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Background of this special chicken curry:

This chicken curry called chicken kurma is extremely popular in India in general and south India in particular. This delicious chicken dish goes well with ghee rice (better still bagara khana, in future I will write this special rice recipe) or even plain steam rice. You will love this curry if you are predominantly a non-veg fan. If you want to have it in breakfast or dinner, you can also try this recipe with dosa (if you do not know what dosa is, I will write about dosa in future and also I will try to write about its various variants and how to cook them). This particular recipe will serve 4 if you are having with dosa or ghee rice one more person can be served.


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Ingredients for chicken curry (kurma):

Chicken: 3/4 kg (medium size pieces)
Cooking oil: 50 to 60 ml (preferably refined sunflower oil)
Onion: 2 medium sized thinly sliced
Tomatoes: puree of 4 medium sized tomatoes and 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
Red chilly powder: 2 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder (dhanya): 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste: 1 tbsp
Coconut: grind 2 tbsp
Green chillies: 3 or 4
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp finely chopped
Mint leaves (pudina): 1 tbsp finely chopped
Cinnamon (chakla): 1 small piece
Cardamom (elaichi): 2 nos
Lemon: 1 lemon’s juice
Curd: 1 tsp

  • Lit your gas stove and put it on medium flame
  • In a vessel put the entire oil and heat it for 2 minutes
  • Now add cinnamon and cardamom
  • Add entire onion and roast it till it turns in to golden brown
  • Add ginger garlic paste and roast for 1 more minute
  • Add 3/4 tsp salt (or according to your taste)
  • Now add red chilly powder, turmeric power, and coriander powder
  • Add chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes (keep mixing)
  • Add chopped tomatoes, mint leaves, coriander leaves and slit green chillies and further cook for 2 minutes (keep mixing)
  • Now add coconut and tomato puree and mix well and leave it for 2 minutes
  • Add curd and lemon juice and close the lid and leave it for 5 minutes on low flame
  • Your chicken kurma is ready serve

Tips: Ensure that chicken is not raw. Any non-veg item can at times be over cooked but should not be left raw.

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