Sunday 27 April 2014

Chicken Fry / Kozhi Varuval / கோழி வறுவல்

Try this lip smacking, Tamilnadu style spicy chicken fry. This preparation is favorite of our family. Don't forget to check my other chicken recipes!


Chicken - ½  kg 
Onion - 2 (Cut lengthwise)
Green chillies - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1½  tsp
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Chilli  powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder -1 ½ tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt -  as required

To Grind:
Grated coconut - ¼ cup
Saunf / fennel seeds - ½ tsp
For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 or 2 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 2
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Grind the saunf and grated coconut with water to a fine paste; keep aside.

Marinate the chicken with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, corriander powder, coconut paste and ginger garlic paste; keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai; add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and curry leaves .  After it crackles, add the finely chopped onions and green chillies.   Saute till the colour changes.

Now add the marinated chicken; mix well. Add little water, if it sticks to the pan. 

Close the pan with a lid and cook  for 5 to 10 minutes.

Once the chicken becomes soft and the mixture becomes thick in consistency, add the pepper powder and mix well.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Serve hot with steamed rice paired with Chicken curry or rasam; even you can have this spicy chicken fry as a starter.


Adjust the water quantity and spice level according to your taste.

You can also add 
½  tomato to this recipe.

I am sending this recipe to Rafeeda and anu's page for South Indian cooking event.


  1. Wow.... mouthwatering dish.

  2. Easy to make tasty chicken varuval. I can imagine how really it tastes. Delicious chicken preparation.

  3. My mouth is just watering here, sooo delicious chicken fry.

  4. Poornima, me being a veggie getting tempted with ur chicken .Love it

  5. Brings back my old memories when my mother used to make the same recipe .love it

  6. Perfect fry for sambar rice. looking so good.

  7. Yummy chicken varuval, perfect to go with sambar sadham!

  8. I was looking for a dry chicken recipe and this is exactly what I needed. It looks perfect!


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