Chicken Gravy: Nadan Chicken Curry (Kerala Style)


Nadan Chicken Curry

Nadan Chicken Curry


I have been getting request to upload recipes with step by step picture. This is in fact the first recipe which I am uploading with step by step pictures. I always thought it requires a lot of effort for the same, but when I tried once I felt it’s not as difficult as I thought. Check it out, I am sure it will be  helpful for all my readers.

If you are looking for other Chicken Curry Recipes with thick gravy check out Chicken Roast Gravy, Chicken Masala or Chicken Potato Curry


Nadan Chicken Curry Recipe


  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Onion – 2
  • Fennel seeds (perumjeerakam) – ½ tsp
  • Ginger  garlic paste – 3 tsp
  • Tomato – 2 medium
  • Green chilli – 3 – 4
  • Pepper powder – 1-1 ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1  tsp
  • Coriander powder – 3 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Thin coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Thick coconut Milk – 1 cup
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Oil
  • Salt

(Note: 1 Cup = 250 ml, Vary the amount of chilli as per your spice level)


Method: ( With Step by Step Pictures)

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Heat oil in a pan and add sliced onion, fennel seeds and curry leaves. Cook with the pan covered and stir in between till onion turns brown in color. Add green chilli, ginger garlic paste and cook for 2-3 min.

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Add sliced tomato and cook till tomato becomes soft.

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Add pepper, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, salt and cook for 2-3 min. Add chicken pieces and mix well. Add thin coconut milk and cook with the pan covered in medium flame till chicken is cooked

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Add thick coconut milk and mix well. Cook with the pan covered in medium flame  till it starts boiling and becomes thick. Pour 1 tbsp of oil/ghee on the top. Serve hot with appam/ chapathi etc









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41 thoughts on “Chicken Gravy: Nadan Chicken Curry (Kerala Style)

    • Hi Harish,

      There is no need to add red chilli for the above recipe. Instead we are adding green chilli. Cooking with green chilli and coconut milk and other spices gives a very special flavor to the curry prepared. Hence the color of the curry prepared is brownish. Happy Cooking!!!!

      Vimmy 🙂

  1. Hi Vimmy, this recipe looks fantastic and I want to try it… But the only issue is that I live abroad and cannot source thin and thick coco milk. What do I do, are there any substitutes? Please do let me know…

    • Hi VK…..I am sure you would get ready to use coconut milk cans there. For thin coconut milk, with 1/2 cup of ready to use milk add half cup of water. For thick one you can use it like that itself, or dilute it little if coconut milk is very thick in the cans. I always buy ready to use and dilute as per the consistency required. Sorry to say there is no substitute for this, as its coconut milk which gives a unique taste for this curry.

      Vimmy 🙂

      • Fantastic, practical tip 🙂 Thank you, will try this in the next couple of weekends. I tried your spicy chicken fry and the little steaming trick in the pressure cooker worked a treat! Uncooked insides and crisp outside had been an issue for long but not any more thanks to you Vimmy!

  2. This is an awesome recipe. I have used it time and again and its super yummy. i have tried almost all your chicken recipes and this is the best!!

    • Dear Sreejit,

      Thanks for the really motivating feedback. Its one of the recipe which i get maximum views and is liked by all. Also happy to know that you are finding my little space useful 🙂


  3. Hi, Vimmy! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious-looking recipe. I’d like to make this curry but wonder if it is spicy. If not, how would you suggest making it so? Thank you in advance for your help. Sirena 🙂

    • Dear Sheryl,

      Really happy to know that your family is loving this recipe. I get motivated when i know about good readers like you. 🙂

      Happy Cooking

  4. Vimmy !!!

    Sunday morning when every one starts their day scratching phones on Facebook and Tweeter , i should admit i start my day with 🙂 🙂

    1. Vimmy, you are exceptionally talented in writing it down.
    2. You create Good chefs like me 🙂 Finally my Kottayam kari mom asked me from where i learned cooking so good 🙂

    All the good wishes and thanks for this beautiful service.
    Joshwa (Bangalore/Kottayam)

    • Dear Joshwa,

      Thanks a lot for your good words. Its readers like you who always motivates me to work for this blog. Just love to have readers like you. 🙂 Thanks once again for all the support & best wishes!!!!


    • Dear Jasmine,

      I really dont know what went wrong when you cooked this curry. This is the first time, i am getting a negative comment for this recipe. One very quick feedback, if you dont like the taste of coconut milk, then its not the recipe of your choice.


    • Dear Nisanth,

      Happy to know that you liked the recipe and thanks a lot for your kind words. Happy Cooking!!!!


  5. A fantastic curry that really impressed when I cooked it for my family. We are from Birmingham in the UK where there is a high Asian population and we have grown up eating a wide range of authentic Indian curries. This was a welcome addition to our repertoire! Thank you!

    • Dear Jake….Glad to know that my recipe is reaching different part of the world and is being liked by people :-)…….Happy Cooking!!!!

  6. Hi Vimmy
    I like it very much, We are suppose to have with Kerala rice, whether do you have any other kind of suitable recipe.

    • Thanks Suneesh!!!! I prefer to have this curry with Kerala Appam… can have with Kerala Rice, but i suggest to reduce the amount of gravy. You can take in the ingredients 3/4 cup of thin coconut milk and 1/2 cup of thick coocnut milk, you will get very thick gravy then and it will be nice with rice.

  7. hello vimmy i m athira … i tried ur nadan chicken curry .it was so nice and next im planing to make grilled chicken………

    • Dear Athira……very happy that you liked it :-)……Try grilled chicken, i am sure you will like it……Cheers Vimmy

    • Dear Biju, we can add salt before adding the chicken pieces for cooking. Also check whether its sufficient before the final steps. I have added it now in the instructions and thanks for bringing it to my notice……Vimmy

  8. hai vimmy, this is angitha, ur frnd sachin’s wife. yesterday i tried ur nadan chicken curry. it was good and simple. got “excellent” certificate from him 🙂 thank u so much…

    • Dear Anghitha, so nice to hear from u and happy to know that both of u liked it……Happy Cooking!!!! 🙂

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