Chicken Kulambu

Chicken_Kolambu (2)

This method of cooking the chicken goes well with rice,dosa,idli,idiyappam,biryani or coconut rice.


  • Chicken (cut into small pieces) – 1/2 lb
  • Ginger – 1.5″
  • Garlic – 2 pods
  • Oil – 3 tbsps
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Onions(chopped) – 1 cup+3/4 cup
  • Red chillies – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 2 Tbsps (adjust according to taste)
  • Tomato -1
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Water – 2 cups or less

Grind the ingredients below to a fine paste using water:

  • Shredded Coconut – 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds(sauf) – 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1″
  • Pepper – 1 tsp


    • Chop the chicken into small piece and clean them.
    • Grind the ginger and garlic together to a fine paste using water.
    • Grind the coconut,cumin seeds,fennel seeds,cinnamon and pepper by adding little water to a fine paste.
    • Heat oil in the pan of a pressure cooker. Wait till it heats up and add the cumin seeds and red chilli to it.

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    • Add the chopped onions.

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    • When the onions turn golden brown, add ginger garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.

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    • Add the chopped tomato.

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    • When the tomato looses its shape, add the chicken to it followed by the turmeric powder,chilli powder and a little salt.

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    • Let the chicken cook for 3 mins.
    • Keep stirring  the chicken occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the base of the pan.
    • Now add the ground coconut paste and water (the amount can be added depending on the consistency of the gravy ).

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    • Add salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles.

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You can make this gravy without coconut by simply excluding the coconut and adjusting water accordingly.


6 thoughts on “Chicken Kulambu

  1. Sandhya Santhanam says:

    This recipe came out fine on my first trial. It is a good companion for Appam/Dosa/Rice. You have a good collection of recipes. Keep up the good work.

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