Madurai Chicken Curry Recipe, a popular dish from the southern city from India. Madurai is very famous for hot and spicy food, with unique flavor and taste.
This chicken curry is great to serve with rice, ghee rice, fried rice, appam, idli, dosa or chapathi. To make a highlight this is a great chicken curry for Biryani. Are you thinking of making chicken curry without coconut milk and yogurt? This Madurai chicken curry is perfect for you. Made with fresh onion and tomatoes.
My mom, who is from Madurai, never go for cinnamon or cloves for the chicken recipes. She brings all the flavor with pepper and cumin seeds. But I’ve added cinnamon and cloves, to get perfect restaurant style Madurai Chicken Curry.
Chicken Curry with warm Indian Spices is the Most suitable recipe for winter, spring and rainy seasons when we opt for ‘light’ yet spicier food. Perfect remedy recipe for cold and cough.
The curry leaves, pepper, and the gingelly oil are the driving agents for this recipe. So, play with these ingredients in any recipe to bring out the spicier rich flavor. This Madurai chicken curry recipe is perfect for winter and spring seasons. And works as a remedy for cold and cough.
It’s raining outside, Rasam, Rice with this curry made our day perfect. Sometimes we like to have ‘light’ yet spicier food, this recipe is perfect for these occasions.
This Madurai chicken curry tastes spicy and hot with full of bold flavors. The flavor of fried peppercorns and the curry leaves boost up the flavor and the taste of this dish.
Most of the ingredients are generally available here in the United States. But getting fresh curry leaves are available in the Indian grocery stores. Can never imagine the Indian curry without curry leaves. But if it is not available, I would say to skip this ingredient. I could not find any nearer substitute for curry leaves. They are unique and I did not even compromised with the dried curry leaves.
If you are planning to serve for the party, you can make ahead of the entire curry. And reheat and serve when needed. You may also refrigerate the leftover in an airtight container. It stays good for about 4 days if stored properly. You may freeze to store Madurai chicken curry for the longer time.
Another favorite recipe of my family is Prawn sukka, which I also make regularly in my kitchen.
How to make Madurai chicken curry:
Prepping for the curry:
Wash and clean chicken, marinate with salt, turmeric powder about 20 mins. I went with boneless chicken thighs. But chicken pieces with the bones are always the best choice. The bone essence gets infused the gravy makes this curry an absolute heaven.
Grind ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Instead, you may also use the readymade ginger garlic paste.
Making the Gravy:
In a pan, add cooking oil, cinnamon, and cloves. Fry them until it becomes golden brown.
In the medium flame, add chopped onion. Saute until it becomes pink and translucent.
Then add ginger garlic paste, saute for a min.
Then add chopped tomatoes and saute them until it becomes mushy. Now add cayenne pepper/chili powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder.
Add 1 cup of water and salt (remind that we have already added the salt while marinating)
The Curry Seasoning:
In another small frying pan, add a tablespoon of cooking oil, peppercorns, cumin seeds, and curry leaves. Fry until the cumin seeds crackle and aromatic. Keep aside.
When the chicken is cooked, add the above-fried mixture. And continue to cook until Madurai chicken curry reaches the desired consistency.
Serve it hot with rice, flatbreads, rotis or South Indian breakfast dishes like Idli or Dosa.
Madurai Chicken Curry Recipe
- 1 lbs Chicken thighs
- 1 Onion large size
- 2 Tomato medium size
- 1 tbsp Ginger grated
- 6 cloves Garlic
- 11/2 tsp Cayenne pepper or chili powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Peppercorns
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 2 inch Cinnamon
- 3 Cloves
- 8 Curry Leaves
- 5 tbsp Cooking oil Preferably sesame oil
Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
Marinate it with salt, turmeric powder for 20 mins.
Make ginger garlic paste and keep aside.
In medium flame, heat a pan. Add cooking oil followed by cinnamon and cloves, wait till they become golden brown.
Add onion and saute until it becomes pink and translucent.
Then add ginger garlic paste, saute for 1 min.
Then add chopped tomatoes and saute them with the little salt.
Once the above mixture becomes mushy, add cayenne pepper, coriander powder, and turmeric powder.
Add 1 cup of water and adjust salt.
Add chicken pieces, in medium flame cook by covering with a lid.
In another small frying pan, add a teaspoon of cooking oil, cumin seeds, peppercorns, and curry leaves. Fry until cumin splutters. Keep it aside.
When the chicken is cooked, add the above-fried mixture.
Saute them further till arrives at the desired consistency.
Serve it hot with rice.
You may use canned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes.
Serve along with rice, It also best suitable for naan, paratha, South Indian parotta.
Can also be served as appetizers for the Party.
Tips and Variations for Madurai Chicken Curry Recipe:
The same recipe can be used to make mutton curry or prawn curry.
Make it with bone-in whole chicken, you will definitely find this more delicious. If you are using whole chicken, then cut into small chicken before cooking it.