Grandma's Chicken Curry Recipe

Grandma’s Style Chicken Curry- Kerala Village Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

Chicken curry is a very popular and common delicacy in Kerala. There are many types of chicken curry cooked in Kerala. But this Grandma’s style chicken curry is very aromatic chicken curry made with fresh ingredients. The highlight of this chicken recipe is the aroma of freshly powdered spices and coconut. And it is the best chicken curry I have ever had in my life. Grandma’s traditional chicken curry is one of my good old grandma’s recipe, which used to be cooked in perfect harmony using the aromatic flavors of whole spices and coconut. This flavorful chicken curry is one of my family favorite culinary treasures. If you want to see more chicken recipes, click here. The detailed recipe with step by step cooking pictures follows.

Grandma's Chicken Curry- Kerala Village Style Chicken Curry

This chicken gravy is a quick and easy to make traditional recipe. I learnt this recipe from my grandmother. The love of a grandma is unique. she played a big part in my childhood and I can remember so many times sitting to her in Kitchen and tasting the dishes, she prepare with special love. She has never been just my grandma, but my guardian, my friend, my inspiration and partner in crime. Still I can’t believe my lovely grandma was taken away from us. This is a unique recipe which has been my grandma’s secret recipe that I have been preparing now since ages to keep this humble dish alive as it’s one of my most favorite chicken curries with distinctive flavors and aroma. Every time I thought grandma was finished adding ingredients to the chicken curry, she would surprise me with yet another. She used to cook this chicken curry in a clay pot over a wood stocked fire.

Grandma's Chicken Curry

I am sure we shall all keep our traditional recipes intact and do teach them to our later generations too. For preparing the grandma’s chicken curry, take a pan and add whole spices, kashmiri chilly powder and coconut. Fry it on low flame, once this done blend this mixture to a fine powder and set aside. If you want you can store this masala powder in a air tight container in refrigerator  for later use too.

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Tips- The above mentioned spice level which give you a spicy chicken curry. So adjust or reduce according to your taste or spice level. If you have time and patience then add shallots in the place of onion, for the authentic taste and flavor. Instead of broiler chicken, you can use country chicken that gives a authentic traditional flavor and taste to the curry.

How to Make Grandma’s Style Chicken Curry- Kerala Village Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

First lets grind some spices to make a powder for the curry. For that heat a pan and now dry roast the whole spices like cardamom, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, black pepper corns, cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and star anise. Roast the spices for 1 minute in medium flame, do not burn the spices.


Then add in whole kashmiri chilies and fry for 1 more minute.


Now add grated coconut and roast until coconut turn slightly golden only, do not roast more than that. Off the flame and allow it to cool.

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Once the spices are fried and cool down, put all the spices in a blender and make a fine powder of it.

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Heat oil in a cooking vessel. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter, then add in pepper powder and fry well.


Add curry leaves and saute well.


Add crushed ginger, garlic and green chilies and saute for another 3-4 minutes on a medium heat.


Add onion and salt, combine well and cover the vessel with a lid and cook until onion turn soft and tender.


Add chopped tomatoes and mix well. Cover the pot and cook in low flame until tomatoes turn mushy.

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Add turmeric powder and combine well and fry another minute.

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Add washed and cleaned chicken pieces and combine well.


Add the prepared masala powder and mix well and add salt.

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Add required water and cook covered for another 10 minutes. Adjust salt and cook till chicken pieces are soft and you get the desired curry consistency.

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Garnish with curry leaves and serve along with rice.


Enjoy!! Happy cooking and stay healthy.

Grandma's Chicken Curry- Kerala Village Style

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  1. Is the kashmiri red chilly same as dry red chilly? I have dry red chilly but it looks slightly different from the one in the pic. It has a smooth surface and is not wrinkly.
    Also what all ingredients should we increase if the chicken used is 1kg?

    1. kashmiri red chilly is less spicy, by using kashmiri red chillies u can reduce the hot level. It is wrinkly and won’t have a smooth surface. U can buy kashmiri red chilly in any grocery shop.
      If it is one kg u have to slightly increase grated coconut, spices and chillies according to your spice level.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful recipe… tried today… came out very well…

    Cooked with broiler chicken.. karam dint get inside the chicken… suggestion pl

  3. Nice receipe. I shall be happy if you let us know as to how much quantity of the ingredients one has to use (roast ingredients)

    1. Thank u so much… Already mentioned above in the ingredient box… pls check the ingredient box above the method..

  4. Sorry for the delay in commenting.. the recipe looked mouth watering and I was very eager to try it out… came out really well and now this is the recipe I follow when I have guests at home and even otherwise.. I have prepared this 6-7 times and each time me and my husband finish it quickly. This is the best naadan chicken curry preparation I’ve ever had… Please post more recipes. Thank you!

  5. Thanks very much for this lovely chicken recipe I can’t wait to try it though i am a novice or rather amateur as far as cooking. My only query rather a bit of suspicion is that the original photo published with the white spoon in the curry dish looks slightly different in colour and appeal from those given along side the recipe, what i am comparing is the second last photo with the last one to me they look different. please reply.

    thank you

    1. Thaonk u so much…
      The final picture, I hve taken in day light…The cookng pictures are inside kitchen and using artifical light for taking pctures..
      The second last picture is just mixed everything and going for cooking, thats the only difference..

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