Naatu Kozhi Kulambu / Village style chicken curry

Ingredients :

Whole chicken -- 2 lb , cut into chunks.
Shallots -- 1/3 cup, chopped
Tomatoes -- 1 /2 no. , chopped
Tamarind pulp -- 1 tsp
Red chilli powder -- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder -- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder -- less than 1/4 tsp
Salt -- to taste
GG paste -- 2 tsp

To roast and grind :

Shallots -- 1/2 cup ,chopped
Peppercorns -- 3/4 tsp
Cumin seeds -- 1 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds -- 3/4 tsp

To grind :

Coconut -- 1/4 cup
Poppy seeds -- 1/2 tsp ( optional )

For tempering :

Fennel seeds -- 1/2 tsp
Sesame oil -- 4 tbsp
Curry leaves -- a sprig
Dry red chillies -- 2 nos, broken to halves
Whole spices :
Cinnamon -- an inch piece
Cloves -- 2 nos.
Cardamom -- 2 nos.

  • Clean and marinate the chicken pieces with gg paste, salt, turmeric powder , red chilli powder for 30 minutes.
  • Roast the ingredients given in the seperate table one by one until the pepper crackles and the onion turns glossy and grind to a fine paste . Keep it seperately. grind the coconut mixture as well.
  • Heat the kadai with the sesame oil and do the tempering with fennel seeds, dry red chillies, curry leaves and the whole spices.
  • Dump in the 1/3 cup of chopped shallots and scald well in the oil until turns translucent. Now dump in the marinated chicken pieces and mix well in the oil ,until the chicken gets half cooked. Add the coriander powder as well and combine well.
  • Throw in the ground onion paste and cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes stirring every now and then.
  • Pour in the tamarind pulp and mix well with the masala. U may add a cup of water and bring the kulambu to a boil. Finally add the coconut paste and mix well. Keep the kulambu in the dum for 5 to 10 minutes or until the oil starts oozing out.. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice, roti , idli/ dosa.

Note :
  • Adding tamarind is upto one's choice. I like my kulambu to be bit tangy.
  • Poppy seeds is also optional, If it's not available ,add cashews for the curry to be rich and thick.
Happy eating guys,


  1. whenever we used to visit our village...they specially prepared it for us!...memories....very good one!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  2. look at the gravy so thick and temptg

  3. drool worthy chicken the texture.

  4. Naatu kozhi kulambu looks delicious.

  5. Very delicious curry....tempting me...

  6. so delicious and very inviting curry !! Loved the texture !!

  7. Shanavi, the nadan chicken curry looks like a classic one dear..Loved the clicks a lot!

  8. Delicious looking chicken curry dear. Looks so tempting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. கலக்குறிங்க ஷானவி...ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு.,....

    கடைசியில் புளி சேர்ப்பது ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கும்...

    அம்மாவும் இதே மாதிரிதான் செய்வாங்க...அடுத்த முறை செய்து பார்க்கிறேன்...

  10. Looks so delicious n perfect ...yum

  11. wow...what a lovely chicken curry ! I'm seriusly drooling over these pics :-)

  12. Slurp! Reminds me of my old town days...Looks hot and spicy!

  13. My grandma do the similar kuzhambu,havent had since a long, very catchy and tempting clicks..

  14. Very tempting!!! I love these homely recipes...Will adding egg instead of chi taste good too??
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  15. Makes me drool,spicy and tempting chicken curry.

  16. @ Prats, O yeah, U may also try with eggs , will taste YUM ...

  17. Awards for u in my blog pls collect them.

  18. ம்ம் குழம்பை பார்த்ததும் நாவூறுது..சூப்பர்ர்!!

  19. CHicken curry looks delicious and drool worthy!

  20. Wow it looks sooo tempting .. feel like having it right now :)

  21. oops.. literally drooling.. I really need that.. i am making chicken for tonight.. no choice :)

  22. oh my it looks so yummy and tempting. love the chicken curry in village style book marked it

  23. chicken curry looks delicious and bookmarked it.


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