Malabar Chicken Curry
Malabar Chicken Curry
5 from 1 vote
This flavorful chicken curry boasts rich Malabar spices, tender meat, and a delectable coconut-infused sauce. Experience a tantalizing blend of sweet and savory flavors, perfect for a satisfying meal that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant cuisines of southern India.
Malabar Chicken Curry

Have you ever daydreamed about escaping to a tropical paradise, surrounded by the mouthwatering aroma of spices and succulent meat cooking on an open flame? If so, then Malabar Chicken Curry is the dish for you.

Originating from the Malabar region of India, this flavorful dish has been tantalizing taste buds for centuries with its rich history rooted in South Indian culinary traditions.

Imagine tender chunks of chicken marinated in a symphony of spices like turmeric, coriander, and cumin, simmered in a velvety coconut milk gravy that’s bursting with flavors. This dish strikes the perfect balance between creamy and spicy, making it a true culinary delight for those with an adventurous palate.

Despite its complex flavors, Malabar Chicken Curry is surprisingly easy to make, perfect for both novice and experienced chefs looking to elevate their cooking game. With a simple list of ingredients that can be easily found at your local grocery store, you can recreate this exotic dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.


Chicken Thighs: The main protein in this dish, chicken thighs are flavorful and tender, perfect for absorbing the delicious spices and flavors of the curry.

Vegetable Oil: Used for cooking the onions, garlic, and ginger until they are fragrant and golden brown.

Onions: Provide a sweet and savory base for the curry, adding depth of flavor to the dish.

Garlic: Adds a pungent and aromatic flavor to the curry, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Ginger: Offers a warm and spicy flavor to the curry, balancing out the richness of the coconut milk.

Green Chillies: Provide a subtle heat to the curry, adding a bit of kick to each bite.

Turmeric Powder: Adds a beautiful golden color to the curry and a warm, bitter flavor.

Coriander Powder: Offers a mild and slightly citrusy flavor to the curry, complementing the other spices used.

Cumin Powder: Adds a nutty and earthy flavor to the curry, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Garam Masala: A blend of various spices, garam masala adds warmth and depth to the curry, tying all the flavors together.

Coconut Milk: Provides a creamy and rich base for the curry, adding a hint of sweetness to balance out the spices.

Tomatoes: Offer a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the curry, adding freshness to the dish.

Fresh Coriander Leaves: Used as a garnish, fresh coriander leaves add a pop of color and a fresh, citrusy flavor to the finished dish.

Salt: Enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and helps bring out the full range of spices in the curry.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

Serving Suggestions:

  • Malabar Chicken Curry can be served hot with steamed white rice or fragrant basmati rice. The flavorful curry pairs well with the neutral taste of the rice, allowing the spices to shine through.
  • For a traditional Indian meal, serve Malabar Chicken Curry with naan bread or roti to soak up the delicious gravy.
  • Garnish the curry with fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice for a burst of freshness.
  • Serve some cooling cucumber raita or yogurt on the side to balance out the heat of the curry.


  • To make a spicier version of Malabar Chicken Curry, increase the amount of green chilies or add a dash of cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
  • For a lighter version, you can use coconut cream instead of coconut milk to reduce the richness of the curry.
  • Experiment with different vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, or bell peppers to add more texture and flavor to the dish.
  • If you prefer a meatier curry, you can substitute the chicken thighs with boneless chicken breast or even lamb for a different taste experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Malabar Chicken Curry?

Malabar Chicken Curry is a popular South Indian dish known for its rich and aromatic flavors. It is made with a blend of spices, coconut milk, and tender chicken pieces.

What makes Malabar Chicken Curry special?

Malabar Chicken Curry stands out for its unique combination of flavors, including coconut milk, fennel seeds, curry leaves, and a variety of spices. These ingredients come together to create a rich and creamy curry that is both comforting and delicious.

How spicy is Malabar Chicken Curry?

The level of spiciness in Malabar Chicken Curry can vary depending on the recipe and individual preferences. Some recipes call for a moderate amount of heat, while others may be on the spicier side. Feel free to adjust the amount of chili powder or other spices to suit your taste.

What can I serve with Malabar Chicken Curry?

Malabar Chicken Curry is traditionally served with rice or roti, but it also pairs well with naan or bread. You can also serve it with a side of vegetable curry, pickles, or raita for a complete meal.

Is Malabar Chicken Curry a gluten-free dish?
Yes, Malabar Chicken Curry is typically gluten-free as long as the ingredients used are free of gluten. Be sure to check the labels on packaged spices and other ingredients to ensure they are gluten-free.

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Malabar Chicken Curry

Malabar Chicken Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
This flavorful chicken curry boasts rich Malabar spices, tender meat, and a delectable coconut-infused sauce. Experience a tantalizing blend of sweet and savory flavors, perfect for a satisfying meal that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant cuisines of southern India.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 573 kcal


  • 500 g Chicken Thighs boneless and skinless
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Onions finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1- inch Ginger grated
  • 2 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 400 ml Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • Coriander chopped


  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Stir in minced garlic, grated ginger, and slit green chillies. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and garam masala. Cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Add boneless chicken thighs to the pan and cook until they are browned on all sides.
  • Pour in coconut milk and chopped tomatoes. Season with salt according to taste.
  • Cover the pan and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves before serving.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 573kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 24gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 777mgPotassium: 743mgFibre: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 617IUVitamin C: 17mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 63mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Chicken, Chicken Curry, Cooking, Curry, Food, Indian, Indian Food, Malabar Chicken Curry, Recipe
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