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Malabar Chicken Curry

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A traditional, spicy curry with a saucy base of tomatoes, garlic and ginger. Serve with warm roti and rice.
Malabar Chicken Curry

Malabar Chicken Curry is a popular dish of Kerala cuisine. It is made with chicken, coconut, tomatoes and a host of spices.

It is believed that the dish was first invented in the Malabar region of Kerala in the 16th century. The original recipe has been modified over time to suit local tastes and different styles of cooking.

The dish has become popular all over India, and it’s now one of the most well-known dishes from Kerala cuisine on most restaurant menus outside of Kerala

The dish is usually served with rice and can also be eaten with roti.

Malabar Chicken Curry

Malabar Chicken Curry
5 from 2 votes

Malabar Chicken Curry Recipe

A traditional, spicy curry with a saucy base of tomatoes, garlic and ginger. Serve with warm roti and rice.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients for Malabar Chicken Curry

  • 300 g Chicken boneless, skinless
  • 4 to 5 Onions finely chopped
  • 5 to 6 Tomatoes chopped
  • 300 ml Coconut Oil
  • 150 g Coconut grated
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Saunf
  • 3 tsp Cardamoms
  • 2 tsp Cloves
  • 2 tsp Star Anise
  • 3 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/3 cup Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 inch Ginger crushed
  • as per taste Salt


  • 2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

How to make Malabar Chicken Curry

  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan over medium flame.
  • Add the star anise, cardamoms, ginger, curry leaves, cloves and pepper powder.
  • Stir well and fry for a minute or two.
  • Add the grated coconut and fry for a minute.
  • Remove, cool and grind.
  • Add the remaining oil to the pan.
  • Add the chicken, onions and saunf.
  • Stir well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the ground masala, ginger garlic paste, salt and tomatoes.
  • Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the gravy starts to thicken.
  • In a small frying pan, fry curry leaves in little oil and pour over the curry.
  • Remove and serve with roti or rice.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.

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