Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Malabar Chicken, doesn’t need any further description to complete the recipe as the name itself suffice. Here comes yet another recipe from my Amma’s cookbook. There are specific cuisines which are prepared in specific parts of kerala,it may vary in south and north kerala. Before getting into the recipe, would like to share some interesting fact.

As the name Malabar is thought to be derived from the Malayalam word Mala (hill) and puram(region) .And as everyone knows its rich in spices, Malabar recipes are all time favorite as it comprises good taste as well as rich in spice as well. There is lot of dishes cooked especially in north Malabar, one among them is the Malabar Chicken. You can make it as a curry or a semi gravy kind like how I made and it is served proudly with parotta or Biriyani for Non-Vegeterians..Its easy to make and tasty as well.

  • Chicken- Half Kg /1 Lb
  • Onion- ¼ Cup Sliced
  • Tomato- 1 Sliced
  • Green Chilies- 4 Nos
  • Turmeric Powder- ¼ Tspn
  • Chili Powder- 1 Tspn(If needed)
  • Garam Masala- ¼ Tspn
  • Mustard- 1 Tspn
To Grind:
  • Cloves- few
  • Cinamon-1 small piece
  • Bay leaves- 1 small
  • Cardamom- 1 or 2
  • Onion – Half Cup Sliced
  • Curry Leaves – Few
  • Coriander Seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chillies – 4
  • Fennel Seeds- 1 Tspn
  • Garlic Cloves – few
  • Ginger – small piece
  • Shredded Coconut – ¼ Cup


  • In a pan, pour little oil, add all the items under “To Grind” one after one and sauté until the coconut turns brown.
  • Switch off the flame, and after it becomes cool, grind to a fine paste by adding water and keep aside.
  • In a separate pan, pour 1 tspn of oil add all the spices, add the onion sauté until it becomes translucent. Add tomatoes, green chilies and sauté again for a minute, add turmeric, garam masala and chili powder and sauté well, until the masala smell goes off from it.
  • Add the chicken pieces to it and cook covered until the chicken bakes well.
  • When it becomes half baked, add the ground paste and salt and cook uncovered until it cooked well.
  • Cook as per your requirement for gravy in it.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

" Adjust the chili powder as per your spice level.

Use coconut oil for best taste."



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