Kozhi Chukka ~ Malabar Chicken Chukka

In my previous post, I was so excited that I had no plans for the weekend, and I could “twist and tweek” as I would want it to. And “twist and tweek”, it did – literally!!! On Thursday, while excitedly walking towards my car and chatting to my umma, suddenly I don’t know what happened, I twisted my right leg so badly that  I lost my balance and held onto mom, hurling Azza who was holding my left hand away. Alhamdulillah, nothing happened to her but I was in total pain. Come Friday, and I had a nice big swelling on that leg with some pain, which is normal for any sprain, right??? I was at home for the whole day, resting my leg and bearing my howling kids, as my HD said, “No going out today, better rest!” Weekend gone…


On Saturday, still it was paining with the swelling. I insisted we go see an ortho. Consultation and an X-ray later, the doc declared that I had a little scratch on my bone and a torn ligament, which is not that serious, but if I don’t put a cast now, each time I sprain my right leg, I will suffer for a week. We looked at each other’s face, and then he confirmed to the doctor for the cast. Boy, what a cast!!! They wrapped up my complete leg, making me feel that I had broken a bone rather than just scratched it! So there, I have “twisted and tweeked” my right leg, taken medical leave from office for a week, and this cast makes me feel seriously handicapped – I can’t drive, what more should I ask for??? 🙁 🙁


Today, I am sharing another of my umma’s oft repeated recipe. Her chicken chukka was one menu that featured on our tables every second Tuesday. I have already mentioned before how she had a fixed timetable and therefore we could predict what was going to be served every day!!! 🙂 I always thought that this was just chicken fry in onion masala, when I discovered that this is what is called Chukka in restaurants!!! Hehe… off to the recipe now… For the marinating masala: check up the list as in my Kerala Style Baked Chicken post.


Chicken Chukka

Course Chicken
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • For the marinating masala: check up the list as in my Kerala Style Baked Chicken post
  • 1 kg chicken skinned and cut into small pieces
  • Oil to fry
  • 5 onions sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • Marinate the chicken for at least an hour.
  • Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry till nice and done, brown on the outside. Drain the chicken in a kitchen towel.
  • In the same oil, add the curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add the onions and saute till it turns translucent
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute till the raw smell goes.
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes get fairly smashed.
  • Add in the masalas and salt and cook for 5 minutes till the masalas are well cooked.
  • Add the fried chicken and mix well to incorporate the onion masala. Keep it on low flame for 5 minutes for the flavors to incorporate.
  • Serve hot with chapathi or paratha!!! Slurp!!!

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  1. i can dig in ,love the crispy chicken and the soft onion combo.

    1. Thank u so much Meena… 🙂

  2. Sorry Rafee but I can't stop laughing reading your post..:) sorry and get well soon sweety. The chicken look delicious. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Glad I bought some smiles… 🙂 Thank u dear…

    2. Rafee.. I made this today for dinner but didn't Marinate the chicken nor did I fry as I had no time to do so. Hence adjusted the quantity of ingredients accordingly. It was super! Thank you once again for sharing 🙂

    3. Hey Rekha… I'm so glad 2 know… thank u so much 4 trying n letting me know… 🙂

  3. Sorry Rafeeda to hear about the twist. The hard wrapping can be quite troublesome. Hope you will rest to recover. I have had such mishaps before, swollen and wounded but there was no cementing.

    Not being able to drive can be a strain. I will be lost too if it happens to me. Btw, the chicken dish is very attractive and I am even hyped up with the name of the recipe.

    1. Thank u so much 4 ur wishez, nava… 🙂

  4. Hi Rafeeda, sorry to hear that you sprain your leg. Wish you speedy recover, take care my dear friend.

    Your chicken dish look extremely good, look simply but very flavorful. I need extra rice please. :))

    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. Thank u so much amelia… 🙂

  5. I am sorry to hear that you have hurt your leg dear. Get as much rest as you can and you will get better even before you know it in sha Allah!

    Chicken looks lip smacking good!

    1. Jazakallah dear…trying 2 get aome rest, but u know how it is with kids… 🙂

  6. Sorry to hear about that you have hurted your leg, take care and take enough rest sis.. That chicken chukka looks fabulous and extremely flavourful.

    1. Thank u so much priya akka…

  7. Sorry to hear about your leg Rafeeda.. Do take proper rest and get well soon.. Absolutely unique and wonderful recipe.. Drooling here!

    1. Thank u so much nilu… 🙂

  8. sorry to hear dear.. take care of you..

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  9. Get well soon dear!!

    1. Thank u so much aara…

  10. Sorry to hear about your mishap. Hope you feel better soon. The chicken recipe is original and sounds scrumptious.

    1. Thank u so much lail… 🙂

  11. I would give this recipe a try…it looks delicious :)… BTW u take good care and get well soon.

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  12. Hope u can get rid of the cast soon andstart driving again.chukka look yumm…ummas recipes r the best.my motherin law makes almost similar..we called it juzt roast.now i know the name of it..lol

    1. It will take 3 wks n it's just 3 days now…hope days fly fast!!! As I mentioned, I never knew it was called so till I ate this frm a couple of restaurants out here…

  13. Take care of yourself…and feel sorry for your hurt…
    this curry is super attractive…loved the colour

    1. Thank u so much divya..

  14. Hey rafee ,When I saw it in the coming up next box itself I was drooling.Kandaal ariyam kidilan taste anu ennu.
    kaal vedana undo?

    1. Umma's food is always the best, how much ever limited the variety may be… kaal kuzhapamilla, castinte irritation…

  15. Looks so tempting and perfect.. thanks for sharing !!

    1. Thank u so much divya…

  16. Mouthwatering here….

    1. Thank u so much sangeetha…

  17. o myy…I can right away dig in and leave no traces of even a single onion fried slices there..YUmmmo

    1. Thank u so much Shanavi… 🙂

  18. tempting ! Sorry about ur mishap….Get well soon ! I'm sure this chicken chukka wud've lifted up ur spirits 🙂

    1. Thank u so much 4 ur kind words, Reni… 🙂

  19. Take care my dear.
    Lovely chicken chukka. Its very tempting.

    1. Thank u so much Neela…

  20. So sorry to hear about the twist and tweak leg :-/ Knowing you're still on bed rest, I hope healing speeds up, sweet Raf by the end of the week. Oh, and chicken chukka looks so delicious.

    1. I'm ok, Tisa dear….it's just dat cast is very irritating… thanks a lot dear… 🙂

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