Kozhi Mulakittathu – Chicken in Spicy Sauce

A lot what I write on this blog is a reminder to myself… always…  reminding myself of matters that I can never change… I found this really interesting, nicely shortened and explained beautifully…

“Let go…
How would you life be different if you learned
to let go of things that have already let go of you?
From relationships long gone,
to old grudges, to regrets,
to all the “could’ve” and “should’ve”,
to the dead friendships you still hang on to…
Free yourself from the burden 
of a past you cannot change.”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli
Coming to today’s recipe, this is another recipe I tried from my cousin’s wife’s recipes that featured on Vanitha, the first one being the Erachi choru. Somehow, I was disappointed that the recipe was not complete – some ingredients were missing in the list but mentioned in the method, which made me all confused. However, since I was already onto it and was not ready to be bogged down, I went on and made it with measurements that would suit our palates. “Mulakittathu” basically means cooked in a red spicy sauce. Now the curry does not look red, mainly because I did not add too much of red chilli powder. When the ummi cannot take it, I don’t expect my kids to take that much of spice!!! Nor can the men take it as well… That’s why the color is slightly brownish than it should be. I have noted down a few pointers below to get the red color if this recipe is decided to be made! This tastes awesome with Neychoru and would also go down perfectly with some chapathis or rotis. Off to the way I made it…




Updated with new pictures on August 21, 2020: While I was wondering what to cook for lunch, this recipe suddently came to my mind. I thought the mulakittath I had made earlier didn’t look like one so I tweaked the recipe slightly, by reducing the coriander powder and upping the chilli powder. I still didn’t make it extra spicy, but you can add more as required, if you can add more chilli powder! Hehe… We had it with neychoru and parippu, and totally loved it. I hope that you will try it as your next chicken curry recipe for your Friday meals. 😉 I am just glad to find this recipe, since the only mulakittath I ever knew was made with fish. 😉 I have two versions, one here and the other is here… Hope you enjoy this update! 🙂



Leaving behind the old picture, because it is one of my favorite old pictures taken in daylight too… 🙂



Kozhi Mulakittathu - Chicken in Spicy Sauce

Course Meals
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cleaned and cut into medium pcs
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 large onions minced
  • 3/4 tsp ginger paste
  • 3/4 tsp garlic paste
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 large ripe tomato chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmir red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 6 shallots chopped
  • 3 dry chillies
  • Coriander and curry leaves for garnishing


  • Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan. Saute the onions till soft.
  • Add ginger, garlic and green chillies and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Now add in the tomato and cook till it is mashed up.
  • Add all the masala powders along with the salt, coat it well. Drizzle in some water and cook down the masala till it gets done well.
  • Add the chicken and mix well. Cook for around 5 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add water as required and cook on low flame till the chicken is done.
  • For final tempering, heat oil in a small fry pan, fry the fenugreek seeds and shallots till soft. Fry the curry leaves and dry chillies. Add it into the curry.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or rotis.


The curry should be having a fierce red color, however, since I did not add much Kashmiri red chilli powder, it looks more pale. Add around 3 teaspoons of Kashmiri red chilli powder and 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of normal red chilli powder for the perfect color - that is if you can take that much of spice levels!!!

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  1. Oh Rafee.. i just love this curry so much m sister do prepare when i go to her house,in calicut, ethu kozhikode special alle?? do u know i had planned to prepare this for your 'Be my guest'. page

    1. Ayyoda… I'm feeling bad that I posted this now… I am sure you will come up with a cracker of a post… thanks a lot Preetha chechi…

  2. Oh this is such a coincidence Rafee! I had tried out the vanitha recipe and had tweaked it to suit out tastes 🙂 Yet to post it in the blog 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Priya… would love to see your tweekings… 🙂

  3. nice ! and especially liked that poster…we need to know how to work it out…to let go…a bit difficult at times, thou…

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  4. Actualy i was searching 4 this type of dish ,with chicken.now i got it and iam very much thankful 2 u.i were thrilled 2 prepare this recipe.thanks

    1. Thank you so much Jaspinder… hope you try this and like it…

  5. Whoa!! We sure can't take this much spice!! Looks very nicely made..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  6. Have made meen mulakitathu. Kozhi mulakitathu is yet to be tried. Looks delicious.

    1. Thank you so much dears…

  7. looks yummy..anything with chicken esp spicy,am in ..:)

    1. Thank you so much Julie… 🙂

  8. So yum! Love it!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  9. oh wow My family loves all kind of chicken curry now i got one more spice and delicious one..

    1. Thank you so much Bhawna…

  10. So awesome mulakitta chicken…….u have a wide variety of delicious chicken recipes….hats off….! A good one for me to try…. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Remya… 🙂

  11. Loved this yummy spicy chicken.. Looks too tempting.

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  12. Such spicy n lovely chicken curry n btw learning to let go is really very difficult at times

    1. Thank you so much Nayana… I guess that's the toughest part of life…

  13. Very delicious and completely a fingerlicking chicken curry, your clicks are killing me.

    1. Oh thank you so much akka…

  14. Wow.its just delicious n tempting

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  15. I love this chicken look so good:)

    1. Thank you so much Gloria… 🙂

  16. We make this without adding coriander powder,all other methods are same

    1. I was wondering regarding the coriander, but I added it because it was stated in the recipe… would try without it next time InShaAllah, thanks a lot, Shaami…

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  17. Hi Rafeeda, nice poem, Thanks for sharing.
    This chicken dish is exceptionally delicious. I want 2 plates of rice to go with your this awesome dish. :)))

    Best regards.

    1. Thank you so much Amelia…

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