Kozhi Varutha Curry/ Fried Chicken Curry


This is a very tasty South Indian style Chicken Curry and as the name indicates, the chicken pieces are marinated and fried before making the curry.  You can serve it with rice, parathas, appam, dosa, puttu or bread.

This is my entry for the event “The Potluck – Chicken” initiated by dear Vicky.



Chicken – 1 kg

Chilly powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Cardamom – 3

Cloves -4

Cinnamon – 1″ stick

Peppercorns – 1 tsp

Onions – 2 pureed

Ginger garlic paste -1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Tomato puree – 1/2 cup

Tamarind  – a small lime size

Water – 2 cups

Oil – as required

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp chopped



Marinate the chicken pieces with chilly powder, turmeric, ginger garlic paste and salt.  Keep aside for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, puree the onions without adding water.  Soak the tamarind in half a cup of water.  Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the marinated chicken pieces till they are half done.  Add the curry leaves to the pan before removing the chicken.  Take out the chicken pieces from oil and keep aside.  Heat 2 tbsp of the left over oil in a pan and add the whole spices.  Then add the onion puree and ginger garlic paste.  Fry till the raw smell goes.  Add the coriander powder and fry for another minute.  Now add the tomato puree and the tamarind pulp.  Add water and mix well.  When it boils, add the fried chicken pieces.  Mix well and cook covered on a medium flame till the chicken is done.  Open the lid and adjust the salt.  When the gravy is thick, switch off the fire.  Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot!

  1. Kozhi varutha kari looks so delicious.
    I will surely include ur URL too in my round up.
    Thanks for posting it for me:)

  2. that looks awesome lissie!!

  3. Best of both worlds eh? 😀

  4. wow 😀 mouth watering!

  5. WOw thatchicken curry looks so so delcious.
    I am bookmarking this.

  6. this looks mouthwatering.vellayappathint ekoode kazhikaam:)

  7. Thanks Vicky, Superchef and Nags for your encouragement! 😀

  8. Hey Lissie it looks soooo delicious and moutnwatering…wonderful preparation.

  9. Happy, make the curry and plz let me know…thanks! 😉

  10. Thank you Sangi, Praju and Preeti for you kind words! 🙂

  11. my first stop by ur blog…u’ve got a wonderful space…i’m sure gonna make frequent visits from nw on…continue the gr8 work !!!

  12. Hi Kavitha, welcome to my blog! do visit as often as you can… Thanks! 😀

  13. First time to your blog…. you have got a nice collection of recipe…. Yummy chicken curry………. Will visit your blog regularly…

  14. Welcome to my blog, Anuradha! see you often.. 🙂 Thanks!

  15. Hi Lissie, my husband is a real fan of all your recipes.
    Really nice chicken currry. Could you please telll me how to puree onions?

  16. Hi Bindu,

    Glad to hear that your husband really likes my recipes!

    To make the onion puree, just grind it in a mixer without adding water. Please make ‘Kozhi Varutha Curry’ and let me know about the outcome.


  17. Thankyou Lissie for your reply.

    He just loved it. It was great. He also likes your Nadan chicken roast and Chettinad chicken. Whenever I make them he cannot stop praising me.I prepared these dishes for some of our guests and they too loved it. All credit goes entirely to you dear.

    May God bless you.