Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Chettinad cuisine hails from the southern region of Tamil Nadu, the Chettiar community. This cuisine is one of the spiciest and the most aromatic in India with major ingredients as fennel, pepper corns and coconut.

How to make authentic chettinadu chicken curry
How to make Traditional Chettinadan Chicken gravy?
Preparation time :10 minutes, Cooking time : 25 minutes, Serves : 4

Ingredients for Restaurant style Chettinadu Chicken Curry:

Chicken : 1/2 kg
Oil : 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds : 1/4 tsp
Onion : 1 big , finely chopped
Tomato : 1, finely chopped
Curry Leaves : 2springs
Ginger garlic paste : 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice / Vinegar :1 tsp
Pepper powder : 1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds : 1 tsp or Cashews : 5, soaked in water for 10 minutes (Optional)

Ingredients for the Chettinadu masala : 

Cinnamon stick : finger length, crushed
Cardamom : 4
Cloves : 4
Bay leaves : 2 , crushed
Red Chillies : 5
Coriander Seeds : 2 tbsp
Pepper Corns : 1tsp
Fennel (saunf / Perunjeerakam) : 2 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
coconut : 1/4Cup, shredded

How to make authentic chettinadu chicken curry

Method :

1.Apply salt, pepper powder, Lemon juice / vinegar and turmeric powder on chicken and marinate for 30minutes.

2. Dry roast the spices - bayleaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, peppercorn, dry red chillies, coriander seeds fennel, coriander seeds, pepper corns and red chillies. Now add the shredded coconut and roast again till it turns light golden brown. When this cools, grind it to a smooth by adding enough water(You can add poppy seeds/cashews at this stage).

3. Heat oil in a kadai and temper the mustard seeds. Now add the onions and curry leaves and saute till onion turns to translucent. Now add the marinated chicken pieces and tomato and mix well. Cover and cook till the pieces are soft and moist. 

4. Add ground masala and fry for some time. Cover and cook till chicken is flavourful and gravy is thick - around 10 minutes. Adjust the salt and garnish with coriander leaves.

5. Restaurant style delicious Chettinadu chicken curry is ready to serve.

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  1. Perfectly done chicken curry...

  2. Yummy chicken curry,love chettinadu recipes,drool

  3. Delicious Chettinadu chicken Curry, sounds yummmmm :)

  4. Like the combination of spices and super easy to make!

  5. Simply irresistible,delicious and makes me drool..

  6. Lovely chicken recipe....have never tried Chettinadu recipes....would love to try this....

  7. fantastic looking chicken curry, must be delicious

  8. Thank you so much for the advice dea, i too wanted to try something which will help her in future too. I will google to get an idea of ceramic crafts and pot painting too....thanx a lot dear...

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    The chicken curry is fabulous n lipsmacking one...

  9. Lena, Awesome and mouth watering Click !!! Wow the addition of fennel seeds must really have made it so flavorful. I just realized I'm not following your blog, so following you now..

  10. Fabulous looking chicken curry....I like spicy curries :-)
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