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Chicken Curry with Thick Gravy

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Category: Dinner Party, Main Dish, Potatoes, Chicken

 Ingredients List

  • 1 kg chicken, cut into medium sized pieces
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • A.
  • 1 1/2 cup shallots (cheriya ulli), each quartered
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, thin slices
  • 15 cloves garlic (the small kind of garlic cloves), chopped
  • 4 green chilies, slit at one end
  • 10 curry leaves
  • B.
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder + 1 tablespoon red chili powder + 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, mixed in a quarter cup of water
  • 5 cloves + 4 cardamom pods + 1 tablespoon fennel seeds + 1" piece cinnamon + 1 teaspoon black pepper corns, powdered together
  • C.
  • To taste, salt
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk extracted from two cups freshly grated coconut
  • 2 cups thin coconut milk


In a large pot, heat coconut oil. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add all ingredients labelled A, and fry for a few minutes till onions lightly brown.

Moved the fried onions to a side and fry the coriander, red chili and turmeric powder paste along with the powdered spices (labelled B) on low heat for a couple of minutes.

Now add chicken pieces along with vinegar and salt and mix well. Let it cook for a couple of minutes, then mix in thin coconut milk and potato cubes. Cover and cook till chicken is completely done and gravy thickens. Finally mix in the thick coconut milk and warm over low heat for a minute.

Serve hot with rice, parotta or roti.


1) For the authentic Kerala taste, use coconut oil. But if you do not like the flavour or if it is not available, use other oil of your choice.

2) You can replace shallots with normal red onions, but shallots make the curry much, much yummier.

3) Do not pressure cook this curry since coconut milk tends to split when pressure cooked.

4) You can use coconut milk from a tin or powder instead of extracting fresh milk. Just make sure that you cook the chicken in diluted milk, and add thick milk only towards the end.

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