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Nadan Chicken curry( Kerala style curry)



        This recipe is from my mom-in-law(mummy). Have I told she loves cooking and keeps making new stuff? Yeah , well I can never thank her enough for this one. One, because it eases my work, two because it tastes good.

So it was one of those days when mummy, my sis in law and me had come home tired from shopping. We were too tired to cook( at least I was), and it was dinner time. Mummy quickly made this chicken curry to compliment with dosa. ( I really don’t know how Mums can cook even if they are tired).Anyways we loved the chicken curry so much, I had to get the recipe. Every time I make it, my husband is on cloud 9.

You will thank me for this recipe. Wanna know why? This recipe has absolutely no chopping or mincing. It’s one of those recipes which you can do when you are too lazy to cook an elaborate meal, or when you’re tired, yet gain compliments. It is a perfect dish to make for unexpected guests.


Chicken – 450gms with bone

Onion – 1 big or 2 medium

Tomato – 2 medium

Green chilly – 3 nos

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 15 small cloves

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Chilly powder – 1.5 tsp

Coriander powder – 2 tsp heaped

Crushed pepper – 1 tsp

Garam masala – ½ tsp

Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste


Wash the chicken and keep aside. Make a paste of ginger, garlic and green chilly and keep aside. Make a paste of onion and the masalas in your grinder. You can smash the tomatoes into the onion- masala paste with your hand or give the tomatoes a single blitz in the blender along with the onion–masala paste. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and splutter the fenugreek seeds. Add the ginger-garlic-green-chilly paste (if you will). Saute it till the raw smell goes off. Add the chicken along with the masala paste. You can add 2-3 tbsp of water if you’d like. Season with salt . Close the pressure cooker and allow it to cook for 3 whistles.

Serve hot with ghee rice, chapatti, dosa or appam.

Note: The green chilly used in this recipe was not spicy so 3 was just enough. Keep in mind this recipe calls for chilly powder, crushed pepper and green chilly. So adjust the spice level according to  your spice intake. If the green chilly you use is spicy, 1 green chilly should be enough.

This recipe can be made in an ordinary kadai as well, but since it is a lazy recipe this pressure cooker is ideal. Kindly note each pressure cooker behaves differently. For mine, 2-3 whistles was enough to cook the chicken and the masala thoroughly.

You can garnish with your choice of fresh herbs like coriander leaves or curry leaves but I really din’t want to do any chopping for the day.






  1. Sreelakshmi Unnithan

    September 25, 2016 at 1:29 am

    This s a total FOOL-PROOF recipe I must say . Tried couple of tyms & came out really yummm :-)Thanx Tani …

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