Simple Chicken Roast

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Days are really hectic. Cannot but say! It’s a mad rush at office and even more mad rush back home… A small nap, prayers, time for recitation, Iftar, kids, Taraweeh prayers and all of a sudden it’s 11 pm and it’s time to sleep! Frankly speaking, 24 hours seems to be not much enough for all the activities happening, but Alhamdulillah, the spirits of everybody at home is high and it is indeed a blessed feeling. In fact, my umma who was pretty sceptic if she could take the summer Ramadan on, as for the past three years, she’s been fasting amidst the heavy rains in Kerala, is quite pleased that things are not bad as she was expecting it to be! πŸ™‚ And on top of that, my little Rasha took five fasts for the first time! Amn’t I a beaming mother? Yes, it did not come without any heartaches. On her first fast, when umma was feeding Azza her lunch, she threw a tantrum to be fed. We somehow convinced her that once she sleeps, she would be fine. I put her to bed, and went off to sleep with Azza. After an hour, I woke up to see two eyes peeping from inside the blanket.Me: “Rasha, didn’t you sleep???” *Surprised*
Rasha: “No ummi, I couldn’t sleep because my tummy is growling!”


I just couldn’t stop laughing… But she somehow managed to hold onto her will power and completed her fast. The second day was fine, she didn’t make much of a fuss. The third day she fasted, she waited for all of us to sleep, slowly sneaked into the kitchen, dumped in one peice of chocolate that she found in the fridge and ate up a couple of tablespoons of cold rice! She was interrupted by my B who opened the main door and there she ran back to the room leaving the rice back in the fridge but leaving trails on the floor!!! Kids are kids, isn’t it? So as of now, she has 5.67 fasts in her account!!! πŸ˜‰ You may be thinking that why am I making her fast, we start this orientation from whenever they can so that they get the gyst and feel of fasting as they grow older and it starts to become obligatory for them.




Off to today’s recipe, I treasure this recipe to the core. During my initial cooking days when I used to constantly rack my head and there were no smart phones to support you with Google 24-7, I used to ask my ex-colleague, Shankarji for some ideas. Since he used to watch a lot of TV, he had seen this roast on a channel and tried it himself before sharing it with me. Since then, whenever I am not in a mood to cook anything elaborate, I just make this no-fail recipe that always amazes me with its taste. It also reminds me of Shankarji as well, who is enjoying his retirement life back home. He may not read this, but definitely I’d love to tell him that we all over here do miss him to the core!


Updated with new pictures on November 7, 2016… πŸ™‚ Old picture below… You may notice the difference in the shade of the roast. The color of the roast depends on how long you roast your dry spices initially and the color of the coriander powder used.




5 from 1 vote

Simple Chicken Roast

Course Chicken
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 900 gm chicken drumsticks or 1 kg chicken
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 3 chillies slit
  • 4 large onions sliced thinly
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves or coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Remove the skin and wash the chicken drumsticks well. Make stashes here and there and set aside to drain. If using chicken, then de-skin and cut into meduim sized peices. Wash well and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in the saucepan. Add all the powdered masalas and saute for a minute till a lovely aroma comes.
  • Add the chicken, and mix well for the fried masalas to get coated.
  • Leave it on low flame for five minutes.
  • Then add all the remaining ingredients and leave it on low flame on tight lid.
  • Keep stirring it in between to ensure that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook till the masala and the chicken is well cooked. Garnish with curry leaves once done.
  • Serve with chapathis or rotis, while warm.

Join the Conversation

  1. Hi Rafee,glad to hear your daughter has started fasting and for Mom it must be really tough.
    Chicken roast kandittu kothiyavunnuuu…
    This one sounds easy as there is no initial sauteing of onions and tomatoes everything just blends in right!

    1. that's exactly the reason why i love this recipe… not much of work! πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  2. Oops…it's raining chicken everywhere tempting me badly Rafee..Too yummy.

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi… πŸ™‚

  3. wow, looks delicious Rafee! I can gobble chicken roast anytime!

    1. thank u so much jehanne… πŸ™‚

  4. Chicken roast looks juicy and delicious…vaayil kappal odunnu

    1. thank u so much anupa… πŸ™‚

  5. This looks real delicious.Adipoli

    1. u seem to have adopted the adipoli word humi… hehe… thanks a lot!

