Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chicken Kuzhambu Recipe - Kozhi Kuzhambu

Chicken Kuzhambu Recipe

Chicken Kuzhambu it is finally :) I always have small incidents associated with my props...Few months ago, when we visited Haribhavanam I saw cute varied sized buckets used for serving gravies. I loved them so much and wondered where do they get these A day later I saw the same buckets at Nilgiris I was overjoyed and immediately picked the smallest one and made this kuzhambu the next day and clicked it :)
As I've started exploring nonveg recipes, the first few on my list were all chicken recipes. When I was googling found this recipe quite interesting and it turned out super good .
Chettinad Style Kozhi Kuzhambu

Chicken Kuzhambu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 3
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe Reference : SpiceIndiaOnline

Chicken with bones - 1/2 kg
Onion (medium size) - 1
Small Onion - 10
Juicy tomato - 1
Ghee - 1 tsp
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - 1/2 tbsp chopped for garnish
Water - 1 cup

To temper:

Bay leaves - 1/2
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Cardamom - 1/2
Garlic cloves - 4 finely chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inchfinely chopped
Green chilli - 1 slitted
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 tbsp

To grind:

Fresh grated coconut - little less than 1/4 cup
Cashew nuts - 3
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Pottukadalai(Split roasted gram) - 3/4 tsp


  1. First grind the ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a fine paste. Keep aside. Clean and wash chicken and keep it ready.
    How to make chicken kuzhambu - Step1
  2. In a pressure cooker heat oil + ghee and add the ingredients listed under 'to temper' and fry for 2mins then add onion and tomato.
    How to make chicken kuzhambu - Step2
  3. Fry well till raw smell of tomato leaves. Then add chicken with garam masala, red chilli and coriander powders.Fry well for 3-5mins, Add required salt and mix well.
    How to make chicken kuzhambu - Step3
  4. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Once pressure releases, add the coconut paste.
    How to make chicken kuzhambu - Step4
  5. Mix well, simmer for 10mins and allow it to boil till oil seperates. Adjust salt at this stage. While switching off, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
    How to make chicken kuzhambu - Step4
Serve with hot steamed rice. Give atleast an hour of resting time. Enjoy it with rice for lunch and use the leftover with rotis for dinner, tastes best :)
Punjabi Rajma Masala

My Notes:

  • You can even add ginger garlic paste instead of chopped ginger and garlic.
  • Adjust spice level to your taste, the above recipe is just medium spicy as it suits our family.
  • The color of the curry depends purely on the red chilli variety used.
Chicken Kuzhambu Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Chicken kuzhambu looks very tempting...Love with chapathi...Loved the curry bucket...cute...

  2. That is indeed a very cute bucket!!! The curry looks very tempting. Great photography as usual :)

  3. Chicken curry looks gr8 :) My chicken curry also has almost the same ingredients, except for that cashews..I add pottukadalai or sometimes only poppy seed for the thickness :)

  4. wow luv the cute bucket..that holds this awesome chicken curry! impressive :)

  5. Cute bucket Sharmi. Gravy looks very tempting !! Super clicks !!

  6. A bucket full of delicious goodness..mouthwatering!

  7. Haribhavanam serves authentic chettinad dish n I jus love the Kal Dosai they serve there :) one of my fav hangouts :) yummy chicken kuzhambu n mouth-watering :) lemme try n let u know :)

  8. These type of props are great for indian food photography. Looks cute and the dish looks absolutely delicious.

  9. Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting dish..

  10. Cute looking bucket,nice prop to take food picture.The chicken kulambhu looks tempting,we do make it almost the same way but use poppy seeds instead of pottukadalai...

  11. Yummy chicken curry,so tempting and cute buckets..

  12. Very delicious chicken curry, i too make it almost the same way except the addition of cashew nuts, n also i add few chopped mint leaves before pressure cook...but it looks so tempting n yummy thru your camera/pictures :) very nice bucket, i am also eagerly waiting for our VISA extension result, if negative will be more happy in one way that i can buy whichever props/things i need for my food photography...really i envy your style,props,pics :))
    Spicy Treats

  13. This Kuzhambu looks extremely delicious.I think addition of pottukadalai and all is something new to me..looks rich and authentic..

  14. yummy chicken curry in cute bucket...delicious..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

  15. Shrami the presentation is so nice. The curry looks very tempting.

  16. usual nice clicks!!!

  17. OMG this looks so delicious. Come join my event.....

    You are welcome to join in my monthly food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here for entry details and current theme. New theme each month. All bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.

  18. Dear sharmilee akka
    I made it yesterday.waw turned out great.
    What a surprise my dad he gave me good comment.There is no leftover akka as usually it happens.
    Every one in my family apperiated me.
    All because of god and u akka.
    Though the preparation was little long,it was nice.i got confident after putting on the pressure.
    Thank u akka.

  19. Hi Sharmi,
    I did chicken curry yesterday night for dinner. Just followed the above came out really well as usual..thanks for the recipe :)

  20. I tried today and it came good. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  21. hi sharmi i tried your chicken kozhmbu it came out very well me and husband liked it very much do keep posting more tasty recipes

  22. hi tried ur recipe cam eout very well my husband liked it do keep posting more tasty recipes

  23. Interesting ...texture looks great dear.I never add chutney deal for grinding
    Shobas Delight

  24. Mrs.sharmi... i just saw this chicken kuzhambu recipie.i am going to try it today... thanks for the recipie.

  25. I made this recipe today. loved it and so easy to make.

  26. This kuzhambu was some what different from any other chicken kuzhambu I had tried, my family loved it and me too, added potatoes since kids love it. The coriander leaves added to the aroma....and surely will make it again. Thumbs Up !

  27. sharmi good day
    you not mention when to add the grinded paste ?

    1. Check step4..I have mentioned to add the coconut paste

  28. Hi mam:-)
    We r bachelors living seperate from home..wenever we r cookin we used to cal mom n ask each n everything but nowadays not lyk dat coz ur blog made everything simple. Really thanks a lot mam

  29. Asusal mouthwatering recipe
    I have become a great fan of u

  30. I just tried out your chicken curry recipe. It came out so delicious. For a very long time I was searching for a good recipe. Today I finally found it. Thank you so much. God bless

  31. Dear Sharmi, I think its high time I thanked u for coming to my rescue and making me believe tat I too can cook. I used to be a disaster in the kitchen but now I ve greatly improved. I wud surely say u are an angel in disguise. Nd yes the chicken Kuzhambu was a sooper dooper hit :) God bless. Keep rocking :)


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