Chettinad chicken curry is a classic South Indian chicken curry recipe from the heart of Tamil Nadu and is a must-have in your recipe repertoire! This is one chicken curry which you won’t ever forget thanks to its deliciousness!
Chettinad chicken curry is a very popular recipe from the southern part of India and it very well deserves all the love & care it gets for its unique deliciousness. Chettinad chicken curry is very different from the classic chicken curry and once you try this South-Indian delicacy, you will simply fall in love with it. Chettinad chicken curry is best enjoyed with plain white rice; so, this recipe is perfect for the Sunday family lunch to enjoy with everyone without any hustle. The primary ingredient of chettinad chicken curry is grated coconut which makes it unique and the spice paste which gives this chicken curry the authentic South-Indian flavor. I would urge you to make the spice paste at home as instructed in the recipe below instead of buying the readymade chettinad chicken curry masala; the freshly roasted & ground spices have more flavor than any ready spice-mix and you will know it for yourself once you give it a try.
Chettinad cuisine is very famous for its use of freshly ground spices which lend beautiful aroma to the final dish and this chettinad chicken curry is no exception. The small pearl onions which are also known as sambar onions are added to chettinad chicken curry instead of regular onions and they add more sweetness to balance out the warm spices. All other spices used in chettinad chicken curry are regular Indian spices e.g. coriander & cumin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and others. This recipe calls for dry roasting of spices which releases the essential oil of the whole spices and adds wonderful flavor to the dish. Do not skip this dry roasting step; if you use cumin & coriander powder instead of freshly ground coriander & cumin seeds, the final taste of your chettinad chicken curry will never be the same. There is no other special requirement for this recipe; you can use regular curry cut of chicken to make this chettinad chicken curry and call it a day!