Chettinad Chicken Curry

I am just gasping at the date. Yesterday was a numerically beautiful 11-12-13, though the day was mundane as it should be! Already we are looming towards the end of the year, and before the eye blinks, it’s going to be January 1, 2014. I have felt that 2013 was an exceptionally fast year, it has been really fast with only regrets in place of not being able to complete a lot of things that I really wanted to do this year. The silver lining in the dark clouds is definitely this blog baby of mine, I should say. I have no words to describe how this hobby of mine has taken a turn for good and become a part of life, Alhamdulillah. By the Almighty’s grace, things have been good, the friends I have received through this little span of blogging have been very close and I take it as a blessing from Him to me. Even though things otherwise have been rocky and difficult more than expected, I guess this is life and all we need is loads of patience to go through the test of life, with His presence to guide us all the way through it all, InShaAllah… The Prophet PBUH has said, “Be in this Dunya (world) as if you were a traveller.” It clearly means that there is an eternal life after this snippet that we are going through, so we should be aiming for success there rather than here! May Allah – the Almighty – bless us all with the right decisions moving forward in life!!! Aameen…


About today’s recipe, the reason for me to try this recipe was a colleague in my department who inquired if I had any recipe of chicken curry made in Chettinad style. Now the only chicken I had tried was Pepper Chicken which I had made ages back. Since he asked, I had to try one, so I dug into my huge bundle of cookbooks and pulled out one which my HD had given some time back and I had not used it at all – “The Super Indian Cookbook” by Rakesh Puri. The time I saw the Chettinad Chicken in it, I thought of trying it out. A lovely flavorful curry cooked in its stock – perfect with ghee rice, which I had coupled it up with. Without much ado… off to the recipe…



Chettinad Chicken Curry

Course Chicken
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cleaned and cut into medium pcs
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1 small pc cinnamon
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 large onions sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 stalks curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Add in the whole masalas and fry till a nice aroma fill the kitchen, around 2 minutes.
  • Add in the onions and saute till soft. Add in the ginger garlic pastes and saute till the raw smell is gone, around 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the masala powders and saute till the masalas are roasted well. Ensure that you do not burn the masalas, just saute till it becomes a nice brown color.
  • Now add in the tomatoes and the chicken and cook till the chicken is done. Add little water if needed.
  • Finally adjust the salt, add in the pepper powder and the lime juice and mix well.
  • Serve warm garnished with curry leaves - with rice, chapathis, porottas - the call is yours!

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  1. Looks yummy di….Wish to have some with garam garam neychor…

    1. thank u so much shahina…

  2. curry luks delicious, whts chettinad by the way, m guessing its a place name…:)

    1. thank u so much razina… chettinad is an area in south india, mainly tamil nadu… πŸ™‚

  3. delicious curry dear…

    1. thank u so much saranya…

    1. thank u so much humi…

  4. are wonderful really..
    curry looks so delicious dear..

    1. thank u so much resna…

  5. Tangy, spicy, utterly delicious. Love this curry,every bit of it.

    1. thank u so much lail…

  6. There's one way of how I accept everything in life, that it comes with ups and downs. The chicken curry is simply fabulous. I have been looking for this recipe, wanting to try out. But somehow been putting it off and now seriously, next week with a few off days in hands, I shall try your version.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  7. lip smacking chicken curry

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  8. Super and inviting curry da
    Shobas Delight

    1. thank u so much shobana…

  9. Chettinad chicken curry looks simply fabulous! Must be very delicious.

    1. thank u so much sanoli…

  10. yumm, delicious looking curry

    1. thank u so much nammi…

  11. the curry looks super delicious…I am sure it would have been finger licking good…oh ya 2013 did end so quick…Lets hope 2014 has something good in stock πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much anupa… let's hope so! πŸ™‚

  12. This curry looks inviting..perfect to go with some steamed rice

    1. thank u so much gloria…

  13. Delicious n hot luking chicken curry..need sum jeera rice or rotis ..

    1. thank u so much usha…

  14. I hate to think a year is coming to an end ask me why?… next year I will be one year older :)))
    This chicken curry looks seriously inviting Rafee..

    1. i guess we all have to age, so let's age gracefully!!! πŸ™‚ thanks a lot meena…

  15. Makes me hungry πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much divya… πŸ™‚

  16. Very delicious curry. Perfect with rice and roti's

    1. thank u so much lisha…

  17. Yummy chicken curry, just need some roti to finish it off πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much ambreen… πŸ™‚

  18. Missed some of your posts, as was quite busy for the past month. Hope to catch up with blogging n blogger friend updates. Chettinad curry looks fabulous. Can feel the spicy flavour simply looking at the pic itself!

    1. ur presence was missed here!!! thanks a lot dear…

  19. Perfect curry for rotis. love your way.

    1. thank u so much savitha…

  20. Rafee.. this curry is so inviting.. i like spicy curries….loved our preparation…simple.. i feel your photos are looking better now..

    1. thank u so much preetha chechi for your comments…

  21. Your chicken curry looks totally mouth watering! I would love this with alot of rice.

    1. thank u so much mich…

  22. Hello Rafeeda,
    Chicken curry looks delicious!!
    Merry Xmas to you and family,dear..

    1. Thank u so much deepa…

  23. Chettinad Chicken Curry is an all time favorite of my husband. I am going to try your recipe…it looks delicious.

    1. thank u so much dear…

    1. Thank u so much savitha…

  24. Wow your curry chicken looks so mouth watering…Wishing you a Happy New Year! And a wonderful 2014 ahead!

    1. thank u so much mich…

  25. Looks perfect. I want to eat this right now πŸ™

    1. thank u so much aiza… πŸ™‚

  26. Hi Rafeeda, love your curry chicken. I will not hesitate to ask for extra rice cos the gravy look so appetizing. :))

    Happy New Year to you and family. Best regards.

    1. thank u so much amelia… πŸ™‚

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