Chicken Kuzhambu /chettinattu Kozhikuzhambu

Chicken Kuzhambu /chettinattu Kozhikuzhambu:

Authentic Chettinad Chicken curry(Chettinattu Kozhikuzhambu)is the world famous,mouth watering dish is served in most of the banquet,Which holds an important place in every presentation.This wonderful taste and cooking skills has been acquired from our traditional practices.Chettinad cooking is mainly known for Chicken,Mutton and Fish categories. This foremost preparation method is learnt from our ancestors,we get the original taste from stone ground masalas and perfect measurements followed by them is the secret recipe of this recipe to say.

Chettinattu Kozhikkuzhambu
Chettinattu Kozhikkuzhambu


Chicken-1/2 kg

Onion-1/4 kg(both shallots and big onion)

Garlic-7 pods

Tomato-1 big

Curry leaves-2 twig

Garam masala powder-1 tsp

Masala powder-1 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Salt 1 1/2 tsp

Ginger+ garlic paste-2 tsp

Tamarind extract-1 tsp (added in chettinad cooking for non- veg recipes)

chopped coriander-1 tbsp

Ingredients-2, to grind:


Dry red chilli- 3 nos

Pepper corns-1/4 tsp

Kuskasa-1 tsp

Coconut -1 1/2 tbsp

Fennel seeds-1 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Coriander seeds 1 tbsp

Cinnamon & cloves if you prefer

Dry roast these Ingredients

Method to follow:

Wash and clean chicken.

Grind Ingredient-2 to a smooth paste.

Heat pan add 1 tbsp of oil,season it with Fennel,Methi seeds and cumin seeds.

Add onion and Garlic saute until golden brown.

Add chopped Tomatoes saute well,put the ginger garlic paste, stir until raw smell changes.

Add chicken pieces and Turmeric powder saute well until tomato leaves its skin.


Add garam masala and masala powder mix well and the add ground masala,tamarind juice+ 2 cups of water.

Allow it to cook for 15 minutes, keep closed or in a pressure cooker for 2 whistle.

When pressure releases keep open and allow it boil for 2 more minutes in low flame.


Finally add chopped coriander, serve with any main dishes like Roti,Paratha,Chappathi,Idli or rice that is its speciality.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. R.dhanush says:

    Garam masala powder-1 tsp
    Masala powder-1 tsp
    What is masala powder and garam masala both are home made ( pls tell the recipe) or ready made (brand name)

    1. Garam masala is with spices without chilli like cinnamon, cloves, elaichi, saunf, cumin etc…
      Masala powder is red chili, coriander seeds, cumin and saunf…..

  2. Dhanush says:

    Masala powder recipe small quantity measurements sollungama.(redchilli 50gm, coriander,snuf,jeera, Fenugreek, pepper,hing this all how many grams need). எனக்கு வேணுங்கிறப்ப fresh‌ செய்யனும் பிளிஸ்.

    1. 50 gram red chili, 10gms one tablespoon on other items Black pepper -1 tsp

  3. 10 GM’s is approximately 1 tbsp,

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