Chicken Fry / Chicken Milagu Jeeraga Varuval /Chicken Varuval

Ending the everyday lunch/dinner series with a simple yet flavorful chicken fry.Chicken milagu jeeraga varauval is a dry fry made with  black pepper and cumin powder for spice and it makes a perfect accompaniment or starter.The flavor of black pepper and cumin is the highlight of this fry.

As kids love some kind of dry fry with rasam rice,this one has becoming regular in my kitchen in recent days.This fry hardly takes 30 minutes to get ready if the chicken is cleaned and kept in the refrigerator.

                                         Chicken Fry / Chicken Milagu Jeeraga Varuval

   Basic Information
   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Marination time~ 30 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 3


Chicken( with bone or boneless)
1.25 lbs
Onion(finely chopped)
1(medium size)
1 medium size
Garlic/poondu (finely chopped)
5-6 cloves
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagi podi
1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder
a pinch
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Red chilly/varamilagai
2-3 (broken)
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1-2 sprigs
1.5 tsp
3 tbs
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
2 tbs

 For Dry roast and powder

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

 For the tempering

1 inch
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp

  • Wash and clean the chicken and cut into bite size pieces and keep it aside.Add all the  spice powders,ginger&garlic paste and salt to the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes minimum.
  • Heat a pan on a stove top and dry roast the cumin seeds and black pepper till a rice aroma comes out.After cooling coarsely powder it and keep it aside.
  • In a  pan,heat the oil and do the tempering,fry the red chillies and cashews(if using).Add in the chopped onion,garlic and curry leaves,saute it with a pinch of  salt until translucent.
  • Add in the chopped tomato and mix it well.Cook it until mushy,add in the marinated chicken and give it a mix till it changes the color. 
  • Add around 1/2 cup of water cook it covered  in a medium flame till the chicken is tender and stir in between to prevent burning.Once the chicken is tender,remove the lid and let it simmer it for couple of minutes until the moisture evaporates.
  • Add in the powdered cumin and black pepper,coriander leaves and mix it well.Keep it on a low flame for a minute and put off the flame.
  • Serve it warm with rasam rice or a starter.

  • Do not compromise on the quantity of the oil.
  • Green chillies can also be added along with the red chillies.
  • The spices given is for a medium spice level.Alter it according to personal preference.



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Interesting recipe, nicely presented.

I am sure it is a flavorful one.

Chicken Milagu Varuval looks awesome .Often makes this at home, it makes a perfect side dish for both rice and roti.

Guess the non veg folks will love this and enjoy!..the pictures look amazing Nalini..

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