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Nadan Chicken Curry | Kerala Chicken Curry


This is The Chicken Curry! Authentic Kerala Style ‘ Nadan 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, playing and starting to get hungry. Relaxation and enjoying the presence of ones loved ones, without stress about anything. A beckoning aroma. Inviting all. Heavenly bliss! Bringing back the child in us.

A delicious recipe that you will love! ‘Nadan / Naadan’ is the term used for anything that is rustic and country style, as far as Kerala cuisine is concerned.  No coconut milk is used. No tomatoes. And you still get a wonderfully flavorful curry, that is slow cooked to perfection. This curry is best served with hot rice and salad. Enjoy 🙂

Nadan Chicken Curry Kerala Chicken Curry - authentic


Nadan Chicken Curry | Kerala Chicken Curry

Nadan Chicken Curry Kerala Chicken Curry - serve with rice

Here, Nadan Chicken curry is served with ghee rice and salad-raita.

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Recipe Name: Nadan Chicken Curry | Kerala Chicken Curry
Recipe Type: Chicken / Curry / Kerala
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 20
Cook time: 40
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 6

Steps in brief with pictures: 

  • nadan chicken curry - season

    Heat coconut oil, splutter mustard and fenugreek.

  • nadan chicken curry - ginger garlic

    Ginger and garlic is sautéed till softened

  • nadan chicken curry - salt

    (Lots) of onions are added and sautéed slowly with some salt.

  • nadan chicken curry - saute

    Patiently , with occasional stirring.

    nadan chicken curry - onionnadan chicken curry - reducednadan chicken curry - thickened

    nadan chicken curry - almost like paste

    Till the onions is cooked down Considerably – to a paste like consistency.

  • nadan chicken curry - spices

    nadan chicken curry - cook spices

    Spice powders are added and cooked till aromatic.

  • nadan chicken curry - till aromatic
  • nadan chicken curry - add chicken

    Chicken is added and tossed till it changes color , uniformly.

  • nadan chicken curry - whole spices

    Whole spaces, salt and boiled water is added

    nadan chicken curry - curry leaves and coconut bits

    Cook covered. Add curry leaves and coconut bits. Cook again, covered – for 10 more mins.

nadan chicken curry - spices

Whole Spices and Powdered Spices

nadan chicken curry - ingredients

Red Onions, Garlic and Ginger



Key Ingredients: Chicken, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Coconut Oil, Curry Leaves, Spices, Coconut Slivers.


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  1. Avatar Anonymous 11 months ago

    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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