Nadan Chicken Curry

We’re happy to publish two fun recipes by Kasturi De. A mother of two, this lovely lady has the power to create a sunshine on a gloomy day!

She shares her first recipe from God’s Own Country – a traditional Kerala chicken curry recipe, best served with steamed rice. Some days ago we published a simple chicken curry recipe from Bengal, now how about a taste from Kerala! 🙂

This recipe was passed down to Kasturi by her childhood friend Mini Nair’s mom, here it goes…


  • Chicken – 1/2 kg
  • Onions, sliced – 3 medium
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 3 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
  • Garam masala/pepper powder – 2 tsp.
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp.
  • Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Curry leaves – handful
  • Coconut milk powder – 3 tbsp mixed with 1/2 cup warm water


  1. Clean and wash chicken pieces and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Add onions. Add a pinch of salt and cover with a lid.
  3. Put on simmer till onions turn soft and mushy.
  4. Add in ginger-garlic paste and fry till light brown.
  5. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala/pepper powder, curry leaves and salt. Fry till fragrant.
  6. Put in chicken. Fry on high till masala coats chicken well. Pour 1 cup of water. Let it come to a boil. Cover with a lid and simmer till chicken is tender.
  7. Lastly, add the coconut milk powder mixed with warm water. Adjust gravy according to your preference. Garnish with curry leaves.

About our reader:

A content writer by profession, I have finally found that in cooking and baking lies my true passion. 
My first dish brought tears in my husband’s eyes…not tears of joy but because of the excessive chillies that I had garnished it with!
Time has flown since then and I have come of age as far as cooking is concerned. From parathas that looked like supersonic aircraft I have graduated slowly with able mentoring from many friends, relatives and of course the Internet.A true Bengali by nature, I naturally find non vegetarian dishes more interesting to make and more so desserts! Baking happened all of a sudden at Vishakapatnam and the zest for perfection has made me spend more and more time mastering the nuances. What keeps me going? Well, compliments from people who enjoy fine dining and most of all, my ever hungry husband!

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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