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Chettinad Chicken Gravy

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I started to cook egg, chicken and seafood recipes only few months back. Till now, I feel it is a challenging job and I am posting each recipe based on the husband’s feedback.  He is the one who guides me to prepare this or that when it comes to non-veg food. A month ago, he asked me to prepare a chicken gravy in chettinad style, I enquired few of my friends and some cook books. After experimenting few recipes, he liked this one from sailu’s kitchen. Now it has become one of the repeated non-veg recipes at my home.

Chettinadu cuisine is a very famous cuisine in Tamil Nadu, known for it’s use of spices and freshly ground masala. The Chettinadu based gravies are very rich and little spicy on taste. The flavour from the freshly ground masala is something unique for this cuisine.

I used various spices and roasted till it releases nice aroma and the ground it into powder to use in this gravy. It can be prepared in advance and store it in a air tight container. I have used the store bought coconut milk for this gravy. But freshly extracted first coconut milk tastes best in this gravy.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4



For Gravy:

Chicken – 1/2-3/4 kg , washed

Shallots/Red onion – 1 cup, sliced

Tomato – 1 cup, sliced

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Coconut Milk – 1 cup (I used canned coconut milk)

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoona

Coriander leaves – for garnishing

For Masala:

Black Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Fennel seeds – 3/4 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 and 1/2 tablespoons

Dry red chillies – 6 nos

Cardamoms – 2 no

Cinnamon – 1 inch length

Curry leaves – 1 string

For Paste:

Green Chillies – 2 to 3, based on the spice level

Garlic – 2 big cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Poppy seeds – 1 teaspoon (Soak in 1 tablespoon warm water for 10 minutes)




1) Dry roast the ingredients given ‘For Masala’ for 2-3 minutes and grind it to a powder when it comes to room temperature. Keep aside.



2) Make a paste of all the ingredients given ‘For Paste’. Keep aside.



3) Heat Oil in a pressure cooker. Add onions and curry leaves. Saute them till onions get soft.


4) Add paste(as said in step 2) and saute for a minutes.


5) Add chicken pieces, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes. Chicken will leave out some water now while cooking. Stir in between for proper cooking.


6) Add tomato, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well and reduce the flame to low and cook the chicken for another 5-7 minutes, uncovered.


7) When you see the chicken is 3/4th cooked, add the coconut milk. Mix well.


8) Close the pressure cooker with lid and cook for 5 more minutes or cook for a whistle.

9) Now, open the lid and add the masala powder (as said in step 1). In a medium flame cook for some time.



10) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.



1) If you are going to cook more than the given quantity here, cook first 1-7 steps in a wide pan and then transfer the content to a pressure cooker to proceed with the remaining step for easy handling.

2) Adjust dry red chilli, green chilli, black pepper quantity according to your taste.

3) I used 5 chicken drumstick pieces to cook this gravy.

4) No need to add water for the gravy. Coconut milk is alone enough.

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Sobha Shyam

mouthwatering chicken curry dear, looks awesome, lovely platter and nice clicks..


Chicken looks so rich and tempting.

Sangeetha M

Chettinad Recipes are lengthy preparation with freshly ground spices n masala …this curry recipe is one such example n sounds yummy…looks so inviting n makes me hungry now 🙂

Jayanthy Kumaran

I'm speechless actually….fabulous curry with exotic cliks uma..;)
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Hamaree Rasoi

Delicious and spicy looking chicken gravy. Wonderfully prepared.

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priya ravi

Uma , chicken curry looks very inviting.. my version is quite different but i would love to try this one.. will let u know after trying this weekend..

Reshmi Mahesh

Uma…Its so tempting and flavorful….Delicious curry..


wow mouth watering recipe dear…love chettinadu recipes…love the pictorials!

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Delicious …Perfectly made one..I will surely try it soon..Thanks for the recipe dear..

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first time here,but truely ur blog is so beautiful with great content and cute pictures.
i am following u

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!.

Perfectly Done Chettinad Curry.Luks Mouthwatering.Luv the click and the recipe Dear.


omg uma,very tempting recipe yar…Amazing clicks.Loved ur kadai n the presentation too gud…

Biny's Recipes

wow dat looks awesome uma…i tried chettinad chk long time ago after few references and it was different…..ur i think will smell and taste better…


Slueep…yummmy. Bookmarking it to try…looks very tempting

Jayanthy Kumaran

An award is waiting for you..:)
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Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover

Nice presentation and very yummy curry, need more rice for this curry!

Priya Suresh

Chettinad cuisine have a fantastic collections of lipsmacking non vegetarian dishes, love this flavourful cuisine..Ur gravy looks irresistible and makes me hungry.


OMG ,very tempting recipe dear…Amazing clicks.Loved ur kadai n the presentation too gud…

Sarah Naveen

wow!!! wow!! awesome pictures dear!! luk so yumm and delicious!

Treat and Trick

Am drooling at your fabulous curry!


Beautifully presented dear!
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Menaga Sathia

mouthwatering chicken drooling over here!!


wow..very yummy gravy n delicious !!lovely clicks..

Priya dharshini

Awesome pics…Its been ages i had this…Luv this dish/recipe to the core

anthony stemke

Incredibly beautiful photography,what a wonderful chicken dish.
Thank You.


chicken looks so delicious..fabulous pictures..


chicken dish looks fabulous coconut milk gives a fabulous taste looks wonderful


Lovely clicks and tempting recipeee

Umm Mymoonah

Chettinad Cuisine is one of the cuisine whic I love a lot, yummy masala.

Nalini's Kitchen

ummmm….. looks very tempting,what a coincidence I too made it yesterday.The clicks are awesome.


What a perfect nd beautiful clicks yaar…Tempting gravy…


Really good


iam a beginner in cooking it will confidence to start i hope any one learn very fast ,thx for your guideline. charles ghana


Thank you for the receipe……
I had cooked for the first time…..
N it really came out well……
Thank you so much…..:-)


very good nesat


Nice recipe..thx..came out well


Best chicken I ever made.. Thanks for the recipe


Real Superb dish..Came out well. Thanks for sharing

Into the Oblivion!

Hello Aunty, how to make shift if I couldn't get coconut milk? Will adding water instead do?


@ Into the Oblivion,

Try if you are able to get coconut powder instead. For best taste, add only coconut milk. If you don't get any, you can add water, but you need to compromise on taste.


Really awesome


2morrow im going to try this… your steps was very easy to understand thanks a lot mam… can i cook this without coconut milk ?


@anonymous, try to cook this gravy with coconut milk if you don't want to compromise the taste.


Supr taste I loved it


Hi, big search for chettinad even following Sanjeev Kapoor i like u r recipe which u turn authentic to restaurant way. Congrates u & u r imagination all the best for further .


This was first recipe I tried from your blog and it was indeed a super hit….delicious it was..thank you will follow you for more


Superb and yummy


OMG. I Tried this recipe yesterday night.yummy yummy yummy. Fantastic ?


very nyc recipe


Pics were awesome… may be the taste too 🙂