Sunday, 16 September 2007

Kozhi Kuzhambu (Chicken Curry - South Indian style)

Kozhi Kuzhambu

This is my mother-in-laws recipe, who is a fantastic cook. It is a bit different from other kuzhambu recipes as the chicken is first sautéed in oil to seal its flavour.

Chicken – 1 Kg

Sambhar powder – 4 Tbsp (if not using sambhar powder substitute with equal parts of coriander and chilli powder)

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp


  1. Mustard seeds – 1 tspn
  2. Fennel seeds – 1 tspn
  3. Urad dal – 1 tspn
  4. Cumin seeds – 1 tspn
  5. Curry leaves – 2 twigs


  1. Red onion – 2 large (or 10 small onions)
  2. Coconut – ¾ of one half of a medium size coconut
  3. Garlic – 10 cloves
  4. Ginger – 1 inch
  5. Curry leaves – 2 twig

The iron wok in the picture has a special place in my kitchen. I brought it in the Meenakshi Amman temple markets in Madurai. I use it for frying and tempering.

Clean the chicken and rub it with turmeric powder and salt. Fry the ingredients under masala in a little oil and grind it into a paste.

Heat 2 Tbsps oil in a pan and add the chicken and fry it till the chicken is sealed. Then add the sambhar powder and mix it well with the chicken. Add the ground masala and adjust the water level as required. Close with lid and cook until chicken is cooked.

Heat another pan and 1 tbsp oil and add the tempering ingredients. Once the mustard seeds pop and the urad dal is brown add it to the kuzhambu and cover it with a lid. It tastes very good and will go well with chappati, rice and parotta. S likes to have this kuzhambu the next day with parotta.


Anonymous said...

Hi Devi,

I made this tonight for my husband....and he was praising me throughout dinner....It was a superhit at home. Thanks a ton!



Krupa said...

awesome recipe.. thanks a lot :D


sangeetha said...

Thank you for sharing this awesome tasted just like my mom's chicken kuzhambu...and the timing too was perfect, as back home amma used to make it for Sunday lunch. And the leftovers, we would eat it with dosa for dinner. You brought back nostalgic memories of those wonderful Sundays. Can't wait for my fiance to come home and try it.
I tried the Chettinad Chicken varuval recipe and it was brilliant...we didn't want it to end.
Can I ask u, are you originally from the Coimbatore region?
Thanks once again for sharing your recipes.

Anonymous said...

This was delicious, we enjoyed it very much.

I'm enjoying your site very much.


Sivasakthi Aravind said...

Simple recipe, absolutely delightful in taste.. its become a regular for us nowadays thanks for sharing .....

Raj said...

Very simple and wonderful recipe... It came out very well.. I used dry coconut gratings instead of fresh ones, so may be it was not as tasty it was supposed to be...

Will adding a little tamarind water make it tastier???

Did everything perfectly, until I made my chappatis very dry... :( plight of a married bachelor..
thanks again for the wonderful recipe...

Anonymous said...

Hi,My parents are from TamilNadu and I live in France with them and my sisters, and I love everything about cooking, I saw your recipe and did it twice, everyone loved it at home, it's a really different and delicious taste, it's a very good kozhambu! Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Hi Devi,

I try is chicken gravy, it is wonderful taste.

I need village style mutton kulumbu, is it is possible to post.

I am from Madurai and settled in Dubai.

Please have a contact in email id:

Vijay said...

hi Mam....

Vijay here

I tried in my home .I am a bachelor and it was simple and quite easy to do this ..thanks for that wonderful receipe.Delicious

Priya said...

Hi, this is priya from Delhi. I tried this chicken gravy. It was simply superb. Usually, i never leave comments on receipe blogs, but ur wonderful receipe made me do tat... :-)

Kala Parithi said...

Really nice receipe.. Yesterday I tried and it came well.. My son liked very much .. thanks a lot

cherry said...

Priya here,

Hai Devi,
I am a vegetarian staying in australia. My husband eats non veg but i do not know, to prepare non veg. When I tried your receipe my husband told it was so delicious and ate well. He praised me a lot.
Thank u devi.

Siva said...

Hi devi,

I tried this at home for my wife it taste really nice...
my wife praised me throught the dinner...!
A Bundle of thanks for your receipe..!

Anonymous said...

I am a bachelor living now in france. I am not a great cook but my friends liked it very muh. Me too.I must thank you for posting this simple yet wonderful recipe.


Anonymous said...

Why you not mentioned salt.without salt how it wil be tasty.

Thara said...

thnks...nice recipe

Aseem Saxena said...

Dear Devi,

What size must the chicken be cut?


Anonymous said...

A friend in the US sent me this link and told me it's brilliant - it really is very simple to make and absolutely delicious. Thanks a ton!

Richie Vijay said...

Tried it, great !! I got some stuff from Coventry market and Birmingham market, attempted this on a lonely evening results were 'wow'

Anonymous said...

love this recipe!!! thank you! :)