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Kerala Chicken Curry For Appam

Kerala chicken curry for appam

Kerala chicken curry for Appam

kerala chicken curry for appam

Kerala Chicken Curry For Appam

This is a lovely light chicken curry. No coconut milk, no heavy spices. The addition of some yoghurt for the ‘Sour Factor’ & fragrance lent by the  coriander powder and  fenugreek is all it takes to make this curry which is a perfect combination for Kerala Appam. This recipe is my adapted version from a friend who has been with me for a long time in this journey called life – Rejin Mathew. 

Kerala Chicken Curry For Appam


Recipe Type: Main
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Serves: 5-6
kerala chicken curry for appam with video



  • 1 kg  Chicken, skinned ; cut into medium sized pieces
  • ¼ –  ½ cup yoghurt
  • 1 tsp salt

Grind to a fine spice powder:

  • 2 Tbsp Coriander Powder+ more as desired
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder  + more as desired
  • ¾ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 5-6 cashewnuts


  • 3 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste – (1 1/2 Tbsp each of ginger and garlic, pounded together to a course paste)
  • 3 – 5 Tbsp Oil
  • 4 large onions, sliced finely
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup yoghurt, whisked


  • Marinate the cleaned, rinsed and drained chicken with the yoghurt and salt  while you prepare all the other ingredients.
  • chicken curry for appam marinate with yoghurt
  • Grind the dry spices first: Coriander powder, Chili Powder, Fenugreek Seeds and cashew nuts to a fine powder and set aside.
  • chicken curry for appam masala paste

    Ground Spices

  • In the same grinder jar, Grind the ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Set aside in a non-metallic plate. (OR POUND the ginger and garlic using pestle and mortar for better results).
  • chicken curry for appam ginger garlic paste

    Ginger Garlic Paste

  • I like to mix together the ginger garlic paste and the spice mixture, adding 1/4 cup of water to make a nice smoother paste.
  • Add oil to a heavy bottomed cooker/pot and add the onions. Add turmeric powder and saute well till the onions are soft and translucent.
  • chicken curry for appam saute onion and turmeric
  • Next , on medium flame add the ginger garlic paste  (OR THE MIXED PASTE) and saute well, stirring continuously, till the raw smell of garlic is no more.
  • chicken curry for appam add ginger paste
  • chicken curry for appam- saute gg paste till aromatic
  • Now add the spice powder and stir well, sprinkling a little water so that the spices do not burn. Cook till aromatic.
  • chicken curry for appam add spice mix chicken curry for appam cook spices chicken curry for appam saute till cooked
  • Add the marinated chicken and toss well in the spice mixture and fry for or few minutes, gently tossing to coat evenly.
  • chicken curry for appam add chicken
  • Add more salt to taste as needed, and curry leaves (optional).
  • chicken curry for appam add curry leaves
  • chicken curry for appam add enough water
  • Bring to a boil. At this point I will add some more chili powder and coriander powder till I get a good color and consitency 1 – 2 Tbsp as desired. Add a 1/4 cup beaten yoghurt and mix well.
  •  (You could cover and cook on low till chicken is cooked. This would require additional water).
  • But I prefer to pressure cook. Cook on high till first steam whistle. Lower heat and then turn off flame BEFORE the third steam whistle. Leave to cool completely before opening. This keep the chicken nice and moist, while retaining maximum gravy.
  • chicken curry for appamcover and cook


Kerala Chicken Curry For Appam

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Did you enjoy our Kerala Chicken Curry For Appam ?

  •  This curry needs to sit a while IN THE CLOSED COOKER for the flavors to combine and the curry to thicken a bit.
  • I like to fry the chicken and onions in the spice mixture in a wider pan initially, before adding it the pressure cooker. (Refer Video).
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