Chicken Uppu Varuval/Kozhi Uppu Varuval

Uppu Varuval is a Chettinadu delicacy that can be made with either chicken or mutton.A simple dry preparation uses only dried red chillies and some basic spices.

Shallots and the red chillies enhances the taste and flavor of the recipe.Shallots tastes best for this preparation but regular onion also makes wonder.

This spicy curry couples up great with simple rasam or curd rice but with pulao too.This fry takes only 30 minutes to cook and tastes better when it is served hot.Also the red chilly in the fry goes very well with curd rice.

                                        Chicken Uppu Varuval/Kozhi Uppu Varuval

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Marination time ~ 30 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)


Chicken( boneless)
1.5 lbs
Shallots(thinly sliced)
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Garlic/poondu(finely chopped)
7-8 cloves
Ginger/inji (pounded)
2 tsp
Red chilly/varamilagi
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder
1/4 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
2-3 sprigs
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1.5 tsp
2 tbs
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs

 Roast and Grind

Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1/2 tsp
Black pepper/milagu  
1/2 tsp

 For the marination

Red chilly powder
1/4 tsp
Ginger&garlic paste
1 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/8 tsp
1/4 tsp

  • Wash and clean the chicken and cut into bite size pieces.Add the ingredients given for marination to the chicken and mix it well.Keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Dry roast the cumin and pepper in a medium flame till nice aroma comes out.Put off the flame and powder it coarsely.
  • Now in a pan heat the oil and crackle the fennel seeds.Add the chopped onion/shallots,garlic,pounded ginger and curry leaves.Saute it with a pinch of salt till transparent.Add in the broken red chillies and fry it for a minute.
  • Add the chopped tomato and cook it until soft.Add in the marinate chicken.
  • Saute it for 4-5 minutes or till the chicken is half cooked.Now goes in the salt and garam masala powder,give it a mix.
  • Add around a cup of water and cook it covered for 5-6 minutes or till the chicken is tender.
  • Once the chicken is completely cooked remove the lid and cook it uncovered till all the moisture evaporates.Now add in the ground cumin and pepper powder,coriander leaves,lemon juice.Mix it well and put off the flame.
  • Serve it warm with rasam or curd rice.




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Presentation looks stunning Nalini..I remember my Mom making something like this and telling me, I have the pictures but no good one!

Love your presentation. The serving dish is so cute.

Unga props and serveware lam enga vaanguveenga. Plz share the secret. ;-) ;-) Awesome dish and I bet a perfect treat for chicken lovers.

We used to use similar dish with mushrooms and meal maker. I didn't know that chicken goes well with it. I will try it next time. You have done it beautifully.

That is such a beautiful picture. And the serveware is so classy. Like Vidhya says, please share the secret.

Wow Nalini that sounds awesome. I am tempted to cook chicken reading your recipe. Will try with mushrooms maybe.

My favourite combo is uppu varuval and rasam rice, makes me drool,you are tempting me to make some uppu varuval rite now.

Such an awesome chicken recipe.. I'm loving it.. Wish i could grab some from the screen.. Perfectly captured and it so gives the flavors and taste!!

I want to pick them directly from the pictures.

The background and the cheeseslate look so beautiful here. love this dark and moody picture.

Beautiful clicks. Another chicken recipe that I'm sharing with my daughter.

such pleasing pics and enticing too :) loved the cheese plate

I liked your serving dish. Nice spicy chettinadu chicken preparation. Wondering why is it called uppu varuval!!

Lovely set up and beautiful props!

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