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Kerala – Nadan Chicken Curry





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Kerala – Nadan Chicken Curry

An absolute favorite of anyone who loves Kerala Cuisine. Authentic and Original, Rustic Chicken Curry.

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  • One ‏fresh chicken (1 kg aprox): skinned, cleaned, rinsed and drained.
  • 1 large piece ‏ginger, crushed
  • 1 large bulb ‏garlic, crushed
  • 5 ‏red onions, sliced
  • ½ tsp ‏black mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch ‏fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp ‏turmeric powder
  • 2 ½ Tbsp ‏coriander powder
  • 2 ½ Tbsp ‏chilli powder (Use Kashmiri chilli powder if you like a medium spiced curry and hot chilli 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'
  • To taste: ‏Salt ( about 1½ tsp)
  • A dash ‏of pepper
  • 4 - 5 Tbsp ‏Kerala coconut oil


  1. Heat coconut oil in a heavy-based, wide-mouthed pot (uruli).
  2. Add mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  3. Also add fenugreek seeds and allow to just turn golden.
  4. Next add garlic and ginger and sauté till softened.
  5. Now add the sliced onions and sauté well.
  6. Add a little salt  while sautéing. This speeds the process and enhances flavor.
  7. Continue cooking patiently around 10 minutes (or more), on med-low heat till the onions reduce to a thickened mixture ; almost like a paste.
  8. Add the spice powders: turmeric, coriander, chilli powder.
  9. Stir till aromatic. Careful not to burn.
  10. Tip in the chicken and toss gently but quickly, to coat thoroughly with the spice mixture.
  11. Add 1 – 1½ cups boiling hot water and add salt. Careful not to add too much water!
  12. Now, add the crushed whole spices.
  13. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.
  14. Add the curry leaves and coconut bits.
  15. Stir gently and cook covered  for 10 more minutes.
  16. Lastly add a dash of pepper, or to taste.
  17. Remove from heat. Cover and allow to rest for at least half an hour for best settling of flavors.
  18. Delicious Kerala – Nadan Chicken Curry is ready to be enjoyed with your loved ones.
  19. Serve with ghee rice or plain (Kerala) rice. Enjoy!


Kerala – Nadan Chicken Curry


  • 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, but careful not to add too much as the flavor will be diluted too.
  • Special Note : this curry is cooked on a low to medium heat for the majority of the time.
  • Optional. Rinse the cleaned chicken pieces and then apply some turmeric and lime juice for 5 minutes. Then rinse again. This removes the raw chicken smell and also acts as a disinfectant.

The Video of this Recipe is also available in the Malayalam Language. Click here for  Malayalam Video.

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


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One Comment

  1. Avatar sheeja 3 months ago

    this sounds yummy….i will try it today. iam sure it will comeout well

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