  6. Nice that you daughter is also fasting, chicken looks very very inviting and delicious…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  7. how powerful your fasts are…may god bless little one for the effort she puts in…this is amazing curry love the colour

    1. thank u so much divya… InShaAllah, hopefully she gets blessings for her little fasts… πŸ™‚

  8. looks very tempting Rafee!

    1. thank u so much aisha…

  9. Chicken looks delicious. Such an easy recipe and thank you for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  10. 5.67 lolz thats a good number…atleast she is fasting…we must really apprecaite them ..
    Chic roast seems very easy to prepare and looks delish

    1. hehe suhaina… Alhamdulillah she seems to be liking it, even though at times she complains that she's feeling thirsty… thanks a lot dear…

  11. Hi Rafeeda, your chicken roast look so inviting and awesome. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. Have a blessed Ramadan.

    Best regards.

    1. thank u so much amelia…

  12. chicken looks delicious!
    Glad to hear that your daughter joins with fasting…

    1. thank u so much amila…

  13. looks so delicious rafee!!!oru chapathi undo sakhave chicken curry edukkan!!!

    1. njan saghavalla ketto… πŸ˜€ hehe.. thank u so much dear…

  14. Looks too good Raf!

    1. thank u so much princy…

  15. Masha Allah, your daughter has started fasting at a young age. This chicken roast looks yummy!

    1. Alhamdulillah, Ambreen… πŸ™‚ thank u so much…

  16. looks so yummy…Lip smacking fry dear…

    1. thank u so much saranya…

  17. Nice to know you little girl tried her first few days of fasting. How they learn alle πŸ™‚ Love your chicken roast….its so easy n sounds yummy!

    1. it just goes to show they grow up so fast, manju… πŸ™‚ thank u so much…

  18. luks so spicy n too tempting:)

    1. thank u so much usha… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much akila…

  19. Awww Rafee, it is so great that the little one is able to do it. Must be so difficult for her, especially when she sees the younger sis being fed. Admire her will power πŸ™‚

    The chicken looks so good dear. Love this type of Roasts. The color on that is so perfect πŸ™‚

    1. oh yes, even i do admit her will power… in between she threatens that she will drink water or take a pc of fruit, then we tell her, see you've been hungry all this time, why do you wnt to waste your blessings from Allah? then she calms down… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  20. Chicken roast looks imply Superb and tempting,Nice write up.My wishes to your cute daughter and thanks to Shankarji.

    1. Thank u so much akka.. πŸ™‚

  21. Congratulations on your daughters "Roza Khushai" The recipe looks amazing.

    1. Thank u so much bushra… πŸ™‚

  22. Happy to know that ur girlie is trying & succeeding in her fasting πŸ™‚ And needless to say, that's a yummy & drool worthy chicken roast !!

    1. Thank u so much chitra…

  23. That recipe looks great. Will have to try it..the girls love chicken

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Fozia…

  24. I love this, it is a bit different than roast chicken that ive grown up cooking and I love that!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Breharne…

  25. marina farook says:

    looks juicey ! πŸ˜€

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Marina… πŸ™‚

  26. Thats a easy recipe. Dump everything and cook. I love such cooking .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I too love this recipe due to its simplicity! Thanks a lot Nusrath…

  27. Looks like a super easy and yummy recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

    Cheers, Diana |

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Diana…

  28. This is really a foolproof method of chicken masala. But I always sautΓ©ed the onions and tomato and then put the powders. I shall try our your method next time..inshaAllah. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, Shahira, why I like this recipe is that you don’t have to stand sauteing anything! You just put all together and they will cook on their own… do try it and let me know how it turns out for you, InShaAllah… Thanks a lot for coming by…

  29. Ohh this recipe looks so tasty. Masha’Allah I really need to get myself back into cooking properly.

  30. I also make this kind of chicken but I use a few different masalas! Its so easy how you can just dump everything in the pot and cook it! I really dislike sautΓ©ing onions and tomatoes! it takes up so much time haha!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ayesha…

  31. 5 stars
    Your recipes are really well written, I like it! Great recipe!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lavues…

  32. Looks so yummy! Book marked for the future πŸ™‚ ( and

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Zainab… πŸ™‚

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