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Chicken Chettinad Recipe

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


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:

  • Clean the chicken, remove the skin and cut into small pieces.
  • Chop the onions and tomatoes separately.
  • 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.
  • Heat oil in a vessel and fry the onions till golden, then add curry leaves and the ground paste and sauté for some time.
  • Add the tomatoes, red chili powder and turmeric powder and sauté.
  • Add the chicken, mix and cook for 5 minutes and then add 2 cups of water and lemon juice.
  • Cover and cook till the chicken is done.
  • Serve chicken chettinad hot garnished with coriander leaves and accompanied with boiled rice, rotis or tandoori naan .