going to try this right away 🙂


  4. sojo
    August 19, 2013

    bookmarked!!!!lovely clicks


  5. Balachandran V
    August 19, 2013

    The moment I finish reading it – my mouth was truly watering and I had hallucinations of gnawing and chewing and biting and swallowing and tearing and dipping my face into that bowl of chicken. As I type, a dull ache in the pit of the stomach, thinking of the dosa and chutney waiting for me at the dinner table…. 😦


  6. Zareena
    August 20, 2013

    amazing gravy… Looks delicious.


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This entry was posted on August 18, 2013 by in chicken, kerala food, Non-veg curries.


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