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Chicken Kurma

 Published 2007-Nov-22   Updated 2018-Jan-07

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Kozhi Kurma, White Chicken Curry, Chicken Korma, Vankozhi Korma)

South Indian Chicken Kurma or Chettinad Kozhi Kurma is another gravy recipe that is different from the usual chicken curry (kuzhambu). Chicken Kurma is usually more creamy, milder and has a pale color as compared to the regular chicken curries that have a bright reddish color. This is made in many parts of South India, including Andhra, Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is slightly different but quite similar to the North Indian Chicken Korma which I will share some other time.

The main taste of the Creamy Chicken Kurma comes from the coconut-cashew paste that is added to the curry. To get that beautiful whitish color of the gravy, there should be NO TURMERIC and NO RED CHILLI POWDER in the curry. Instead of the tomatoes, curd is used here. If needed you could add 1 tomato but not more than that as it will change the color. The main spice comes from the green chilies and hence add them generously.

In the traditional style of cooking, the chicken is cooked for about 30 minutes in just the kurma masala paste made with cashews and coconut. The final curry is unbeleivably tasty. I have added a few additional ingredients like some garam masala powder and curry leaves at the end but its totally optional. I have also tried making this with turkey meat and the Turkey Kurma also turned out awesome. Do try out this tasty curry that goes well with all tiffin varieties.

Recipe for Chicken Kurma

Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 40 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients

  • Chicken - 500 gms (about 1 lb, cut into pieces)
  • Onion - 2(chopped)
  • Tomato - 1 (optional)
  • Curd - 1/2 cup
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cinnamon stick- 1
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
  • Coriander Leaves - for garnish

For Kurma Masala

  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Poppy Seeds (Kuskus) - 2 tsp
  • Cashews - 5 - 7
  • Roasted Gram (Pottukadalai, Dalia) - 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies - 10 - 14
  • Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tsp or Coriander Seeds - 2 tsp
  • Cardamom - 2 cloves
  • Ginger - 1" piece
  • Garlic cloves - 10 cloves

* Roasted Gram Dal is not shown in the picture below. Also, I added coriander powder instead of coriander seeds.

Chicken Kurma Ingredients

Method

  1. Grind together graed coconut, poppy seeds, cashews, green chillies, fennel seeds, cardamom, coriander powder, ginger, garlic and roasted gram dal with enough water to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon stick.
  3. Add chopped onions and fry them till they are translucent. Next add the ground paste and cook for 5 minutes till the raw smell vanishes.
  4. Add the chicken pieces and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Next add chopped tomato, curd and salt to it. Mix together.
  6. Add 1.5 cups of water. Cover and cook till the chicken is almost done.
  7. At this stage add the garam masala powder and curry leaves. Check for salt and let the kurma simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Chicken kurma is ready to be served.

Detailed Steps to make Chicken Kurma

Soak poppy seeds and cashew nuts in 1/2 cup warm water for 10 minutes for easy grinding. Take it in a mixie jar along with green chillies, fennel seeds, cardamom, coriander powder, ginger, garlic, roasted gram dal and coconut.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Grind it to a smooth paste with enough water and keep it aside.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Heat some oil (preferably coconut oil or groundnut oil) in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon stick to the hot oil.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Add chopped onions and saute until it becomes translucent. We don't want to brown it.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Next add the ground kurma masala paste and cook for 5 minutes till the raw smell vanishes. I have used broiler chicken today, so I add the masala first. If I use country chicken, I would add the chicken first, saute it and then add the masala.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Next add the chicken  pieces and saute for few minutes.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Next add chopped tomato, curd and salt. Since I forgot to add coriander seeds while making the masala, I added some coriander powder at this stage. Mix everything together.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Add 1.5 cups of water. Cover and cook for about 25 minutes till the chicken is almost done. You can see oil floating on top.

At this stage add little garam masala powder and some fresh curry leaves. Let the kurma simmer for 5 minutes.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Garnish with chopped cilantro. Creamy chicken kurma is ready to be served.

Chicken Kurma Preparation Steps

Serving Chicken Kurma

  • Both Chicken Kurma or Turkey Kurma goes very well with chapatti, idli, dosa, parotta, aapam and idiyappam.

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Comments (11)

Person   ()
I am a vegetarian,but I cooked this recipe for my husband. He loved it,
Person   ()
Thats good to hear. Enjoy.
Person   ()
Could you please add a page with names of spices in common languages with a photograph of the spice? Thanks
Person   ()
There is a page with local names... check it put...
http://simpleindianrecipes.com/spices.aspx
Person   ()
if u find this page on the internet , then please open a new tab and type the English names of spices and click search ! wait for 5 seconds or so and then you can see a picture of that particular spice and I think that u can recognize them by their pictures !!
Person   ()
Awesome recipes and easy to make. Thank you
Person   ()
You are welcome.
Person   ()
very nice really we have enjoyed
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Thank you.
Person   ()
i made this curry twice last week:) it tasted so nice..really enjoyed:) thankyou:) also your chicken fry recipe:)
Person   ()
Thanks Cynthia.

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