July 08, 2014

Chicken Varuval Curry / Chicken Curry

This a very delicious aromatic South Indian chicken curry. This dish is so flavourful and pairs best with plain rice and rotis. This can also be a good accompaniment with briyanis. The house will be filled with flavours while you are making the masala, no wonder this is such an enjoyable treat to chicken lovers. Do make this yummy chicken curry and let me know your views. Now lets see the preparation.

Chicken Varuval Curry


Chicken – 750 gms

Onion – 1, chopped

Tomato – half of a medium sized one, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Corriander powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – a spring

Oil – 3 tbsp

Ingredients for Masala

Dry red chillies – 4-5

Cinnamon sticks / Pattai – 2

Cardamom / Elakkai – 2

Cloves / Kirambu – 2

Fennel seeds / Sombu – 2 tsp

Pepper corns / Milagu – 1tsp

Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – 1/2 tsp

Coconut – 2 tbsp , grated

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 5 pods

Oil – 2 tsp

Preparation of Masala

Grab the needed ingredients for the masala.

Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadai . Add dry red chillies, fennel seeds , pepper corns, cumin seeds and whole garam masala (cinnamon,cardamom and cloves) and fry for 2-3 mins until a nice aroma arises. Take care not to burn them so always keep in medium flame.

Then add ginger,garlic and shredded coconut and fry for 2 more mins and switch off.

Let it cool down a bit. Transfer to a mixer and blend it to a smooth paste using enough water. Now the masala is ready.

Preparation of Curry

Set ready the needed ingredients.

Heat oil in a kadai and add the curry leaves and onion. Fry the onion till they turn light golden colour.


Now add the masala and fry for 2-3 mins or till the oil seperates.

Add the turmeric and corriander powders and give a good mix.

Add in the cleaned chicken and coat it well with the masala.

Add the chopped tomato with required salt and mix well and fry for 4-5 mins.

Add enough water and cook till the chicken meat gets tender (Place a lid and keep in medium flame and stir it at even intervals to avoid burning, will take some 15-20 mins ).

Now the chicken is cooked well. Add the garam masala and give it a good mix . Check for the seasoning and allow to boil for 3 more mins.

Fry the chicken until it reached your desired consistency. I liked it be a semi gravy so I kept in flame for few more mins until it got thick (without lid).  (You can choose your desired consistency)

Serve this aromatic chicken curry with plain rice / Any Indian flat bread / as a side with briyani .

Chicken Varuval Curry

Notes :

  • Take care not to burn the masala.
  • Adjust the spice according to your taste. If you want the curry to be extra hot then add a tsp of chilli powder along with the corriander powder.


nandoos Kitchen said...

so yumm..

Priya Suresh said...

This curry is my all time favourite, just a bowl of rice is enough for me to enjoy.

Ruxana Gafoor said...

looks delicious and full of flavors

lovecraftingpaper said...

A blog on Tamil cooking? Wow, this is very interesting! I love cooking and I also love trying foreign recipes. I'll use yours. Thank you for sharing!


Jayanthi Sindhiya said...

Looks Delicious!! YUM....

Saraz Special said...

I really loved it. As I love Cooking, would love to see more receipes. Even I sharing a Link of non veg preparation

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