Shredded Chicken Fry / Idicha Kozhi Varuval

 During my last India trip I had a chance to have this fry in a restaurant.The name looks so different and we wanted to give a try.So ordered one plate and it was a huge hit among kids.They liked it a lot and we had order two more plates as we were 5 families.

It was in the appetizer menu and served along with some salad and parota bites(parota was cut into small bite size).After tasting it I was able to make out the ingredients in it and recreated it after coming to US.

This is one of the easiest chicken preparation I have made and takes only 20 minutes to finish of the dish.While the chicken is cooking,do the rest of the preparation and once the chicken cooked,shred it and add it to the masala.The chicken here cooks very fast so I prefer to cook in a open pot.To reduce the cooking time one can cook the chicken in pressure cooker for a whistle.

This is one such versatile fry,pairs up very well with roti,rasam rice,bread.The spice powders given here is for a medium spicy.This a dry preparation and if you want it a semi dry curry then go ahead and use another one or two tomatoes.Off to the recipe.....

                                     Shredded Chicken Fry/Idicha Kozhi Varuval

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Marination time ~ 30 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25-30 minutes
   Serves ~ 2-3


Chicken( boneless)
300-00 gms
Onion(finely chopped)
2 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2 (slit lengthy)
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
3/4 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1 tsp
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder
1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder/milagu thool
3/4 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
2-3 sprigs
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1/2 -3/4 tsp
1 tbs
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs

 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.
  • Cook the marinated chicken in a pan with 1/2 cup of water in a medium flame.Once the chicken is completely cooked drain if any water and with a help of a stone shred it to small pieces.
  • Now in a pan heat the oil and crackle the fennel seeds.Add the chopped onion,green chilly and curry leaves.Saute it with a pinch of salt till transparent.Add in chopped tomato and cook it until soft.Add in all the spice powders except black pepper powder and salt.
  • Mix it well and add couple of spoons of water.Cook it for a minute or two.Now add the shredded chicken and mix it well.Keep it on flame or 2 minutes and stir it in between.Finally add the lemon juice,black pepper powder and coriander leaves.Mix it well and put off the flame.
  • Serve it warm with rice and rasam or an appetiser.

  • As the chicken is marinated with salt,while adding it to the curry keep an eye,otherwise it will be too salty.
  • The spices give are for medium spice level.The amount of green chillies and the black pepper can be altered according to personal preference.
  • If the fry is not dry then,sprinkle 2 tsp of roasted gram dhal powder(pottukadalai) in the end along with the chopped coriander leaves.



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Wow Nalini you are rocking with all your chicken dishes, looks very good..will try this sometime for kids!

This version of chicken looks so good Nalini. Will try this weekend.

Idicha kozhi is a popular dish even in Pondicherry, even i had it during my recent trip. Am planning to make some soon and here is urs, now i dont need to break my head for the recipe.

Wow that's a great dish I can enjoy anytime of the day. Love it Nalini

Just yummy yummy .. i have tasted a similar recipe of pepper chicken in a road side shop and those are just yummy .. And you have presented it beautiful. simple stating at the screen waiting for some parotta :)

I bet all the chicken lovers would go crazy with your chicken dishes. For this one I can use soya chuncks I blv. great share nalini

I am quite bad in guessing the ingredients, I miss even the boldest ones. Kudos to you for making an entire dish from one tasting session!

Sometimes I cannot make out the ingredients of a new dish that I may taste, especially the spices. Love the way you've painted your board. I need to take some tips from you as I need to paint some.

Definitely a treat for the chicken lovers , to recreate a restaurant dish and fit it into the theme is commendable .

When kids like something, life is so much easier for us. Love the presentation of this dish! Looks fabulous

I am a vegetarian but still this shredded chicken looks so tempting to me. Nice pics 😊

such a lovely varuval - I make something similar with vazhai thandu

yes a very versatile chicken fry. Can also be stuffed in chapathis or made into chapathi rolls for kids.

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