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Pepper Chicken Chettinad

-Submitted by Rani on 21st Aug 2008
(Kozhi Milagu Varuval, Milagu Kozhi Varuval, Kuru Milagu Kozhi Varuval)

Pepper Chicken


  • Chicken - 1 lbs (app. 1/2 kg)
  • Onion - 2 (chopped)
  • Tomatoes - 2 (diced)
  • Green chilli - 1 (slit)
  • Ginger Garlic paste -1tbsp
  • Whole Garam Masala - (Cloves, Cardamom - 2 pieces each, Cinnamon, Bay Leaf - 1 piece each)
  • Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Crushed black peppercorns - 1.5 tbsp (preferably freshly crushed)
  • Lemon Juice - 1/2 of a lemon
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 2 strands
  • Salt - 2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


  1. Marinate the chicken with the lemon juice, salt and turmeric powder.
  2. Heat oil in a deep vessel. Add the mustard seeds and fennel seeds for tempering. After it splutters add whole garam masala.
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  4. Add chopped onions and green chilies. Saute until golden brown.

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  5. Add the ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves. Saute everything for 5 mins.

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  6. Add tomatoes and saute it until it becomes pulpy.
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  8. Add chilli powder,coriander powder,cumin powder and about 1/4 cup of water. Saute everything for 10 mins in medium heat. When oil comes out it is the correct consistency
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  10. Now add chicken pieces and toss well. Cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes. I prefer this as a dry dish so I do not add any water. If you want gravy, add about 1 cup of water.

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  11. After the chicken is cooked, add the crushed pepper powder and check for seasoning.
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  13. Mix well and switch off.

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  14. To garnish add chopped coriander leaves and some more fresh curry leaves.

Serving Suggestion

Pepper Chicken

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Comments (2)

Person gowri   (October 11, 2013)
What isp parsley
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (October 13, 2013)
Parsley is an Italian herb that is similar to coriander leaves.

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