Kozhi Thengapaal Curry ~ Chicken Coconut Milk Curry

There are times I oversleep in the morning… can’t help it, at times the kids just refuse to sleep off and my alarm decides to ditch my over-sleepy mind. On one such morning, I woke up just in time for me to leave for office and had no other option than to not send my younger one to school. Since Rasha goes a bit late, she had to go to school. When I returned back from work, Rasha was whining as to how she always has to go to school and how Azza gets the benefit. The conversation which followed stumped me:Azza: “Thaatha, do you know why I didn’t go to school today?”
Rasha: (looking annoyed) “Yeah, because ummi didn’t sent you!”
Azza: “No, because Atha’s teacher is not feeling well…”
Me: (surprised) “How do you know that your teacher is not well?”
Azza: “Teacher was doing like this in the class yesterday…” (coughs)OK… I loved her reasoning!!! Just couldn’t stop laughing for quite some time thinking about it… πŸ™‚


Sharing with you today, a chicken curry with very mild flavors and slathered with a lot of coconut milk. If you like the creaminess of coconut milk and subtle spice, then this one is for you. My curries are never spicy, or even if I make it spicy, I spice it up using black pepper. Somehow, we have grown up eating no-spice curries and I buy into that idea. This is one curry that I absolutely adore. It goes so well with plain rice or neychoru or even with chapathis. More than that, it is really easy to put together. Off to the way it is made…



Kozhi Thengapaal Curry ~ Chicken Coconut Milk Curry

Course Non-vegetarian
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cut into medium prices
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup shallots chopped
  • 2 onions minced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 to matoes chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves for garnish


  • Clean the chicken and keep aside to drain.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat coconut oil. Add the shallots, onions and green chillies and saute till soft.
  • Add in the ginger and garlic pastes and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the tomatoes and all the masala powders and cook till the tomato gets mashed up.
  • Add the chicken and the thin coconut milk, give a nice mix.
  • Add salt and cook with the lid on for three whistles. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid and keep the flame on simmer. Add the thick coconut milk and cook for 5 minutes. Garnish with curry leaves and serve warm with rice or chapathis!

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  1. kids are so lovingly funny! Sometimes i wonder how they become so clever at this young age :-). And the curry is slurpy delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Jehanne… πŸ™‚

  2. Your kids are adorable, enjoyed reading the story too, the curry looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Indrani…

  3. love curry… and ur kid is so sweet

    1. Thank you so much Sherin…

  4. Chicken curry looks very delicious.

    1. Thanks a lot Beena…

  5. I always make a similar chicken curry keep some gravy aside just to drink. Thenga paal curries are my favorite and in the pressure cooker chicken becomes melt in the mouth.
    Hmm those late mornings are so stressful.Hate it.

    1. Oh definitely it is! Makes me feel so guilty, hehe… Thanks a lot Meena…

  6. Fingerlicking good chicken curry.

    1. Thanks a lot Sanoli…

  7. I love chicken curry with coconut milk, makes it so flavorful and yum!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

    1. Thanks a lot Ruxana…

  8. Pass the curry with rice to me and I will finish happily..

    1. Thank you so much Rumana…

  9. I am nuts about coconut and this curry is just what I want right now. It looks so comforting Ma sha ALlah.

    On a side note, do you make your own coconut milk Rafeeda or use the canned one?

    1. It depends on my mood… Most of the time I use coconut milk powder as it is more convenient! Thank you so much dear…

  10. Azza has a perfect reasoning,hi hi..I too get dumb struck with my kids reasoning at times,this new generation kids and they got a ready made reply for every question…chicken curry looks delicious with coconut milk flavors !!

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  11. Nice story about kids…innocent reasoning….. Yummy and delicious chicken curry in coconut milk… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  12. Kids and their stories!!! πŸ™‚ LOL The chicken looks yummy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Gauri… πŸ™‚

  13. Wonderful dish. Chicken is my fav but did not prepare with coconut. This time will surely prepare and will also share the feedback with u.

    1. Thank you so much Shreya for coming by…

  14. This is almost like chciken stew alle…coconut milk ittu enthu thannalaum njan thinnum πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Manju… πŸ™‚

  15. You are tempting and making me hungry….lovely dish…delicious!!

    1. Thank you so much Padma…

  16. Chicken curry looks finger licking good..

    1. Thanks a lot Gloria…

  17. wow… super yummy curry… mouth watering…

    1. Thanks a lot Amina…

  18. Great presentation and looks superb!

    1. Thanks a lot dear…

  19. Creamy chicken curry prepared with coconut milk. Love to have it with some appam

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  20. pass me this beautiful bowl of curry πŸ™‚ super looks

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  21. even i cook this combination often..but in this version color looks different n tempting

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

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