Village Style Chicken Kuzhambhu

Starting the second week of Blogging Marathon #90 with Regional dishes as theme.Foe next few days, I will be showcasing the recipes popular in particular region of India.For this theme I chose to share some of the village side recipes from the Tamilnadu region.

Village or country side recipes are very tasty and flavorful without any additives or fancy ingredients.Freshly ground spices are mostly used,stone mortar is used to grind the spices.Also the cooking is made in traditional stove and iron or earthenware is used for most of the cooking.

Coming to the recipe its a simple yet spicy gravy served with rice and idlys.This recipe is  made with freshly ground spices particularly with country chicken.The spices used not only enhances the aroma but also gives a nice consistency to the gravy.

I wanted to cook this recipe in an earthenware(manchatti). But the size of mine is small and couldn't make the quantity I wanted.So used the regular stainless steel pan but the taste and flavor will be doubled if it is cooked in an earthenware.

                                             Village Style Chicken Kuzhambhu

   Basic Information
   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 40-45 minutes
   Serves ~ 4-5


Chicken( with bone or boneless)
3 lbs
Onion(finely chopped)
2 (medium size)
1 medium size
Ginger&Garlic Paste
2 tbs
Green Chilly/pachamilagi
4-5 (slit lengthy)
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1-2 sprigs
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1.5 -2 tsp
3-4 tbs
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
2 tbs

 Roast and grind to a fine paste

Red chilly/varamilagai
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1 tsp
Black pepper/milagu
2 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu
1 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
3 tbs

 Grind to a fine paste

2 tbs
Poppy seeds/kasakasa
1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp

 For the tempering

2 inch
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp

  • Wash and clean the chicken and cut into bite size pieces and keep it aside.
  • In a tsp of oil,roast the red chilly,fennel seeds,cumin seeds and black pepper.Once its roasted,reduce the flame to low and  add in the coriander powder,mix it well.Keep it in the flame for 30 seconds.Put off the flame,after cooling grind it to a fine paste with water.Also grind the coconut separately to a fine paste and set it aside.
  • In a  pan,heat the oil and do the tempering,.Add in the chopped onion,green chilly and curry leaves,saute it with a pinch of  salt until translucent.Add in the ginger&garlic paste,fry it till the raw smell disappears.Noe goes in the chopped tomato and cook it for a minute.
  • Add in the chicken and give it a mix till it changes the color. At this stage add in the ground masala paste ,salt and turmeric powder.Adjust the consistency with the water.Cook it covered in a medium flame for 12-15 minutes.Stir in between to avoid burning.
  • Once the chicken is almost done add in the coconut paste and let it boil for 3-4 minutes.Simmer it for 7- 10 minutes or till the oil floats on top.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.Add in the lemon juice and give it a mix.
  • Serve it warm with rice.


  • Do not add more of coconut paste a it will tend to change the taste of the kuzhambhu. 
  • Since the kuzhambhu uses red chilly,green chilly and black pepper,keep an eye on the spice level and alter according to personal preference.



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Yummy! Such lovely colour! An elaborate recipe with step by step pictures! Im sure it tastes as good as it looks!

Wow.. what a picture composition... love it.. I have no idea about taste and cooking method of chicken... But looks superb.. can u share which photo editing software you used in mailbox.

Village recipes are always unique . They are super flavourful and the addition of freshly ground herbs lends a special aroma and flavor to the dish .

I like the rustic presentation to showcase your village style recipe.

Loved the presentation of the dish. Non vegetarians will certainly fall in love with this village style chicken

The presentation is simply awesome Nalini, I am sure my kids will love this chicken gravy!

Such an elaborate recipe....would surely have tasted wonderful. Your pics are drool worthy as usual!

Your pictures speak a 1000 words, Nalini. Super presentation.

My mouth is just watering here, such an irresistible chicken kuzhambu, definitely a super tempting dish.

This chicken recipe surely a winning dish.

Wow! That kulambu looks amazing Nalini. Nothing can beat the flavour of curries cooked in manchatti. You have captured it so well..

Such a unique and rustic looking chicken curry. I am in love with the beautiful composition.

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