Kozhi Kurma | Malabar Chicken Kuruma with Coconut Base

Do we all have the lives that we have always wanted? From morning, this question has been dancing in my head… If I take a look at only one example in my life, which is this blog, I would have the answer. It is a clear NO, most of the time. This blog just happened, and now what it has become was something I never fathomed it would be. Similarly, everything in my life has happened like that, some things that I never expected would happened, but nevertheless happened. No wonder why Allah is called “the Best Planner”. Just like the proverb, “Man proposes, God disposes…” πŸ™‚


Today, Rasha’s exams started. And it started with Science – something that she hates. I asked her, “How was it, molu?” She very innocently replied: “The teacher gave me four sheets, three sheets I’ve done correctly, but the fourth one I know is full wrong!” πŸ™‚ OK, no problem… Seriously, I don’t want to push her. In our house, we never had that tradition, or in fact, my D never pushed us to really study as such. He would always tell umma, “Avarku venamengil avar padicholum!” (If they want, they will study…) And I’ve got that same thought in my head. Oh well, that’s remind me – today’s is International Father’s Day. Even though I will not be celebrating it as such, I just know that my D will be my first hero for all the years that I will be alive on this earth for sure, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚


Off to today’s recipe, it’s a very easy chicken curry with coconut in it, with a very “Malayalamised” name – Kuruma. It’s basically Korma, but when you tell it in Malayalam, the whole slang changes!!!! Hehe… just like how we love to call “stew” as “eshtu”. I used to always wonder about it, but now I know what it is… πŸ˜€ We have a funny language… hehe… Kozhi Kuruma is a rich gravy in itself and goes amazingly well with some neychoru or Kerala porotta. The gravy is thickened by a coconut paste and that explains its richness. Kuruma is also made with a cashew base. Off to the recipe…



Chicken Kuruma

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 kg chicken cut into medium pcs
  • To grind:
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 inch pc cinnamon
  • For curry:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2 large onions sliced thinly
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 3 green chillies slit (add more for spiciness)
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • A few coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • Griind all the ingredients under the "To Grind" section into a smooth paste, adding very little water.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Saute the ginger and garlic paste till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the onions and saute till transparent.
  • Add the tomatoes and the green chillies and continue cooking till tomato gets nicely smashed and the onions are thoroughly cooked.
  • Add the chicken pieces and mix well.
  • Add in the masalas and the ground masala paste along with salt. Cook till the chicken becomes tender.
  • Serve garnished with coriander leaves.

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  1. I like it and your "malayalamised" prayogam

    1. thank u so much shaain… πŸ˜€

  2. Very true Rafee.. We are quite easy with Saana. Never really push her to do anything… everything is of her interest. My hubby is very keen on that and never hold her back if she wants to do something. Of-course guide them! and Kuruma looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Rekha, there are hardly any parents nowadays who don't want to pressurize their children due to high amount of competition… Even though I guide her, I don't want her to feel that she is being left out from the whole moving… thank u so much dear…

  3. Rafeeda, can i have you as my neighbor. With all those wonderful dishes being cooked, I will be passively fed. Good one and loved how you go about her studies. Today only I saw the pic of your cuties. loved the way they posed.

    1. thank you so much sebeena… πŸ™‚

  4. Kuruma looks yumm RAfee. Adding cumin is new to me. Nicely done.

    1. thank u so much suhaina… πŸ™‚

  5. Yummy, delicious kurma…

    1. thank you so much priya…

  6. delicious chicken and liked reading the post too….

    1. thank you so much nayana…

    1. thank u so much femi…

  7. Haa haa…njammaku balarae eshtapettu..ketta..the malayalamized slang !!! And kuruma kalakki.

    1. haha sona… athu kalakki… hehe…

  8. A funny language we have πŸ™‚ Ha ha πŸ™‚ The kuruma looks delish! And it was always like that in our home too. We were never pushed to study this or do that. In fact, my dad would actually pull us away from the front of those stacks of text books to take a break so often πŸ™‚

    1. Your dad seems to be like mine.. when we have exams and there's a cricket match going on, he used to call us to give him company for cheering and umma would get so cheesed off… hehe… those were the days… πŸ™‚ thanks dee…

  9. That is a wonderful curry for sure…loved it

    1. thank u so much divya… πŸ™‚

  10. Every time I come back here, I see at least 2 more new posts- how do I keep up with your dishes eh?? The malayalam kuruma looks so much more delicious than Korma , hehe, and I am with you Rafee on no pressure on kids..( although sometimes I think I am a tiger mom!)

    1. hey jehanne…u already know it… I've a quite a bit in my drafts to finish off… πŸ™‚ I'm hardly cooking these days so all the drafts are perfect fodder to keep me going… hehe… thanks a lot dear, see even i'm a tiger mom, Rasha would very much vouch for it for the times I have to scream at her due to her lack of attention… πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Rafeeda, love your chicken kuruma, it look so inviting and luscious. I sure love to have extra rice, the grave look really good. πŸ™‚

    Best regards.

    1. thank u so much Amelia… πŸ™‚

  12. Wonderful kuruma and you are a wonderful MOM..me too am on your side regarding the kids interest..leave it to them and offer help when needed, thats all!!

    1. thank u so much priya… sometimes u've to leave it to them for our time sake!!! hehe…

  13. Delicious korma.. Loved it.. Thanks for sharing Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

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