Kozhi Varuthathu ~ Malabar Style Chicken Fry

Time seems to fly so fast. I don’t think this is the first time I have mentioned this statement as the beginning to a blog post. πŸ™‚ My elder one, Rasha turned 8 on Friday. As every mother would say, it feels like yesterday that she was born. I don’t want to say the same thing, it sounds so cliched, though every mother would echo the feeling and every father would treasure it. Being our first child, we carefully named her so after my first two letter and HD’s first three letters! πŸ™‚ Her love for cartoons drive me nuts at times, as she can watch it continuously without a break and I am struggling to break the habit. I am sincerely hoping that soon she will get bored of this habit soon! Being our elder child, she does feel at times that Azza takes away too much of the attention, and in fact, Azza is so cunning that she takes every chance to be the limelight. But then this is something that all the elder ones go through, which includes myself! Just like every mother, all I pray for her is to grow up to be a good and responsible Muslim and a human being, nothing more…


A very simple recipe for today – the way we fry our chicken. This is a no-frill attached recipe – just put in all the ingredients for the chicken and get frying! By the way, it is really difficult to find people who love fried chicken! I haven’t been frying for quite some time due to the fear of dipping them deep into a huge bowl of oil. But once I got the air fryer, I have been frying chicken on and off. I am already thinking of frying a whole chicken, hopefully soon! πŸ™‚ Till then, moving on to this simple recipe…


5 from 2 votes

Kozhi Varuthathu ~ Malabar Style Chicken Fry

Course Chicken
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cut into medium pieces (I used thighs)
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vinegar or a juice of one lime


  • Wash and drain the chicken well. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl in a dry paste - do not add any water.
  • Add the chicken and coat well all over. Marinate for at least one hour.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan and deep fry on medium flame till browned and cooked - or like I did, you can use your air fryer to fry it in a healthy way!


You can substitute the Kashmiri red chilli with normal red chilli if you want it spicier.

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  1. Chicken is my fav meat dish. This Kerala style chicken fry… yes please…!

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi…

  2. simple yet yummy ..I love chicken and this look so tempting

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  3. You are making me hungry Rafeeda.. So tasty it looks..

    1. Thank you so much Seena…

  4. Same here rafee my daughter love cartoons.Summer break is coming soon,so dont know what i am going to do with her.Chicken fry looks delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  5. Look sooo good Raffe:)9

    1. Thanks a lot Gloria… πŸ™‚

  6. Yummyyyyyy. …rafee no ginger and garlic paste?

    1. No dear… you can add if you want but this is the simplest version… thanks a lot…

  7. Looks delicious Rafee πŸ™‚ I will try this soon

    1. Thank you so much Rekha… πŸ™‚

  8. Tempting Rafee. Love it

    1. Thanks a lot Beena…

    1. Thanks a lot Beulah…

  9. bookmarking!!!!!!!!!

    1. Hope you try it Remya…

  10. love this dish as it has few ingredients with great taste

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  11. looking good rafee…

    1. Thanks a lot Suji…

  12. can have this like snack too..

    1. Thanks a lot dear…

  13. 5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for trying and sharing your feedback… πŸ™‚

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