Malabar Kozhi Curry | Umma’s Chicken Curry

As soon as I saw this as an FB post, I couldn’t help smiling. Withall the bragging that I do, day in and day out, boring some of you who wouPinld really want to go straight to the recipe than to read through my ramblings…. I thought it was so apt! The only reason I write down lots is to clear up my mind of my thoughts in the most abstract manner possible… all of us go through internal struggles and all of us have different ways of giving it up – some people bottle it, which I feel is extremely dangerous! Some like to diversify towards their talents, depending upon how they are able to do it, which may be productive as well as destructive… I like to give it up through penning in. This blog has helped me a lot in that way… To settle down my thoughts, to read a lot as I like to share links with my readers if I find something interesting that is very much linked to the topic and more than that, it is a source of learning for me as well… So I like to see the positive in it and keep going till I can… And for people who think like me, yes, please do know that you are not alone… πŸ™‚

I guess I have been wandering around my umma’s cooking for sometime now. Till now, I have been fortunate to have her around with us at long stretches of time. The time is getting closer when she and my D will say their farewells to this country, to settle down in “God’s own country”. Maybe that is why, I am putting in a lot of her cooking of late, I guess. I don’t want to think about it for the time being and get unnecessarily worried… hehe… This is, I guess, the first dish I learned from her during my early married days. Not knowing what to do in the kitchen, she taught this basic chicken curry, which is something I turn to each time I don’t want to make anything elaborate, or even when I have guests coming around and I don’t want to goof up! It is that simple and basic… I am sure many of us have some recipes like this from which we have taken up our cooking journey forward… This is one curry I love serving with aleesa… really match made in foodie heaven!



Umma's Chicken Curry

Course Meals
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 750 gm chicken cut into medium sized pcs
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 medium onions thinly sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1-1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 cup water approx
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves for garnishing


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the onions and chillies with some salt and saute till soft.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till mushy.
  • Now add the powders from coriander to fennel powder and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the chicken and the water, mix well for the masala to incorporate. Close the lid, cook on high flame for one whistle and then leave it for five minutes on low flame.
  • Switch off and let the pressure go by itself.
  • Open the cooker, adjust salt and garnish with curry leaves. Serve warm with rice, rotis or
  • aleesa.


1. You can cook the chicken normally without using pressure cooker in a normal saucepan. Definitely it tastes better than the pressure cooked version!!!
2. Do not add more water than above, even if you add less it is fine. Chicken tends to release its water and if you add more, then you may have a watery curry as the final result.
3. I love adding potatoes to this curry, as it give a lovely flavor... but since I don't have a potato-friendly family, I avoid it.
4. You can even substitute water with coconut milk - that makes it tastes just too good!

Join the Conversation

  1. You know what Rafee, no matter what I try I can't recreate the chicken curry that my grandmom and mom used to make. Now I blame it on the chicken that I get here πŸ˜‰ Anyway, the curry sounds simple yet delish πŸ™‚

    PS: Your ramblings are most welcome πŸ˜‰

    1. Whatever we do will never taste close 2 theirs, must be bcoz of the difference in hands n quality of ingredients… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Priya dee… πŸ™‚

  2. mouthwatering chicken curry…btw you never bore us ..I love reading everything you share..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  3. Simple yet delicious chicken curry. Moms preparations are always incomparable Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  4. ah haaa yummy and delicious curryyyyy raffy :* in fact i dot feel your post boring i love to enjoy a lot the beautiful saying and topics you share … i will try it with coconut milk πŸ™‚ sounds great <3

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  5. Looks inviting rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  6. To be honest, I never tried making Chicken curry in pressure cooker. It sounds pretty easy and looks creamy as well. Mom's recipes are always life savers, right?

    1. Oh yes really… once u get used to the ease of pressure cooking, then u will not go 4 any other way! Thanks a lot Shibi…

  7. Whenever i feel bore, i make chicken curry in Pressure cooker, thats makes our life easier na, mom's recipes are always the best.

    1. Thank you so much Priya akka…

  8. Umma Recipe so easy!!! Mom's recipe are so divine!!!! Love your ramblings

    1. Thank you so much Farin…

  9. Is the web speaking to me? Everyone's making chicken curry. And I feel so unworthy after I see your productivity. Nice to see it made in the cooker.

    1. Is that so??? Hehe… u make me embarrassed with ur high words, Tisaji… seriously… πŸ™‚

  10. Simple and delicious chicken curry πŸ™‚ Also i must say rafee.I loveee to read ur writings. Its not at all boring πŸ™‚ Keep rocking

    1. Thank you so much Ranjani… πŸ™‚

  11. Always our moms recipes are really valuable…….n so nice that ur ur mother taught u this quick and simple chicken curry……The chicken curry looks sooo delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  12. nice, simple n yummy…..

    1. Thank you so much Razina…

  13. Very tasty chicken curry…

    1. Thank you so much Resna…

  14. It was nice reading this post and the curry looks lovely.

    1. Thank you so much Taruna…

  15. yummy curry! I agree with you blog always help us to settle down and share our silly thought πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much Sadaf… πŸ™‚

  16. Sounds yummy and lipsmacking chicken curry πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asha… πŸ™‚

  17. uuufff…that curry is so making me drool….I want some of that like now

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  18. Love pressure cooker recipes. Awesome chicken curry.
    Google is flooded with recipes I guess ramblings is the only distinguishing factor now:))

    1. So that means I continue rambling… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Meena…

  19. i love ur rambling so pls keep going..and the curry is just like how my mom and aunt makes it, which i know is always delicious!

    1. I guess it's a very generic chicken curry… thanks a lot Jehanne dee…

  20. Delicious chicken curry. who can make better curry than umma. Love the way you write and share recipe Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Swathi…

  21. Hey Rafeeda hugs.. I think it's impossible to make something better than mom!!
    Your mom's curry looks perfect!!

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

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