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Spicy Chicken Kuzhambhu / Spicy Chicken Curry

Spicy Chicken Kuzhambhu

Spicy Chicken Kuzhambu (curry) is another gem from my mom’s kitchen and one that takes me back to the days when I was a kid. My mom would make this for me if I had a cold or wasn’t feeling well. She seems to have that magic touch always and this morning I called her up to find out how she made it. Now, I am sharing it with you here. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
No of servings: 4-5
Spice Level: 4 out of 5


  • Chicken: 2 lb
  • Oil : 3 tbsp
  • Bay leaves : 2
  • Cinnamon : 1″
  • Cloves : 3
  • Onion : 1/2(medium)
  • Tomato : 2
  • Cumin seeds : 11/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds : 1 tsp
  • Green chilies : 4
  • Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper : 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves : 5 to 6
  • Garlic : 3
  • Ginger : 1 inch
  • Salt : required for taste
  • Coconut Milk : 1/4 cup
  • Coriander Leaves : few

Method Of Preparation :

  1. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan add cumin seeds , fennel seeds, curry leaves (3), Green chili(2), Onion(Chopped), and Black pepper.
  2. Fry all the above ingredients except garlic and ginger for 4 minutes in low flame.
  3. After that remove from heat and let it cool down.
  4. Now grind the above mixture with garlic and ginger in to a fine paste.
  5. Heat remaining oil in a pressure cooker add bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and the ground paste fry them for 3 minutes .
  6. And add the chicken mix it well with masala paste , add the remaining green chili, curry leaves and turmeric powder and required salt .Fry them all together for 4 minutes.
  7. Now add a cup of water and the chopped tomatoes in to it . Close the lid of the pressure cooker .
  8. Pressure cook it for 2 whistle.
  9. After that open the lid and add the coconut milk let it boil it for 2 minutes remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves.

Spicy Chicken Kuzhambhu

Serve it hot with rice, chapathi, paratha. 🙂


  1. I just loved the flavours. I am sure every bite into this great looking curry was an absolute delight.

  2. I think anyone would feel better after eating this! I’m getting hungry already… 🙂

  3. Shriya, you have an amazingly beautiful blog. Your template is clean, simple, sophisticated and professional, I like it a lot.

    Thanks very much for taking the time to visit my blog which has helped me to discover yours! What a treasure.

    Looking forward to seeing you around.

  4. Thank you for your Kind remarks pooja.

    I am glad you enjoyed this recipe,kalai. It can definitely double as a comfort food. 😛

    Cynthia, it’s a pleasure having you here. Thanks for taking the time to comment and wow you making me blush. Believe it or not I was really inspired by your blog and I’ve been lurking around for a while. You do have an awesome blog and great recipes. 🙂

  5. version of chicken kuzhambu..lovely recipe..pic looks yummy

  6. love the masala Shriya it goes so well with rice

  7. WOW! this looks like a must try….bookmarking it 🙂

  8. Thanks for your lovely comments Mishmash , sagari and dhivya . 🙂

  9. This looks so good, I can imagine how tasty it is with some rice!

  10. hi there,

    I want to try a few of your recipies, but I don’t own a pressure cooker. can i still make these dishes?


  11. Hey gautam,
    Thanks for visting my site. You can still try this recipe without pressure cooker but with all the steps mentioned above except the pressure cooker method you can just boil all the masalas till the chicken becomes tender and the masala smell goes off.

  12. thanks shriya, i’ll have to try this sometime soon and let you know how it went!


  13. I made this today and it was excellent. Its like spicy chicken soup! Thanks for the recipe..
    Will definitely make it again.

  14. hi shriya,

    THANKS! My 6 year old child loves briyani everymuch. But i dont know to prepare it. But, by god grace i had your receipe in the website and in my family everyone loves it. your Receipe smells good and tastes is very good. my childI have been lurking around for a while. You have a great good recipes

  15. Hi Shriya,

    Thanks for this. It came out amazing.

  16. gonna try this tonight.thanks for the recipe.. 🙂

  17. Traditional Indian Food at it’s best!

    Where is the FB like/share?

    I’ve bookmarked your website for future reference.

    Thank you 🙂

  18. wow thank you for sharing the recipe,i tried this and it very a filipina and my husband is from india that’s why am alway look for the indian learning how to cook indian food thank a lot.

  19. Hi! Im trying t figure ut hw t make a chicken dish I get at a lcal indian restaurant. Its like a curry- rranginsh/reddish in color, spicy and with potatoes. Is it masala? curry? vindaloo? I dont like cilantro. Can you help? Thank you 🙂

    • Hi sascha, Chicken with potato is vindaloo curry. We have Chicken Vindaloo recipe at our website. Here is the link to Chicken Vindaloo recipe. Try this recipe and let me know. If you want other chicken curry recipes check out our Chicken dishes category.

  20. I prepared this recipe today.. Was delicious. Thank you 🙂

  21. Hi Shriya,
    Thanks a ton for posting this recipe. Tried it today. The taste and the smell was just good.

  22. hi… if i want more gravy … should i go for more ground masala or more of tomatoes.. or equally ?which ll be better?


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