Nadan Chicken Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry

Nadan Chicken Curry Kerala Chicken Curry


Nadan Chicken Curry Kerala Chicken Curry - authentic Nadan Chicken Curry Kerala Chicken Curry - serve with rice


Nadan Chicken Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry

This is The Chicken Curry! Authentic Kerala Style ‘Nadan Chicken Curry Kerala Chicken Curry’ that  brings a smile to everyones face. The perfect setting. Warm sunday lunches, Mother in the kitchen cooking happily. The laughter of children. Relaxation. A beckoning aroma. Inviting all. Heavenly bliss! Bringing back the child in us. A delicious recipe that you will love!

Nadan Chicken Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry

Recipe Type: Chicken / Curry / Kerala
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 20
Cook time: 40
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 6

Ingredients for Nadan Chicken Curry Kerala Chicken Curry:

  • 1 fresh chicken, skinned, cleaned rinsed and drained.
  • 1 large piece ginger, crushed.nadan chicken curry - ingredients nadan chicken curry - spices
  • 1 large bulb garlic, crushed.
  • 5 onions, sliced.
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds.
  • 1 pinch fenugreek seeds.
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder.
  • 2 ½  Tbsp coriander powder.
  • 2 ½  Tbsp chilly powder. (Use Kashmiri chilly powder if you like a medium spiced curry and Hot chilly powder if you like it spicier).
  • Whole spices: (1 clove, 2 cardamom pods,  1 ”  stick of cinnamon (very small piece) and ½ tsp Fennel / Aniseed). Crushed coarsely in a mortar.
  • A large handful of fresh curry leaves.
  • ¼ – ½ cup coconut slivers (bits- ‘thenga kothu’).
  • Salt – about 1½ tsp.
  • A dash of pepper.
  • 4 – 5 Tbsp Coconut Oil.


  • Heat coconut oil in a heavy bottom, wide mouthed pot.
  • Add mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add fenugreek seeds and allow to turn golden.
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  • Add  the garlic and ginger and saute till softened.
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  • Add onions and saute well.
  • Add a little salt  while sauteeing. This speeds the process and enhances flavor.
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  • Patiently around 10 minutes till the onions reduce to a thickened mixture – almost like a paste.
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  • Add the spice powders: turmeric, coriander, chilly powder.
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  • Stir till aromatic. Careful not to burn.
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  • Add the chicken and stir gently but quickly to coat with the spice mixture.
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  • Add 1 – 1½ cups boiling hot water and add salt.
  • Add the crushed whole spices.
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  • Cover and cook on medium low heat for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the curry leaves and coconut bits.
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  • Stir gently and cook covered  for 10 more minutes.
  • Lastly add a dash of pepper  or to taste.
  • Remove from heat. Cover and allow to rest for at least half an hour for best settling of flavors.
  • Delicious Kerala Style Chicken Curry is ready.
  • Serve with ghee rice or plain rice. Enjoy.

Nadan Chicken Curry  – Authentic Traditional Kerala

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  • Key ingredients to the success of this dish are coconut oil, curry leaves, coconut bits and the spices (powdered as well as crushed).
  • You can add a little more water if you like a ‘looser’ curry.
  • Special Note : this curry is cooked on a low to medium heat for the majority of the time.


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2 thoughts on “Nadan Chicken Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry

  1. How much corriander n chilly powder should i take for half kg chicken ? I’m planning to cook this curry tonight. I want mild spicy loose curry as my husband wants more charu. Plz help me with d quantity

    • Hi. You can take HALF the quantities of all ingredients in the recipe for 1/2 kg chicken – BUT add just a little extra coriander powder, chilli powder and boiled water.. careful not too add to much boiled water as this would result in a dilute taste. Hope this helps. Do let me know how it goes:). This is one of my favorites!

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