Food & Lifestyle by Gayatri Singh

South Indian Inspired Chicken Curry

South Indian Inspired Chicken Curry

I absolutely love South Indian food and I love creating recipes based on those refreshing, spicy flavours! A few weeks ago my husband was craving for something spicy, something different and I came up with this simple and delicious chicken curry.

You have to give this curry a try, I served it with steamed rice and layered Kerala Paratha and my husband really enjoyed it.

Do give it a try.


  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 inch ginger roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic smashed
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 4 green chillies
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 brown cardamoms
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream it coconut cream
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp or to taste red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Coriander for garnishing


Ingredients for marination:

  • 6 chicken drumsticks or thighs cut in long pieces
  • 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


Marinate the chicken in the above ingredients for at least 1 hour.


Instructions for the curry:

Heat 1/2 tbsp oil add all the whole spices, onion, ginger, garlic, cashews and sauté for 10 minutes till the onion becomes dark brown and cooked completely. When a bit cold, make a fine paste if it. Keep it aside.

Heat rest of the oil, add the turmeric powder and chicken. Brown the chicken on a low flame till it becomes completely brown.

Add in the the paste and some water, cook it is completely cooked.

Add in the cream and simmer for 1 minute. Add the kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves).

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with rice or parathas.

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