Chicken Chettinad Curry

Chicken chettinad curry recipe from the land of chettinad Tamil Nadu. Learn how to make chicken chettinad style.

Chicken Chettinad

  • 1kg Chicken
  • 2 tsp Poppy seeds
  • 1/2 Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 6-8 no. Whole red chilies
  • 1″ stick Cinnamon
  • 3 no. Green cardamom
  • 2 no. Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 no. Onion, large
  • 2 tsp Ginger, chopped
  • 2 tsp Garlic chopped
  • 1/2 Star anise
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 3 no. Tomatoes, medium
  • 1 no. Lemon
  • 10-12 no. Curry leaves
  • Fresh coriander Garnish.
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • Salt To Taste
How to make chicken chettinad curry:
  1. Clean the chicken, remove the skin and cut into small pieces.
  2. Chop the onions and tomatoes separately.
  3. Roast the whole red chilies, grated coconut, poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds in oil and grind to a paste for 20mts along with ginger and garlic.
  4. Heat oil in a vessel and fry the onions till golden, then add curry leaves and the ground paste and sauté for some time.
  5. Add the tomatoes, red chili powder and turmeric powder and sauté.
  6. Add the chicken, mix and cook for 5 minutes and then add 2 cups of water and lemon juice.
  7. Cover and cook till the chicken is done.
  8. Serve chicken chettinad hot garnished with julienned tomatoes, coriander leaves and accompanied with boiled rice, rotis or tandoori naan .